Labor Department Veterans’
Staff Will Assist Stand Down 2010 Visitors
For immediate release
August 28, 2010
WETHERSFIELD, Employees from the
Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development
will offer employment and training assistance to visitors at Stand Down 2010,
the one-day outreach and support program for veterans who are dealing with
homelessness, unemployment and medical concerns.
Expected to attract 1,500
attendees, the free event, which is organized on an annual basis by the
Department of Veterans’ Affairs, will run from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept. 10 on
the grounds of the State Veterans Home, located at 287 West Street, Rocky Hill.
According to Acting State Labor
Commissioner Linda L. Agnew, Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives and
Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists from the agency will be on hand
throughout the day to answer questions, provide information and advice, and
offer resources to help veterans find employment.
An estimated 200,000 homeless
veterans can be found in the United States, representing about 25 to 30 percent
of the nation's total homeless population, Agnew notes, adding that more than
1,200 veterans attended last year’s Stand Down. Services to be offered include
job counseling, housing referrals, social service assistance, motor vehicle
licenses, disposition of misdemeanor and motor vehicle court cases, VA benefit
assistance, medical, dental and mental health screenings, and free clothing.
“Returning to work is a very
important step in getting our veterans back on their feet, and our goal is to
reach out to those veterans who are experiencing homelessness or coping with
stress-related disabilities,” explains Terry Brennan, Director of the Office for
Veterans’ Workforce Development. “Our experienced Labor Department staff can
provide the assistance they need in order to assist them with their employment
and training needs.”
Brennan notes that the more than
50 government agencies and private organizations are expected to participate in
Stand Down 2010.
Veterans can pre-register for the event on the
Office for Veterans Workforce Development Web site, located at
www.ctvets.org; call 1-800-550-0000, Extension 5833; or visit
www.ct.gov/ctva. Pre-registration however, is not required to attend
Media Contact: Nancy
Steffens (860) 263-6535