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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; call 1-800-550-0000, Extension 5833; or visit Pre-registration however, is not required to attend Stand Down.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535

200 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield, CT 06109 / Phone: 860-263-6000

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