Labor Department Veterans’ Staff Will Offer
Services at Stand Down 2007
For immediate release
September 6, 2007
Employees from the Connecticut Department of Labor’s Office for Veterans’
Workforce Development will offer employment and training assistance to visitors
at Stand Down 2007, the day-long outreach and support program for veterans who
are homeless or in need taking place 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 on the grounds
of the State Veterans Home, 287 West Street, Rocky Hill.
Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists
from the agency will staff an information booth while the Labor Department’s
a specially-designed Winnebago with the latest
workforce and job skill development tools, will be there to help with job search
strategies and labor market information.
Career Express, which regularly visits schools, businesses and community
organizations throughout the state, is equipped with eight high-tech computer
workstations equipped with Internet capabilities, a plasma TV with SMART board
features and conference area.
“Staff will meet
with visitors, work with them to better understand their employment and training
needs, and provide related advice and referrals,” noted Terry Brennan, Director
of the Office for Veterans Workforce Development. “Our goal is to provide
workforce assistance to former service personnel, including veterans who are
experiencing homelessness or coping with stress-related disabilities. Returning
to work is a very important step in getting our veterans back on their feet.”
Brennan, the Connecticut Department of Labor is just one of many state and
non-profit organizations taking part in the annual event, which this year has as
its theme, “Connecticut Cares.” More than 560 Connecticut veterans took part in
Stand Down 2006 and found the services and information to be extremely helpful.
Stand Down 2007 include the Connecticut departments of Motor Vehicles,
Transportation, Social Services and Public Health. As a result, veterans taking
part in the event will be able to obtain free legal and motor vehicle
assistance, as well as medical screenings. State and federal veterans’ benefits
and educational assistance also will be available.
It is estimated
that there are more than 200,000 homeless veterans in the United States, which
represents approximately 30 percent of the nation’s homeless population.
Media Contact: Nancy Steffens (860) 263-6535