Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign Launches September 7 Bookmark and Share

September 3, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2015
Media Contacts: Julie Rabinowitz, Maine Department of Labor, 207-621-5009 Joseph Sousa, ESGR, 207-430-5891 Travis Hill, Hero2Hired, 207-779-6921 Norman Stickney, Maine Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management, 207-430-5759

Goals are 100+ employers participating and 100+ veterans hired in 100 days

AUGUSTA?The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign will take place over 100 days, starting with its public launch on Sept. 7. The goal of the statewide campaign is to commit at least 100 employers to recruit veterans and with the result of at least 100 veterans hired.

?We want Maine?s employers to fully appreciate the value a veteran can bring to their workforce,? said Governor Paul R. LePage. ?Ann and I fully support the Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign. We want our veterans who have given so much to our nation to return home to good-paying careers that take advantage of the skills developed by service in the Armed Forces. Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to reduce veterans? unemployment.?

The campaign will provide support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, to include a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits; education on military language and culture; assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention; a Veteran Hiring Toolkit and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.

Veterans? employment representatives are available throughout the state and can visit employers to assist them in finding qualified veterans and provide information on the benefits of hiring veterans. Employers or veterans can contact campaign coordinator, Lewis Bradford at (207) 561-4051 for more information. Employers and veterans can also contact their local CareerCenter, a list of CareerCenters is available at .

The campaign will focus on jobs paying at least a wage of $12 per hour, but all employers with jobs at all pay levels are welcome. Participating employers are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate in the campaign.

Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter: #MaineHireAVet.

The Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve, Hero2Hired, Veterans Inc., VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, VA Veterans Homeless Program, VA Office of Rural Health, and the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services are co-sponsoring this campaign. All partners will be focused on recruiting both veterans and employers.

Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.