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Media Alert: Governor and Commissioner Paquette Wrap-up Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign

December 8, 2015

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Contact: Adrienne Bennett, Press Secretary, 207-287-2531

AUGUSTA— Governor Paul R. LePage and Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette will provide an update on the Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign at a press conference at the Augusta CareerCenter on Wednesday afternoon.

The Governor will announce the number of employers enrolled to date and veterans hired. Three participating employers (located in the towns of Randolph and Bowdoin and in Washington County) and participating veterans will tell their stories of how the campaign made a difference in their businesses and lives.

At least three of the veterans placed through the program were homeless: one lived in a shelter in Washington County with her two children, one lived in a chicken coop, and one lived in a tent in the Lewiston area with his wife and two children.

The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign has been carried out over 100 days with the goal of committing at least 100 employers to recruit veterans with the result of at least 100 veterans hired. The campaign officially ends December 18, 2015, its 100th day. The campaign officially kicked off on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2015.

More information about the campaign is available at: http://www.maine.gov/labor/news_events/article.shtml?id=655614.

Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter: #MaineHireAVet.

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

Where: Augusta CareerCenter, Augusta

Project Partners:
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

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