Employment Assistance for Spouses and Family Members of Veterans

The State of Maine offers several programs to help spouses of veterans and other family members find employment.

Preferred Employment with State of Maine Jobs

In April 2016, Governor LePage signed into law an act that enhances the veteran preference in hiring for State jobs. The changes enacted by the "Act to Reform the Veteran Preference in State Hiring and Retention" include:

  • Creating a hiring preference where every veteran who applies for a job with the State of Maine – and meets the minimum qualifications -  is required to be given an interview
  • Including service members who have been discharged under Other Than Honorable Conditions in the veteran hiring preference
  • Extending the veteran hiring preference for State of Maine jobs to Gold Star spouses

Connecting Spouses to Employment Opportunities

At all of Maine's Career Centers, there are veteran employment representatives who help vets with all aspects of job searching, such as:

  • Translating your military experience into an effective resume
  • Networking to build your roster of contacts and find job opportunities
  • Presenting your best case in an interview

These services are also available to spouses of veterans who have a 100% Permanent and Total service-connected disability.  If you are an eligible spouse, you can find your nearest veteran employment representative here.

Financial Assistance During a Job Search

The Maine Department of Labor offers financial assistance for veterans who separated from the military on or after August 26, 2012 through the Rural Veterans Coordination Pilot Flexible Employment Fund.  The Fund can cover costs related to a job search, such as:

  • Car repairs
  • Purchase of tools or equipment
  • Costs of technical or master certification

The program is also open to family members of eligible veterans.  Full details about this program – including application information – can be found at the above link.*

*Please note that this pilot program is scheduled to end in March 2017