Hire-A-Vet program kicks off second year

Return of veteran hiring campaign.

AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Hundreds of people brought their resumes to the Augusta Armory Thursday morning in hopes of finding a new job through the second annual Hire-a-Vet program.

Last year, the program connected almost 270 veterans with jobs. The goal is to connect more than 100 veterans with more than 100 employers over a 100-day period.

Governor Paul LePage and his wife Ann were both guest speakers at the event. They said too many veterans in the state are unenmployed.

"We have jobs, and if you want one, just call, and we'll make sure you go to work," said Governor LePage. "We have to make sure that every veteran that comes home is successful."

Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor Jeanne Paquette said veterans have valuable skills that can help employers.

"In this tight job market, it's important to spread the net as wide as you can, and to look at all populations that you may not have considered before," said Paquette. "Hiring a vet is one of those areas where you can really get some good workers and some people that are committed, and dedicated, and loyal to the jobs."

Employers agree that veterans can make great employees.

"They really try. They have the aptitude and the attitude that we really need," said Dr. Kelly Samson-Rickert, Director of Workforce Development for the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services Office of Information Technology.

"We have kids who are 18 or 19 years old out of high school, and we have people who are looking at a second career, that bring years of life experience to the table," said Corporal Joseph Theriault with the Maine Department of Corrections.

A law went into effect this past July that requires state employers to interview any veteran who is at least minimally qualified for the state job they apply for.


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