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November 14, 2018

2018 Hire-A-Vet Campaign going strong at halfway point

Photo / Tim Greenway
Photo / Tim Greenway
Jen Fullmer, the volunteer executive director of Boots2Roots, meets with Caleb Fournier, left, a veteran transitioning out of the Army, to prepare for a job interview along with Boots2Roots volunteer Bruce MacMillan. The nonprofit is among the partners working with the Maine Department of Labor's 2018 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, which has a goal of hiring at least 100 veterans by mid-December.

More than 175 employers have joined 2018's Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign through the halfway point, with 62 reported hires by the end of October. The campaign's goal is for at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans and military family members during 100 days, ending in mid-December.

The annual effort launched on Labor Day and provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans and military family members.

"Through the Hire-A-Vet campaign, more employers are discovering the value veterans bring to their workforce," Gov. Paul R. LePage said in a news release. "Whether you are a veteran or an employer, we urge you to connect with this campaign to help us meet Maine's workforce needs. Veterans' skills include teamwork, leadership, technology, and tremendous discipline that can benefit all of our businesses."

A network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits work together to provide employers education on military language and culture, recruiting and hiring assistance, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans and military family members.

Employers that want to join the 2018 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign can contact Steven Roy, campaign coordinator, at 207-624-5156 or contact MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov with questions.

The campaign has connected more than 300 employers with over 700 veteran-hires since its inception in 2015.

It has been recognized as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Labor and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. Partners include Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Boots2Roots, Easter Seals and their Veterans Count program, Employment Support Program, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Veterans Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment.

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