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Governor Rell: Federal funds help new veterans’ representatives join DOL staff

By Governor Rell's Office

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Governor M. Jodi Rell today announced that federal funds provided to the state Department of Labor have allowed the agency to add four Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists to better assist veterans seeking employment.

The new personnel will provide a wide ranger of services to Army, Navy, Marine, Coast Guard and Air Force veterans, with a special emphasis on assisting those who have service-related disabilities.

“These new positions mean we can have additional resources to help our veterans – both those who have recently elf the military and those who served our country in the past,” Governor Rell said. “These new employees at the Labor Department, who are veterans themselves, will provide the job search expertise needed to help the men and women who have served our nation in uniform utilize their existing experience, identify transferable skills or gain the additional education that may be necessary to make the most of their transition back into the civilian work force.”

The new employees are veterans of both Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) in Afghanistan and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). They will work with clients in the Bridgeport, Hamden, New Britain, Torrington and Waterbury CTWorks Career Centers, as well as at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Regional Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment and the VA Medical Center, both of which are located in Newington.

Services they will provide include résumé assistance, job search strategies, case management, counseling services and referrals.

The four newest employees join nine other veteran employment specialists serving clients at the CTWorks Career Centers in Bridgeport, Danbury, Danielson, Enfield, Hamden, Hartford, Meriden, Middletown, New London, Norwich and Willimantic.

All Labor Department veterans’ services staff are federally funded positions. The employees work under the direction of the Labor Department’s Office for Veterans’ Workforce Development. The unit is funded through a Job for Veterans Act grant from the US Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment and Training Services program.

In addition to meeting with veterans in the local CTWorks Career Centers, the veteran employment specialists also provide assistance at National Guard and Reserve OEF and OIF pre-mobilizations and de-mobilizations. The specialists also provide assistance by facilitating the Transitional Assistant Program at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base in Groton. The three-day employment and training workshop is geared toward helping returning veterans and their families.

Veterans wishing to speak to an employment specialist can visit www.ctvets.org to make an online appointment or stop by their local CTWorks office.

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