Military Talent Source Helping Veterans Become Employed

Published: Nov. 21, 2017 at 7:38 AM EST
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"if you recruit for the talent, you can train in the proficiency."

Matt Leonard is a Maine native who served 21 years in the Navy.

He recently worked as president of the Lewiston-Auburn Chamber of Commerce but left a year ago to start his own company: Military Talent Source.

"This was a perfect match of people looking for employment as well as people looking for talent," says Leonard.

Military Talent Source pairs veterans with companies that want to hire them.

It has placed about a dozen people this year.

Leonard and his two employees travel the country to find both talent and companies looking for talent.

"Maine doesn't tax for military retirement, it's a great place to raise a family, very affordable housing, and your benefits you take out of service and you bring to Maine are going to go much further than anywhere else in the country," says Leonard.

One of his new clients is the Maine Energy Marketers Association's Technical Education Center in Brunswick.

For a decade, the non-profit center has been training people to work in trades.

Jamie Py is MEMA president and CEO.

"I think if you went to any company, they would say, 'we need at least one - if not two - technicians.' and probably the same thing for drivers," says Py.

MEMA members also want to put more veterans on their payrolls.

"If you see that on a resume, it makes a difference to our membership," says Py. "They know the guy will come to work, they know he'll be on time, usually disciplined - all the attributes you want to get out of the way that are solid and are beneficial to the way these folks work."

Stay tuned. If this venture proves successful here in Maine, talks are in the works to replicate this model all over the country.

If you are interested in the program you can find them at the website,