Program that puts vets back in the workforce prepares for another year

AUGUSTA, Maine (WABI)- A state effort to help veterans return to work kicks off next month.

This is the fourth year for the Hire-A-Vet a program and the success rate continues to grow.

Maine's annual Hire-A-Vet campaign is a statewide effort to commit at least 100 employers to hire at least 100 veterans and military family members during a 100-day period. A kick-off event and hiring fair is being held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. on August 30 at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Civic Center Drive. Opening remarks will be followed by a hiring fair with more than 120 expected employers that are looking to recruit veterans, military family members, and civilians. The event is open to the public. The 2018 campaign officially begins on Labor Day.

The Maine Hire-A-Vet campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans, to include a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, recruiting and hiring assistance, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans and military family members.

At the end of the 2017 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, 154 employers had participated and 296 veterans and military family members were hired. The average placement wage was $23.16 per hour.

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 United States Department of Labor and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies.

Employers that pledge to join the campaign are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate. Employers can join the 2018 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign by contacting Steven Roy, Campaign Coordinator, at MaineHireAVet.DOL@maine.gov or 207-624-5156 (TTY: Relay 711).

Employers and veteran service agencies can register at no-cost for the hiring event by contacting Josh Brown, Hiring Fair Coordinator, at Joshua.S.Brown@Maine.gov or 207-624-5172 (TTY: Relay 711).

The Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign is co-sponsored by 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

Learn more at www.mainecareercenter.gov/ and click on the Hire-A-Vet tab at the top of the home page. You can also follow the campaign on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mainehireavet

Veterans, military family members and civilians seeking assistance in job search and training are encouraged to contact their closest Maine CareerCenter, which can be found online at www.mainecareercenter.gov/locations