Despite recent positive news on declining unemployment, veterans as a whole remain unemployed at a much higher rate than national and state averages. Unemployment rates are even higher among young veterans and women veterans. (For the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics visit: http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t05.htm )
As part of the state’s many initiatives to help our returning veterans become employed, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and the Department of Veterans’ Services (DVS) reached out to major trade associations to encourage them to hire veterans and circulate information about veterans’ benefits. Among the growing list of major trade associations committed to working with the Administration and the Massachusetts veteran community are: The Massachusetts Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (MACCE), the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Associated Industries of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, the Mass High Tech Council, the Defense Technology Initiative, and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts.
DVS has also partnered with Comcast Corporation to launch “Hire A Veteran On Demand,” which aims to connect returning soldiers to jobs to help ease their transition back into civilian life. The pilot program, which posts video profiles of returning soldiers who are looking for work, started in late January and will be available for the next 90 days for prospective hiring managers and recruiters to review for their employment needs. Check out one Veteran profile here: http://tinyb.it/2E4C614C578 .The veterans featured were chosen by DVS and the profiles were produced by Comcast’s Video Production and Services team. Interested hiring managers or recruiters can contact individual candidates by getting in touch with the Department via the email address included at the end of each video profile.
Initiatives like these are a testament to Massachusetts’ leadership in providing services and supports to the Commonwealth’s Veterans and their families.
If you are a veteran or know of a veteran seeking employment or wish to hire a veteran, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-210-5970
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