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Gov. Hickenlooper Announces New Job Resources for Veterans

Governor John Hickenlooper on Tuesday, May 24, announced a new resource, “Hire A Colorado Vet,” offered by the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) to help veterans connect with employment opportunities.

?CDLE created a website, www.hireacoloradovet.gov, where veterans can post résumés, job-search and learn about new job postings before the general public. ?Additionally, employers are able to post job openings or search for qualified veteran applicants on this website.

?Hire A Colorado Vet is part of an ongoing effort to increase employment and training services for Colorado’s veterans.? Last year, there were 390,000 veterans living in Colorado — 21,000 of whom were unemployed and looking for work, bringing the annual average unemployment rate for this group to 9.5 percent. For Gulf War II-era veterans who served on active duty at any time since September 2001, the 2011 annual average unemployment rate was 10.2 percent.

?“Veterans bring great job skills, values and experience to an employer. The Hire A Colorado Vet program allows our country’s veterans to connect with employers. This program will help to ensure that when veterans return home they are welcomed, respected and employed,” Hickenlooper said. ?“Employers who hire veterans will tell you they have made a real investment in their business with each hire.”

?The Department of Labor and Employment has Local Veteran Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists at state- and county-run Workforce Centers across the state, ready to provide assistance in finding employment, acquiring skills and education and planning for their future. ?Last year, these job counselors — who are themselves veterans –– assisted 56,207 veterans across Colorado.

?In addition to this new initiative, the U.S. Department of Labor has declared June American Job Fair month, and in June the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment will partner with the National Guard to launch a virtual job fair tool for National Guard service members throughout the state, particularly those returning from Afghanistan. ?This virtual job fair will partner with community, government and nonprofit organizations to provide the first virtual job fair, designed specifically for National Guard service members and veterans.

?Hireacoloradovet.gov is a free service of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment.? The website is a kind of military-to-private business pipeline, helping veterans and employers alike recognize how the skills gained in any of the branches of service can be readily applied in a wide range of civilian careers.

?I am hoping you can help me spread the word about this?upcoming?Expo in?Colorado Springs.?RecruitMilitary is producing this Hiring Our Heroes Expo in cooperation with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and American Legion to benefit veterans, transitioning military personnel, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.?

?The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and RecruitMilitary are joining forces in the nationwide campaign to connect veterans and military spouses with employers and will be partnering on this upcoming Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo.

Veteran-friendly employers, franchisors and educational institutions will be in attendance, offering a variety of opportunities. It’s not often that you get an exclusive opportunity to meet face-to-face with veteran-friendly recruiters and to network with other veterans about career opportunities.?This is a great opportunity.?

Please get the word out to all military personnel and spouses, and your veteran network contacts about this special event for their benefit.

Hiring Our Heroes/RecruitMilitary Veteran Opportunity Expo will take place Thursday, July 12, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the World Arena, 3185 Venetucci Blvd., Colorado Springs.

You can direct anyone who would like to register for the event to our candidate information page, https://events.recruitmilitary.com/events/colorado-springs-veteran-job-fair-july-12-2012, you can read our blog at??http://blog.recruitmilitary.com, or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/recruitmilitary.

Travel funds

The American Legion Trust Fund for 2011-2012 has been expended, being used to meet the needs of our veterans. Funds, when approved, may be available after July 1, 2012. Ensure you apply for travel through the Veterans Administration whenever possible.

Useful links

For further information on VA benefits, call or stop by the Archuleta County Veterans Service Office, located at the Senior Center in the Ross Aragon Community Center on Hot Springs Boulevard. The office number is 264-4013, the fax number is 264-4014, cell number is 946-3590, and e-mail is raytaylor@archuletacounty.org. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Bring your DD Form 214 (Discharge) for applications to VA programs or benefits for which the veteran may be entitled to enroll, and for filing in the VSO office.

Durango VA Clinic

The Durango VA Outpatient Clinic is located at 1970 E. Third Ave. in the old Mercy Medical Center.

Meetings

The following veterans groups meet in Pagosa Springs:

American Legion Post 108. Second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., 287 Hermosa St.

Veterans for Veterans. Every Tuesday at 10 a.m., 164 N. Pagosa Blvd. (Buffalo Inn).

Women’s Group of Spouses of Veterans. Every other Monday 6 p.m., St. Patrick Episcopal Parish Hall, 225 S. Pagosa Blvd. Contact Karen, 731-0413.

Point Man Ministry (Veterans). Every Thursday at 9 a.m., Buffalo Inn.

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