AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage and first lady Ann LePage are lending their support to a project that aims to hire 100 unemployed Maine veterans in 100 days.

The LePages will host a 4 p.m. Wednesday reception at the governor’s mansion, the Blaine House, to showcase the Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign, according to an advisory issued Tuesday.

The campaign officially began Sept. 7.  On Wednesday, LePage will announce the Maine employers who have enrolled in the program to date.

The campaign provides support for employers with a Veteran Hiring Toolkit and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.

The campaign will provide information to employers about available state and federal employment training and education programs available to veterans and education for employers on military language and culture and assistance with recruiting and hiring. It will further assist employers on veteran assimilation in the workplace and help with retaining and promoting veterans and will also recognize those employers that do so.

“We want Maine’s employers to fully appreciate the value a veteran can bring to their workforce,” LePage said in a prepared statement. “We want our veterans who have given so much to our nation to return home to good-paying careers that take advantage of the skills developed by service in the armed forces.”

Employers who are interested in the program can contact campaign coordinator Lewis Bradford at 207-561-4051 for more information. Employers and veterans can also contact their local CareerCenter. A list of CareerCenters can be found online at:

The campaign focuses on jobs paying at least $12 an hour, but all employers are welcome to participate in the program, according to information provided by the Maine Department of Labor.

Follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter: #MaineHireAVet.

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