AUGUSTA—The 2016 Maine Hire-A-Vet Campaign has started, with the goal of the statewide campaign is to commit at least 100 employers to recruit veterans and with the result of at least 100 veterans hired.

The 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; assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention; a Veteran Hiring Toolkit and recognition for the hiring and advancement of veterans.

Veterans’ employment representatives are available throughout the state and can visit employers to assist them in finding qualified veterans and provide information on the benefits of hiring veterans. Employers or veterans can contact campaign coordinator, Steven Roy, at 207-624-5156 for more information. Employers and veterans can also contact their local CareerCenter, a list of CareerCenters is available at .

The campaign will focus on jobs paying at least a wage of $12 per hour, but all employers with jobs at all pay levels are welcome. Participating employers are not required to hire veterans they interview in order to participate in the campaign.

The 2015 Maine Hire A Vet Campaign, its first year, saw 135 employers participate and report 259 veterans hired, with an average placement wage of $17.89 per hour.

Follow the campaign at , on Facebook at @MaineHireAVet and on Twitter with #MaineHireAVet.

The Maine Department of Labor and its CareerCenters, Easter Seals, Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve, Hero2Hired, Live + Work in Maine, Maine Bureau of Veterans Services, Transition Assistance Advisors, VA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment, VA Office of Rural Health, Veterans Inc., and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment are co-sponsoring this campaign. All partners will be focused on recruiting both veterans and employers.

Maine CareerCenters are equal opportunity providers. Auxiliary aids and services are available to individuals with disabilities upon request.

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