Governor to state agencies: Hire a vet

Career Fair at Rentschler Field April 27

HARTFORD — Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has issued a directive to the heads of executive branch state agencies to consider hiring and recruiting veterans who have recently returned from military service or will be returning in the near future.

“It is estimated that 6,000 to 8,000 military veterans will be returning to Connecticut in the next 24 months,” Malloy said in an April 26 statement.  “This is a great opportunity to open the doors of state service to someone who has already done so much for our nation.”

Malloy directed agency heads to make every effort to interview qualified veterans for approved positions where appropriate. A merit system, affirmative action and contractual rules must be followed as part of the process. 

“For many of our returning veterans, finding employment will be one of their most significant challenges,” Malloy said in a statement, adding that the state’s goal is to have at least one veteran interviewed for each job vacancy.

Malloy encouraged veterans seeking employment to attend the Heroes 4 Hire Career Fair on Friday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. The Department of Administrative Services (DAS) will be in attendance at the event, which is co-sponsored by the Connecticut Department of Labor (DOL) and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Information on employment with the state, including how to find job and exam postings, will be offered. 

Open state positions are posted on the DAS website, www.das.ct.gov, along with postings of future job fairs dedicated to veterans.

Malloy and the state legislature last fall created a new tax credit incentive program for employers who hire veterans. The Job Expansion Tax Credit Program provides a $900 per month tax credit for employers who hire current armed forces members or those who have either been honorably discharged or released from active service.