Governor Bob McDonnell today joined the Northern Virginia Technology Council in launching the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, a new program designed to connect veterans to employment opportunities within Virginia's technology community. The announcement was made during an event at ICF International in Fairfax. The governor was joined at the announcement by Senator Mark Warner, Virginia Secretary of Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs Terrie Suit and a number of leaders from Virginia's technology industry.
Speaking about today's announcement, Governor McDonnell remarked, "Connecting our veterans to good-paying jobs following their service to our country has been a critical part of this administration's veteran's initiatives over the last three and a half years. Previously we launched Troops to Trucks, a program developed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles which puts veterans and serving National Guard and Reserve members to work in transportation jobs. We also launched the Virginia Values Veterans Program, which helps employers in Virginia learn how to recruit, hire, train and retain veterans. The NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative is a private sector program that recognizes the importance of hiring veterans, and highlights the unique training and skills they received during their military service that have prepared them for the good-paying jobs in our technology sector. Almost 840,000 veterans have chosen to make Virginia their permanent home following their service. We want to continue to see that number grow. By helping the brave men and women who have protected this country find a good job following their service, more veterans will continue to choose Virginia after service. I commend NVTC for joining the Commonwealth in our ongoing effort to help our veterans find employment in Virginia."
In the coming months, NVTC will host a variety of events and programs to assist member companies in establishing or expanding internal veteran programs, including an event in partnership the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Initiative. In addition, the Council will facilitate events to help veterans learn best practices for their job search, connect to employers in the business community, and network with fellow veterans.
For more information about the NVTC Veterans Employment Initiative, visit www.nvtc.org/veterans. Or visit the veteran online community and resource at http://www.nvtc.monster.com/.
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