For Immediate Release - May 20, 2011

Boston's One-Stop Career Center to Co-Host Veterans Job Fair on May 25

Over 70 employers to partner with veterans looking for work

Boston - May 20, 2011 - The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today announced that JobNet, Boston's One-Stop Career Center will partner with Northeastern University, The New England Center for Homeless Veterans, America's Job Exchange and the U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment's VetSuccess to co-host the seventh annual Veterans Job Fair on May 25th.

"Massachusetts veterans have bravely served and protected our country, and in return our administration is proud to support military servicemen and women," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. "It's important to provide our veterans with the right tools and resources, including workforce training and employment opportunities so they can get back to work upon their return home from service."

"The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is committed to serving Massachusetts' veterans of every generation and all occupations," said Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Joanne F. Goldstein. "In addition to job fairs, I encourage veterans seeking work to visit the One-Stop Career Centers to work with the dedicated and experienced veterans' representatives for assistance and advice."

Over seventy employers with job openings in accounting, criminal justice, engineering, government, health care, human services, telecommunications, transportation, logistics and more will be on hand during the fair to connect with veterans and their families looking for work.

"Putting veterans back to work remains a priority for the Department of Veterans' Services. I am proud to see our government and community partners working together to help employ veterans," said Secretary of Veterans' Services Coleman Nee. "Veterans bring extensive skills to the workforce to include specialized training, leadership, teamwork, and pride in getting the job done. I encourage Massachusetts businesses to join us in making hiring veterans a priority."

Massachusetts leads the nation in offering the most comprehensive benefits and services to veterans and their families. The Patrick-Murray Administration has honored veterans by increasing benefits and services available, as well as expanding outreach to veterans and their families, particularly to returning veterans, homeless veterans and those struggling with mental health issues. In 2009, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law the Home of the Brave bill, which increased cash bonuses for veterans who have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and established a "Medal of Liberty" to be awarded to the next of kin of Massachusetts servicemembers who have died due to wounds received while serving in the armed forces.

The Governor has also preserved programs and services for veterans, providing an $8 million increase to the Department of Veterans' Services (DVS) in FY11 and announcing over $1 million in federal Department of Labor grants for veterans.

The Veterans Job Fair will take place on Wednesday, May 25 from 1:00 p.m.-- 4:00 p.m. at Northeastern University's Cabot Gym located at 360 Huntington Avenue in Boston. The Cabot Gym is accessible via the MBTA, either the Northeastern stop on the Green Line or Ruggles Station on the Orange Line. Veterans will be given priority entrance into the job fair from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Doors will open for friends and family from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Visit http://www.jobnetboston.org or call 617-338-0909 for more information and up-to-date vendor information.

In addition to the annual job fair, dedicated veterans' representatives are available at Massachusetts' One-Stop Career Centers across the state to help veterans transition to civilian work by developing comprehensive training programs to get back to work. For more information about the veterans services offered at the state's One-Stop Career Centers, visit <u>www.mass.gov/dwd/veterans</u> .