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Hire Vets First campaign benefits employers and vets
Press Release Date:  November 6, 2004
Contact:  Rick Netherton (502) 564-7062  
 Kentucky employers have a new federal resource when they are searching for qualified job applicants – the Hire Vets First Web site at

In addition to the new Web site, One-Stop Career Centers are being emphasized in the Hire Vets First national campaign as the location where employers can go to connect with veterans who transitioning from military services to civilians careers. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and the President’s National Hire Veterans Committee recently initiated the campaign to make employers aware of the benefits of hiring veterans.
“The objective of the campaign is to help employers be aware of the value of hiring a veteran,” said Rick Netherton, DOL director for Veterans Employment and Training in Kentucky. “Veterans are generally more disciplined, more responsive, more of a team player and display qualities of leadership in addition to the technical skills they’ve acquired while in the military.”
Netherton said that determining how many service members will apply for civilian jobs within Kentucky is difficult; however, about 9,000 service members transition through Fort Knox and Fort Campbell each year. The One-Stop Career Centers are a good place for these veterans to find help and information. To find the nearest One-Stop Career Center, go to or call the US DOL’s toll-free help line at 1-877-US2-JOBS or 1-877-872-5627 (TTY: 1-877-889-5627).

“There are so many programs and services available to employers and veterans at One-Stop Career Centers. They have staff dedicated to working with veterans such as Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) staff,” Netherton said.
In addition to the toll-free help line, users can find other military specific resources at the Hire Vets First Web site such as The Department of Defense Job Search and The Department of Veterans Affairs – Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service Web sites.

Learn more about the Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Department for Workforce Investment in the Education Cabinet at

The Kentucky Education Cabinet coordinates learning programs from P-16, and manages and supports training and employment functions in the Department for Workforce Investment. For more information about our programs, visit or, or call 502-564-6606.


Last updated: Monday, November 08, 2004