LePage, Michaud find common ground: Jobs for Maine veterans

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By Darren Fishell

By 3 p.m. Monday, a statewide collaboration launched in September had connected about 185 military veterans with jobs.

Lewis Bradford, a veterans representative for the Maine Department of Labor’s Bangor CareerCenter, had tallied an earlier count on the back of a business card Thursday, where he’d scratched out 178 that morning and penned in 180. By Monday afternoon, five more successful placements and two more employers, totalling 135, had been added to the list.

The Hire-A-Vet campaign launched by the Maine Department of Labor and other sponsors has exceeded expectations, he said, nearly doubling its goal.

In September, Gov. Paul LePage set a goal of placing 100 Maine veterans through the program in its first 100 days. By year’s end, Bradford said he hoped they’d hit 200.

The campaign was part of the reason former U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud and members of his staff returned to Maine last Thursday for his first trip as assistant secretary for the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service, within the U.S. Department of Labor. He was sworn in the previous week.

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