Governor-elect Ralph Northam hopes to double the number of veterans employed in Virginia over the course of his upcoming four-year term, the former U.S. Army doctor pledged on Monday in a speech to the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) during its annual TechCelebration banquet at The Ritz-Carlton in Tysons Corner.
Virginia has already passed the goal set forth by current Gov. Terry McAuliffe of hiring 20,000 veterans through the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program, a free training and certification program that helps employers recruit, hire, and retain former military service members.
Organized by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS), the V3 program launched on June 12, 2012 with a Richmond conference of 63 employers representing 50 companies that aimed to educate employers on the value that veterans can bring to the workforce and how they can connect with that talent pool.
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