Paychecks For Patriots Set For Oct. 17 At 5 Georgia Locations

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Between 50,000 and 80,000 veterans are expected to return home to Georgia over the next four years, and the Georgia Department of Labor and the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) are teaming-up with the Tennessee Department of Labor to help connect these veterans with available jobs in their home communities.

Paychecks for Patriots will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, at five locations across Georgia -- Savannah, Augusta, Columbus, Warner Robins and Metro Atlanta, as part of Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler’s initiative to address the employment needs of service men and women.
The two states are collaborating with a number of private employers and associations in an effort to provide employment opportunities for veterans, guardsmen, reservists, and their spouses.

"Veterans are our number one priority at the Georgia Department of Labor," said Commissioner Butler. "It’s our obligation to find these men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom a place in the workforce, and we are committed to giving them the highest level of dedication and commitment. The Georgia Labor Department is happy to be coordinating with Tennessee and other agencies on this great project."

By teaming-up with the Technology Association of Georgia and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration at all five locations, the number of participating employers a veteran can connect with is greatly expanded. The Georgia National Guard and Employer Services for the Guard and Reserve are also participating in the event. Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency is joining efforts with GDOL at the Savannah event.

"TAG is working diligently to help technology companies locate and connect the best and brightest candidates in the field.  We feel that many of our returning soldiers would be a perfect fit for building Georgia's technology future.  At a time when soldiers are looking for their next destination, we want to make sure they know all that Georgia has to offer in the way of opportunities and success,” said TAG President Tino Mantella.

Dollar General is a leading driver in Paychecks for Patriots in both states, and is working to bring other national corporations to the Georgia and Tennessee career expos to help make the connection with veterans. There will also be many local businesses participating at each of the expos.

In addition to the career expo, the GDOL Special Workforce Assistance Team (SWAT) will offer workshops for veterans prior to the Oct 17 event. The workshops will include resume review assistance, how to successfully work a career expo, as well as interviewing and networking skills.

Veterans receive priority service throughout Georgia’s Career Centers, where veterans’ representatives are available to assist them in their job search.

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