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October 7, 2004



SUBJECT:     Hire Vets First Initiative

PROGRAM(S):         VETS

1.  Purpose.  To transmit an update to the Hire Vets First Initiative, under programs of the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and Veterans Employment and Training (VETS).

2.  References.  Information Alerts 028-04, September 3, 2004 and 028-04, Change 1, September 16, 2004; Jobs for Veterans Act [Pub.L. 107-288].  

3.  Links.  This Alert is in the Regional Resources website archive at:

4. Background.  On November 7, 2002, the President signed Public Law 107-288, the Jobs for Veterans Act, to revise and improve employment, training and placement services to veterans. The Act established the President's National Hire Veterans Committee.

The Committee has announced that the Web site is now available.  The Web site provides information on the Hire Vets First initiative and directs businesses interested in hiring veterans to America's Service Locator or to 1-877-US2-JOBS to find their closest One-Stop Career Center for services.  The Web site also refers veterans interested in employment opportunities to their nearest One-Stop Career Center via the same methods.

5.  Action.  Program administrators are requested to share this Information Alert with appropriate staff and other agencies, including Local Veterans Employment Representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists.

6.  Contact. Comments or questions about Hire Vets First activities may be directed to the Office of System Performance in your Regional Office:

Region 1 Boston - 617.565.3630
Region 2 Philadelphia - 215.861.5200
Region 3 Atlanta - 404.562.2092
Region 4 Dallas - 214.767.8263
Region 5 Chicago - 312.596.5400
Region 6 San Francisco - 415.975.4610

Comments or questions about the format of this Alert may be directed to Tom Coyne on 312.596.5435.

7.  Expiration Date. December 4, 2004

8.  Attachments.  None.

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