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Services for Veterans

The CareerCenter offers specialized employment and training services for Veterans. If you served in the U.S. Armed Forces a CareerCenter Representative can help you find a job, get new skills, or access other state or federal resources available to Veterans.

Helping veterans find jobs, get trained, or access services:

  • Help with your job search, resume writing, and interview skills;
  • Career decision-making guidance that will help you translate your military skills to good jobs in the civilian workforce;
  • Information on training or education opportunities;
  • Referrals to other state and federal resources available to Veterans.

Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses

Veterans and eligible spouses are given priority of service for the receipt of employment, training and placement services provided under most Maine Department of Labor-funded programs. Veterans and eligible spouses are entitled to precedence for such services. This means that a Veteran or eligible spouse either receives access to a service earlier than others, or if resources are limited, the Veteran or eligible spouse receives access to the service instead of others.

If you are a Veteran or eligible spouse, please identify yourself as such when inquiring about any Maine Department of Labor program. By doing so, you will be able to take full advantage of this priority.

If you are uncertain whether or not you are Veteran or eligible spouse, note the following definitions as they apply to Maine Department of Labor programs.

Veteran: A person who served at least 180 days in the active military, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable, as specified in 38 U.S.C. 101(2). Active service includes full-time Federal service in the National Guard or a Reserve Component. The definition of “active service” does not include full-time duty performed strictly for training purposes (i.e., that which is referred to as “weekend” or “annual” training), nor does it include full-time active duty performed by National Guard personnel who are mobilized by State rather than Federal authorities.

Eligible Spouse: As defined in 38 U.S.C. 4215(a), means the spouse of any of the following:

  1. Any Veteran who died of a service-connected disability
  2. Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days:
    • Missing in action
    • Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
    • Forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power
  3. Any Veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected, as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Protecting the rights of veterans in the workforce

The Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) protects the rights of workers who are absent from their jobs to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces. Contact your local CareerCenter Veterans' Representative for more information or assistance with your employer.

Helping employers recruit and hire veterans

Businesses that hire Veterans get dedicated employees who bring a wide range of experience to the workplace. CareerCenter Veterans' Representatives work with local employers to connect Veterans with good jobs. Employers who hire eligible veterans may be able to take advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit. If you are a Maine employer looking to hire quality workers with strong leadership and teamwork skills, contact your local CareerCenter Veterans' Representative for more information.

Veterans Hiring Toolkit

Filled with useful information on hiring veterans, the Veterans Hiring Toolkit was developed as part of USDOL’s "America's Heroes at Work" initiative to assist and educate employers who want to include veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives. Featuring a straightforward six-step process, it pinpoints helpful tools and outlines important steps to take when designing a veterans hiring initiative.