2017 Maine Hire A Vet Campaign

2017 Campaign Results

Maine’s annual Hire-A-Vet campaign completed on December 13, 2017. For the third consecutive year, the campaign far exceeded its goal of 100 participating employers and 100 Veterans hired during the 100-day period.

154 - Participating Employers


296 - Total Hires

  • 275 - Veterans Hired
    • 52 - Female Veterans Hired
  • 21 - Military Family Members Hired

$23.16 - Reported Avg. Hourly Wage


Quick Facts

  • Employers hired from all 16 counties.
  • Roughly 20% of Veterans hired during the 2017 campaign were female. Women make up 10% of Maine’s Veteran population.
  • More than 150 employers also joined “Military Culture 202” training and employer panel to learn best practices on recruiting, onboarding and retaining veterans in the workplace.

The campaign provides support for employers to expand the hiring of veterans and military families, including a network of state and federal agencies, resources and nonprofits, education on military language and culture, assistance with recruiting, hiring, assimilation and retention, and recognition for the hiring and advancement of Veterans.

Employers: Contact a Veterans Representative your closest Maine CareerCenter to continute connecting with Maine veterans!

Veterans and Military Families, connect with your local Maine CareerCenter Veterans’ Representative for job search assistance.

Hilton Honors: Veterans traveling 40 miles or more for an interview or job fair may be eligible for free overnight accommodations through the Hilton Honors Program. To learn more, contact John.W.Wagner@maine.gov.

2016 Results

  • 197 veteran hires
  • 147 participating employers
  • $22.23 avg. placement wage

Maine CareerCenters help veterans who have to travel for a job interview to stay at a Hilton Hotel for no cost through Hilton Honors.

How it Works

Support for Veterans

  • Pre- and Post-transition personalized networking
  • Personal assessment
  • Resume and interview preparation
  • Partner agency coordination

If you are a Veteran or eligible spouse, please identify yourself as such when inquiring about any Maine Department of Labor program.

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.

Support for Employers

  • No-cost resources to post your jobs on Maine JobLink and Live+Work in Maine.
  • Assistance with filling job vacancies.
  • Hosted job fairs and employer recruitments at Maine CareerCenters.
  • CareerCenter resources and interview/conference rooms
  • Connect employers with statewide Veteran organizations.
  • Employment, training and placement services available to eligible trailing spouses.

Employers that hire eligible veterans may be able to take advantage of the Work Opportunity Tax Credit.

Boots 2 Roots, Bureau of Veterans Services, Maine CareerCenter, Easter Seals Maine, Live and Work in Maine, Maine Department of Labor, Transition Assitance Advisors, Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Count, and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment