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Veterans Services

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, obtain new skills, or access other state or federal resources available to Veterans.

“Upon retiring from the army and transitioning back to the civilian world it had been extremely difficult to find employment. With your help and knowledge of what employers are looking for, you helped me with resume building, interview prep and so much more. I hope all veterans young or old utilize your services.” – Michael of Sanford

Employer Services

Veteran Priority of Service
Veteran Priority of Service means, with respect to any qualified Department of Labor employment and job-training programs, that Veterans and Eligible Spouses shall be given priority over non-Veterans for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services, notwithstanding any other provision of the law. Learn more.

Online Resources

Veterans – Why Move to Maine?

Maine Hire A Vet Campaign

Maine JobLink

Maine Bureau of Veterans' Services

Services for People with Disabilities

MDOL Veterans Team on Facebook

My Next Move for Veterans

File for Unemployment


Stay Informed

Sign up for the Maine Department of Labor's quarterly Veterans Update.

This is the 2023 Maine Hire a Vet campaign logo.

Registration is Now Open, FMI or to register visit https://www.mainecareercenter.com/mhav/

Job Seeker Services

  • Help with your job search, resume writing and interview skills.
  • Guidance to help you translate your military skills to good jobs in the civilian workforce.
  • Referrals to other state and federal resources available to Veterans.

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.


Workforce Conditions for Veterans in Maine - May 23, 2018 (PowerPoint) (PDF)

Veterans Preference Hiring with State of Maine

The State of Maine is an employer that is committed to providing qualified veterans opportunities to compete for jobs in State Government. Maine Law states any veteran or gold star spouse who meets the minimum qualifications established for the position shall be offered an interview with the state agency of the employment opportunity. If you are interested in receiving guidance on other State of Maine openings for which you may be qualified to apply, please contact the Bureau of Human Resources at (207) 624-7761 or visit their website at www.maine.gov/bhr.

How to Connect

Veterans or transitioning service members who meet any of the following can contact a Veterans' Representative below, directly. If neither apply to you, contact your local CareerCenter.

  • You are a veteran with a service connected disability
  • You are homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • You are recently separated and unemployed
  • You have less than a high school diploma
  • You are an offender released in last 12 months
  • You are low income
  • You are between the ages of 18 and 24
  • You are a Vietnam Era Veteran

Veterans in Healthcare

If you are looking for employment in healthcare AND you are a veteran that served in the medical corps of any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States, AND your healthcare experience or education is relatively current (within last 2 years), please contact us to take the next steps!

Employer Services

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 Serving Veterans

CareerCenter Veterans' Representatives are located around the state and are ready to serve you.

  • Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist (DVOPs) counsel veterans in all aspects of job search and career development.
  • Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) work with employers to facilitate employment opportunities for veterans.

DVOP – Bradley Bean
Phone: 207- 816-0775

LVER – Justin Spencer
Phone: (207) - 530-6210

Address: Augusta CareerCenter 
45 Commerce Drive
Augusta, ME 04333 

DVOP – Rick Partridge
Phone: 207-561-4049  

Address: Tri-County CareerCenter      
45 Oak Street Suite 3                    
Bangor, Maine 04401

DVOP – Leslie Brown
Phone:  207-768-6840

Address: Presque Isle CareerCenter 
66 Spruce St, 
Presque Isle, ME 04769

Program Manager - Leo Deon Jr.
Phone: 207-620-6569

Division Director –Tarlan Ahmadov
Phone:  207-816-0165

Address: Maine Dept of Labor
45 Commerce Drive
Augusta, ME 04333

DVOP – Rick Partridge
Phone: 207-561-4049        

LVER – Martine “Marty” Estrada
Phone: 207-561-4051

Address: Tri-County CareerCenter      
45 Oak Street Suite 3                    
Bangor, Maine 04401                   

DVOP – Mark Moreau
Phone:  207-530-4375

LVER – Vacant

Address: Lewiston CareerCenter 
5 Mollison Way
Lewiston, ME 04240

DVOP – Vacant

LVER – Vacant

Address: Greater Portland CareerCenter 
151 Jetport Blvd 
Portland, ME 04102

DVOP/LVER – Francis "JR" Abbott
Phone: (207) 324-5460 x 2203

Address: York County CareerCenter
9 Bodwell Court
Springvale, ME 04083

Other Services for Veterans

A list of additional services available to veterans (pdf)