VADOC seeks to hire more veter­ans

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RICH­MOND — With Veter­ans Day fresh in the minds of the com­mu­nity, the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions would like to re­mind veter­ans that it of­fers em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for them when they re­turn to civil­ian life. Veter­ans make up about 11.8 per­cent of the 11,640 men and women em­ployed by the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions, VADOC.

The Depart­ment has a well-es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ship with the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Veter­ans Ser­vices thanks to the V3 ini­tia­tive, which links veter­ans with em­ploy­ers.VADOC be­gan its V3 part­ner­ship in Oc­to­ber 2015 and has hired more than 480 veter­ans since then. Today, the Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Cor­rec­tions is the largest state em­ployer of mil­i­tary veter­ans, and the VADOC would like to hire at least 100 more veter­ans.

“Veter­ans bring a wealth of tal­ent, skills and train­ing to any job, and they are well-suited to our mis­sion of pub­lic safety,” said VADOC Di­rec­tor Harold Clarke. “Their ca­pa­bil­i­ties, com­pe­tence and abil­ity to com­mu­ni­cate of­ten make veter­ans a nat­u­ral fit for the Depart­ment,” he added.

VADOC of­fers a va­ri­ety of jobs and op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­vance­ment. “In ad­di­tion to cor­rec­tions of­fi­cers, we hire a wide range of em­ploy­ees, from teach­ers, welders, den­tists, doc­tors, and nurses, to food ser­vice work­ers, truck driv­ers, and project man­agers,” Clarke said. The Com­mon­wealth of Vir­ginia boasts a large vet­eran pop­u­la­tion. While Vir­ginia’s pop­u­la­tion ranks 12th na­tion­wide (8.4 mil­lion), its num­ber of work­force veter­ans ranks fourth, at 476,000.

For more in­for­ma­tion about V3, visit www.dvsv3. com. More in­for­ma­tion on the VADOC can be found at www.vadoc.vir­

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