A plan has been revealed to double the number of veterans in Arizona’s state workforce.

Governor Doug Ducey launched his vision on Tuesday, February 15, to build on his promise to make the state the best for veterans in the whole of the US.

He said: “Arizona has a message for the men and women who’ve served our country in uniform – we value their experience, we value their skills and we want them to come work for our state.

“The State of Arizona currently employs about 3,200 veterans.

“We want to double that number and bring more of these patriots into public service.”

AZHiresVets! a recruitment drive organized by the Governor’s Office, the Arizona Coalition for Military Families, and the Arizona Departments of Administration, Veterans’ Services, and Economic Security, is focused on achieving that aim.

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Gov Ducey added: “The State of Arizona currently employs about 3,200 veterans. We want to double that number and bring more of these patriots into public service.”

In the next months, the agency will organize two hiring events in Phoenix.

The first will take place on March 30, and the second on April 28.

The registration period will begin in the first week of March.

Arizona’s Human Resources Director Emily Rajakovich said: “Veterans are in such high demand in today’s highly competitive job market, Veterans selflessly and willingly chose to dedicate themselves to serving our country.

“As natural leaders and problem solvers, these are exactly the kind of men and women we want to join the State’s ranks.”

In his 2022 State of the State address in January, Ducey called for his state to hire more veterans.

He said: “We are blessed to be a magnet for America’s veterans.

“They represent the best of our country, and as any hiring manager will tell you: Veterans are among their most prized and productive employees.”

Ducey’s office also extended his support for veterans in recent years.

Last year, he signed a state budget that disregarded state income tax on veterans’ military pensions.

He also set aside $500,000 toward fighting homelessness among Arizona’s veterans.

Source: Longview News Journal

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