Gov. Mark Dayton, proclaiming July as  “Hire a Veteran Month,” is encouraging Minnesota employers to hire military veterans.
“Veterans learn fast, and possess many invaluable skills, such as leadership, dedication, and strong work ethics,” Dayton said in a prepared statement this week. “
Dayton encouraged Minnesota veterans to attend the 12th Annual Veteran’s Career Fair on Wednesday, July 18, from 2 p.m. to 6 pm, at the Earl Browne Center in Brooklyn Center; hosted by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). 
More than 125 companies with job openings will attend the fair.
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“More than 337,000 veterans call Minnesota home, and many are contributing to the state’s strong economy,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Veterans are equipped to enter the workplace with the needed skills. In a time when Minnesota is projected to see workforce shortages… it becomes even more important to make sure all Minnesotans have access to quality, meaningful employment.”
The Dayton administration’s commitment to helping vets find good-paying work includes recruitment and retention initiatives, relationships with veterans organizations, support for deployed soldiers and families, and civilian-life reintegration.
“Hiring Minnesota veterans is good for business and helps support our heroes who have sacrificed so much for our state and nation,” said Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Larry Shellito. “Veterans can perform at the highest levels under all kinds of pressures and conditions which make them valuable team members for Minnesota companies and organizations.”

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