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Governor Ritter Honors Partnership With Helmets to Hardhats in Support of Returning Veterans

December 16, 2009

FORT CARSON, Colo., Dec. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Gov. Bill Ritter today honored efforts to provide civilian careers for returning veterans with a proclamation recognizing the work of Helmets to Hardhats and the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council.

“We must ensure that veterans, who risk their lives for our freedom, can successfully transition back into the civilian workforce when they come home,” Gov. Ritter said, issuing the proclamation during a visit to a Fort Carson construction site. “Helmets to Hardhats is there to point veterans in the right direction, and the Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council is providing successful career paths.”

Helmets to Hardhats is a free, nonprofit program that connects retired and transitioning military members with construction business employers. Making a successful transition from the military into the civilian workforce can be difficult, so the program offers networking and helps military members translate the skills they learned in the military into a language that civilian employers can understand.

“Helmets to Hardhats is extremely delighted to be joined by Gov. Ritter and the State of Colorado in recognizing the critical importance of assisting our nation’s military veterans, National Guard and Reserve in finding secure and stable careers and training in Construction,” said Darrell L. Roberts, executive director of Helmets to Hardhats. “Through its formal support and acknowledgement of the Helmets to Hardhats program, Gov. Ritter and the State of Colorado have demonstrated a firm commitment to our veterans and service members that goes beyond just words.”

The Colorado Building and Construction Trades Council is working with Helmets to Hardhats to help with job placement and networking. “Colorado is home for many transitioning military families,” said Neal Hall, the Council’s business manager. “We at the Colorado State Building and Construction Trades Council want our servicemen and women to know we’re proud of them and that we’re here for them.”

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