WHEREAS, North Carolina is home to nearly 800,000 veterans, whose technical skills, strong work ethic, leadership, and experience with teamwork make them an invaluable segment of the workforce; and

WHEREAS, in 2021-2022, North Carolina’s workforce system supported almost 19,000 veterans who received job-seeking assistance and approximately 3,100 veterans who obtained employment with the help of their local NCWorks Career Center; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina has developed tools to help veterans find jobs and training, including the NCWorks Veterans Portal, located at veterans.ncworks.gov; and

WHEREAS, the State collaborates with North Carolina For Military Employment (NC4ME) and other organizations to connect veterans with employers that are looking to hire; and

WHEREAS, veterans have valuable skills and experience gained in the military that are highly transferable to new careers in high-demand fields; and

WHEREAS, these brave men and women have served with honor and have more than earned the right and the opportunity to pursue quality employment at competitive wages; and

WHEREAS, for more than 200 years, our communities and our state have been built with the help of veterans who served their country during peace and war to keep democracy safe; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina benefits from the service of numerous veterans as state employees; and

WHEREAS, the State of North Carolina encourages companies to provide employment opportunities to veterans already in the workforce and those transitioning out of military service; and

WHEREAS, North Carolina’s “First in Talent” Plan emphasizes the importance of expanding upon programs that help veterans transition to the civilian workforce and overcome barriers, so that their diverse talents and skills can contribute to a thriving, innovative economy; and

WHEREAS, we remain committed to making our state the most veteran and military-friendly state in the nation and the premier choice for veterans looking for a place to work and live;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, ROY COOPER, Governor of the State of North Carolina, do hereby proclaim November 7 – 11, 2022, as “EMPLOY A VETERAN WEEK” in North Carolina, and commend its observance to all citizens.

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