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Posted on: July 24, 2013

Commerce announces employer pledge to support hiring veterans

The Kansas Department of Commerce encourages employers to show their support for hiring veterans by signing the “Hire a Veteran” pledge on the new KanVet website at Employers who sign the pledge agree to consider qualified military veterans for open positions.

“Kansas is proud of those who have sacrificed to defend our country and freedoms, and we are thankful for their service,” Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George said. “The ‘Hire a Veteran’ pledge provides employers with a way to show their appreciation and support of our veterans, and it also helps veterans by matching them with job opportunities.”

Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials helped launch the KanVet website on July 1. KanVet connects veterans with higher education information and job searching tools designed specifically for veterans. Employment resources include information about KANSASWORKS, the KanSERVE program, opportunities with the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and descriptions of other employment services. Education tools provide the ability to search for higher education programs for veterans at all Kansas Board of Regents universities, as well as community and technical colleges.

Employers can view the “Hire a Veteran” pledge at Employers who take the pledge will publicly demonstrate support for hiring veterans. In addition, KANSASWORKS staff will contact businesses and organizations that take the pledge to help link them with qualified veterans seeking jobs.

Employers that sign the pledge will receive a signed certificate acknowledging their support. In addition, businesses will receive KanVet posters and stickers that they can use to demonstrate their support of veterans in Kansas.

In addition to Commerce, other state agencies that helped develop KanVet include the Kansas Adjutant General’s Office, the Kansas Commission on Veterans Affairs, the Department for Children and Families and the Kansas Board of Regents.

To take the employer pledge or learn more about the KanVet initiative, please visit

View the “Hire a Veteran” pledge
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