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Operation Hire Maryland: Creating a Veteran Friendly Business Network


Plans are underway to launch a sustainable initiative which builds upon the veteran hiring challenge held in 2014.  More information to be released soon.

Upcoming Events:

June 4: Veteran Friendly Business Training Event (online registration opens May 4), Location- Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville

June 8: Operation Hire Participant Registration Opens

July 1: Operation Hire Maryland Kick Off

In the meantime, to share job announcements or to learn more about how to recruit, onboard, and support veterans in the workplace, the following resources are available to the business community:

  1. Employer Tool Kit: visit this kit for human resources information.
  2. Maryland Workforce Exchange: visit the exchange to share job announcements.
  3. One Stop Career Center: contact your Local Veterans Employment Representative for veteran recruitment support.
  4. Maryland National Guard Civilian Employment Assistance: contact this Office to share job announcements with our National Guard service members.
  5. MDVA Jobs for Maryland Veterans Email: contact the MDVA at to share job announcements.
  6. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs eBenefits website: visit this site to enroll and share job announcements.

Operation Hire: Maryland’s 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge (2014)

Operation Hire began in 2014 and ran from June 1 through September 9.  The campaign challenged Maryland employers to incorporate or expand upon established veteran hiring initiatives. The final participant tally totalled 184 State Agencies, local jurisdictions and private sector businesses.  Throughout the campaign participants were asked to share veteran hires.  Two employers were to receive special recognition as a result of their hiring efforts during Operation Hire.  The recognition categories and employers are:

  • The employer participant with the most hires (raw count): Lockheed Martin Corporation, 60 hires
  • The employer participant with the largest percentage of hires by workforce size: Jiffy Lube-Pikesville, 9 hires which brought its’ workforce to 50% veterans

The State Agency which had the largest number of reported veteran hires was the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services with 25 reported hires.

An after action review was held in October 2014 with participation from State Agencies, community partners, and employer participants.

A warm thank you is extended to all of the participants during Operation Hire’s inaugural year and for your commitment to supporting our Maryland veterans and families.

For a listing and map of 2014 employer participants and their locations/contact information, visit the Operation Hire Employer Map.

For more information on Operation Hire contact:
Dana Hendrickson
Director, Outreach and Advocacy
Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs

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