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Operation Hire: Maryland’s 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge

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Review of Operation Hire: Maryland’s 100 Day Veteran Hiring Challenge

Operation Hire began June 1 and continued 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.

Participants in Operation Hire, as well as others in the business community are encouraged to continue sharing open job announcements with the MDVA as well as with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation via the Maryland Workforce Exchange and Veterans Employment Program Staff.  The Employer Tool Kit will remain on the MDVA website and employers are encouraged to use the resources contained therein to propel their veteran hiring initiatives in to the future.

An after action review was held in October with participation from State Agencies, community partners, and employer participants.  Lessons learned and suggested recommendations for the future of Operation Hire are currently under review.

A warm thank you is extended to all of the participants in Operation Hire and for your commitment to supporting our Maryland veterans and families.

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.

For a listing and map of 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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