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July is Hire a Veteran Month in Minnesota

DEED is hosting events and sharing resources for current and former U.S. military members and their spouses, as well as Minnesota employers


St. Paul – More than 300,000 U.S. military veterans call Minnesota home and more than half of them are of working age. Unfortunately, veterans returning from recent military deployments face higher unemployment and more challenges entering the civilian workforce and advancing in their careers. To help raise awareness about the resources available for veterans and their spouses, as well as the many benefits of employing current and former U.S. military members, Governor Walz has proclaimed July 2021 as Hire a Veteran Month.

The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) has a slate of events planned to mark the month. Governor Walz’s proclamation encourages all Minnesota employers to help connect military service members with employment opportunities during the month of July, and to continue hiring veterans throughout the year. Veterans learn fast, and possess many invaluable skills, such as leadership, dedication, and strong work ethics.

“Current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces have a range of skills from leadership, team building and problem solving to in-depth knowledge of advanced technology,” said DEED Commissioner Steve Grove. “Employers have a lot to gain by hiring a veteran – and we owe it to the men and women who have served our country to connect them with good employment opportunities.”

Virtual events slated for Hire a Veteran Month include:

• An online career fair on Thursday, July 29 from 1-3 p.m. Minnesota employers interested in participating are invited to find out more and register. Current and former U.S. military members and their spouses are invited to register to participate.

• A series of four weekly online events for employers on Thursdays from 11 a.m. – noon beginning July 8. Minnesota employers are invited to register for any or all of these weekly Veteran Recruitment Series – Best Practices events.

• An Explore Careers: Veteran Friendly Employers virtual event on Tuesday, July 20 from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Current and former U.S. military members and their spouses are invited to register here.

Current and former U.S. military members interested in learning about Veterans Employment Services available to them, as well as employers interested in finding out more about the benefits of hiring veterans, are encouraged to view the resources at

DEED is the state's principal economic development agency, promoting business recruitment, expansion and retention, workforce development, international trade and community development. For more details about the agency and its services, visit the DEED website or follow us on Twitter.


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