Kamenetz says county will give hiring preference to returning veterans

At a press conference at the National Guard Ruhl Armory in Towson, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said Tuesday that the county is committed to providing extra support services and "the potential for a good job with the county" to returning veterans.

"There is no monument we can build, nor words we can offer that are equal to the sacrifice and achievements of our veterans," Kamenetz said in a statement. "So as a grateful community, we want to help make their return home not only as easy as possible, but as successful as possible."

According to a county release, veterans who pass a entry test for the county's police, fire, sheriff's and corrections office will receive priority in screening and hiring when vacancies arise.

When two or more equally qualified candidates apply for a vacancy in any other county department, the veteran will be given priority for filling the position.

Additionally, the county executive said the Baltimore County's Mobile Career Center and Department of Workforce Development will begin to participate in the National Guard's "Yellow Ribbon" Reintegration events, held periodically to help returning guard and reserves troops with their transition back to civilian life.

The "Yellow Ribbon" events will add to the county's existing veterans services. According to the release, the county has three full-time staff members devoted to working with veterans, while the Department of Health and Human Services provides services to veterans and civilians alike.

The department trained county's agencies how to assist people affected by post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and substance abuse to find services they need, and has helped 200 homeless veterans find housing, the county said.

In addition, the county's Department of Corrections provides services to veterans while incarcerated, as well as when they transition back into the community.

Maj. Gen. James Adkins joined Kamenetz for the announcement, and said the county's Homefront Work Group, "has led the way in supporting veterans for years, and continues to set the benchmark for coordination of veteran's services."

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