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City of Albuquerque is First to Create Job Preference Incentives for Veterans

Broad-based Veterans’ Preference/Recognition Hiring Program Begins

May 31, 2012

Albuquerque, NM – Veterans now have a higher chance of getting a job within the City of Albuquerque. In an effort to further recognize the personal sacrifice Veterans make to preserve the freedoms we enjoy in the United States, Mayor Richard J. Berry is introducing a Veterans’ Preference/Recognition Program.

The broad-based hiring preference will create additional opportunities for virtually all Veterans and currently serving military personnel. The new hiring program begins today, and includes all city departments.

"Veterans are the heart of our nation, the least we can do is help them integrate back into the communities they are willing to die for," said Mayor Berry. "With such high numbers of returning Veterans we’re eager to put their hard-earned skills and training to work for the betterment of our city."

Many cities have a veterans’ preference built-into their public safety departments, but this will be one of the first programs that creates this preference within non-public safety departments, it will also be the first all-inclusive program. The Mayor’s Veterans Liaison, Roger Newall, who was appointed last year, researched what other municipalities across the nation were doing on this front, and was surprised to find how many programs excluded many levels of military personal.

"With hundreds of veterans returning home from active duty, every day, it’s imperative that they received opportunities to move back into the society they left, with as little difficulty as possible," said Newall. "The Mayor knew how important this was, and he challenged me to work with city leaders to make this day a reality."

There will now be a veterans’ section on all city job application forms.