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News Release

Friday, October 21, 2005
Contact: Debby Pafel
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Continues Aggressive Outreach to Military Personnel Through Its Veteran Invitational Program (VIP)

Washington, D.C. - The United States Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Veteran Invitational Program (VIP) continued outreach to veterans at the Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, CO. The program was developed to provide Federal job information to those serving in the military.

"The VIP offers veterans who are transitioning from military service the opportunity to use their skills in the Federal civilian service," stated Associate Director Marta Perez, Division for Human Capital Leadership and Merit System Accountability. "These veterans have defended their country and protected the liberty of others. They have earned special hiring considerations."

OPM staffed their Working for America booth and also offered three well-attended presentations that provided information on resume writing and interviewing techniques; details about veterans' preferences and special hiring authorities; and demonstrations of the USAJOBS website, the official job site of the Federal government.

"The information being disseminated to the men and women on our base provides valuable insights into the Federal hiring process and the unique benefits available to veterans," said Kim Cosley, manager of Peterson's Family Support Center. "I commend OPM for its effort and initiative and hope it continues this assertive outreach effort."

OPM created the VIP in response to President George W. Bush's strong commitment to veterans' preference in Federal hiring. It is part of OPM's nationwide outreach and educational program to promote the various hiring authorities available to veterans under Federal law. The VIP kickoff in April 2004 was followed by a rapid outreach to more than 30 military installations and veterans' medical facilities across the country. Over 3,500 military personnel and veterans have been trained through the program. The next outreach activity will be to the Mayport Naval Station in Jacksonville, Florida.

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