Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2014
LOUISIANA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS PARTNERS WITH ACADIAN AMBULANCE, ANNOUNCES INITIATIVE TO GARNER SUPPORT FROM LOUISIANA EMPLOYERS FOR HIRING VETERANS
The Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) announced today a new initiative to secure support from Louisiana employers to hire Veterans, service members and military dependents. This initiative seeks to streamline efforts to connect Veterans with employment opportunities with a goal of lowering unemployment rates among the Louisiana Veteran population.
"With the U.S. Department of Defense proposing massive cuts to troop levels, we can expect the number of Veterans seeking civilian employment opportunities to rise sharply in the near future," says Rodney Alexander, Secretary of Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs. "By partnering with companies like Acadian Ambulance that actively support hiring Veterans, we hope to connect more of our former service members with career opportunities for themselves and their families."
“Acadian Ambulance was founded in 1971 by employing medics returning from Vietnam. The incredible training and work ethic of these veterans set the foundation for our company. We are pleased to join the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs in this initiative. Acadian has a tremendous need for employees to fuel the growth in all of our divisions and we actively recruit veterans because they make phenomenal employees,” said Richard Zuschlag, chairman and CEO of Acadian Ambulance Service and Acadian Companies.
The new LDVA initiative will take a three-tiered approach to connecting Louisiana Veterans with job opportunities. First, LDVA will actively seek statements of support from Louisiana employers that are willing to establish goals for hiring Veterans. LDVA will establish a database of companies committed to recruiting and hiring Veterans and their family members and will promote these corporate pledges across the state.
Secondly, LDVA will provide assistance to employers as they seek to connect with Veteran job seekers including sharing of state resources, outreach efforts, recruiting event coordination and promotion, and more. Finally, LDVA will work with Louisiana Veterans and their families to educate them on high demand careers within the state and will seek to connect them with educational programs and benefits as well as on the job training opportunities to develop skill-sets in these high demand areas.
"The values and leadership skills our Veterans developed during their military careers make them excellent candidates for companies that seek to employ persons with demonstrated skills and solid work ethics," says Secretary Alexander. "I am passionate about supporting our Veterans and I am proud to partner with more companies like Acadian Ambulance as we bolster employment opportunities for the brave men and women who served our country with honor."
Since 1971, Acadian has provided the highest level of emergency medical care and transportation possible. In the past decade, the company has expanded to include a diverse suite of services in health, safety, and transportation. Acadian's six divisions are Acadian Ambulance Service, Acadian Monitoring Services, Air Med, Executive Aircraft Charter Service, National EMS Academy and Safety Management Systems.
For more information on jobs available through Acadian Ambulance, please visit www.acadian.com/military