Hilton HotelThe Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) lauded Hilton Worldwide recently for its partnership with the agency that provides veterans with hotel accommodations when they are traveling for job interviews or attending training.

The program, called the CDLE Hilton HHonors Military Program, is in place in several states. It formally launches in Colorado at Hilton hotels in Colorado Springs.

Over the next few years, more than 1 million men and women will be discharged from the military, according to the CDLE. A 2014 study by Blue Star Families, a nonprofit organization that addresses their challenges, reports that “finding adequate employment is frequently named as a top concern among service members transitioning from military to civilian life.”

Younger veterans who served post-9/11 – and there are approximately 130,600 of them in Colorado’s labor force – continue to face higher unemployment rates.

The CDLE’s staff of veteran representatives work to connect veterans with jobs and to provide them with vocational and career guidance and referrals to supportive services and training programs.

“Overcoming barriers is our specialty,” said CDLE Executive Director Ellen Golombek. “And thanks to the generosity of Hilton Worldwide, our veteran representatives can now help veterans even further in their job search activities. Hilton has a great military-friendly reputation and it is helping veterans knock down some of the financial barriers that they encounter when trying to enter, navigate and advance in jobs here in Colorado.”

The Department of Labor and Employment and the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) used the Hilton HHonors Military program announcement to also present Hilton with a certificate of appreciation for its long-standing commitment to veterans.

“NVTI has been offering course work and training to disabled veteran outreach program specialists and local veteran employment representatives since 1986,” said Vaune Shelbourn of the University of Colorado at Denver (of which NVTI is a part). “We conduct around 66 courses in Denver each year, training an average of 1,320 participants. We began utilizing the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver in 1999.”

“No hotel has ever come close to offering the level of service our participants have received here.”

“Our commitment to veterans resonates throughout our company,” said Allen Paty, general manager of the Denver DoubleTree Complex. “Conrad Hilton, our founder, was a World War I veteran, so you might say it’s part of our DNA.”