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July 2, 2014

CTC recognized for hiring vets

JOHNSTOWN — Warriors returning to the homestead after their tours of duty endure several obstacles on the way to a healthy, beneficial reintegration.

Perhaps the key to their success is employment, said Tom Caulfield, director of Veteran Community Initiatives Inc.

Concurrent Technologies Corp. was nationally recognized for bringing thousands of returning vets back into the workforce.

Armed Forces news publication Military Times placed CTC at No. 11 on its annual “Best for Vets: Employers 2014” list, according to a press release.

There were 59 employers recognized out of more than 1,000 entrants. This is the fourth time the company has been honored.

Twenty-two percent of CTC’s current employees are veterans, the release states. More than half of all new hires made last year had military experience.

CTC also received recognition from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, including the Extraordinary Employer Support Award, the Patriot Award and the Pro-Patria Award.

“It’s well deserved,” Caulfield said. “They’ve certainly been supportive of veterans and community veteran programs for a long time.”

Caulfield said CTC has been a staple of its bimonthly job fair since its inception in 1993. He added that the company has “stayed the course,” although the local economy has not enjoyed the same rebound seen elsewhere and readjusting to a civilian lifestyle can be trying for potential employees.

“It’s a transition that certainly takes time and it has to be nurtured,” Caulfield said. “There has to be understanding from all avenues – employers, family, colleagues and fellow veterans.”

With companies such as CTC and the many medical, rehabilitative and judicial programs of which vets can now make use, Caulfield said, lives are being changed.

“The central theme comes back to employment – that is probably the key,” he said. “If you have a good, steady, family-sustaining, paying job, the other things come a bit easier.”

Justin Dennis is a multimedia reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @JustinDennis.

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