The Capital District Transportation Authority (CDTA) of Albany New York honors and supports veterans in several ways most importantly by putting them to work and getting them to work. In fact, 5% of their current workforce is veterans.
In order to recruit strong veteran candidates, CDTA’s human resource representatives attend job fairs sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office to find good veteran job candidates. CDTA also works with the New York State Department of Labor and various veterans support groups such as Soldier On to get referrals and help veterans find jobs at CDTA. This past year, CDTA started its annual employee event to honor veterans for their commitment and service to the country. All of CDTA’s current and retired veteran employees are invited to attend a free luncheon at the local VFW post.
Every year on Veteran’s Day, all veterans can ride CDTA buses for free. Throughout Veterans week the agency’s electronic bus signs read “Remember our Veterans.” While Veteran’s Day is celebrated annually by CDTA, the agency also puts policies in place to honor veterans on the other 364 days of the year. All veterans are eligible to ride CDTA buses for half fare throughout the year by showing their military identification or half fare cards to bus operators.
Additionally, CDTA works with the veteran and military community at large. CDTA Travel Trainers are available to teach veterans how to ride the bus, offering their services as a personal escort on initial trips to help them navigate through the process and ease their comfort level. CDTA is also partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to promote their VA Homefront awareness and outreach campaign to end Veteran homelessness by 2015. Posters and brochures are placed at public CDTA outlets and free hats and magnets distributed to CDTA customers and employees.
To learn more about CDTA, visit www.cdta.org. To learn more about Soldier On, visit www.wesoldieron.org. To learn about the VA Homefront program, visit www.va.gov/HOMELESS/materials_center.asp.
Photo: Left to Right – CDTA Foreman Rich Brior, Master Technician Joe Guiliano and Foreman Ray Edwards, all veterans with over 50 years of collective CDTA employment, show their support for VA Homefront program.