A Letter from Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno
May is Military Appreciation Month and, as the mother of a son who graduates from the Air Force Academy later this month, veterans issues are near to my heart. New Jersey is home to more than 408,000 veterans, and it is our duty to take care of these brave men and women both during and after their service to this nation.

One way to show our gratitude is to make it easier for veterans to find employment in the civilian sector. Veterans have a higher rate of unemployment both nationally and in New Jersey. We have been working hard to connect veterans and businesses, and to remove some of the obstacles that veterans face in the work force. Less than 1 percent of the population serves in the military, fighting for our freedoms. We owe it to them to make sure that they don't have to also fight for a job.

We kicked off Military Appreciation Month a day early (on April 30) by honoring Wells Fargo, a company that has made hiring veterans a priority. The company has committed to increasing the numbers of veteran employees to 20,000 by 2020.

So, this May let’s not only take time to honor our fallen military on Memorial Day, but let’s also take time to appreciate our military and our veterans, by assisting them with the transition to civilian life and helping them to obtain gainful employment. Let’s follow Wells Fargo’s lead, and make hiring our veterans a priority for us all. Kim Guadagno
Lt. Governor
Lt. Governor Guadagno led a group of women lawmakers in a Statewide “Dress Our Vets” clothing drive benefiting women veterans as they transition from military service to civilian life. Conducted during March – Women’s History Month – the donations benefited the Suiting Warriors Foundation, which provides the suits and other items to veterans entering the civilian workforce.
Earlier this year, Lt. Governor Guadagno met with several medical professional associations to discuss the changing field of healthcare and what State officials can do to address the needs of medical professionals and patients alike.

“The American system of health care is undergoing what may be the greatest transformation since the discovery of penicillin, and that makes it an exciting and challenging time to be a physician,” Lt. Governor Guadagno told more than 1,000 participants at the annual convention of the New Jersey Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons in April.
Department of State Spotlight:
Office of Volunteerism
April was National Volunteer Month. And the Lt. Governor and Office of Volunteerism were hard at work. The month's efforts began on Easter Sunday, when the Lt. Governor, her son, Assemblywoman Donna Simon, and the Samaritan Homeless Interim Program served Easter meals to those in need in Somerset County.

“Whether it was in response to Superstorm Sandy, helping clean up our neighborhoods, serving those in need, or any other way we volunteer our time and talents, New Jerseyans stand ready to push up their sleeves and support our neighbors and communities,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno.

Throughout April the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism participated in a host of volunteer events, including a volunteer appreciation event at the new HomeFront campus, a mentoring event with Junior Achievement, and joining employees of Comcast for Comcast Cares Day.

In addition, the Governor’s Office of Volunteerism is helping to coordinate relief efforts in response to the Nepal Earthquake, as well as organizing volunteers for the September 2015 World Meeting of Families Papal Visit.

New Jersey is home to approximately 1.45 million volunteers who provide more than 206 million hours of service valued at $4.6 billion. Those interested in seeking volunteerism opportunities in New Jersey are encouraged to visit the Office of Volunteerism website.
Lt. Governor Guadagno spent much of the first part of 2015 supporting organizations that mentor and guide students to solid career paths – be it encouraging women to pursue careers in science and technology, networking with teens from various cultures and backgrounds, or teaching children the basics of how to manage money.
Made in New Jersey
In March, Lt. Governor Guadagno joined members of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA) to meet with participants of the annual Made in New Jersey Day in Trenton. Each year, NJBIA invites 28 manufacturers to exhibit their New Jersey-made products at the State House.

“More and more businesses are coming to New Jersey because we are the ideal place for companies to succeed, grow and compete in the global marketplace,” Lt. Governor Guadagno said.
Building Schools
During the long Winter, Lt. Governor Guadagno joined New Jersey Schools Development Authority CEO Charles McKenna to celebrate the opening of A. Chester Redshaw Elementary School in New Brunswick. She also signed a steel beam that was incorporated into the new Phillipsburg High School in Lopatcong Township. The state of the art high school building will open for the 2016-2017 school year. Most recently, she broke ground at the new Gloucester City Middle School.

“We are celebrating a new era of better and more efficient school construction in New Jersey,” Lt. Governor Guadagno said. “These changes bring increased accountability and eliminate wasteful spending and the savings will allow us to build or fix more schools for more children. Our administration is delivering greater value to those schools and neighborhoods most in need and greater value to our taxpayers.”