New Program to Offer Free Hotel Stays to Veterans During Their Colorado Job Search

Hilton Hotels Joins With State Labor Department to Offer Unique Assistance to Veterans in their Job Search.

Bill Dowling and Hilton Representatives Photo

(DENVER) -- At an awards ceremony last week, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) recognized Hilton Worldwide for its partnership with the agency that will provide veterans with hotel accommodations when they are traveling for job interviews or attending training.  The program, called the CDLE Hilton HHonors Military Program, is already in place in several states.  It formally launches in Colorado at Hilton hotels in Colorado Springs.

Over the next few years, more than one million men and women will be discharged from the military.  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 Department of Labor and Employment’s staff of Veterans Representatives (who are themselves veterans) work to connect veterans with job opportunities and to provide them with vocational and career guidance and referrals to a wide variety of supportive services and training programs.

“Overcoming barriers is our specialty,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek, “and thanks to the generosity of Hilton Worldwide, our Veterans 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,” says 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 and 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,” says 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.”

About Hilton HHonors

Hilton HHonors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s eleven distinct hotel brands, offers more than 41 million members more ways to earn and redeem points than any other guest-loyalty program, enabling them to create experiences worth sharing at more than 4,200 hotels in 93 countries and territories. HHonors members can now redeem points for any room, anywhere, anytime, including the most luxurious suites, using any of four room rewards: Premium Room Rewards, Room Upgrade Rewards, Points & Money Rewards and Standard Room Rewards. In addition, HHonors members can use points to purchase unique experience rewards, merchandise and vacation packages, make charitable contributions and more.

HHonors is also the only guest-loyalty program to offer ‘No Blackout Dates’ and ‘Points & Miles’ for the same stay at its properties worldwide, including participating Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy By Hilton, Curio - A Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. Membership in HHonors is free, and travelers may enroll online by visiting www.HiltonHHonors.com or connect with Hilton HHonors at news.hiltonhhonors.com. Members can now also book reservations, manage their accounts and redeem special offers with the new Hilton HHonors mobile app for iPhone.

Veterans who are interested in learning about their eligibility to receive a free stay while engaged in a job interview or training, should contact Pete Hall (warren.hall@state.co.us) or Tim Marquart (tim.marquart@state.co.us) for more information.

Photo above:  The Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) and the National Veterans Training Institute (NVTI) present a certificate of appreciation to the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver for its commitment to veterans.  NVTI has conducted training for veterans at the hotel since 1999.  Left to right are Bill Dowling, Director of CDLE's Division of Employment and Training; Allen Paty, General Manager of the DoubleTree by Hilton Denver; and Vaune Shelbourn, Director of the National Veterans Training Institute.

A high resolution photo is available on request.  Please contact Bill Thoennes at bill.thoennes@state.co.us


For Immediate Release

Date: December 1, 2014
Contact: Office of Government, Policy and Public Relations
Bill Thoennes at (303) 318-8004 or Cher Haavind at (303) 318-8003
Fax: (303) 318-8070
Web:  www.colorado.gov/cdle