By Associated Press - Saturday, November 10, 2018

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Gov. Dannel P. Malloy is urging service members and veterans, in honor of Veterans Day, to consider a state program that helps them become teachers in Connecticut.

The federal government in May awarded the state a $1.1 million grant to help start the Troops to Teachers initiative . It provides service members transitioning into civilian life and those who’ve already left military service with the training to teach in K-12 schools.

Participants also receive help in finding employment after their training is completed.

Malloy says the program helps to reduce unemployment among veterans and provide students with good role models. There are approximately 200,000 veterans living in Connecticut. Nearly 41,000 are between the ages of 20 and 44.

The program will recruit a minimum of 40 veterans in the first year.

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