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Wanted: A Few Good Veterans to Keep the Roads Clear of Snow

December 18, 2014
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Wanted: A Few Good Veterans to Keep the Roads Clear of Snow
The Colorado Department of Transportation will hire veterans to handle snow removal this winter. Alex Wong/Getty Images
The Colorado Department of Transportation thinks former soldiers have the right skills.

Every year, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has to hire dozens of seasonal workers to drive plows and operate heavy machinery to keep the roads clear once the snow starts flying. This winter, they have a special group of people in mind to fill 60 vacant positions: veterans.

“Veterans often finish their military service with the types of skills we’re looking for,” CDOT deputy executive director Scot Cuthbertson tells CBS Denver in a statement. “We encourage veterans to make appointments and talk to us about our seasonal openings. We think we may have some good matches out there.”

CDOT held three open houses just for veterans to answer questions and make hires — including snowplow drivers, heavy equipment mechanics and communications experts — before Colorado’s heavy snow season hits.

This winter, you may have an extra reason to thank a veteran.

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