EXECUTIVE ORDER 2019-05
Order Establishing a Peer Mentor Program for Veterans
WHEREAS, Nevada is comprised of over 250,000 Veterans, 30,000 Service Members, and 5,000 National Guard & Reserve Members;
WHEREAS, the State of Nevada has aggressively addressed veteran unemployment by reducing it from 10% to less than 4% and is committed to eliminating veteran unemployment;
WHEREAS, Nevada has introduced and passed veteran related legislation ensuring veterans are connected to meaningful employment;
WHEREAS, the 2015 Nevada Legislature approved a veterans coordinator position in the Division of Human Resource Management within the Nevada Department of Administration to work with veterans and state agencies to promote the success of veterans;
WHEREAS, despite these advances, veterans see their greatest challenge during transition, with transferring military skills to a civilian environment as a major hurdle;
WHEREAS, establishing peer mentors within the Executive Branch of State Government will help facilitate veteran employees’ transition to state service, improve career development and employee retention, and promote diversity in the work environment; and
WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: “The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of Nevada.”
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
SECTION 1: The Division of Human Resource Management of the Department of Administration shall develop a peer mentor program under the supervision of the Division’s Veterans Coordinator to support the mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities for veterans, members of the Nevada National Guard and members of the U.S. Armed Forces Reserves employed by the State of Nevada. The goals of the peer mentor program include the following:
- Improve veteran recruitment through outreach and awareness of state career opportunities;
- Improve veteran retention by providing a support structure, mentorship, and professional development opportunities;
- Improve Veteran, National Guard, and Reserve employee morale and Esprit de Corps through veteran recognition events and activities; and
- Work with the Interagency Council on Veterans Affairs (ICVA) to encourage Nevada employers to establish peer mentor programs within their organizations.
SECTION 2: The Director of each State Agency with veterans employed by the agency shall coordinate with the Veterans Coordinator to identify at least one employee to serve as a peer mentor for veterans and participate in the peer mentor program.
SECTION 3: Prior military service is not a requirement to serve as a peer mentor for veterans.
SECTION 4: Peer mentors for veterans shall receive no additional compensation for their service.
SECTION 5: The Veterans Coordinator shall provide a report regarding the progress of the peer mentor program to the Interagency Council on Veteran’s Affairs (ICVA) by the thirty-first of December every calendar year.