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Disabled Veteran Jobs

A Guide through the Information Maze

If you’re a disabled American military vet looking for assistance or online resources to help you find a job, you’re facing a huge and bewildering maze of services, websites, agencies, tools, etc. spread across the country. The fact is, there are many people eager to help you, many agencies and websites to assist you. You’re not on your own in tackling this problem. However, with so much information, so many resources, where do you start?

Herewith we offer our best attempt to make your research a little easier and less frustrating.

In Part I we provide a quick introduction to the main VA and US Department of Labor programs, in a Q&A format. Part II offers a comprehensive listing of the best online resources, formatted for easy keyword searching or browsing. If you’re an American disabled veteran in need of employment assistance or other help you’ll find programs and services across the USA, both government and private, listed here. It’s as close to being a complete listing as we could make it.

PART I – GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS

You should become familiarized with the following two Veterans Administration agencies and the services they provide –

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) – Operates the VA healthcare system, including the VA hospitals, the Vet Centers (counseling centers), and provides all the healtcare services available to you.

The VHA is required by law to provide eligible veterans hospital care and outpatient health care services that are defined as “needed.” – which means care or service that will promote, preserve, and restore health. This includes treatment, procedures, supplies, or services. The process of qualifying for this treatment is described later in this article.

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) – Manages all the federal benefit programs, such as Disability Compensation and Disability Compensation, as well as vocational rehabilitation services, life insurance, educational assistance, and home loan programs, among others.

The VBA administers the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, which assists veterans who have service-connected disabilities with obtaining and maintaining suitable employment. Independent living services are also available for veterans with severe disabilities who are not currently ready to seek employment. Additional information is available at http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre.

For an in-depth discussion of the VHA, VGA, and government benefits available to vets, click here.

Questions & Answers

First, who exactly qualifies as a disabled vet?

 

Technically you’re a disabled veteran if you’ve applied for disability benefits from the VA and had your application approved. Even if you’re getting VA healthcare you’re not “officially” a disabled vet until the VA says so. To get that to happen you must go through the steps the VA prescribes to have your condition officially recognized. This process is covered later in this article.

 

What are the main federal government programs for unemployed disabled vets?

 

1. Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (VA)

2. Veterans Employment Training Service (US Dept of Labor)

 

What is the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service?

 

VR&E, also called the Chapter 31 program, helps disabled vets prepare for and find suitable jobs. Note this program is for all disabled vets, including those who are so disabled they are unable to work.

Here are some of the services it provides –

 

— Vocational counseling

— Job training

— Job-search assistance

— Apprenticeships at local companies

— Educational/vocational training

— Rehabilitation services

— Independent living services for severely disabled vets

 

How do I participate in the VR&E?

 

To participate you need a non-dishonorable discharge and a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% or a memorandum rating of 20%.

Generally you have 12 years to apply from your date of separation (though there are exceptions).

 

What happens after I apply to participate in the VR&E?

 

You’ll be scheduled to meet a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) for an evaluation.

Your VRC will determine if your disability meets minimum requirements for the program, and if it does, he/she will work with you to develop an employment plan. This may involve getting training, writing a resume, taking advantage of vet preference in government hiring, exploring corporate job placement opportunities, and many other possibilities.

 

What if I’m found to be ineligible?

 

If you’re found ineligible the VRC will refer you to other services which will help you, such as state vocational rehabilitation programs, US Department of Labor programs, and local, state, and federal agencies providing services for disabled vets seeking employment.

 

What financial benefits am I owed by the government as a disabled veteran?

 

If you have a disability (injury or disease) contracted while on active duty, you are due financial benefits from the government tax free – your VA Disability Compensation – which range from a little over a hundred dollars a month to several thousand. There is no time limit for applying. And there are other potential benefits you may be eligible for, including –

 

— Vocational rehabilitation to train for a new career

– Long-term care

– Preference in government hiring

– Help in starting a business

 

How do I apply for VA Disability Benefits?

 

Filing for benefits can be quite complicated, as the VA will require documentation of your military service and proof that your disability is attributable to that service. Although you can apply online it’s strongly recommended that you take advantage of the free assistance provided by veteran service officers made available by the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, among others. Most states also have Veteran Service Officer Programs. Since the application can be technical and difficult to complete correctly, this assistance is crucial – don’t pass it up and apply on your own.

 

What’s involved in filing for VA Disability Benefits?

 

To be eligible you must be a US military veteran or an active service member about to be discharged in the near future. You must have a disease or disability and there must have been an incident during your active service with caused the disease or disability. To apply, you or your veteran service officer must file VA For 21-526, the Veteran Application for Compensation and/or Pension, obtainable at www.va.gov/vaforms. You’ll also need your DD214, separation or discharge documentation, and copies of your medical records and evidence of your disability (among other records and documentation, depending on the case). Note your disability may have been contracted due to direct military service, or it may have merely been aggravated during your service (e.g., you had a preexisting condition).

 

How do I make a PTSD Claim?

 

It’s now easier to make a Post-Traumatic Stress claim than it used to be, thanks to some VA streamlining of the process. You no longer need to provide evidence of the specific traumatic event that caused your PTSD, as long as you have a PTSD diagnosis from a VA psychiatrist or psychologist. During your evaluation you will be assigned a “percentage of disability” by the doctor or psychologist. For example if your symptoms are mild you may receive a 10% disability rating. (Note if you are unable to work you may also be eligible for Social Security disability benefits.) For more info go to http://www.ptsd.va.gov.

 

What if the VA denies my Claim?

 

VA denials are often overturned on appeal. Your next step after a denial is usually to file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) with the VA. You have one year to file your appeal. If this is also denied you can file Board of Veterans Appeal – this one can be complicated, and it’s a good idea to seek the assistance of a disability attorney at this point.

 

What is the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) and how does it help disabled vets?

 

VETS, which is a US Department of Labor program, provides job-search assistance for vets through its network of One-Stop Job Centers.

At your local One-Stop you’ll work with a VetRep counselor who will enroll you in the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and help you identify local employment opportunities and training options, as well as workshops on job-hunting skills like interviewing, resume-writing, and using job-search resources.

 

What is the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)?

 

VEVRAA, which went int effect in 2003, requires that businesses with a federal contract or subcontract in the amount of $100,000 or more take affirmative action to employ and advance disabled vets. VEVRAA also requires that these companies list their job-openings with appropriate job information systems.

Thanks to this federal legislation these companies, largely Defense contractors, are a prime source of jobs for disabled vets – check them out.

 

What laws protect disable vets seeking employment?

 

At the federal level there are two such laws, as follows –

 

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)

 

This law prohibits employers from discriminating against applicants on the basis of their military status or military obligations. It also protects the reemployment rights of individuals who leave their jobs to serve in the military.

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

 

ADA prohibits an employer from treating an applicant unfavorably in hiring because he/she has a disability. So it is illegal, for example, to refuse to hire a vet because he/she has, or has had, PTSD or any other disability.

Who are some of the main private organizations (Veteran Service Organizations, etc.) offering assistance to disabled vets?

 

1. American Legion

2. Veterans of Foreign Wars

3. Disabled American Veterans

4. AMVETS

5. Paralyzed Veterans Association

6. Blinded Veterans Association

7. Military Order of the Purple Heart

8. Vietnam Veterans of America

9. Non-commissioned Officers Association

10. Military Officers Association of America

11. Wounded Warriors Project

PART II –

PORTAL WEBSITES, DIRECTORIES & RESOURCES FOR DISABLED VETS

1. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
2. STATE, COUNTY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
3. PRIVATE SECTOR RESOURCES

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1. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

 

The Veterans Crisis Lines Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

 

Disabled Vets Affirmative Action Program

http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/dvaap/

Explains the Federal government’s program for hiring vets

 

VA Disability Compensation

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability compensation is a benefit paid to a veteran because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or were made worse by active military service.

 

VA Disability Compensation Rates

http://www.military.com/benefits/veterans-health-care/va-disability-compensation-rates.html

Tables showing the VA compensation rates for veterans with a disability rating 10 percent or higher.

 

Veterans Protection from Discrimination in Hiring

http://jobsearch.about.com/od/jobsearchglossary/g/veterandiscrim.htm

Brief article on Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Act

 

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program

http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/106

DVOP specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans, with the maximum emphasis directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment.

 

Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN),

U. S. Department of Labor - A nationwide cost-free referral and technical assistance service for employers. EARN connects employers who have job vacancies to employment service providers who have direct access to job-ready individuals with disabilities. EARN also provides technical assistance to assist employers in locating appropriate organizations and information as they seek to hire qualified candidates with disabilities. 1-866-Earn Now or 1-866-327-6669 (V/TTY)

 

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Program

http://www.sba.gov/sdvosb

The purpose of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Procurement Program is to enable government agencies to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

 

Federal Contracting Laws

http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/moneymatters/a/ctlaborlaws.htm

How Federal contracting laws can give you an edge with Federal contractors

 

Disability Insurance Benefits

http://jobsearchtech.about.com/od/careerplanning/a/disability.htm

Employer, state, federal, workers comp and veterans disability insurance benefits described

 

Veterans Guide (VETGUIDE) to Federal Employment

Guide from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) explains the hiring authorities and preference for Veterans, including disabled Veterans, in federal civil service employment

 

VA Benefits Payment Rates

http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/

Displays compensation rates for vets at least 10% disabled

 

Social Security Administration Service-Disabled Small Businesses

ffers contracts and grants to small businesses owned by service-disabled Veterans

 

Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program – Department of Labor

Read about how the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program assists homeless Veterans with securing employment. Contact your local Veterans’ Employment and Training Service office.

 

Disability.gov 
The federal government’s one-stop Web site for information of interest to people with disabilities, their families, employers, service providers, and many others.

 

GovBenefits.gov,

Comprehensive Federal Web site A gateway to federal and state benefits information on disability assistance and much more. Browse benefits by category and specific government agency and search at the federal or state level, by population, or interests

 

AbilityOne,

U.S. Department of Defense The Defense Department is a strong supporter of the federally managed AbilityOne program, which works with private and public groups to provide goods and services to the government and jobs for the blind and other people who have severe disabilities, including wounded veterans.

 

Veteran Preference in Federal Civil Service

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/jobopportunities/a/vetpreference.htm

Discussion of veterans preference in Federal hiring

 

Work for the VA

http://www.vacareers.va.gov/

Learn about opportunities working for the Veterans Administration

 

Center for Women Veterans

http://www.va.gov/womenvet/

New resource from the VA to help women vets locate services and benefits.

 

Returning Service Members

http://www.oefoif.va.gov/

Learn about the numerous benefits the VA provides to returning service members

 

Disabled Veterans Affirmative Action Program

Reports from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that outline affirmative action programs of various federal agencies that focus on the recruitment, employment and advancement of disabled Veterans.

 

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP)

Find information about this program that provides jobs and job training for disabled and other Veterans.

 

Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic

Promotes rehabilitation by instructing Veterans with disabilities in adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, and introducing them to a number of other adaptive recreational activities and sports.

 

Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation

VA form to apply for vocational rehabilitation to be submitted to the nearest VA office.

 

http://www.sba.gov/content/service-disabled-veteran-owned-small-business-concerns-sdvosbc

Provides information for Service-Disabled Veterans looking to do business with the federal government and federal agencies looking for Service-Disabled Veterans.

 

http://www.start-up-usa.biz/training/online_seminars/u_miyares/index.cfm

Online seminar that discusses what the Veteran needs to know and understand in the transition from the military lifestyle to that of a business owner with a disability. For more online training resources see the brochure Self-Employment Webcast Series

 

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP)/Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) Locator

Allows users to quickly locate other Veterans’ service professionals in a particular geographic area.

 

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Initiative

General Services Administration (GSA) program helps service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses work with the federal government.

 

Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans

Access a list of employment opportunities for Veterans with a disability. Also offers the Microsoft IT Academy where disabled Veterans can learn information technology (IT) skills and receive Microsoft certifications.

 

http://www1.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

Learn about VA health care, disability compensation, education and training, home loan guaranty, financial assistance, life insurance and more

 

Wounded Warrior Program – U.S. House of Representatives

Information on two-year fellowships that provide employment opportunities within the House of Representatives. Positions are available in Congressional Member district offices nationwide and applicants must have served on active duty since September 11, 2001, have a 30 percent or greater service-connected disability rating and less than 20 years of service.

 

Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities in the Workplace & the Americans with Disabilities Act Video Podcast

Learn about protections that Veterans with service-connected disabilities are entitled to when they want to return to their former job or look for or find their first, or new, civilian job.

 

Center for Women Veterans

New resource from the VA to help women vets locate services and benefits.

 

Help Desk Training Opportunities for Disabled Veterans

Provides training through the Veterans Virtual Training Institute (VVTI) for qualified disabled Veterans in remote technical support services. The VVTI’s partnership with the Help Desk Institute (HDI) allows each student to train for the goal of certification as a Help Desk Analyst.

 

Disabled Veterans - Opportunities to Use Your Abilities

DoD employment opportunities for Veterans with disabilities. Includes information on internships, scholarships and fellowships, grants, loans, financial aid, education and training, transition centers and general information for both disabled Veterans and managers.

 

NASA Education Corporation

Provides services to newly discharged, displaced, disabled, homeless, or unemployed Veterans, including a job training program called Project Fresh Start and Stand Down events. For more information call: 866-338-4968

 

Federal Contractor Program for Veterans

Describes the affirmative action obligations of federal contractors regarding the hiring and promoting of qualified special disabled Veterans of the Vietnam era and selected other Veterans who served on active duty. See answers to frequently asked questions about the federal contractor program.

 

 

 

 

2. STATE, COUNTY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT RESOURCES

 

Vermont Veterans Representatives

Contact Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists at your local Resource Center for employment and training opportunities, including vocational guidance and referral to supportive services.

 

http://www.nyvetbiz.com/

Provides targeted business training, counseling, and mentoring to help Veterans start and grow a small business. Service disabled Veterans are especially encouraged to use these services.

 

Vermont Department of Labor – Veterans Priority

Provides information on priority given to qualified Veterans by the VT Department of Labor

 

California Disabled Veterans Business Alliance

How to participate in state contracts for providing goods and services, whom to contact for assistance

 

Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs

State-specific info on resources and benefits for Veterans in Tennessee

 

New York Program to Hire Disabled Veterans

Provides entry-level employment opportunities for veterans with disabilities in New York

Homeless Veterans Services - City of St. Louis

Provides housing, meals, clothing, medical, legal, employment, and supporting services for homeless Veterans.

 

http://www.kerncounty.com/veterans/

Provides assistance to Veterans and their dependents in the following areas: service-connected disabilityVeteran’s pension, burial benefits and referrals for education and employment services.

 

State of New Mexico Military Benefits Fact Sheet

Provides information on military and Veteran benefits provided by the state of New Mexico.

 

Employment for Homeless Veterans - Veterans Village of San Diego

Offers employment and training services to all Veterans, with specialized programs for homeless and unemployed Veterans.

 

Juneau Job Center Veterans Services

Works to help discharged and/or disabled Veterans living in Juneau, Alaska find and retain employment.

 

El Paso County Veterans Services

Find help with understanding and applying for education and employment assistance,disabled Veterans benefits and other local and VA benefits

 

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services - Veterans Services

Provides information on educational benefits and employment programs available to Ohio Veterans.

 

Veterans Employment Network – Intercity Services of Berkeley

Offers 4-6 months of job assistance and employment placement services to Veterans facing significant barriers.

 

Ulster County Veterans’ Service Agency

Provides assistance to county Veterans and their families with the benefits that they may be entitled to through the VA. Service areas include pensions, compensation, benefits, tax exemptions, employment, VA home loans and more

 

Homeless Veterans Services - Volunteers of America Kentucky

Offers numerous services for homeless Veterans, including transitional housing at St. James Place, a substance addiction program, and an employment assistance program

 

Old Pueblo Community Services - Oasis House

Provides transitional housing, clinical, and supportive services for Veterans. Focuses on employment and future permanent housing needs after graduating from the programs.

 

King County Veteran Services

Find resources for housing, employment, counseling, case management and benefits in King County.

 

Baltimore County Public Library - Veterans Services

Find employment and career fairs resources in Maryland for Service Members, Veterans and their family.

 

Veterans Inc.

Veterans can receive case management, housing and employment and training services at several New England facilities.

 

http://www.mac-v.org/

Serves homeless and at-risk Veterans with emergency assistance, transitional housing, independent living homes, and employment services.

 

http://www.floridaguard.army.mil/careers

Offers employment and career planning services to Veterans and spouses.

 

New Hampshire Veterans Employment Representatives

Contact information for Veterans representatives throughout the state.

 

Arkansas Department of Career Education - Veteran Services

Offers career training programs that help Veterans living with disabilities to prepare, start and retain employment

 

http://www.nechv.org/

Veterans of all eras can receive temporary housing and longer transitional housing as well as employment, training and other supportive services.

 

Michigan Veterans Foundation

Provides services including transitional housing for homeless Veteransemployment training and education.

 

Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency

Provides services to Veterans who reside in Saratoga County and assists them and their families in obtaining services and benefits to which they are entitled from federal, state or local government.

 

Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania

Provides essential housing, employment and other vital supportive services to eligibleVeteransService Members and their families.

 

http://vsc.cuyahogacounty.us/

Prepares claims for the VA, assists veterans who have met with unexpected hardships by providing financial assistance and prepares veterans for employment with resources that enhance their qualifications for new careers.

 

Schuylkill County Department of Veteran’s Services

Find contact information for local Veteran services, important Pennsylvania VA links and basic information for accessing benefits gained from military service

 

Corvell County Veteran Services

Find information on state and federal Veteran benefits. 

 

Rains County Veteran Services

Contact the County Veteran Service Officer for assistance filing state or federal VA claims. This individual can also provide information and resources for Veterans and their families

 

Riverside County Department of Veterans Services

Assists with applying for state and federal VA benefits including pensions, disability claims, government life insurance, medical and burial benefits. Provides information on and referrals to employment and job resources, alcohol and drug treatment programs and other services.

 

Hidalgo County Veterans Service

Provides assistance to Veterans, their dependents and surviving spouses in any manner related to the VA.

 

Hunt County Veteran Services

Provides assistance to Veterans and their dependents or survivors. These individuals may be entitled to benefits through the VA and/or the Texas Veterans Commission.

 

Nye County Veteran Services

Find contact information and set up an appointment with your local Veteran Service Officer.

 

Clinton County Veterans Service Agency

Provides advice and assistance with state and federal benefits for Veterans and surviving family members including: disability claims, burial markers, pensions, domiciliary care, real property tax exemption, employment, VA medical, transportation to medical appointments and more.

 

Erie County Veteran’s Affairs

Find contact information, documents and forms to assist Veterans and qualified dependents in accessing state and federal benefits. Click on the Veteran Services tab to learn more.

 

Ventura County Veterans Services

Assists Veterans, their dependents or survivors access benefits from federal, state and local agencies.

 

Collin County Veteran Services

Assists and aids all Veterans and dependents with benefits that they may be entitled to by the federal government or by the state of Texas.

 

Homeless Veterans Services of Dallas

Assists homeless Veterans and their families with connecting to the Metrocare Efficiency Apartments Supportive Housing Program and Dallas Shelter Plus Care Housing Program.

 

Cooke County Veterans’ Services Office

Find contact information for the Cooke County Veterans’ Service Officer who can assist with providing information and applying for VA benefits both state and federal.

 

Texas Veterans Leadership Program

A Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) resource and referral network that works to connect returning Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, including those with service-connected disabilities, with the resources and tools they need to reintegrate into civilian life and employment.

 

Veterans Service Center – American GI Forum

Serves homeless Veterans through a one-stop service center that offers comprehensive resources, including food, clothing, housing assistance, employment assistance, and linkages with the VA and SSA.

 

Veterans Services - Volunteers of America Greater Ohio

Provides services for Veterans including transitional housing, employment services, substance abuse treatment, and services for people with mental illness

 

American Job Centers (One-Stop Centers) Nationwide

Provide vocational guidance, assistance in obtaining employment and training opportunities and referrals to support or case management services for individuals with significant barriers to employmentVeterans are given priority for certain job opportunities.

 

Inyo-Mono Veterans Service Office

Assists Veterans and their dependents in obtaining federal and state benefits.

 

Sonoma County Veterans Service Office

Provides assistance in completion of claims forms, help with obtaining documents and other evidence necessary to support claims and preparation of appeals of adverse decisions. 

 

Orange County Veterans Service Office

Provides free benefit claims counseling and information and referral assistance to Veterans, their dependents and survivors.

 

Franklin County Veterans Service Office

Find information and assistance in applying for federal and state VA benefits as a qualified Veteran or surviving family member.

 

Nassau County Veterans Services Agency

Learn about resources and benefits available through the Nassau office. Transportation is provided to the VA hospital in Northport and knowledgeable individuals can help explain the benefits to you and your family members

 

Contra-Costa County Veterans Services Office

Assists Veterans and family members with applying for state and federal benefits along with referrals to city and county social services and Veteran/military non-profit resources.

 

Nevada County California Veterans Services Office

Assists Veterans, survivors and dependents in obtaining federal, state and local benefits accrued through active duty military service.

 

Alameda County Veterans Service Office

Provides information on Veterans benefits and assists in filing claims and obtaining important documents.

 

State Veterans Employment Services & Employment Assistance

Provides employment and training services to eligible Veterans through the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program and the Local Veterans Employment Representatives Program. This assistance includes resume preparation, interviewing skills and job referrals.

 

Connecticut Veteran Employment Services

Wisconsin Veterans Employment Service

Michigan Veterans Employment Services

Minnesota Veteran Employment Services

VA Veterans Employment Services in Florida

State of Montana Veterans Employment Services

Massachusetts Veterans Services Employment & Training

Utah Employment Service & Veterans Preference

New York Priority Employment Service for Veterans

California Employment Development Department Services for Veterans

District of Columbia Department of Employment Services – Veterans Information

Indiana Career Connect – Veterans Employment

Colorado Employment Services for the Military Community

Colorado Job Seeker Services for Veterans

Arizona Rehabilitation Employment Services

Nevada Office of Veterans Services

Illinois Veterans Outreach Program

Texas Veterans Commission – Employment Resources

Alaska Job Center Network Veterans Services

Maine Veterans Career Center

Kansas Veterans Benefits – Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Wyoming Department of Workforce Services – Veteran Services

Louisiana Veterans Employment & Benefits

Montana Veterans Services

Maryland Veterans Services

Arkansas Department of Workforce Services – Veterans Services

Indiana Veterans Service

 

 

 

3. PRIVATE SECTOR RESOURCES

 

 

Disabled American Veterans

Advocates for disabled vets. “Each year we assist with more than 300,000 claims to obtain needed benefits through 100 offices throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.” A major, vitally important resource for disabled vets.

 

My Next Move

Helps you figure out how your military experiences and training translate in the civilian sector.

 

House of Dignity for Homeless Veterans - Operation Dignity

Provides valuable services to homeless Veterans, including transitional housing, health care assistance, and employment counseling.

 

Hiring Our Heroes

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative works with 1,600 chambers nationwide to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through hundreds of career fairs in communities -

 

Homeless Veterans Services - Goodwill Industries Ohio Valley

Provides employment assistance, transitional housing, and other services to help homeless Veterans obtain employment and economic stability.

 

Hiring 500000 Heroes

The Hiring 500000 Heroes campaign is engaging businesses to commit to hire half a million veterans and military spouses.

 

VetNet

Resume writing, networking, and entrepreneurship resources

 

Veterans Services of America

Provides housing, employmentjob training and support services for Veterans of all eras and those specifically just returning from deployment.

 

eMentor

Veterans and military spouses can access guidance and support for job seeking, career development and personal challenges from experienced veterans, spouses, career mentors and military-friendly employers. 

 

Fast Track

Job postings displayed corresponding to USA map cities/locations.

 

Marin Services for Women

Provides housing, rehabilitation and employment services for women in Northern California, with dedicated programs and funding for women Veterans.

 

Disabled Veterans National Foundation

Offers a wide variety of programs and services to assist disabled vets

 

Veterans.jobs - A Service of the Direct Employers Association

Helps military personnel transitioning from active duty find employment opportunities in the civilian workforce. Use the website or enter your MOC plus dot-jobs (jobs) into your browser to locate civilian occupations requiring the same or similar skills as your previous job in the military.

 

Dogs4DisabledVets

The Mission of Dogs 4 Disabled Veterans (D4DV) is to help disabled veterans, as defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, reintegrate into the community through the utilization of rehabilitated, rescued dogs.Presently serves the state of Florida only.

 

Homeless Veteran Employment Assistance Guide for Service Providers

Resource to assist government agencies, community-based organizations, social workers, case managers and others who are helping homeless Veterans prepare for and obtain employment.

 

REALifelines,

U.S. Department of Labor Helps wounded and injured service members and veterans access valuable online resources and contact information for one-on-one employment assistance to help them transition into the civilian workforce.

 

Aletheia House Veterans Services

Provides comprehensive services for male and female homeless Veterans, including those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Services include employment training and placement, transitional housing, meals, transportation, and linkages to VA services.

 

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) 
This program is designed as an intensive training program to offer experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management for veterans with disabilities resulting from their service in Iraq and Afghanistan

 

Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
An information and referral service that provides information on job accommodations for people with disabilities. It also includes resources for technical assistance, funding, education and services related to the employment of people with disabilities. To learn more about JAN, visit the Web site or call: 1-800-526-7234 or 1-800-232-9675(V/TTY).

 

Volunteers of America - Employment Services for Homeless Veterans

Prepares homeless Veterans to re-enter the workforce using the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

 

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program,

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Assists veterans with service-connected disabilities by offering help in preparing for, finding, and keeping suitable employment. For more information about vocational rehabilitation and employment services, contact the local Department of Veterans Affairs regional office at the national toll-free telephone number: 1-800-827-1000.

 

Ticket to Work,

U.S. Social Security Administration – This program helps Social Security beneficiaries with disabilities address employment needs.

 

Employment and Job Search Assistance – Camp Pendleton

Provides active duty personnel, military spouses and Veterans onsite guidance for job searches, resume writing and career coaching and access to the Internet for employer information.

 

National Resource Directory

https://www.nrd.gov/

Connects disabled vets and other service members and their families with thousands of resources.

 

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Initiative

General Services Administration (GSA) program helps service-disabled Veteran-owned small businesses work with the federal government.

 

California’s Operation Welcome Home

Helps connect Veterans and their families to employment, education, housing, health, and other benefits and services through links to federal, state and local government resources, as well as in the private and non-profit sectors.

 

Veterans’ Business Outreach Center

Helps create, develop, and retain Veteran-owned small business enterprises

 

Veterans Helping Veterans

Provides services to homeless Veterans through the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program, which offers help with job search, resume development, housing referrals and claims assistance.

 

Homes for Disabled Veterans

Homes for Disabled Veterans is a Non-Profit 501c3 Organization that is dedicated to providing new homes, rebuilt homes, and modifications on existing homes for severely disabled veterans that will allow easier access to common functions that are custom suited to their individual needs and requirements.

 

Disabled Veterans SCUBA PROJECT

To serve disabled Veterans by helping them experience the comaraderie of SCUBA diving and the wonders of the underwater world. 

 

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Detailed information about VRAP

 

Disabled Veterans Rest Camp

A Minnesota campground open to all military, veterans that have been Honorably discharged, their families, and sponsored friends.  The campground has a wide variety of recreational activities for the entire family, to include camping (cabins, tents, and RV sites), boating, fishing, tubing, swimming, softball, volleyball, horseshoes, canteen, children’s game room, and a spacious YELLOW RIBBON PAVILION for parties, gatherings, and picnics.

 

Porchlight, Inc.

Serves homeless male and female Veterans with transitional housing, case management,employment services, and goal-setting.

 

Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Business Program

The purpose of the Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Concern Procurement Program is to enable government agencies to set acquisitions aside for exclusive competition among service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses.

 

Care for Disabled Veterans

Provides free Independent Medical Examinations in support of VA disability claims

 

Veterans Thrift Stores

Several California stores which accept donations and gifts to sell to the general public in order to assist handicapped veterans and their families.

 

Purple Heart Homes

Offers two programs for Service Connected Disabled Veterans (and their caregivers) of all conflicts — the Veterans Aging in Plac end and the Veteran Home Ownership program.

 

Veterans First

Offers transitional housing, employment services and training programs for homeless Veterans.

 

Blinded Veterans Association

An organization of blinded veterans helping blinded veterans. Through our service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy

 

Thresholds - Veterans Project

Offers homeless and housing servicesemployment services, substance abuse treatment, integrated physical and mental health services to Veterans.

 

Homeless Veterans Fellowship

Offers transitional housing, a drop-in center, and employment services to help homeless Veterans.

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Advocates for better health care and benefits, aid paralyzed vets in the search for careers, , and provide a path to adventure through adaptive sports.

 

Disabled Vet Employment

Discussion of challenges facing disabled vets in job market

 

Employment Options for the Disabled

Discussion of the various career choices and employment alternatives open to the disabled

 

Work-at-Home Jobs for Vets and Their Spouses

Overview of work-at-home options

 

Airport Security Jobs

Article on airport security job opps for disabled vets

 

Educational Benefits

Discusses the Post 9/11 GI Bill

 

Hero2Hired

Comprehensive website with career and job info for vets

 

TurboTap – Information for Disabled Veterans

Need-to-Know” information and resources to help disabled Veterans make informed decisions.

 

Volunteers of America Homeless Veterans Resources

Offers homeless Veterans shelter, health care, mental health counseling and employment services.

 

Employment Laws – Disability & Discrimination

Fact sheet provides information regarding the federal laws that protect individuals with disabilities, including disabled Veterans, from discrimination in employment and the jobapplication process.

 

Faith Farm – Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas

Provides transitional housing for homeless female Veterans combined with employment assistance, transportation, training, and social services.

 

Operation: Job Ready Veterans – Crane Learning and Employment Center

Provides disabled Veterans the education and support programs they need to re-enter the workforce and be successful.

 

VA Benefits – Apply Online

Allows Service Members and Veterans to apply online for VA benefits, including Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance, My HealthVet, compensation and pension applications, education and health benefits and vocational rehabilitation and employment services.

 

Able Forces – Battlefield to Employment

Provides basic skills training focused on preparing severely disabled Veterans to compete in the job market by developing or improving technical and social skills.

 

National Association for Black Veterans

Provides advocacy on behalf of black Veterans to assist active and retired Servicemen and women with benefits, claims, employment and military-related services.

 

Return to Work (R2W)

Provides disabled Veterans and civilians career counseling, training and job placement services.

 

Veterans Vocational Technical Institute

Veterans Vocational Technical Institute provides virtual call center and help desk job training for combat wounded and disabled Veterans.

 

http://www.operationgratefulnation.org/

Provides education and training, mentors and career placement for severely disabled Veterans.

 

Financial and Trading Career Program – Wall Street Warfighters

Offers a six-month training program to mentor and prepare disabled Veterans for leadership positions in the financial services industry.

 

Steuben County Veterans Service Agency

Provides quality advocacy for all Veterans, Armed Forces members, their dependents and survivors, through benefit counseling and programs, claims and outreach services.

 

http://www.brazoria-county.com/veterans/

Assists county Veterans and their dependents in filing for federal and state VA benefits

 

Suffolk County Veterans Services Agency

Informs and assists Veterans and their families with programs and benefits such as: educational training, health, medical and rehabilitation services, helping Veterans obtain their real property tax exemption, discharge upgrades and much more.

 

Rensselaer County Veterans Service Agency

Provides counseling and services to Veterans and their families.

 

Schenectady County Veterans Service Agency

Advises and assists with applying for and receiving benefits associated with military service both for Veterans and their surviving family members. Learn about the county’s online resources, local programs and Veteran news.

 

Genesee County Veterans Service Agency

Find contact information for the county office along with information on Veteran services, military separation, Veteran Service Organizations (VSO), tax exemptions and a resource guide.

 

http://www.warriorfoundation.com/

Provides temporary housing, education and career guidance to injured and disabled Veterans who are medically retired or discharged from military service.

 

Chambers County Veteran Services Office

Provides assistance with understanding and applying for state and federal VA benefits. Contact the local county Veteran service officer for referrals and direct assistance as a Veteran or surviving family member.

 

http://www.usvetsinc.org/riverside/

Offers homeless Veterans transitional housing, employment assistance and career services.

 

St. Leo Campus for Homeless Veterans – Catholic Charities

Serves homeless and disabled Veterans by providing transitional housing, medical care, a garden, a resource center for job placement and benefits screening

 

Family Delta Force Program

Visits the homes of severely wounded and disabled Veterans living with PTSD, TBI and other injuries who cannot travel to assess their needs and provide assistance.

 

Homeless Veterans Programs – Impact Services

Provides job search services to previously homeless Veterans, as well as skills assessment, resume preparation, and interview scheduling

 

Information Technology (IT) Training

The Computing Technology Industry Association’s (CompTIA) Educational Foundation offers Creating Futures, a free online IT training and certification program for disabled Veterans and transitioning Veterans interested in a career in the IT industry.

 

America’s Career Kit - Veteran Services

Provides Veterans with apprenticeships, training and employment services

 

East County Career Center

Provides employment services for Veterans including priority hiring opportunities

 

Hope 4 Heroes

Provides support to disabled Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, traumatic brain injury, loss of limbs and severe burns. Also offers transition assistance, counseling, career assistance and training, living skills, emergency funding, housing and family counseling.

 

Veterans’ Business Outreach Center

Helps create, develop, and retain Veteran-owned small business enterprises. Provides entrepreneurial training through workshops and the internet, counseling, technical assistance, and resource utilization services to Veterans, service-disabled Veterans, Reservists, National Guard Members, and Active Duty business owners and start-up entrepreneurs in the Southeast Region.

 

Employment Services for Veterans

Fact sheet provides an overview of the employment and training services offered to eligible Veterans by the Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS)

 

Second Chance Employment Services

Places financially at-risk women, including homeless female Veterans, in meaningful employment positions free of charge.

 

Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project

Provides employment and training services and support to help homeless Veterans reenter the workforce. To qualify, you must have been in military service, not dishonorably discharged, and are now homeless or living in a shelter

 

http://www.stpatrickcenter.org/

Provides employment and housing services for homeless Veterans in St. Louis

 

VA Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP)

Presentation about the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program. Visit the VR&E Web site here.

 

Association for Service Disabled Veterans (ASDV)

Works to create opportunities for Service Disabled Veterans to achieve and maintain their rehabilitation through enterprise development and managed employment.

 

Corps of Recovery Discovery – Valley Residential Services

Serves homeless Veterans with transitional housing and comprehensive support services, including employment assistance, life skills training and personal goal-setting

 

Service Source – Warrior Bridge

Provides a range of support for wounded and injured Veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life, including help obtaining competitive employment.

 

http://www.marineforlife.org/

Provides assistance to transitioning Marines with employmentVeterans benefits, education and community information, links to service organizations and more

 

Roudebush VA Medical Center – Health Care For Homeless Veterans

Provides support services to homeless Veterans in Marion County. Services include case management, assistance obtaining Veteran’s benefits, transitional and permanent housing,employment, and counseling.

 

4 Paws Veterans Service Dog Program

Provides service/assistance dogs to Veterans who have a mobility problem or hearing loss resulting from combat injuries to help them lead a more independent life.

 

Center for Women Veterans Video

Showcases general and specialized care services for women offered through the VA Center for Women VeteransServices include primary care, mental health, rehabilitation, trauma, housing and employment.

 

Success Skills Inc.

Provides employment and employment training, housing, substance abuse assistance and case management services for returning wounded warriors and other Veterans, including low-income Veterans, homeless Veterans and their families

 

Veterans Assistance Foundation (VAF)

Operates several transitional housing programs and employment assistance services for homeless and at-risk Veterans. Locations include King, Tomah, Madison, and Fort McCoy

 

Way Station Veteran Programs in Maryland

Provides Veterans a broad range of services including job training, mentorship,employment referrals, counseling, mental health or substance abuse services, housing and help with VA related issues.

 

Columbus House – Harkness House Transitional Housing

Find information on transitional housing programs. Provides housing, employment skills, meals and mental health services for Veterans

 

Arizona Coalition for Military Families

Serves all Service Members, Veterans, their families with community and employment resources.

 

Puerto Rico Department of Employment & Disability Services

Provides job seeker servicesemployer services, apprenticeships and training, labor market information and service locations, along with disability services for Puerto Rico. Note – this site is in Spanish.

 

Liberty Program – Salvation Army of Southern California

Provides Veterans with individual and group psychotherapy, drug/alcohol recovery, mental health services, and employment preparation

 

Cal-Diego Paralyzed Veterans Association

Provides access to information about education and employment to improve the quality of life for Veterans of the Armed Forces and other branches of services who have a spinal cord injury or disease.

 

Volunteers of America - Veteran Housing in Eastern Washington & Northern Idaho

Provides Veterans with transitional, single family housing and employment, medical, education, legal and other support services.

 

American Corporate Partners

Helps Veterans transition from the armed services to civilian employment through mentoring, career counseling and networking with professionals from corporations.

 

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP)/Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) Locator

Allows users to quickly locate other Veterans’ service professionals in a particular geographic area.

 

New Directions Inc.

Find housing, employment, substance abuse treatment and many other services for Veterans of all eras, with specific programs for women and OIF/OEF Veterans.

 

Veterans Outreach Center

Programs include benefit counseling,employment assistance and training, financial counseling and housing assistance.

 

Hawaii One-Stop Career Centers

Vocational and employment services with priority job opportunities offered to Veterans.

 

The Veterans Enterprise Training & Services Group (VETS)

Assists, fosters, and promotes enterprises that create entrepreneurial, procurement, and employment opportunities and provides community outreach, business development, technical assistance, training, mentoring, counseling, and other supportive services.

 

Blinded Veterans Association Field Service Program – Regional Resources

Field representatives counsel blinded Veterans and their families, link them to rehabilitation training and assist in locating employment.

 

Military to Medicine

A program designed to help and mentor wounded warriors, VeteransService Members transitioning into civilian employment, and their spouses in preparation for a career in various medical professions.