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Job Seeker Services for Veterans
What is the Veterans' Program?
The Secretary of Labor, through the Veterans´ Employment and Training Services (VETS), funds programs to meet the employment and training needs of veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, including service-connected disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam era, veterans who are recently separated from military service and other eligible persons. The purpose of the veterans´ program is to provide the maximum level of employment and training opportunities for veterans. These funds pay for Veteran Representatives who are dedicated to serving eligible veterans and other eligible persons.
 
Those Veteran Representatives are called Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans´ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP).
 
LVER´s: are located in nearly all Employment Department field offices. In addition to providing direct services to veterans, LVER´s develop an annual Veteran´s Service Plan for the field office and provide oversight for the operation of that plan. They also market veteran´s programs to local employers and employer groups, provide guidance to ES staff on veterans´ priority of service, and have functional supervisory responsibility regarding field office policies and procedures to assure priority service to veterans.
 
DVOP´s: are located in many field offices around the state. They spend a good deal of their time out of the office focussing on veteran outreach, developing veteran service networks, and enhancing the employment prospects for disabled veterans and Vietnam era veterans. They work with the harder-to-serve veterans, assisting them in such things as: developing job training opportunities; job development; discharge upgrades; referral to county veterans´ service officers for disability evaluation or re-evaluation; and referral to VA hospitals for medical treatment etc..

Who is eligible?
To be eligible for benefits and/or services under this program, an applicant must be:
A veteran who:
  • Has served on active duty for a period of more than 180 consecutive days, or
  • served on active duty for any time as a member of reserve component during a period of war, or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge was authorized.
AND
  • been discharged or released from service with other than a dishonorable discharge or
  • released because of a service-connected disability.

OR
 
Is the spouse of a person who:
  • died of a service connected disability; or
  • was listed for more than 90 days as missing in action; or
  • captured by a hostile force; or
  • forcibly detained by a foreign government; or
  • who has a permanent and total service-connected disability; or
  • died while a permanent and total service-connected disability was in existence.

What services are available?
Benefits and/or services may include case management activities such as: vocational guidance; resume/application assistance; job search workshops/clubs; job development; tax credit eligibility determination; referrals to jobs, training, and/or supportive services; information on federal contract/government employment opportunities; apprenticeships; and on-the-job training.

Who do I contact?
Contact your nearest Employment Department office and ask to speak to a Veterans Representative.