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If you or your spouse served in the U.S. military, you may qualify for Priority of Service in employment and training services. This includes priority referrals to jobs and other services over non-veteran applicants with the same qualifications.
We are grateful for your service and our goal is to provide you with the maximum level of employment and training opportunities. This includes connecting you with Veteran Representatives who are passionate about helping veterans find jobs. Our representatives understand what it means to be a veteran looking for work, because they are veterans too.

Priority of Service eligibility

Priority of Service eligibility requirements are different than that for meeting with a Veterans Representative. All WorkSource Center staff give Priority of Service if:

  • You are a veteran that served at least one day in the active military, naval or air service; and
  • Were discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable; or
  • You are an eligible spouse of a veteran; or
  • You are National Guard personnel that has been mobilized by Federal authorities - activated and sent overseas/deployed under presidential orders.

DVOP Services eligibility
  • You served on active duty for more than 180 days (not for training); or
  • You were discharged or released other than a dishonorable discharge; or
  • You were MEDICALLY discharged regardless of the amount of Active Duty time; or
  • You were a member of a National Guard or Reserve unit activated/federalized by presidential declaration, for which a campaign badge has been authorized for the full period of activation, and you were discharged or released with other than a dishonorable discharge.

Contact your local WorkSource Oregon center and ask to speak with a Veteran Representative.

Our Veteran Representatives are veterans themselves and provide job seeking case management services to help their fellow veterans find meaningful employment.

Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs):

  • Market veterans to local employers and employer groups
  • Assist DVOPS and WorkSource center managers develop annual veteran service plans
  • Conduct seminars for employers
  • Work with employers to conduct job search workshops and establish job search groups
  • Assure Priority of Service to veterans

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS)

  • Work in many WorkSource Oregon centers statewide
  • Coordinate veteran outreach programs
  • Develop service networks to increase employment prospects for disabled veterans and veterans with barriers to employment such as:
    • Homelessness
    • Ex-offender
    • Lack of high school diploma or GED
  • Provide case management services for harder-to-serve veterans including:
    • Developing job training opportunities
    • Job development
    • Discharge upgrades
    • Referrals to county veterans service officers for disability evaluation or re-evaluation
    • Referrals to VA hospitals for medical treatment, etc.

Contact your local WorkSource Oregon center and ask to speak to a Veteran Representative.

Veterans Services

Oregon Employment Department
875 Union St. NE
Salem, OR 97311

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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