If you served in the U.S. military or are a
spouse of a veteran, you can qualify for Priority of Service. This includes priority referrals to jobs and
other employment and training services over non-veteran applicants with the
same qualifications. Services include
job search assistance, workshops, resume assistance, labor market information,
career counseling, and referrals among other resources.
We are grateful for your service and our goal is
to provide you with the maximum level of employment and training
opportunities. Please identify yourself
as a veteran or spouse of a veteran at your local WorkSource center upon
seeking any services.
Priority of Service for
The Jobs for Veterans Act affords priority of service to
covered veterans and eligible spouses over non-covered persons for the receipt
of employment, training, and placement services provided under new or existing
job training programs funded in whole or in part, by the U.S. Department of
Am I Eligible?
To be eligible for priority of service you must meet the
following definition as a Covered Person.
The term ‘covered person’ means any of the following
- A veteran: A person who served in the
active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released
under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Eligible spouse: The spouse of any of the
- Any veteran who died of a service connected
- Any veteran who has a total disability resulting
from a service-connected disability; or
- Any veteran who died while a disability so
evaluated was in existence; or
- Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active
duty who, at the time of application for assistance under this section, is
listed, pursuant to section 556 of title 37 and regulations issued by the
Secretary concerned, in one or more of the following categories and has been so
listed for a total of more than 90 days:
- missing in action, or
- captured in the line of duty by a hostile force,
- forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power.
Priority of Service means the right of eligible, covered
persons to take precedence over eligible, non-covered persons in obtaining
services. For example, this could mean:
- The covered person receives access to the
service or resource earlier in time than the non-covered person; or
- If the service or resource is limited, the
covered person receives access to the service or resource before the
Below is a list of programs affected by the passage of the Priority of Service for Covered Persons law. This list is not all inclusive, but provides a good
idea of the type of programs in which Priority of Service for Covered Persons exists. Before priority of service can be extended to any covered person in
these programs, the covered person MUST be qualified to participate in the
- WIOA Adult and Dislocated Worker
- Wagner-Peyser Employment Service
- Trade Act Programs
- National Emergency Grants
- Senior Community Service Employment Programs (SCSEP)
- Migrant and Seasonal Farm Worker Program
- Indian and Native American Program
- Job Corps
- WIOA Demonstration Projects
- Labor Market Information Grants
- Career One-Stop Electronic Tools
- Other Internet-based self-service tools operated by DOL
Additional information concerning Priority of Service for
Covered Person can also be obtained at the U. S. Department of Labor website.
And at the U.S. Federal Register (20 CFR 1010).
Oregon (WSO) staff serve as your Veteran Representatives for employment and
training. WSO staff continuously
collaborate with local, state, and federal agencies and other veteran service
providers and organizations to assist you with career transitioning. Our Regional Business Services staff
participate in various special events to bring businesses and veterans together
(i.e. job fairs, job developments, apprenticeships) and other unique
Please identify yourself as a veteran or spouse
of a veteran at your local WorkSource Center upon seeking any services.
In addition to all
WorkSource Oregon (WSO) staff being Veteran
Representatives, the Oregon
Employment Department operates three specialized programs throughout Oregon to
assist veterans, eligible persons, and businesses to connect with one another.
Outreach Program (DVOP): DVOP
specialists are professionally trained to provide exclusive services to meet
the employment and training needs of special-disabled veterans, disabled
veterans, veterans, and eligible persons.
DVOP specialist are actively involved in outreach efforts to increase
program awareness and participation among those with the greatest barriers
to employment. DVOP specialists provide that customized one-on-one
employment service that can include assessments, employment plans, career
guidance, referral to supportive services (housing, trainings, connection to
job openings, and more). Your WSO Veteran Representative will refer
eligible job seekers to the DVOP for additional customized services.
Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER): Professionally
trained LVERs conduct outreach to the business community and engage in advocacy
efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for
veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist
veterans to gain and retain employment. LVERs
seek out job developments for veterans and eligible persons using their
established networks. LVERs conduct
seminars for employers and job search workshops for veterans seeking
employment, and facilitate priority of service in regard to employment,
training, and placement services furnished to veterans by all staff of the
(CP): These positions perform the role of both DVOP and LVER.
Our support for Veterans does not begin or end at the front door.
541VETS is a digtial library that offers training and employment resources for Veterans, Spouses and other Covered Persons in rural Oregon.
541VETS was developed to make sure every rural Veteran and other Covered Persons has equal access to high quality, supportive employment resources, regardless of physical location.
The digital library currently features the Tactical Career Training videos, and will grow to include more training videos, podcasts, community, business, and occupational spotlights.
Stevens Amendment acknowledgement
The Jobs for Veterans' State Grant (JVSG) is 100% federally funded through the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans' Employment and Training Service (USDOL-VETS). This grant is a part of an award grant totaling $2,518,504 with 0% financed from non-governmental sources.
The Jobs for Veterans' State Grant provides federal funding to conduct outreach to the business community and engage in advocacy efforts to increase employment opportunities for veterans. The grant also provides funding for individualized career and training-related services to veterans and eligible persons with significant barriers to employment.