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Additional Employment Resources for Veterans

Below are additional resources for Veterans searching for employment and career resources.


Interested in a specific career field or industry?

Teaching?

Troops to Teachers* is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin new careers as teachers in public schools.


Construction?

Helmets to Hardhats* connects Veterans to promising careers in construction.


Healthcare?

Inova Health System's Military to Medicine* program is a career pathway for Veterans, military spouses, and recoverin g wounded Service Members. It includes education, training, and hiring programs.


Computers and technology?

Military@Microsoft* is Microsoft's Military Outreach program targeted towards assisting transitioning Veterans with navigating the private sector job market. Their Military Job Decoder allows Veterans to enter their branch of service and military code and be linked to open jobs that Microsoft thinks will best utilize that military specialty. You can also Chat with Veterans at Microsoft via an email request on their site.


Law Enforcement?

The International Association of Chiefs of Police has a current project aimed at Employing Returning Combat Veterans as Law Enforcement Officers*. They have created guidebooks for Combat Veterans and Families of Deployed Law Enforcement Officers.


Environment?

Veterans Green Jobs* helps Veterans transition into their communities and find career opportunities across all environmental sustainability sectors of our economy. They offer training and experience, directly employ Veterans, and offer entrepreneurial opportunities.


Welding, plumbing, pipe fitting, sprinkler fitting?

The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters, and Sprinklerfitters (UA)'s Veterans In Piping (VIP) Program* provides returning Veterans with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training. The program is preceded by an additional two weeks of transitional training to help returning Veterans to adjust to civilian life.


Financial services?

The Wall Street Warfighters Foundation* prepares disabled Veterans for careers in the financial services industry.


Were You Wounded or Injured or Have a Disability?

Real Warriors provides a descriptive list of Tips for Finding a Job and Achieving Success in the Civilian Workplace*. The list includes the America's Heroes at Work*, the Job Accommodation Network*, the National Resource Directory*, and the Department of Justice's booklet ADA: Know Your Rights* Returning Service Members with Disabilities.

Interested in What Employment Services the VA Offers?

The VA offers a number of resources for helping Veterans obtain and excel in employment both within and outside VA. Check out the resources below:


  • Veteran Employment Service Office (VESO) is VA's lead office to attract, recruit, hire, and retain Veterans, particularly severely injured Veterans. Their staff consists of twelve (12) Regional Veteran Employment Coordinators (RVECs) positioned at locations nationwide who provide a host of employment services for Veterans interested in pursuing careers at VA. Services include employment counseling, assistance in identifying transferable military skills (skills matching), qualifications and career assessment, assistance in drafting competitive resumes, instruction in developing comprehensive job search strategies, and direct job placement assistance. RVECs also advocate on behalf of Veterans, promoting the values, work ethic, leadership, dedication, skills, and qualifications Veterans possess, all of which make them ideal candidates to fill any position in the Federal sector.

  • Compensated Work Therapy is a VA vocational rehabilitation program that focuses on matching and supporting work ready Veterans with competitive jobs. Additionally, it provides information on consulting with businesses and industry regarding their specific employment needs. Programs at different locations include Incentive Therapy, Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work and Vocational Assistance, Supported Employment and Post-Employment Supports, and Transitional Residence.

  • The Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service (VR&E) VetSuccess Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with Service-Connected Disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

Trying to Make Broader Decisions About Your Career?

American Corporate Partners (ACP)* is a nationwide mentoring program dedicated to helping recently returned Veterans transition to the civilian workforce through mentoring, career counseling, and networking. Combat to Corporate* is a website developed by a Veteran that helps explain how to apply your military training to succeed and excel in the business world.

Looking for Other Resources on Employment?

The Department of Labor's VETS* offers a variety of resources, including information on the Federal Veterans Hiring Initiative, information on USERRA laws for members of the National Guard and Reserve, and much more. The Department of Labor's My Next Move* is a website that helps you find out more about careers (including describing types of jobs, education needed, and skills and abilities that will help one succeed), browse careers by industry, and find careers like your military job. Call of Duty Endowment* is a non-profit public benefit corporation that helps military personnel transition to civilian careers by assisting organizations that provide job placement and training to Veterans, as well as engaging the media and public forums to raise awareness about the issue.

Furthering Your Education to Obtain Employment?

Check out the Student Veterans of America* a coalition of student Veterans groups on college campuses across the United States. The coalition's mission is to provide Veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

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Check out free mentoring opportunities for women Veterans through Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentoring Plus*.

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*Links will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs web site. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.