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VA is dedicated to helping homeless Veterans and Veterans at risk of homelessness secure and maintain employment leading to increased residential and personal stability. Our goal is to afford Veterans the opportunity to return to healthy, productive lifestyles within their own communities.
Employment Opportunities for Veterans
VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program is a national vocational program comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.
VA's National Cemetery Administration and Veterans Health Administration have also formed partnerships at national cemeteries, where formerly homeless Veterans from the CWT program have received work opportunities.
The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Services that may be provided include: Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment; employment services; assistance finding and keeping a job; and On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeship, and non-paid work experiences.
For information about possible employment services in their area, Veterans can call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans hotline at 1-877-4AID-VET.
Veteran Employment Information for Employers
Veterans served our country well. You can help honor their service – and benefit your business – by employing them. Veterans have a proven track record of dependability, teamwork, and individual problem solving from their military experience that can be put to work in your organization. Providing jobs for homeless Veterans is one of the most important things you can do to help those who served our country.
Homeless Veteran Community Employment Services (HVCES) coordinates efforts between VA and non-VA employment programs, federal and state agencies and local employers to improve employment outcomes for Veterans who have experienced homelessness. Community Employment Coordinators (CECs) for homeless Veterans are available at more than 120 VA Medical Centers (VAMC) to assist employers with hiring Veterans. Learn more about the HVCES program and find contact information for the CEC at your local VAMC.
For more information about how you can help, download the Employment Toolkit.Back to Top