Ivan E. Denton - VA Homeless Programs
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Ivan E. Denton

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Ivan E. DentonIvan E. Denton is a member of the Senior Executive Service within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). As director of the Office of National Programs, Denton oversees three VETS program offices that collectively administer five congressionally mandated employment and compliance-related programs that serve military members and Veterans.

DOL annually serves more than 250,000 Veterans through the Public Workforce System, a nationwide network of nearly 2,400 Career One-Stop Centers. DOL provides employment-related grants to each State Workforce Agency (SWA), and these federal grants fund employment-related services and training to Veterans within local service delivery areas. VETS also administers the Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) program and the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP).

Through the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), VETS collaborates with government partners to provide employment services and support annually to more than 160,000 transitioning service members at over 200 worldwide sites. VETS also partners with the Department of Defense and the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) to administer the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) program. USERRA protects the employment rights and benefits of those who serve or have served in the uniformed services.

Before joining VETS, Denton served in the Army for over 34 years. During his first active-duty tour as an Infantry officer, he served in Korea along the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. He served with the 75th Ranger Regiment, including participation in a combat parachute assault during Operation Just Cause into Panama.

He left active duty in 1990 and rejoined the Indiana Army National Guard (INARNG) as a full-time officer. His command and staff assignments were numerous, including two combat deployments to Iraq. He served as an Infantry Battalion Commander in 2003 and a Brigade Commander in 2011. His last military assignment was as the National Guard Bureau, Director of Manpower and Personnel in Arlington, VA. He retired in 2016 as a Brigadier General. He earned numerous awards, including Air Assault, Airborne (with combat jump star), Ranger Tab Combat Infantryman’s Badge (2nd Award) and the Army Distinguished Service Medal.