State and Local Contacts for Veterans' Services
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment: The Veterans Administration's (VA) Education and Career Counseling program is a great opportunity for Service members and Veterans to get personalized counseling and support to help guide their career paths, ensure the most effective use of their VA benefits, and achieve their goals.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) employs Employment Coordinators (EC) as part of their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program to assist Veterans and Service members with employment. There are 81 ECs located at the VA's 56 Regional offices. In addition, many of the VA’s out-based locations have staff responsible for reaching out to Veterans, businesses, and organizations to ensure that Service members and Veterans are aware of employment services available to them. The ECs provide a wide array of employment opportunities through this program, including:
- Assistance with labor market information,
- Employer visits to obtain more information on job openings and leads,
- Employer education,
- Resume development,
- Interview skills training,
- Job Resource Labs,
- Job coaching,
- Follow-up with Veterans and employers to determine any needs/accommodations, and
- Ensuring the www.VetSuccess.gov is up-to-date with employment opportunities.
ECs also assist Veterans with service-connected disabilities through the following programs:
- VR&E on the Job Training Program (OJT): An employer can hire a Veteran at an apprentice wage and VR&E will supplement the salary up to the journeyman wage (up to maximum allowable under OJT). VR&E will also pay for any necessary tools.
- VR&E Special Employer Incentive Program: This program is available for Veterans facing extraordinary obstacles to employment. A Veteran is placed in an OJT or a work experience with an employer and VR&E can reimburse the employer up to 50% of the Veteran's salary for up to 6 months.
- VR&E Non-Paid Work Experience Program (NPWE): This program places Veterans in local, state, or Federal government office positions. The placement does not count against the agency's Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) openings and VR&E pays the Veteran monthly subsistence allowance while the Veteran is participating in the program.
Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs): LVERs are state employees located in state employment offices who are responsible for providing assistance to Veterans. Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists develop job and training opportunities for Veterans, with a special emphasis on Veterans with service-connected disabilities. They provide outreach and offer assistance to disabled and other Veterans by promoting community and employer support for employment and training opportunities, including apprenticeship and on-the-job training. DVOP specialists serve as case managers for Veterans enrolled in Federally-funded job training programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs' Vocational Rehabilitation program, and other Veterans with serious disadvantages in the job market. DVOP specialists are available to those Veterans and their employers to help ensure that necessary follow-up services are provided to promote job retention.
To access contact information on Veterans' employment and training services specialists located in American Job Centers across the country, use the America's Service Locator at http://www.servicelocator.org/findbykeyword.asp and enter "Veterans" in the Key Word search.
Ticket to Work Program Veterans Outreach Resource List: This resource list, which was last updated in September 2014, provides an extensive listing of national, state and local organizations serving Veterans. It includes information for a contact at each organization. While not inclusive of all organizations that may be available to assist Veterans, the organizations listed provide resources for outreach and referral. The information is organized as a list of all Veterans organizations across the country and is also sorted by organizational type, i.e., Military, Federal, State, Private, American Legion, and Other. The organizations are listed by state in alphabetical order and then by cities within each state in alphabetical order.