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Wed, 2010-08-04 15:55

Providing Jobs for our Nations Veterans

Job training often gets overlooked as a key asset to finding employment. But veterans, especially those with service-related disabilities, value the training available to them courtesy of the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs.

Together, these departments developed the Veterans Hiring Initiative, which works with state governments to generate grants. These grants fund programs, such as the Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP). As part of the program, DVOP specialists encourage local employers and communities to offer on-the-job training and apprenticeships.

DVOP aims to give veterans with service-connected disabilities a competitive edge in the labor market. Specialists cooperate with the VA, Department of Defense, veterans' organizations and employers to find jobs that pique veterans' interests and training to bolster their experience. Thanks to DOL grant money, more than 1,400 DVOP specialists work nationwide.

Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVER) also operate on a national scale. These specialists routinely check government job listings to pair veterans with suitable jobs. LVERs ensure that veterans get priority when applying for federal jobs. Additionally, LVERs work with the VA to get veterans any prosthetic or sensory aids that increase employability. 

At then of June of this year, the DOL's Veterans Employment and Training Service focused $5 million in grants at veterans with families and homeless female veterans. Spread across 26 grants, the $5 million funds a host of job preparedness programs to move these veterans back into the labor market in a timely fashion.

The DOL injected another $4 million-this time to the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP)-also at the end of June. Distributed among 16 grants, the $4 million serves about 1,400 formerly incarcerated veterans in 13 states. These veterans are considered "at risk" of homelessness.

Coupled with the VA home loan program, IVTP is designed at helping these veterans avoid the streets, with the grants offering referral services and counseling. The focus is reintegration or preparation for the labor market. After incarceration, finding work can be a struggle, so the programs goal is to prevent recidivism and homelessness.

No matter the barrier to employment, the DOL and VA offer services so our nations heroes hear, "You're hired"

Article provided by Brandon Fischer