Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) and Employment Coordinators (EC) are ready to help Veterans and Servicemembers who have service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier/handicap find suitable careers.
The basic period of eligibility ends 12 years from the date of notification of one of the following:
- Date of separation from active military service, or
- Date the veteran was first notified by VA of a service-connected disability rating.
Your VRC will provide vocational counseling, refer you to appropriate opportunities and services specific to your needs, and help you reach your employment goals. If you are entitled to Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) benefits and services, you will work with a VRC to develop a personalized rehabilitation plan.
Who is Eligible for VR&E Services?
Active Duty Servicemembers
- Expect to receive an honorable or other than dishonorable discharge upon separation from active duty
- Obtain a memorandum rating of 20% or more from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and
- Apply for VR&E services
Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES)
- Are participating in the Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES) or are certified by the military as having a severe injury or illness that may prevent them from performing their military duties
- Apply for VR&E services, and
- Report for an evaluation with a VR&E counselor before separating from active duty
- Have received a discharge that is other than dishonorable
- Have a service-connected disability rating of at least 10% from VA
- Apply for VR&E services
Services that may be provided by the VR&E Program include:
- Comprehensive evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
- Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
- Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
- Assistance finding and keeping a job, including the use of special employer incentives and job accommodations
- On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships, and non-paid work experiences
- Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
- Supportive rehabilitation services including case management, counseling, and medical referrals
- Independent living services for Veterans unable to work due to the severity of their disabilities
If you have a service-connected disability (SCD) that prevents you from continuing your former career, you may be able to receive one-on-one support from VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program to help you identify and prepare for exciting new employment opportunities. Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors (VRC) and Employment Coordinators (EC) are ready to help you find meaningful, suitable careers. Use VA's WEAMS Institution Search tool to locate the colleges and universities, vocational institutions, flight schools, and other educational facilities with programs that are approved for VA benefits.
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. These Americans have years of the best training and possess extraordinary skills. They show up early, leave late, know how to work in teams, how to manage people and materials, and they can adapt to ever-changing environments under demanding pressures.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business organization representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions. Our members range from mom-and-pop shops and local chambers to leading industry associations and large corporations. Hiring veterans and military spouses for your company isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s the smart thing to do.
Formed on November 10, 2011, the private-sector VEAC is comprised of more than 30 of America’s biggest employers representing every major industry.
The council is committed to:
- Hiring veterans and military spouses
- Establishing best practices for veterans employment
- Reporting measures (job opportunities, interviews, placements)
- Providing mentors to help transitioning service members and military spouses, with the support of the Chamber’s extensive grassroots network
- Enlisting the commitment of thousands of small and medium-sized businesses across America to do the same
Early on, our team adopted two strategies: (1) grassroots engagement and (2) public-private partnerships. Through our commitment-based engagement of the business community, more than 1,025 job fairs held across the country and on military installations overseas, and a suite of free online career tools, we’ve worked with our partners to help hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find jobs.
To date, more than 28,000 veterans and military spouses have obtained jobs through Hiring Our Heroes events. More than 2,000 companies of all sizes have committed to hire 710,000 veterans and military spouses as part of the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign. Of those commitments, there have been more than 505,000 confirmed hires.
Our digital resources include distinct resume builders for veterans and transitioning service members as well as military spouses; a jobs portal that allows veterans and service members to search for employment opportunities in America’s fastest growing job markets and industries; a 24/7 virtual career fair platform; an interactive employer best practices site; and a virtual mentorship program that connects veteran and spouse protégés with experienced mentors.
These online tools have also been integrated into the employment workshops that take place at hundreds of our fairs. Our goal is to ensure veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses are able to utilize our resources to connect with employers no matter where they are in the world.
Formed in 2014 the WVCEAC addresses unique challenges faced by the nation’s wounded veteran and military caregiver population. Many wounded veterans, particularly from the most recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, transition out of the military with permanent injuries, including post-traumatic stress (PTS), physical disabilities, and traumatic brain injuries. The lives of military caregivers are also significantly affected – often they must sacrifice their careers while caring for wounded veterans and even upon returning to the workforce will need to work “non-traditional” hours to continue that support.
This committed group of companies understands that although wounded veterans and caregivers may face their own challenges, they have already proven their skills – both tangible and intangible – many times over. The WVCEAC is dedicated to finding flexible work schedules or remote-work opportunities that will support our heroes’ full integration back into society with careers in which they can thrive. Very few things in life are as difficult as battling back from significant war injuries – these men and women have already done so much and are now committed to achieving success in the rest of their lives.
Orion International is the nation's leading provider of best-in-class Military Talent Programs, which allow organizations to attract, hire, develop and retain top quality Military Talent. Whether you need to quickly ramp up hiring for project based needs, are looking for a company-wide coordinated Military Talent strategy, or are seeking to fill just a few positions with the right Veterans, Orion has the solution.
With our industry leading preparation program, we will work with you to build your resume, provide you with career counseling and transition assistance, prepare you for interviews, and arrange interviews for positions that are a match with your background, qualifications and desires. All of our Recruiters are former Military Technicians who understand exactly what you are going through.
The US Department of Labor VETS brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top trending industry sectors and tools for employers. The Veterans Employment Resources You Need.
Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides critical resources, expertise, and training to assist veterans in locating and obtaining meaningful careers at over 2,500 American Job Centers nationwide.
VETS is committed to helping America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.
Veterans are a highly valued part of our workforce, and paramount to the mission we serve every day. NAVAIRs a large scale organization with countless opportunities for candidates with backgrounds across the spectrum of both technology and business.
Operating with commitment to reintegrating veterans from all services into our organization, NAVAIR’s work requires the same qualities you earned in the service: leadership, management and technical skills. They fulfill our immediate mission demands and ensure long term organizational viability.
NAVAIR Leadership is an organization that values diversity and inclusion by all workforce members and has targeted recruitment programs to provide career opportunities to qualified candidates. The NAVAIR Wounded Warrior Program was officially established in October 2010 as a targeted recruitment program for wounded, ill or injured veterans resulting from armed conflict or the instrumentality of war, with a 30 percent or more service connected disability determined by the Service or Veterans Administration (VA).
The NAVSEA Wounded Warrior program seeks to match service-disabled veterans with employment opportunities in NAVSEA's industrial, scientific, contracting and administrative fields. The Wounded Warrior Program Office (WWPO) works with hiring managers and Wounded Warrior candidates during the hiring process and continues to support Wounded Warrior employees through the Mentor, Assist, Train to Excel and Support (MATES) program.
The skills and experiences of our warriors or veterans represents a rich resource of talent that can support NAVSEA's mission of developing, delivering and maintaining ships and systems on time, on cost for the U.S. Navy. Naval Sea Systems Command's Wounded Warrior Program seeks to match service-disabled veterans with employment opportunities in NAVSEA's industrial, scientific, contracting and administrative fields. NAVSEA has approximately 60,000 positions at 38 different field activities across the country and overseas.
The command also collaborates with the Army Material Command to help wounded warriors find meaningful opportunities at Army locations within the United States.
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Veteran Service Officers (VSO)
The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Service
Specialists providing intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans, with the maximum emphasis directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment. DVOPs can be located through the Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) office nearest you.
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The Federal Government (United States Office of Personnel Management) has a long and outstanding record of employing veterans. There are laws providing Veterans' preference and special appointing authorities for veterans, as well as the fact that agencies recognize that hiring veterans is just good business. Federal service provides a means for veterans to continue their noble service to this country.