The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) Virginia Veteran and Family Support (VVFS) program is continuing services to Service Members, Veterans, and their Families (SMVF) as the Commonwealth begins reopening after the COVID-19 shutdowns. We are serving our SMVF population as before but with certain protocols in place to ensure the safety of our staff, clients and community partners. Our Regional offices will be opening at different times across the state but we are continuing to support the needs of eligible individuals by phone/email until all offices have re-opened.
Our staff will be serving the needs of our veterans and their family members by appointment only. As we re-open offices, we are ensuring all social distancing protocols are in place for the safety of our staff and service members and veteran families. If as a veteran, you or your family has a need which requires a face-to-face meeting In an urgent or emergency situation, please advise when you speak with the Regional Director or Resource Specialist at the time of initial contact. To determine whether your local office is open, please contact 1-877-285-1299 and your call will be routed to the appropriate region for assistance. Please be sure to state your name, a return phone number, and your location clearly.
One of the most prevalent issues facing veterans today is employment. Veterans unemployment rates have surpassed those of their civilian counterparts and continue to rise.
- Veterans from all periods of military service are eligible for job referral, job training and job placement assistance through the Virginia Employment Commission (VEC). Veterans may access these employment services through a statewide network of VEC Local offices and the Veterans Services Staff (DVOP and LVER) who are assigned to VEC Local Offices across Virginia.
- Job Hunt Resources for Virginia Job Seekers. http://www.job-hunt.org/jobs/virginia.shtml
- VA Vets in the Workplace includes resources for employers and veterans seeking employment. Click the link for the Veteran Employment toolkit and other resources. http://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/
- VA for Vets is a career support program that offers Veterans access to the tools they need to launch or advance their civilian careers at the Department of Veterans Affairs, where they can go far to serve their fellow Veterans. Click the link for the VA career center and your gateway to VA careers. http://vaforvets.va.gov/Pages/default.aspx
- A simple and quick search engine where veterans enter their prior military experience (branch of service and military occupation code or title) and link to the information they need to explore on civilian careers and related training, including information they can use to write resumes that highlight related civilian skills. In addition, My Next Move for Veterans contains a link to an online assessment, the O*NET Interest Profiler, which provides results comparable to the Strong Interest Inventory being used in the new Transition Assistance Program (TAP). http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/
- Feds Hire Vets, government-wide Veterans employment website is a critical component of the federal government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of veterans. Veterans, transitioning service members and their families will find this site to be full of resources and information that can assist in finding a federal career. http://www.fedshirevets.gov/Index.aspx
- The National Resource Directory is an online partnership for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them. The site has a section on employment including job services, internships, transition assistance, and the veteran job bank. It also has a wealth of other resources for veterans across the entire spectrum of possible needs. https://www.nrd.gov/employment
- The Hire Heroes USA Program in Alpharetta, Georgia, serves as a link to employment opportunities nationwide for veterans returning home. The program provides placement services to wounded veterans returning from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq with any level of disability as determined by VA. https://www.hireheroesusa.org/
- Monster Veteran Employment Center allows veterans to search for and apply for employment online. The job bank includes positions available at businesses and agencies nationwide that offer veteran hiring preferences. Also included are a sections on security clearances and how to prepare a resume and perform well during the interview process. http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs
- VetJobs is an excellent resource for candidates in information technology, program and project management, sales, linguists, logistics, transportation, human resources, manufacturing, engineering, finance, healthcare, accounting and senior executives. The job board is ideal not only for the transitioning military member, but also for the highly qualified men and women who are veterans that have separated over the decades and are now productive members of the civilian workforce in all disciplines. https://vetjobs.com/
- Jobs 4 Vets is a site for job seekers and employers offers the following tools for veterans to manage their career search: a job database career email notifiers, a resume database and distribution, a career event calendar and a continuing education guide. http://www.veteranjobs.com/
- Recruit Military is a nationwide, full-service, military-to-civilian recruiting firm. The site offers job search, career fair information, transition resources, job resources and resources for military spouses. http://recruitmilitary.com/
- Career Builder is a job search site with over 23 million unique visitors per month, putting over 1 million jobs in front of poised job-seekers in print and on the Internet. http://www.careerbuilder.com/
- Job Accommodation Network (JAN), one of several services provided by DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilities enhance their employability. http://askjan.org/
- The federal government’s official one-stop source for federal jobs and employment information. Create an account to build and store up to five resumes, save and automate job searches, and apply for jobs. https://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans
- For Employers and Veteran Job Seekers: Military Warriors Support Foundation CEO’s for Heroes provides a link between partnering companies and veterans seeking employment opportunities in such employment areas as the, oil field industry, administration/clerical, business management, communications, customer service, skilled labor, marketing, sales, security, and many more. If you are a veteran that is interested in connecting with veteran friendly employers, let us help you. http://www.militarywarriors.org/ceos4heroes
- Veterans to Work Program from SAP America, providing IT job training to active duty service members transitioning out of the military and veterans who meet program eligibility. Click the link for full program eligibility and to register. https://yoh.avature.net/sap
- The Helmets to Hardhats program connects former military personnel with career opportunities in the construction trades nationwide. Candidates can access information about careers via the Helmets to Hardhats website. The profile they complete helps communicate to hiring managers the transferable skills they acquired during their military service. http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/
- Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment Training Service (DOL-VETS). Its mission statement is: “VETS Proudly Serves Veterans and Service Members! We Provide Resources and Expertise to Assist and Prepare Them to Obtain Meaningful Careers, Maximize Their Employment Opportunities, and Protect Their Employment Rights.” http://www.dol.gov/vets/
- VA vocational rehabilitation, employment and educational training programs, these offices can provide eligible disabled veterans with job-specific training and, in some cases, job placement assistance. VA also provides eligible disabled veterans with assistance to obtain assistive technology devices to enhance employment opportunities and promote self-sufficiency. http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm
- Compensated Work Therapy is a vocational rehabilitation program that endeavors to match and support work-ready veterans in competitive jobs, and to consult with business and industry regarding their specific employment needs. In some locations CWT is also known as Veterans Industries; these designations are synonymous. Typically CWT programs are located within VA medical centers in most large metropolitan areas and many smaller communities. Review the CWT Locations page to find site specifics. http://www.cwt.va.gov/index.asp
- Hire Virginia Veterans and get incentives for it with the Virginia Values Veterans or V3 Initiative. Click to learn more about the value of hiring our veterans. Click here to learn more.
- The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program provides tax credits to employers who hire qualified job seekers from one of the nine groups eligible under the program, including disabled veterans. An employer can earn up to a $9,600 tax credit by hiring those most in need of employment at the same time assisting those who have served our country. http://www.doleta.gov/business/incentives/opptax/
- The Work Support website of the Virginia Commonwealth University Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports and Job Retention. The Center’s purpose is to study those supports that are most effective for assisting individuals with disabilities maintain employment and advance their careers. The site contains valuable resources for service providers such as training sessions, and information about many different aspects of employment of people with disabilities. http://www.worksupport.com/
- A U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project, the American Heroes at Work initiative addresses the employment challenges of returning service members living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Designed for employers and the workforce development system, this website is your link to information and tools to help returning service members living with TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace – particularly service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/
- The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), in alliance with DOL’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (DOL/ODEP), launched this “Disability Employment Resource Page.” The page is geared toward employers and offers resources, articles and information to help recruit, hire and retain people with disabilities. The new resource page also includes video interviews of experts in the field of disability employment. http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/Diversity/Articles/Pages/disability_072110.aspx
- This DOL agency has responsibility for development and administration of training programs and services for the nation’s workforce. ETA is a member of America’s Workforce Network – the nationwide system of workforce organizations that provides information and services to employers, job seekers and employment specialists. Access to programs at state and local levels can be obtained by calling America’s Workforce Network toll-free help line (1-877-US2-JOBS). http://www.doleta.gov/jobseekers/
- Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development seeks to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for veterans, service-disabled veterans, Reserve Component members, and their dependents or survivors. This site contains information about the Patriot Express Pilot Loan Initiative, the Veterans Business Outreach Program, and contact information for regional Veterans Business Development Officers. http://www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2985
- Small Business Administration Patriot Express Loan Program is available to military community members including veterans, service-disabled veterans, active-duty service members participating in the military’s Transition Assistance Program, Reservists and National Guard members, current spouses of any of the above, and the widowed spouse of a service member or veteran who died during service or of a service-connected disability. The loan can be used for most business purposes including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory, or business-occupied real-estate purchases. http://www.sba.gov/content/express-programs
- The Veterans Corporation is charged with creating and enhancing entrepreneurial business opportunities for veterans, including service-disabled veterans. The website has information about starting and managing a business as well as sections about acquiring capital, becoming bonded and online education workshops. http://www.veteranscorp.org/
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 established a new government agency called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). The CFPB mission is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans. It has a dedicated Office of Servicemember Affairs www.consumerfinance.gov/servicemembers to address consumer financial challenges affecting military members, veterans and their families.