Department of Labor’s programs for Veterans
The Department of Labor has several programs that are directly targeted to helping Veterans gain meaningful employment when they return from service.
Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program
The Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP) helps Veterans experiencing homelessness gain meaningful employment and increases the efficiency of collaborations across all programs serving Veterans experiencing homelessness. It is the only federal goverment program exclusively focused on assisting Veterans who experience homelessness reintegrate into the workforce. Veterans are provided with intensive case management, employment and training services, and critical linkages to supportive services within their communities. Job placement, training, job development, career counseling and resume preparation are among other services provided by grantees. Beginning in 2010, a special program to provide employment and training services to female Veterans and Veterans with families who experience homelessness was initiated as a part of HVRP.
Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program
The Incarcerated Veterans’ Transition Program is a partnership between the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs and provides case management and employment counseling services to Veterans who have been incarcerated or are soon to be transitioning out of incarceration and are at risk of becoming homeless.
The Veterans Workforce Investment Program
The Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) provides funds to assist Veterans experiencing homelessness in gaining meaningful employment through client-centered case management. Case managers work with Veterans in individual job counseling, connecting them to classroom or on the job training, skills upgrading and retraining, and placement assistance. The program helps Veterans from targeted groups overcome employment barriers and ease transition into unsubsidized jobs.
The Transition Assistance Program
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to offer job search assistance and related services to separating service members during their period of transition to civilian life. TAP is run in partnership by the Departments of Labor, Defense, Veterans Affairs, and Homeland Security. TAP facilitators work with service members to develop job search, career decision-making, and interview skills as well as on building resumes and cover letters and learning more about currently in demand job fields. The Disabled Transition Assistance Program is a part of TAP, but provides additional help and services to Veterans who are leaving the military with a service-connected disability. Recently, the Transition Assistance program was redesigned to TurboTAP, which now also provides on-demand career transition courses in their Career Decision Toolkit and regular online interactive learning events from trainers with skills that can be put to use immediately in the job search process after military service.
On November 7, 2011, President Obama took executive action through the Department of Labor to initiate three new initiatives to assist Veterans - notably post-9/11 Veterans- in having successful employment outcomes:
Gold Card Services for Post-9/11 Veterans
Department of Labor’s VETS program and the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) began the Gold Card Initiative to meet the demands of post-9/11 Veterans entering the civilian workforce. The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era Veterans with intensive follow-up services to succeed in today's job market. Each eligible Veteran can print out a Gold Card and receive these enhanced services at any One-Stop Career Center with 6 months of follow up by a case manager/employment specialist. These enhanced in-person services include
- job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
- development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
- career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps Veterans in making training and career decisions;
- provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions; and much more.
My Next Move for Veterans
My Next Move provides Veterans with a quick search engine that enables them to enter their prior military experience (branch of service and military occupation code or title) to then be connected to information on civilian careers or training for which they are qualified. This tool also provides links to tools where Veterans can enhance or write their civilian resume and take online interest preference assessments to help determine a civilian career that is right for them.
Veterans Job Bank
This new tool developed by the National Resource Directory (NRD) will allow Veterans to quickly search over 500,000 jobs actively seeking to hire Veterans. NRD also developed a widget that can be easily attached to any website serving Veterans that is automatically updated when new jobs are posted to the database. Veterans can search this database using keywords, military occupation code, and/or location.