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Increase Your Pool of Veteran Applicants – Part II

September 24th, 2010 by Jolene Jefferies

Direct Compliance, as described in Increase Your Pool of Veteran Applicants – Part I, provides an automated, efficient and very cost-effective resource for you to ensure your job openings are delivered accurately and reliably to the state workforce system and the appropriate local employment service office(s). Now, get ready for a healthy dose of acronym soup that includes federal and state agency contacts and describes the services they provide to employers wanting to hire veterans.

2 – Acronym Soup: VETS, DVOPs, LVERs, and VSOs
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) helps veterans transition from military to civilian life and serves to protect the veteran, reservist and National Guard members’ employment and reemployment rights. Using the VETS Staff Directory, locate your state’s Director for Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DVET) representative nearest you and establish a relationship. The VETS Staff Directory also includes a National Office Directory as well as a Regional and State Directory.

VETS, through cooperative efforts with and grants to each state, offers employment and training services to eligible veterans through two principal programs:

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP)
Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER) Program

The DVOP/LVER staff is trained to meet the specific needs of veterans and they can be very instrumental in referring veteran applicants to your organization, so get to know them. To locate the DVOPs and LVERs in your state, visit the National Veterans’ Training Institute’s (NVTI’s) DVOP/LVER Locator. The DVOP/LVER staff is also very familiar with the complete range of employment services and training programs available for veterans at the State Workforce Agency One-Stop Centers (see #3 directly below) and Department of Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program (see #4 directly below) locations. In addition to working with the One-Stops and the VA, the DVOPs and LVERs also work closely with Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs). VSOs can also help you get the word out to their veteran members about your company’s job opportunities.

3 – State Workforce Agency One-Stop Centers
Each State Workforce Agency has a comprehensive website with resources and information for employers seeking to hire veterans, and each State Workforce Agency operates a state job bank. Most states operate local employment services offices, generally called One-Stop Career Centers, where a variety of employment services are provided to veterans and job seekers, including job search assistance, job referral and placement assistance, re-employment services to Unemployment Insurance benefit claimants, and recruitment services to employers with job openings. It’s a good idea to contact and build personal relationships with all the One-Stop Career Centers in your area, and remember to ask to meet with the DVOPs and LVERs (see #2 directly above) to help you target veterans for your company’s job openings.

4 – Veteran’s Affairs and the VR&E Service
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Service provides effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. Employers are encouraged to hire veterans who have completed the VR&E program and may also qualify for benefits and incentives through the VR&E programs or other Federal Resources, such as tax credits. To find your state’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs office, the VA provides an online state directory. In addition, VR&E Service Offices are located in Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Offices. Every state has at least one Regional Office. To locate the VR&E Office in your state, go to the VA’s Facilities Locator & Directory. When you open this page and see the map, click on your state. Look for the link “Veterans Benefits Administration” and then click on the Regional Office where you will find the address and phone number to the Regional Office. When you make contact, ask for the VR&E Service Officer or VR&E Service Employment Coordinator.

So far, this blog series has provided you with four comprehensive recommendations to take with you as you build your military recruiting program. Stay tuned for another post, Increase Your Pool of Veteran Applicants – Part III, for more veteran hiring sources to include military bases and Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offices.

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