Veterans' Resources - Employment and Reemployment

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NATIONAL

USERRA- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
A federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other “uniformed services:” (1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service; (2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and (3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. General information on USERRA be found at the following websites:

Department of Veterans Affairs

GI Jobs - Top 100 Veteran Friendly Employers [PDF]

Helmets to Hardhats
Help for veterans who want to transition from active duty to a career in construction. Assistance with profile and connecting with employers and other veterans.
http://helmetstohardhats.org/

Social Security Online
Career opportunities and preference for veterans
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/careers/vets.htm

U.S. Office of Personnel Management - Veterans Employment
Assistance with finding a job in the federal government for veterans, transitioning service personnel, and military families. Preference for veterans and information on support for veteran appointments in the federal government.
http://www.usajobs.gov/veterans.asp


STATE AND LOCAL

Kentucky State Website - Office of Employment and Training (OET)
OET offices have Local Veterans Employment Representatives and Disabled Veteran Outreach Specialists assigned specifically to assist veterans with their employment and training needs. Staff work with other OET staff, Veterans' Employment and Training Service, Department of Veterans Affairs and various organizations whose focus is also to provide veterans with priority services designed to improve their employability and career options. Services include resume preparation, resource materials, job search workshops, interviewing techniques, internet access, labor market information, self assessment, and eligible training providers. Also includes links to the U.S. Dept. of Labor and USERRA information.
http://www.oet.ky.gov/des/veteran/veteran.htm

Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs
Information on the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training and local veterans’ employment representatives as well as multiple other employment resources for veterans.
Coordinator - David Kuhn
275 E. Main St., 2W-A
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564- 7456
http://veterans.ky.gov/employmentinfo/
See also a listing by area of local veterans’ employment representatives [PDF]

Kentucky Office of Employment and Training
Job search assistance, labor market information, resume and interview help. Links to state and federal programs.
http://www.oet.ky.gov/des/veteran/veteran.htm

Compensated Work Therapy – a group of programs available for veterans at the Louisville V.A.M.C. CWT provides individualized work experiences within a supportive rehabilitation environment, and facilitates and strengthens vocational skills and employability, thereby returning Veterans to living and working in the community. Programs include Employment Skills Group, Supported Employment, and Transitional Work Experience. Contact Katherine E. Strother, CSW, CWT Employment Specialist 502-287-4163 or Katherine.Strother@va.gov; Stacey Norris, LCSW, CWT Program Coordinator, 502-287-4230, Stacey.Norris@va.gov

General information on Compensated Work Therapy: http://www.cwt.va.gov/

  • Employment Skills Group – open to all veterans, the Employment Skills Group is an employment based curriculum to help veterans seek out and obtain a career. It is held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Louisville V.A.M.C., 800 Zorn Ave., Louisville, KY 40206, from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm in Room D010.
  • Supported Employment – Primarily for veterans who are diagnosed with mental illness. The veteran must be receiving mental health care from a V.A. provider and is referred to the program by that provider. SE functions as a free employee assistance program for competitive employment with unlimited support through personal meeting and phone calls with the veteran and with the veteran’s employer. CWT/SE staff pre-screen applicants to available competitive job opportunities and refer qualified Veterans for consideration, staff also help with resume development and job application. Employers who hire CWT Veterans will have access to post-employment support services, employer education, along with worksite analysis and Tax Credits for Targeted Jobs.
  • Transitional Work Experience - A pre-employment vocational assessment program for Veterans operating in VA medical centers and communities across our nation. CWT/TWE participants are assessed by vocational professionals, pre-screened and matched to the specific job requirements. Participants who are homeless or being treated for substance abuse have preference but the program is not exclusively limited to those veterans. Participants are selected through a competitive interview process. Typically the CWT/TWE assignment lasts for 3 to 6 months as negotiated between program staff and the participating company. At the Lousville V.A.M.C., participants work at the hospital in temporary positions, are paid a stipend for work (tax free minimum wage), and are not employees of the hospital.CWT/TWE functions like a temp-to-hire labor service so the expectations of Veteran workers is the same as that of other employees within the company. This program helps veterans develop work experience and build references.


Reviewed June 2010