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A number federal programs are available to help veterans get the most out of their careers - whether you are seeking advancement in your current position or looking for the right place in your first civilian job.  

Employers: How to Hire Veterans

There are a number of programs and incentives for employers to hire service-disabled veterans. Assistance from specialists with the Federal VA will help you find the best solution for hiring veterans.

For more information: Federal VA: For Employers - Veterans Opportunity to Work

Employment Opportunities for Homeless Veterans

The Homeless Veteran Supported Employment Program (HVSEP) provides vocational assistance, job development and placement, and ongoing supports to improve employment outcomes among homeless Veterans and Veterans at-risk of homelessness. Formerly homeless Veterans who have been trained as Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists (VRSs) provide these services.

VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program is a national vocational program comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

VA's National Cemetery Administration and Veterans Health Administration have also formed partnerships at national cemeteries, where formerly homeless Veterans from the CWT program have received work opportunities.

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. Services that may be provided include: Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment; employment services; assistance finding and keeping a job; and On the Job Training (OJT), apprenticeship, and non-paid work experiences.

For more information: Federal VA: Homeless Veterans Employment

Veterans' Preference

Veterans and disabled veterans receive preference when applying for district and federal jobs.

Federal Veterans' Preference

Veterans who meet certain qualifications receive preference over other applicants when applying for federal government jobs in both the competitive and excepted service.

Detailed in Title 5 of the United States Code, veterans’ preference can be confusing. Eligibility is based on length and dates of active duty service, a service-connected disability, or receipt of a campaign badge or Purple Heart. Not all active duty service may qualify for veterans' preference.

Veterans’ Preference, which only has two preference categories, federal employment allows for THREE types of eligible preferences: disabled veterans (10-point preference), non-disabled veterans (five-point preference) and sole survivorship (zero-point preference).

Who qualifies?

To be eligible for veterans’ preference by federal employers, you must have been discharged or released under honorable conditions.

For more information: Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Preference Advisor

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program

This federal VA program provides education and job training to aid your transition back into the civilian workforce. It applies to veterans in general, but also has specific provisions for disabled veterans and their family members.

Find out more: Federal VA: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services

American Job Center

The American Job Center, formerly the DC Works! One-Stop Center, offers job-seekers, students, businesses and career professionals access to a comprehensive array of employment-related services and tools in one convenient location

For more information: American Job Center