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Essential Tools for Building Post-Military Careers
The Veterans Employment Toolkit, va.gov/VETSINWORKPLACE/index.asp, was created by the National Center for PTSD, in conjunction with the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Mental Health Services.
The primary development team consisted of a group of psychologists at the Dissemination and Training Division of the National Center for PTSD. The team worked with several other individuals and agencies to create a useful resource for employers, managers and supervisors, HR professionals, Employment Assistance Program (EAP) providers and veterans.
It provides myriad resources for veterans, reservists and their families, and employers seeking to hire them: va.gov/VETSINWORKPLACE/docs/em_fullversionResources.asp and va.gov/VETSINWORKPLACE/veteranresources.asp.
Toolkit resources include the following information; log onto va.gov/VETSINWORKPLACE/index.asp to access the associated websites:
• Department of Veterans Affairs: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides patient care and federal benefits to veterans and their dependents, and can help with vocational rehabilitation and employment.
• National Center for PTSD: The VA’s National Center for PTSD conducts research and education on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
• U.S. Department of Labor (DOL): The DOL has a number of resources available for employers, such as Resources for Employers, Veteran’ Employment and Training Services (VETS), Work Opportunity Tax Credit Information, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Compliance Assistance - Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and a Toolkit for Federal Agencies on Implementing Executive Order 13548.
• America’s Heroes at Work: This program is designed for employers and the workforce development system to help returning service members and veterans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace - particularly service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
• Feds Hire Vets: This is the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) government-wide veterans employment website. On November 9, 2009, then-President Barack Obama signed Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government, which establishes the Veterans Employment Initiative, detailed on this website.
• Federal Occupational Health’s (FOH) Employee Assistance Program (EAP): FOH is a non-appropriated agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that provides occupational health and wellness services exclusively to federal employees. Assistance is offered seven days a week, 24 hours a day at 800-222-0364 or 888-262-7848 (TTY).
• Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR): The ESGR operates programs directed toward U.S. employers, employees and communities to ensure understanding of the role of Reserve and National Guard members. It also offers employer resources and an Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA) resource page.
• Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM): As one of its many resources, SHRM offers details about military employment, including a military employment resource page.
• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Home Page: The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities.
• Job Accommodation Network (JAN): The JAN is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance for workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
• Understanding Your Employment Rights Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Veterans: This U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guide briefly explains how protections for veterans with service-connected disabilities differ under USERRA and ADA.
• Project HIRED Wounded Warrior Workforce Program: Project HIRED supports veterans with disabilities with career services, retraining and wrap-around support services.
• USERRA Advanced e-Learning Course: USERRA is the federal law that establishes rights and responsibilities for members of the Reserve and National Guard, and their civilian employers.
• Hero Health Hire: This offers a place where business leaders, government officials, and citizens can learn, share information, and commit to helping the nation’s wounded warriors find and retain meaningful employment.
• Northrop Grumman, Operation IMPACT (Injured Military Pursing Assisted Career Transition): Operation IMPACT assists severely injured service members with the transition to civilian careers.
• Hire Veterans: This allows employers to advertise job postings to veterans, and allows veterans to post their resumes for search by employers.
• VetJobs: This allows employers to advertise job postings to veterans, and allows veterans to post their resumes for search by employers. It also offers a number of resources for veterans and employers.
• VetNet: This is a technology-based platform positioned to assist veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses, find and prepare for meaningful post-service careers. VetNet is a dynamic and interactive platform, where each week live content is delivered and focused across three tracks of workforce preparation and training. These tracks include basic training, career connections and entrepreneur.
• Troops to Teachers: This is a U.S. Department of Education (ED) and U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) program that helps eligible military personnel begin new careers as teachers in public schools.
• Helmets to Hardhats: This connects veterans to promising careers in construction.
• Veterans Green Jobs: This helps veterans transition into their communities and find career opportunities across all environmental sustainability sectors of the economy. It offers training and experience, directly employs veterans and provides entrepreneurial opportunities.
• Veterans in Piping (VIP) Program: The United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Sprinklerfitters’ (UA) program provides returning veterans with 16 weeks of accelerated welding training.
• Wall Street Warfighters Foundation: The program prepares veterans with disabilities for careers in the financial services industry.
• Real Warriors: This provides a descriptive list of Tips for Finding a Job and Achieving Success in the Civilian Workplace.
• VA: It offers a number of resources for helping veterans obtain and excel in employment both within and outside VA. These resources include Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO), Compensated Work Therapy and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (VR&E).
• American Corporate Partners (ACP): This is a nationwide mentoring program dedicated to helping recently returned veterans transition to the civilian workforce via mentoring, career counseling and networking.
• Combat to Corporate: It’s a website developed by a veteran that helps explain how to apply military training to excel in the business world.
• DOL’s My Next Move: It’s a website that offers more information about different types of careers.
• Call of Duty Endowment: This is a non-profit public benefit corporation that helps military personnel transition to civilian careers.
• Student Veterans of America: This is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the U.S.
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