Veterans May Need Help Finding a Job

January 21, 2013

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Get Hired Fast - need help finding a jobMany veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have returned to the United States to find a challenging work situation at home. The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 10.8% in December 2012 – which is an improvement from 13.1% in December 2011 – but still is high. Veterans may need help finding a job for different reasons like difficulties with credentials, injuries, or emotional difficulties. Fortunately there are some resources to help.

VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 offers employers tax credits for hiring veterans; the tax credits are increased for employing service-disabled veterans. The act also allows transitioning service people to utilize the Transition Assistance Program with career counseling and resume writing workshops. The act also helps vets apply for jobs with other branches of the federal government.

Hiring Our Heroes Program

The US Chamber of Commerce launched an initiative in March 2011 to help veterans and their spouses find jobs. The organization holds job fairs throughout the country with many large corporations and local companies participating. There are also several workshops that can help the veteran looking for a job create a brand and guide the veterans through other employment and educational choices. The Chamber also started a program specifically to help military spouses find jobs, network, and build careers.

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

Through the VOW act, vets are also able to get additional funds for more education and training through local vocational programs or community colleges. The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program is a training program for unemployed veterans who want to get training for jobs in high-demand fields.  These fields include computer support specialist, general manager, and air conditioning mechanic and installer. The program plans to retrain 54,000 veterans in 2013.

Other Programs to Help Vets Get Jobs

Other organizations besides the federal and state governments are also helping veterans find a job. Wal-Mart has just announced a plan to hire more than 100,000 veterans over the next five years; these veterans will have to have been honorably discharged from the service on or after January 15th. The bank JPMorgan Chase & Co. and more than 75 other companies have created a program to hire 100,000 veterans by 2020 called the 100,000 Jobs Mission. This program also helps veterans match skill sets and identify educational needs.

These programs and services can help the unemployed veteran’s job search a little easier. If you need more help finding a job, sign up for our Get Hired Boot Camp today.

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