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Department of Labor Logo The mission of VETS is to help veterans, reservists, and National Guard members in securing employment and the rights and benefits associated with such, through existing programs, the coordination and merger of programs, and the implementation of new programs. Services provided are to be consistent with the changing needs of employers and the eligible populations of veterans.

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service mission includes:

  • Enforcement: Resolution of claims by veterans, reservists, and National Guard members under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act; and fact-finding assistance to veterans who believe their veterans preference rights have been violated.
  • Employment and Training Assistance: The provision of services to eligible veterans through grants to states, local governments, and non-profit agencies.
  • Public Information Activities: The provision to VETS’ internal and external customers of information regarding the program services available and results achieved.
  • Inter-Agency Liaison: The establishment and maintenance of effective service delivery networks involving other agencies, such as the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, for transition assistance to individuals leaving the armed forces.
  • Training: The development and delivery of specific professional skills and program oriented curricula to service providers’ staffs and managers.
  • Information Collection and Reporting: The compilation, synthesis, and publication of data required by the Congress and the Department of Labor.

We want the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service to be recognized as a world class organization in providing, facilitating, and promoting veterans’ employment and training services. To find out more about VETS, refer to: www.dol.gov/dol/vets.

  America’s Job Bank (AJB)
  This is a consolidated automated listing of nearly all job openings received by State Workforce Agencies (SWA) throughout the United States. Thousands of jobs are posted directly to the Internet. You can access AJB at www.ajb.dni.us.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) Workshops Two Men Talking
One of the most comprehensive sources for job-hunting information, tools, and resources for separating Service members is the Department of Labor-sponsored 3-day workshop. These workshops are sponsored in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The workshops are held at local military installations. The workshops uses local and State employment personnel or contractors to provide separating Service members information that addresses basic resume writing, interviewing techniques, job search skills, and veterans benefits. Information covered under the topic “Employment Assistance” (mentioned above) during Preseparation Counseling is addressed again in more detail during the TAP Workshop.
  Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
  USERRA’s main objective is to place returning Service members in the job they would have attained if they had remained continuously employed instead of performing military service. Under this law, a person who leaves a civilian job to perform military service (voluntarily or involuntarily), may be entitled to return to his or her civilian job after discharge or release from their military obligation if the service member meets basic eligibility criteria. If you think you may be eligible for this right, contact the Director of Veterans’ Employment and Training (DVET) in your state. Contact information is listed in most telephone directories under U.S. Government, Department of Labor and is available through the transition website.
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