Resource Guide

High Touch Resources

Virginia Department of Veteran Services (DVS) – DVS offers a range of services for Veterans and their family members—everything from assistance with filing for claims to certifying educational programs. We operate two long-term care centers and two cemeteries. Additional services are listed below. http://www.dvs.virginia.gov.

  • Veterans Education Training and Employment (VETE) – the directorate of the Virginia Department of Veteran’s Services ensuring that every Veteran or eligible person has a full and fair opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential through access to the G.I. Bill approved post-secondary educational, training/licensure/certification, entrepreneurial institutions, V3 certified employers and Virginia Colleges and Universities. Currently, more than 1000 institutions with various programs are approved in Virginia. http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/education_veterans-education.shtml
    • Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) – This program assesses, coordinates, and disseminates opportunities for members of the armed forces, Veterans, and their spouses transitioning from military to civilian life by providing a pathway to employment, education, and entrepreneurship opportunities in the Commonwealth. VTAP coordinators connect job seeking Veterans with V3 employers through personal introduction and job fairs designed exclusively for V3 certified companies. Alison Foster is the Program Manager. To learn more, send an email to: VTAP@dvs.virginia.gov.
    • State Approving Authority (SAA) – This agency validates and approves education and training programs to be pursued by Veterans and eligible persons leveraging GI Bill funds. This includes both registered and unregistered Apprenticeships and On-The Job opportunities. The SAA also oversees the Virginia’s educational institutions and training facilities to ensure compliance with federal and state guidelines. For more information email: saa@dvs.virginia.gov Ph. (804) 786-0571 Fax: (804) 786-0809
    • SkillBridge – This newly created program works in concert with the existing Department of Defense (DOD) SkillBridge program. SkillBridge develops internships, fellowships, On-The–Job Training (OJT) and apprenticeship offerings for active duty service members who are at least 180 days from transitioning out of the U.S. Military. Upon approval from their installation commander, a service member can participate in a SkillBridge offering while continuing to receive their military pay. Employers need only to cover the cost of the training. The SkillBridge Program Manager works with military installation commanders, educational institutions and V3-certified employers to streamline the approval process for these opportunities. Initial program offerings will focus on high priority industry sectors in high demand occupations. To learn how your company can take advantage of this exciting new program, contact the DVS SkillBridge Program Manager, Todd Weegmann at Todd.Weegmann@dvs.virginia.gov
    • Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) – This program provides service members with specialized medical training an opportunity for employment at six Virginia healthcare systems, a pathway to licensure and long-term medical careers, and a solution to acute healthcare staffing shortages in Virginia’s healthcare industry. Healthcare organizations can contact the, MMAC Program Manager, Mark Whiting, at mark.whiting@dvs.virginia.gov
  • Virginia Veteran and Family Support (formerly the Virginia Wounded Warrior Program) – a legislatively mandated program operated by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in cooperation with the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and the Department of Rehabilitative Services. It was established in 2008 in response to the growing need to improve and expand services to our nation’s Veterans and their family members whose lives have been touched by stress-related injuries or traumatic brain injury. http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/virginia-veteran-and-family-support/.

Virginia Employment Commission (VEC) -Veterans are eligible for job referral, job training and job placement assistance through the VEC. Veterans may access these employment services through a statewide network of VEC Local offices. http://www.vec.virginia.gov/veterans. See the map below for locations of Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs), who work with employers to connect them with qualified Veteran candidates.

  • Virginia Workforce Connection (VWC) – a comprehensive job matching between job seekers and employers. It will help Veteran job seekers  (10,000+ Veterans listed) find information on an ideal job; wage data, skill requirements, as well as industry and occupational trend and potential training opportunities. Employers can post jobs free of charge, search for candidates, and much more. https://www.vawc.virginia.gov/vosnet/Default.aspx
  • The VEC also offers free training videos on using their resources. To watch these training videos, visit http://www.vec.virginia.gov/employers/videos.



Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) –  a Department of Defense office,  established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 4,900 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, service members and their families. http://www.esgr.mil/Employers/How-ESGR-Can-Help.aspx

  • Hiring National Guard or Reservists. You can search for candidates and post job on the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) at https://www.dol.gov/veterans/hireaveteran/

 Resources on Recruiting, Hiring and Retaining Veterans



Readying the workplace



Recruiting Veterans and Wounded Warriors

  • U.S. Department of Labor Hire a Veteran website provides employers the ability to search a national databank of Veterans to find the best candidate for their open positions as well as make a Veteran hiring commitment, and access helpful tools and resources. Go to: https://www.dol.gov/veterans/hireaveteran/
  • A Guide for Employers: Where to Find Military Talent. Resulting from the combined experience of 100,000 Jobs Mission members, this comprehensive listing identifies the best resources to locate qualified military talent. To help users’ find the right talent, with the right fit, at the right time, the listing is further segmented into the following categories: Resources without an Associated Cost, Resources That Have a Fee, ACAP / TAP / Military Programs, Career and Job Fair Resources, Job Boards, Military Organizations / Associations, Government Agencies & Programs and, LinkedIn Groups. To download a copy of this guide, go to: https://www.veteranjobsmission.com/leading-practices/guide-employers-where-find-military-talent

These branches of the service have programs to assist service members in the transition process:



Career One-Stop Service Locator – Career One Stop Centers are also referred as American Job Centers. The locator is an online resource that allows you to find workforce-related resources close to your location. Simply enter your zip code, click “go” and you will receive a list of One-Stop Career Centers in your area. Every One-Stop Career Centers have Veterans Representatives who work on both the supply and demand side of recruitment. Ask to speak with the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) or the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist at the center nearest you. Go to: https://www.careeronestop.org/localhelp/americanjobcenters/american-job-centers.aspx

Student Veterans of America (SVA) – Many Veteran are pursuing college degrees and can belong to the local SVA chapter to connect to local chapter resources go to: http://studentveterans.org/index.php/chapter/directory.


Military Skills Translation and Credentialing

COOL Initiatives. As part of a Joint-Service initiative to promote civilian credentialing opportunities for military servicemembers, the COOL initiatives were created. These sites allow employers to view not only the skill sets of Enlisted, Warrant Officers and Commissioned Officers but also the credentialing and in some cases the college credit they can receive while in the service.



In addition, the following military to civilian translation tools can assist you in translating a servicemembers Military Occupational Code into a role in your organization.


Mentorships



Official Wounded Warrior Programs (email | phone)



Understanding the military resume


Retaining Veterans



Employment laws pertaining to Veterans and Veterans hiring



Other important resources



Resources on recruiting, hiring and retaining Veterans specifically for federal employers / federal contractors