Today, more than ever, it is critical for veterans to be gainfully employed and to that end we’ve added this component to the New Mexico Veteran Business Outreach Center (VBOC). How does this relate to business start-up? It does in many ways but the first and most important reason is that once you’re back on your feet you can begin planning, should you decide, to become an entrepreneur. First things first, contact your local state veteran employment office. They’ll be able to get you to the best information as quickly as possible. If it’s after-hours, then the links that follow below from the US Dept. of Labor will help you better understand what programs and benefits you are eligible for.
As you seek employment there are two important representatives you should become aware of as a veteran and they are:
Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists
Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists provide intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans, with the maximum emphasis directed toward serving those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans, and veterans with barriers to employment.
Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives
Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employers and engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment. LVER staff conducts seminars for employers and job search workshops for veterans seeking employment, and facilitate priority of service in regard to employment, training, and placement services furnished to veterans by all staff of the employment service delivery system.
You can find them by contacting your local veteran workforce offices:
If you can’t find a DVOP/LVER representative here visit the National Veterans’ Training Institute DVOP/LVER to find a representative.
For additional national information on employment visit the US Dept. of Labor, Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) today.
Recovery & Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines)
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, military medical transition centers, and career workforce agencies located in hometowns across the country. The program seeks to support the economic recovery and reemployment of transitioning wounded and injured service members and their families by identifying barriers to employment or reemployment and addressing those needs. The program will link service members with local professionals in their hometown communities to support their economic recovery and reemployment through a range of services. As part of the program, wounded and injured service members, and their spouses, will be eligible for services offered at more than 3,500 One-Stop career centers the Department of Labor has set up nationwide.
For additional information visit REALifelines today!
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