Improving Jobs Outlook for Veterans
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We call for Congressional action to help turn this negative veteran employment trend around by passage of those provisions of the American Jobs Act of 2011, S.1549, introduced by Senator Harry Reid (NV) on September 13, 2011, which impacts veterans' unemployment. The bill, if passed, presses for a Short-Term Unemployed Tax Credit of 40 percent of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans unemployed at least four weeks, and the Long-Term Unemployed Tax Credit which offers 40 percent of the first $12,000 of wages (up to $4,800) for employers who hire veterans unemployed longer than six months.
Veterans now and in the past fought for this nation, standing against tyranny. We ask that Congress and the Administration work together and break this tyranny of gridlock where it impacts veterans the most, gainful employment following their honorable military service. Please use the prepared e-mail to contact your elected officials today.
Learning Curve - Veterans have the proven ability to learn new skills and
concepts. In addition, they can enter your workforce with identifiable and
transferable skills, proven in real world situations. This background can
enhance your organization’s productivity.
- The military trains people to lead by example as well as through direction,
delegation, motivation and inspiration. Veterans understand the practical ways
to manage behaviors for results, even in the most trying circumstances. They
also know the dynamics of leadership as part of both hierarchical and peer
- Veterans understand how genuine teamwork grows out of a responsibility to
one’s colleagues. Military duties involve a blend of individual and group
productivity. They also necessitate a perception of how groups of all sizes
relate to each other and an overarching objective.
and Inclusion in Action - Veterans have learned to work side by side with
individuals regardless of diverse race, gender, geographic origin, ethnic
background, religion and economic status as well as mental, physical and
attitudinal capabilities. They have the sensitivity to cooperate with many
different types of individuals.
performance under pressure - Veterans understand the rigors of tight
schedules and limited resources. They have developed the capacity to know how
to accomplish priorities on time, in spite of tremendous stress. They know the
critical importance of staying with a task until it is done right.
for procedures - Veterans have gained a unique perspective on the value of
accountability. They can grasp their place within an organizational framework,
becoming responsible for subordinates’ actions to higher supervisory levels.
They know how policies and procedures enable an organization to exist.
and globalization - Because of their experiences in the service, veterans
are usually aware of international and technical trends pertinent to business
and industry. They can bring the kind of global outlook and technological savvy
that all enterprises of any size need to succeed.
- Veterans know what it means to do “an honest day’s work.” Prospective
employers can take advantage of a track record of integrity, often including
security clearances. This integrity translates into qualities of sincerity and
of health and safety standards - Thanks to extensive training, veterans are
aware of health and safety protocols both for themselves and the welfare of
others. Individually, they represent a drug-free workforce that is cognizant of
maintaining personal health and fitness. On a company level, their awareness
and conscientiousness translate into protection of employees, property and
- Triumph over adversity - In addition to
dealing positively with the typical issues of personal maturity, veterans have
frequently triumphed over great adversity. They likely have proven their mettle
in mission critical
GI Bill for Unemployed Veterans Age 35-60
If you are an unemployed military veteran, you may be eligible for a new GI Bill / career training program: the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011
was created to help veterans gain marketable skills to more easily find
a job. These new GI Bill benefits include education and training for
unemployed veterans who are aged 35-60. The Veteran Opportunity to Work
(VOW) Act of 2011 (HR 2433) is part of the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and was signed into law just before the end of 2011.
Here are a sampling of benefits which will help veterans (we will cover these in more depth below):
- Up to 1-year of additional Montgomery GI Bill benefits to qualify for jobs in high-demand sectors
- Up to 1-year of additional VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits for disabled veterans.
- Quicker access to veterans preference rating for civil service jobs.
- Improvements to the Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
- Military skills translation – the Department of Labor is tasked to
come up with better ways to translate military skills into the civilian
If these additional benefits seem like something that will benefit
you, then please continue reading and we will cover who is eligible for
these benefits, more details about the benefits, availability dates, and
how you can register to begin receiving them.
If you aren’t eligible to receive these benefits, then please forward this article to a veteran you know who may need assistance qualifying for additional education and training to help find a job.
Expanded GI Bill Benefits for Qualified Veterans
The VOW to Hire Heroes Act will offer qualified and eligible veterans
up to 12 months of full-time Montgomery GI Bill benefits at the Active
Duty rate. See current MGIB rates for more information.
Here are some additional benefits in greater detail:
Greater education and training opportunities: The
VOW to Hire Heroes Act will provide eligible veterans with up to a year
of additional MGIB benefits at the active duty rate, in order to help
them earn training and certifications in high-demand jobs. In order to
receive benefits, eligible veterans must attend a VA Approved education
or training program at a community college or technical school, provided
the program is working toward an Associate’s Degree, a non-college
degree, or a qualified certification in a high demand occupation. Some
examples include technology certifications, trucking, and various
This program also provides disabled veterans up to 1-year of
additional VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits,
provided they have exhausted their unemployment benefits.
Veterans can acquire “veterans preference status” more quickly.
There is currently a delay in how quickly veterans can acquire veterans
preference status for civil service employment. The new VOW to Hire
Heroes Act will help make this transition more seamless by enabling
veterans to acquire veterans preference status before separating from
the military, which can help facilitate hiring into a federal job. the
goal is to reduce the time it takes to hire qualified military veterans —
many jobs currently take months to fill, causing many veterans to file
for unemployment benefits while their application and veterans
preference is pending.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) improvements: The TAP program is required by all branches of the service and is designed to help military members make the transition from the military environment to the civilian world.
The goal is to help veterans prepare for life away from the military,
including creating a resume, interviewing, and getting hired into a
civilian position. TAP will be getting as facelift as part of the VOW to
Hire Heroes Act, with improvements in career counseling, job searching
processes, and more.
Military skills translation. Translating your skills
to the civilian marketplace can be difficult. After all, how many
civilian jobs are there for bomb loader or artillery specialists? While
there aren’t necessarily direct civilian jobs with those job titles,
many of the skills you have learned while in these positions are
translatable, and the Department of Labor has been tasked to make it
easier for military members and veterans to translate their skills into
civilian terms, and make it easier to earn licenses and certifications
for civilian employment. You can already use the Veterans Job Bank to translate your military skills, but expect more improvements and assistance in the future.
Employment assistance. The Department of Labor will provide employment assistance to each veteran who completes the program.
Veterans Tax Credits: Though this doesn’t directly
affect the veterans, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act provides employers with
tax credits of $5,600 for hiring an unemployed veteran, and $9,600 for
hiring an unemployed disabled veteran. This may make the difference
between you getting a job or an employer deciding not to hire an extra
Who qualifies for the VOW GI Bill?
This program is designed to help unemployed military veterans gain marketable skills through training and education.
To qualify for the VOW GI Bill, a veteran must:
- Be age 35 or older and younger than 60
- Be unemployed (according to Department of Labor definitions) with
special consideration given to veterans who have been unemployed for 26
weeks or longer.
- Have an other than dishonorable discharge.
- Not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.:
the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and
- Not be in receipt of compensation due to unemployability.
- Not be enrolled in a federal or state job training program
How to Apply for VOW Benefits
This program will be jointly run by the Department of Labor and the
VA. The VA will provide funding for the program, but applications must
be submitted to the Department of Labor where they will be processed and
Program start and end date: This program will become available to eligible veterans on July 1, 2012 and is set to extend through March 31, 2014.
Limited availability. Like all good things, there
are limits to the availability for this program. The law only provides
availability for 45,000 participants in fiscal year 2012, and 54,000
participants in fiscal year 2013. It’s too early to say if there will be
extensions on that time frame, as it will likely depend on how the
economy is doing and whether there will be funding. (Current funding is
already approved and paid for).
At this time, applications have not yet opened. We will update this
article when the information becomes available. In the meant time, it is
recommended to contact the Department of Labor and/or the VA for
additional information or to see if you can be put on their mailing list
Where to go for more information.
This is a joint program sponsored by the Department of Labor and the Veterans Affairs office. You can read more about the VOW GI Bill here: VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 | House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and at the VOW to Hire Heroes Act page at the VA.
DoD Issues with “Hiring Heroes Act of 2011?
DoD objects to provisions of veterans job bill
by Rick Maze, Veterans Today
Defense Department is raising objections to key parts of a bipartisan
veterans employment bill, but it may end up being costs — not those
complaints — that force lawmakers to scale back on the ambitious
Labor Department report that showed the unemployment rate for Iraq
and Afghanistan era veterans was at 12.1 percent in May fuels efforts
to pass a comprehensive overhaul of transition assistance and training
programs for veterans, called the Hiring Heroes Act of 2011.
Patty Murray, D-Wash., the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee
chairwoman and chief sponsor of the bill, said the high unemployment
rate “is simply unacceptable” and is a sign that current programs are
too long, we have patted them on the back and pushed them into the
civilian job market with no support,” she said Wednesday during a
committee hearing that covered the jobs bill, S 951, and 34 other
measures pending before the panel.
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immediately. These jobs are all posted from equal opportunity
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By John Roberts Published May 26, 2011 | FoxNews.com
After 12 years in the National Guard,
Donna Bachler is still in fighting form. Working out in her Leavenworth,
Kan., gym, this one-time drill sergeant can lift as much as many men.
She’d love a career as a fitness trainer.
But there’s a problem.
“It’s an issue,” she told me, “when you come
into an interview and somebody sees the cane. They see just months off
at a time for a surgery recovery or who knows what.”
She walks with a cane – the result of an
ankle injury she suffered while on a training march. The disability, she
says, has kept her from her dream job. But the ankle isn’t her only
struggle. She developed PTSD -- post traumatic stress disorder -- after
helping collect remains from the World Trade Center attack.
Neither prevented her from deploying to Kuwait. But she’s been job hunting for a year – and so far nothing but rejection.
“They think we all come back with a sort of
Rambo complex,” says Bachler, “that we all have PTSD and we’re all
issues and we’re all going to have health issues later on in life.”
She acknowledges that she, indeed, has PTSD,
as well as a bum ankle, "but I also have a strong desire to work and a
strong desire to serve.”
That desire to work and serve is shared by
Erin Lloyd. She was a master-at-arms in the Navy for 5 years -- served
in the Persian Gulf during Operation Iraqi Freedom -- earned citations and awards -- then went on to a degree in accounting from Rutgers.
She moved back home six months ago and has
been looking for a job ever since. Lloyd recalls the day she learned her
military service might be a detriment to finding employment in the
“I was going to go see a headhunter,” she
told me, “and she called to inform me that she was unable to do an
interview because they didn’t really work with somebody with my
They’re called ‘the invisible veterans’ -- women with extensive military experience the civilian world doesn’t seem to value.
Fifteen percent of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are women. That’s 230,000 people. In 2010, 12 percent of them were unemployed, compared to 8.6 percent in the civilian world.
Paul Rieckhoff, the director of the group
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, says it’s a national
embarrassment that these women, with leadership skills, discipline -- even shined shoes and a good haircut -- can’t find work.
“There’s an old saying that failing to plan
is planning to fail,” he told me. “There wasn’t a plan in place for our
nation to really step up and support these women who are coming home.”
Part of the problem is a Veterans Affairs
system that for decades was targeted to serve men. Another is that
military skills aren’t certified for use in civilian jobs.
Donna Bachler is puzzled by the disconnect.
“We spend a lot of money training very smart
people – aircraft engineers, car mechanics, medics. And then we don’t
give them a tiny piece of paper that says this is what your military
skill means in the civilian world,” she said.
Rieckhoff’s group is trying to change that – and recently deployed Donna Bachler and other vets to Capitol Hill to twist a few arms.
“We’ve got to tell them that these folks are not ticking time bombs,” says Rieckhoff.
“They’re not the stereotype that you might
have in your head. They’re incredibly dynamic – they're dedicated –
they’re exactly the people you want to hire.”
The Department of Veterans Affairs has been
making changes and now has nine programs targeted specifically toward
helping women vets prepare for civilian jobs.
Ruth Fanning, the VA’s director of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, acknowledges difficulties in meeting the needs of women.
“The VA has had to make an adjustment as the
demographics have changed. Have we taken too long to recognize issues?
Perhaps sometimes we have,” she said.
A bill introduced in both the House and
Senate, the Hiring Heroes Act aims to improve the employment situation,
with – among other things – mandatory participation in the Department of
Labor’s Transition Assistance Program, which helps veterans prepare for
life in the civilian world, and a framework to certify military skills
for civilian jobs. For the moment, Donna Bachler is working hard to
improve her qualifications.
A history major, she’s earning her Master's
in Fine Arts from the University of California. Erin Lloyd may go back
to school for her MBA. “It’s very frustrating,” says Lloyd.
“But, you know, if anything you’ve learned
in the military, it’s determination and you keep going.” Remarkably,
despite all the determination, leadership skills and discipline learned
during wartime, both are weighing whether to leave that military
experience off their resumes.
Says Donna Bachler: “It’s something I should be putting on a job application,
thinking this is a chip that’s gonna give me a shoo-in on this job – as
opposed to thinking about taking it off – going, 'this is the thing
that’s gonna cause me to lose the job.' ”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/05/26/female-veterans-victims-high-unemployment/#ixzz1O9SPxMHO
May 12, 2011 posted by Veterans Today By Queenie Wong
veterans could get a leg up on those competing against them for the
same job under a bill Washington State Gov . Chris Gregoire signed into
Military veterans could get an advantage over those competing against
them for the same job under a bill Gov. Chris Gregoire signed into law
The legislation, House Bill 1432,
allows private employers to voluntarily give a preference to hiring
veterans and widows or widowers of veterans without violating federal
and state anti-discrimination statutes. Private companies also could
give employment preference to spouses of certain honorably discharged
veterans who became permanently disabled during their service.
Gov. Chris Gregoire
Currently, public employers already give a preference to veterans.
The bill was passed by the House of Representatives with a 94-4 vote and
was unanimously approved by the Senate earlier this month. “We wanted
to make sure we had a way to honor our women and men in uniform upon
returning from overseas and this really is a pathway for their
reintegration back into society through employment,” said Rep. Jay
Rodne, R-North Bend, the bill’s lead sponsor.
Rodne, a Marine Corps veteran, said he introduced the bill after a
Seattle attorney and a nonprofit aimed at expanding employment
opportunities for military veterans approached him about the issue.
Washington law prohibits an employer from discriminating against job
applicants due military status.
The U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964 also bars an employer from
discriminating against any individual based on race, color, religion,
sex or national origin. The act prevents employers from giving
preference to military veterans because often they are predominantly
male, said David Black, the attorney from Jackson Lewis, who approached
Rodne about the new law. Black noted, though, that a subsection in the
civil-rights act allows state and local governments to pass laws
creating preference for veterans without violating the federal law.
Marjorie James, the president of Hire America’s Heroes, said that
veterans are at a disadvantage when they apply for a job in the private
sector because they often don’t have as much experience in certain
industries as some other applicants.
The group, based in Redmond, works with corporations to help
transitioning military-service members, veterans and their family
members find corporate jobs.
Queenie Wong: 360-236-8267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Defense today announced the launch of an online Career
Decision Toolkit that will allow service members to self assess transition
needs and thoroughly explore an array of transition related subjects such as:
career exploration, financial planning for transition, job search success,
effective resumes and cover letters, interviewing excellence, and negotiating
your ideal compensation.
"The toolkit is customized to a service member's own transition needs and
assists them in cataloging their military skills and experience in a way that
helps them effectively communicate their skills to prospective employers,"
said John R. Campbell, deputy assistant secretary of defense for wounded
warrior care and transition policy.
The online toolkit will deliver 24-hour global access to career transition
training to service members who are not geographically able to attend
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) classes traditionally offered at military
installations. The tool kit's online launch also marks the second phase of
a major redesign of the Defense Department's main career transition
website, and a cornerstone of the transformation of TAP into a blended
delivery model that takes advantage of online resources, as well as a virtual
classroom settings and platforms to enhance the traditional "brick and
mortar" TAP experience that most service members receive.
Originally released in compact disc format last August, the Career Decision
Toolkit was developed by the DoD's Office of Wounded Warrior Care and
Transition Policy in collaboration with Departments of Veterans Affairs and
Labor to assist separating, demobilizing, retiring and wounded service members,
and their families, to effectively navigate their course to civilian employment
and educational opportunities.
For more information on the online Career Decision Toolkit, visit http://www.turbotap.org or contact Office of
Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy at 703-428-7649 or email@example.com .
By Rick Maze - Staff writer
Posted : Friday Mar 4, 2011 11:14:34 EST
With a new jobs report showing that young veterans continue to have
difficulty finding work in a tough economy, Iraq and Afghanistan
Veterans of America has unveiled a comprehensive plan for helping vets
find post-service jobs.
Friday’s U.S. Labor Department jobs report
finds the unemployment rate for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans dropped
from 15.2 percent in January to 12.5 percent in February, but it is
still higher than the 11.5 percent average for 2010 and much higher than
the national unemployment rate of 8.9 percent in February, the first
time the national rate has dipped below 9 percent in almost two years.
For all veterans, the February unemployment rate was 9.2 percent, down from 9.8 percent in January.
an advocacy group formed in 2004, is concerned that the job market
doesn’t seem to be improving for veterans. Already, an estimated 278,000
returning combat veterans are hunting for jobs and not finding them in a
continued sluggish economy, with signs that things are not going to get
better soon without dramatic action.
“We are not doing enough,” said Tim Embree, a Marine veteran and IAVA legislative associate.
said his group’s plan will seek to create jobs for veterans through a
combination of teaching new job-seeking skills, providing better
education benefits, defending against job discrimination and working
with community and corporate leaders to help create a climate in which
companies want to hire veterans.
IAVA also wants a presidential
summit on veterans’ hiring to get the attention of corporate leaders and
nonprofit groups and wants a national jobs data base specifically for
veterans who are looking for work.
“There is no silver bullet, no one thing that is going to solve this,” Embree said.
current programs are aimed at helping veterans find work, but Embree
said they don’t seem to be working that well. That is the reason why
IAVA is seeking a review every three years of the military’s Transition
Assistance Program, which is supposed to help separating and retiring
service members learn job-hunting skills. Embree said the program, known
as TAP, needs to be audited every three years, at a minimum, to verify
that people actually get jobs as a result of the workshops and lectures.
also wants the government to expand tax credits for businesses that
hire veterans, require federal contractors to publicly report the number
of veterans they higher and ensure federally financed construction
projects are made available to veteran-owned businesses.
of veterans employment is getting attention from Congress, but a key
lawmaker isn’t sure about singling out younger veterans for special
“It is no secret that veterans are facing difficult times
finding and retaining good-paying jobs,” Rep. Marlin Stutzman, R-Ind.,
chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee’s economic opportunity
panel, said Thursday. “Unemployment rates for veterans in some age
groups significantly exceed the rates for nonveterans of the same age,
and that is just not right.”
In terms of sheer numbers, older
veterans face unemployment rates “that often exceeds their nonveteran
peers,” Stutzman said, noting that 63 percent of the 1.1 million
unemployed veterans are 35 and older.
veterans have little or no access to veterans education, training and
retraining programs. They are also the group that tends to have the
highest financial obligations, like mortgages and paying for their
children’s education,” Stutzman said.