Challenges Transitioning To The Workforce

Challenges Transitioning To The Workforce

Job training, placement services, employment opportunities, workshops, and much more are available through state and federal programs to meet the needs of veterans and to recognize the sacrifices made by those serving in the armed forces.

The U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS) office develops various policies and programs to stimulate intergovernmental, private-sector, and non-governmental collaboration to assist veterans with employment opportunities and benefits. For more information, visit

Through the VETS program, the Department of Workforce Solutions utilizes Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVER) staff, located in many Workforce Connection Centers across the state. DVOP staff provides intensive services to meet the employment needs of disabled and other eligible veterans. LVER staff has the primary duties of conducting outreach to employers, facilitating job-search workshops, and providing employment and training services. They promote and monitor the participation of veterans in federally funded programs including the Workforce Investment Act.

Veterans receive first-priority referral to all jobs and training opportunities for which they are qualified. Veterans and eligible spouses have priority over non-covered persons regarding job placement, counseling, testing, supportive services referrals, job development and job training. Also, veterans seeking federal employment are generally entitled to preference over non-veterans both in federal hiring practices and in retention during reductions in force or layoffs.