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This chat about the DOL Strategic Plan was held on Friday, April 9 at 1:45 p.m. EDT with VETS.

1:37 Moderator: Welcome! We'll be starting our chat in a few minutes, but you can submit your questions at any time. This is a text-only chat (no audio or video) and your questions will go into a queue and will appear in the main window when they are answered.

1:38 Comment From Mike Mallory: Will we be e-mailed a copy of the chat?

1:38 Moderator: The chat will remain available on the page you are on now, so you can come back to read it any time.

1:43 Asst. Sec. Ray Jefferson: Good afternoon. My name is Ray Jefferson and I serve as your Assistant Secretary for Veteran Employment and Training. I’m thrilled to welcome you to the VETS Web chat to discuss our mission, aspirations and plan for executing on these aspirations in the coming year. Today, we will answer questions on the VETS agenda and will take your suggestions on the agency's current priorities. This Web chat is part of our continued efforts to foster broader stakeholder involvement in the work that we do in VETS to enhance our effectiveness in serving the Veterans and Transitioning Service Members who have so bravely served this country. For more information about VETS and our range of employment and training programs please visit www.dol.gov/vets.

1:43 Comment From Brian Hawthorne, SVA: Thanks for having this!

1:44 Comment From Gary Cox - DVOP Ohio: I just want to express my gratitude to all of those trying to service our veterans in this critical time.

1:49 Comment From Grace Bynum, Ocala FL: I would like to echo the comments. It is wonderful to be asked for feedback on matter as important as these. Being a Veteran myself, I appreciate everyone's dedication.

1:53 Comment From DVOP: With success measures linked to job attainment and retention for Veteran Services staff it would be imperative for Veteran Staff to become DOL Federal Employees allowed to full fill the job development and job order mining we are currently kept from doing by privatized board systems. Realistic goals based on real world current data must be continuously made. Both up and down to adjust for local trends.

1:53 Ray: Thanks for your question and thanks for your service to Veterans. As you know, the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program provides funding to the states for Veterans' employment representatives to assist Veterans who are seeking employment. Performance outcomes for each state are negotiated on an annual basis and do take into account economic conditions within that state.

As you know, with all major programmatic suggestions, there are pros and cons to all sides. We have heard the suggestion about federalizing DVOPs and LVERs. I am open to hearing and discussing all ideas regarding improving service to Veterans.

1:53 Comment From Kevin Harvey: As a veteran, now days it seems that there is no longer veterans preferance no longer applies when seeking a job. My question: does veterans preference still apply, and is it only with federal jobs? Thank you...

1:53 Ray: Dear, Mr. Harvey. Thank you for your service to our nation and for your inquiry. Of course, veterans preference still applies to federal employment. The Office of Personnel Management administers veterans preference and federal hiring and has a very helpful VET Guide available on its Web site at www.opm.gov. If you believe your veterans preference rights have been violated, you may file a formal complaint with the Veterans Employment Training Service VETS). The complaint form can be accessed on our Web site at www.dol.gov/VETS/.

Many states have their own laws providing for veterans preference in states' jobs, and you may wish to contact your state attorney general's office or the state veterans' affairs office to identify how veterans preference may be applied in your state.

1:54 Comment From Joanne Bell (LVER): Would there be other sessions such as this, I would love to particpant.

1:57 Comment From Sheridan: How will the strategic plan assist vets with disabilities integrate into employment?

1:57 Comment From Sheridan: With the increase of TBI injuries will there be training on TBI, accommodations, what to look for offered to employers , families and the individuals?

1:57 Ray: Thanks Sheridan, We have several initiatives in place to assist wounded, ill and injured veterans integrate into employment. The REALifelines program works with these wounded service members in military treatment facilities to assist them connect with the career one stops when they get discharged. America's Heroes at Work is focused on education and outreach to employers regarding Veterans who are living with PTSD and/or TBI. We work closely with our Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in developing other initiates and strategies to benefit this population. We are also working with the new Presidential initiative to employ more veterans into the Federal workforce and disable Veterans will be a targeted population.

Regarding TBI injuries, we started a program in 2008 called America's Heroes at Work. You can visit the Web site at www.americasheroesatwork.gov , where you will find information for employers, families, workforce development professionals, vocational rehabilitation professionals and others.

1:58 Comment From Chip Kormas - Washington: What do you see as the future for the REALifelines Program? Very few referrals are coming from this program to local levels and without a national database of program enrollees it is next to impossible to track these veterans as they leave medical care.

1:58 Ray: Chip, we believe RLL is a critically important program and want to increase the effectiveness and scope of this program. In that respect, we're forming a close relationship with DOD and identifying ways to strengthen RLL through that partnership. Additionally, we are reviewing this program to determine how to make improvements and your comments on what you believe would be helpful are welcome. Please send your comments to drach.ronald@dol.gov for inclusion in the discussion of RLL.

1:59 Comment From Edrichus: Greetings Assistant Secratary Raymond Jefferson, My name is Edrichus R. Sykes ™ former United States Marine; I am the CEO and Pure Green Sustainability Architect of Pure Green Coatings ™ (PGC). We are a Veteran Minority Owned Small and Economically Disadvantaged Business Enterprise headquartered in Atlanta, GA. We understand VETS mission and need your assistiance. Our ideas and questions about DOL's strategic direction over the next six years are below. Our Vision is businesses are increasing efforts into appearing Green, while environmental legislations tighten, backed by Green government funding and Green incentives. Even at a household level, individual citizens are attempting to improve their environmental awareness and minimize their environmental impact. As public sentiment towards the environment strengthens, industry growth opportunities swell. Our grassroots mission is to provide holistic sustainable Green Health, Green Energy and Green IT solutions; that have the efficacy to create Healthy Homes, Healthy Business and Healthy Vehicles. How can our Pure Green High-Growth and Emerging Work Ready program be implemented as part of DOL’s updated Strategic Plan? Whom will be our primary point of contact? What are our action items and next steps? We have assembled a diverse team of extremely gifted and talented professionals and teaming partners, whom are preparing to greatly aid VETS and DOL in fulfilling its strategic goals, mission and vision. Visit our websi

1:59 Ray: Edrichus, first off, thanks for your service to America. As I am sure you are aware, Secretary Solis is a proponent of green jobs. We have refocused our Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) to concentrate on training and job placement in green energy jobs. We currently have a Solicitation for Grant Applications for VWIP. You can find details on the SGA on our Web site at www.dol.gov/VETS/.

2:00 Comment From Daniel Ruth: Good afternoon from Kentucky. I am a DVOP situated about twenty minutes from Ft Knox. My contact info is Daniel.Ruth@ky.gov if anyone has a veteran moving to Kentucky that is in need of assistance.

2:00 Ray: Thanks Daniel, I appreciate your offer of assistance and assure you that we will take advantage of your offer.

2:00 Comment From Dan Connell: Thanks for inviting us to participate. I reviewed the Strategic Plan - one question that jumps out: To accomplish the goal "Prepare workers for good jobs and ensure fair compensation" what plans are in place to tie-in the non-profit community to DOL efforts?

2:00 Ray: Dan, thanks for your question. Our goal is to convene, collaborate and communicate with all our stakeholders on our initiatives as we move forward with executing our Strategic Plan. The non-profit community is an essential partner in everything we do. We collaborate on service delivery, participate in events and conferences, and have an on-going dialogue with partners in the nonprofit sector to identify the best way to serve our nation's Veterans.

2:02 Comment From Dan Connell: Thank you - we've definitely been aided by the dialogue thus far and appreciate being included in this process. We appreciate the willingness of VETS team members to stand in and assist us when veterans come forward in need of a helping hand.

2:04 Comment From Carrie Headworth MI DVOW: Veterans' Preference is tokenized in MI. It was a scored test; but, since 2005, they do not score interviews and all 17 depts. are allowed to choose whom they want @ their discression. Many of them do not know about MI Vet Preference, even though MDCS has a Civil Service Form 1791, saying that we give preference to our veterans here. However, no numbers can be obtained to ensure this is true.

2:04 Ray: Carrie, thanks for this comment. The state of Michigan may have its own laws governing Veterans preference in state hiring. You may wish to contact the Michigan Department of Veterans' Affairs or the state attorney general's office to ensure that your concerns about Michigan's Veterans preference are properly addressed.

The Veterans' Employment Training Service investigates complaints received from preference eligibles who allege that their Veterans' preference rights in federal hiring were violated.

2:04 Comment From Ron Horne: RON: Thanks for inviting me to participate in today's chat. Ron Horne

2:06 Comment From Mike Berkshire, DVOP: As a DVOP serving as a REALifelines Career Coach, I see less and less direction in the last 3 years in providing services to our wounded soldiers and their families due to so many duplications of services. How do you see this program as progressing as a more integral part of the DOD Transition Services model that was revamped this year?

2:06 Ray: Mike thanks for your service to America, helping our Wounded, Ill, and Injured Service Members. We believe that REALifelines serves as a critical part for the transition to civilian employment for these Service Members. We are involved in the DoD work to transform transition services. I pledge to you that we will always place the needs of the WII first as we make this transition. Additionally, we have strengthened our partnership with VA and DoD and our identifying ways to support their programs for helping our WII.

2:07 Comment From Brian Hawthorne, SVA: What should graduating student veterans be doing to prepare themselves to enter this difficult job market?

2:08 Ray: Thanks for the question, Brian. The Department of Labor has a variety of resources to help talented individuals like yourself get good jobs that lead to productive careers. We encourage you to explore the information available at www.doleta.gov/jobseekers/career_options.cfm. As you know we have included SVA as one of our major stakeholders, and we value SVA's input into these issues. We look forward to our continued relationship with SVA.

2:10 Comment From Joe Duncan - LVER Ohio: There is alot of services out there for veterans, But so few veterans know about them is there any plan to make a solid connect between these services or a budet for marketing?

2:10 Ray: Absolutely, Joe. Fortune magazine recently ran a cover article highlighting the benefits of hiring a Veteran. Further, through our new relationship with the Chamber of Commerce, we will be promoting the value of hiring a Veteran to employers and through the local Chambers to their employer membership. Finally, we are working on a marketing plan which will tie all of this together.

2:10 Comment From Jerry Durbin, Florida: This is some excellent dialog.

2:11 Comment From Shannon Kadrmas DVOP MT: Is there any chance of increase of funding for DVOP and LVER staff, especially in Rural or Frontier states such as Montana? Right now I am the only DVOP within a 200 mile radius. I realize that funding to states is based on Veteran population. In reality that means Veterans in Rural States lose because they don't have staff available to them because of distances.

2:11 Ray: This is a good question, Shannon. You are correct in that current law funds the DVOP and LVER programs on a population formula. There has been discussion about modifying this formula, but it would require a legislative change. We rely heavily on the priority of service requirements for Veterans to be served by the state workforce system when and where an LVER or DVOP is not available. Keep up the good work.

2:12 Comment From Matt (VSO): Hello Asst. Sec. Jefferson! Thank you for dedication to veterans’ issues, especially homeless veterans’ issues. In regards to the VA’s five-year plan to end veteran homelessness, does DOL intend to expand the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program in the coming years? It is an incredibly successful program with a growing number of applicants who are very eager to help.

2:12 Ray: Matt, thanks for your question. We agree with you that the HVRP program is very important and yes DOL is planning to expand the program in the coming years. For instance, this year we will be adding two new SGAs - one of which is for Women and Veterans with families and one for incarcerated Veterans. With these SGAs, we expect to fund about 25 grantees who serve homeless Women Veterans and Veteans with families. Additionally we expect to serve 1,500 incarcerated Veterans through 12 sites.

2:12 Comment From Anonymous comment - 1: Will something be done to bring back counting of Vietnam veterans in the Vets -100 reporting. With the new 100- A reporting, they got lost ...

2:12 Ray: Anonymous, Federal contractors who are required to file the VETS-100 report continue to report on Vietnam-era Veterans. The new VETS-100A report requires federal contractors to report on Veterans who received campaign or expedition medals, including those that received the Vietnam Service Medal.

2:13 Comment From Bill Wilson - Texas: How much emphasis is VETS planning on placing on DVOP to provide case management?

2:13 Ray: Thanks Bill for all the great work Texas is doing to support Americas Veterans. Under the refocusing of the DVOP program, DVOP's will concentrate on providing intensive services to special disabled Veterans, disabled Veterans, and other Veterans most in need of employment assistance.

2:13 Comment From Peg: What does SVA stand for

2:13 Ray: SVA stands for Student Veterans of America

2:14 Comment From Guest: I suggest GI JOBS mag as well for source info, country wide and very good info on all kinds of stuff

2:14 Ray: Guest, thank you for your feedback, we appreciate your suggestion.

2:15 Comment From Hollie Bethany- DVOP: If you have a twitter account the FedsHireVets program has a twitter feed that is useful in followign as these new inititives come in to play also because most of us work with disabled veterans I would suggest becoming a Fan of the Wounded Warrior Project on Facebook.

2:15 Ray: Thanks for the comment, Hollie, and the FedsHireVets initiative is an ongoing effort to increase the number of Veterans working in federal jobs. We believe a lot of Veterans are using social networks to enhance their opportunities.

Hollie, thank you as well for your recommendation of becoming a fan of the Wounded Warrior Project on Facebook.

2:15 Comment From Bill Wilson - Texas: Will there be flexibility within the LVER grant to fund state-level employer initiatives (including staffing those initiatives)?

2:15 Ray: Bill under the refocusing of the LVER program, LVERs will concentrate their efforts on job development and employer outreach. While states can always submit requests for special initiatives funding, the intent of the JVSG is to support the DVOP and LVER programs.

2:18 Comment From Bob Simoneau (NASWA): Ray, thanks for conducting this session. One of the items listed under "VETS Results" is "Increase intensive services provided by Veterans program specialists at One-Stops."

2:18 Ray: Thanks Bob for pointing this out. We believe this will result in better outcomes for disabled Veterans.

2:19 Comment From JJ (LVER): In states with large rural areas, will there ever be funding to allow states to employ LVER/DVOP's that could be focused specifically on those areas to give more real-time assistance without effecting the staff taking care of the larger metro areas? Because some states have a very large rural area that gets limited coverage because of the demands in those larger metro regions.

2:19 Ray: JJ, thanks for your question. Our appropriation that allows us to fund DVOPs and LVERs does not give us enough funds to provide as many representatives as we would like. However, we at VETS are working on an innovative way to support the DVOPs and LVERs in rural areas through a new rural outreach initiative. We will be testing this pilot initiative which will focus on adding capacity to the states through a volunteer network of Veterans who can support the outreach in areas where we do not have infrastructure or enough coverage.

2:19 Comment From Grace Bynum, Ocala FL: Returning incarcerated veterans to the workforce: Has there been any consideration to offering incentives to employers who hire released veterans?

2:19 Ray: Grace, thanks for your question. We presently have an incarcerated Veterans transitions program solicitation that will assist 1,500 Veterans at 12 different sites to help train them to be more competititve during their transition from incarceration back into society. By law, unfortunately VETS can not provide funding directly to employers.

2:19 Comment From Bob Simoneau (NASWA): Are you planning any new measurements for the State grants, other than the ones listed for placement, retention and improved earnings rates for all Veterans?"

2:19 Ray: Thanks Bob for your comment. At this time we are not planning on changing the performance measures for the JVSG programs.

2:22 Comment From LVER: I appreciate what we are doing for our wounded; however, what is being done for the aging veterans that have been displaced due to the economy and have above 12% unemployment. It is harder to find them a job and "back to work" grants are geared more toward younger workers with children.

2:22 Ray: LVER, thanks for this comment. All of our programs are available to any Veteran who served on active duty for more than 180 days and received an other-than-dishonorable discharge regardless of age. We certainly understand that some older Veterans are being displaced and are in need of assistance. Any Veteran may visit the Career One-Stop (http://www.careeronestop.org/) and speak with a DVOP specialist or LVER staff to obtain needed assistance on training and employment assistance.

2:22 Comment From Gary Cox - DVOP Ohio: How do Staffing agencies, that are contracted to obtain workers for a Federal Contractor in Compliance of the OFCCP, if they do not list their openings with the local SESAs?

2:22 Ray: Thank you for the question, Gary. Federal contractors, depending on when the contract was issued and the amount of the contract, are responsible for filing job openings with local employment services. This can be done by contacting the state employment service or listing on the state's job bank.

2:22 Comment From WV: We are aware that all Veterans being separated are provided TAP. Is there a process for States to share data regarding services and opportunities available to veterans returning to their home State?

2:22 Ray: WV, you are correct in that we are providing TAP employment workshops to transitioning service members. We are unable to provide anyone with the names of transitioning service members. We encourage them in the workshops to register with their career one-stops when they go back to their home states. We advise them how to locate the office closest to them.

2:23 Comment From Hollie Bethany- DVOP: NVTI has a great workshop for DVOP/LVERS that gives you a great path to follow ing researching your local area benifits/Vet preferance/ and resources to use in assisting your Veteran Clients. I personaly also have a strong relationship with the DOL compliance Officers in my local region and that has been an amazingly benificial resource for both sides.

2:23 Ray: Thank you so much for that comment, Hollie. Close relationships between federal and state workers to support our Veterans is key to our success.

2:23 Comment From Pete Johnson, 50/50 DVOP: In view of the extremely tight current job market, and the continued high unemployment numbers for younger Vets, what might we expect in regards to changes to the current Transition Assistance Program (TAP)? Do you feel that DOL VETS will retain their current position with TAP (as opposed to the rumor of a possible turnover to DoD); will DVOP / LVER staff continue to be trained and encouraged to perform as TAP facilitators; is there an upcoming revision to the NOV '02 TAP Manual (etc)? Anything you may share will be appreciated!

2:23 Ray: Thank you for your question and interest on the transition program. We are currently reengineering the employment workshop, working closely with DoD and VA. This reengineeering will include increased training for facilitators, best practice content on transition, and a new experiential approach to training.

2:24 Comment From Dennis: Mr. Assistant Secretary, can you tell me if you are partnering with any other Department of Labor programs to assist Veterans in need employment assistance?

2:24 Ray: Thanks Dennis, We are constantly looking for ways to increase partnerships within DOL. At present we are currently partnering with our sister agencies:

Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
Women's Bureau (WB)
Employment Training Administration (ETA)
Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)

2:26 Comment From Jim Finley-Minnesota: Sir, We are anxious to have a comprehensive list of FCJL employers that includes contact names and phone numbers, contract dates and amounts, and what the contract is for. These are missed opportunities we would like to take better advantage of. Thank You.

2:26 Ray: We are anxious to have a comprehensive list of FCJL employers available to the state agencies. We are working with OFCCP to make such a list available.

2:26 Comment From Shawn & Clint - Texas: Under the refocusing of the DVOP program. More specifically, what percentage of time do foresee a DVOP spending on case management services?

2:26 Ray: Thank you for your question. Presently we are looking holistically at our JVSG grants and will be providing guidance on expectations in the near future.

2:26 Comment From Chip Kormas - Washington: There are numerous opportunities for veterans to attend skills/training development programs ranging from the new GI Bill, VR&E, Dislocated Worker, and so forth more so than in any other time in our nation’s history. Often though, veterans lack additional support dollars to cover mortgages, car payments, food, and utilities while attending these programs so the veteran does not capitalize on these opportunities. What new partnerships are the DOL/VETS entering into with other entities to provide additional support dollars so that our nation’s veterans can take advantage of these programs to enter new careers?

2:26 Ray: Thanks for this question, Chip. We are always looking to strengthen our relationship with other federal agencies and organizations dedicated to promoting Veteran issues, welfare and success. For example, we are working very closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs on helping homeless Veterans and helping incarcerated Veterans. We are also forming new partnerships -- a good example is our new initiative with the US Chamber of Commerce.

2:27 Comment From Grace Bynum, Ocala FL: The transition assistance program is a very important program for our veterans and their families. In your future discussions about this program, I would highly recommend that the state Workforce entities be a mandatory inclusion topic during the workshops. The One Stops hold a wealth of information in addition to re-employment assistance. Locations, websites, telephone numbers of state offices should be a part of the information given during the sessions.

2:27 Ray: Grace thanks for your question. Our current TAP Employment Workshop program includes a discussion of the services available to Veterans at the One-Stop Career Centers. This includes providing all participants with the Web site of the state workforce agencies.

2:27 Comment From Karen Griffith, DVOP, OH: I have a question regarding "measuring results"... under the category of "Serve and train more female Veterans through Homeless Veteran's Reintegration Program (HVRP) grants" - Will there be any contingency for homeless veterans in rural areas? I have had a barrier in accessing this program for the veterans in my community due to living outside of the metro area for which they cover? Those of us in rural communities are losing out on this program? (my apologies if this isn't the right forum for this question, but I do believe it will impact the performance measures for this goal.)

2:27 Ray: Karen, thank you for your question. This year for the first time we will compete an SGA for Homeless Women Veterans and Veterans with Families. This grants will not be limited to metro-areas. The outcomes for this SGA will focus primarily on women Veterans who are homeless who receive WIA training.

2:28 Comment From Brian Hawthorne, SVA: Ray, thanks for your kind comments. We are looking forward to working with you more in the future. Do you all track placements of individuals that contact you? Do we have data on what companies are hiring veterans and how well they are doing?

2:28 Ray: Brian, at present we do not track all of our contacts. Our current resources don't allow us to do so. But we plan on trying to work together to gather a lot of this information in the future.

2:28 Comment From Sheridan: Are you working with employers who want to hire our Vets on training and building a pipeline for their company meaning help with training dollar support?

2:28 Ray: Thank you for your question Sheridan. Yes, we are working through several business partnerships, most notably our new relationship with the Chamber of Commerce. We are also reaching out to Business Executives for National Security later this month to develop a new relationship.

2:28 Comment From Rickey Thomas-DVOP,FL: Good afternoon,Question: Would it benefit job seeking Veterans more, if DVOP and LVERs were placed in their own VA One Stop Centers?

2:28 Ray: Ricky, good question. We have been working with VA's Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service. We have full-time or part-time DVOPs stationed at most VR&E offices throughout the country.These DVOPS work closely with the VR&E client to provide employment services.

2:29 Comment From Roy Brown, NV Prg Cord: Regarding the Vets 100 reporting requirements for Federal Contactors, are improvements in the works requiring contactors to provide usable contact information when they list jobs. As it stands now, the information is of no use to the local DVOPs and LVERs. There is currently a very useful tool available in America's Career Infonet--http://www.acinet.org/employerlocator/employerlocator.asp?nodeid=18 -- it lists employers contact information nationwide. If a link could b e placed in the job listing going to the correct business location of the job, our Vets reps could actually make use of the job information. are there any plans to make the list more usable?

2:29 Ray: Roy, thanks for your question. You have a very good idea. We are working with OFCCP to make such a list available to states.

2:29 Comment From Hollie Bethany - DVOP: Grace - There is the Work Opportunity Tax credit which can assist as a finacial motivation to employeers as well as the federal bonding program.

2:29 Ray: Yes, Hollie is correct. There is a WOTC through the Employment and Training Administration.

2:29 Comment From Stephen Dailey: Since there are no military installations in West Virginia, is there a way West Virginia can obtain a list of veterans transitioning from active duty to the civilian forces? This will enable West Virginia veteran staff to identify and better serve veterans returning to the workforce.

2:29 Ray: Stephen, thanks for your question. I advice you to contact the West Virginia the state director of Veterans affiairs who should be receiving copies of DD-214s from transitioning Service Members.

2:29 Comment From Rickey Thomas-DVOP,FL: Will there be more improvement made on Web-sites that are used to assist Veterans with locating suitable employment.

2:29 Ray: Ricky, thanks for the question. We are presently looking at all avenues to help us assist Veterans in locating suitable employment. Web sites updates is one of the areas we are looking at.

2:30 Comment From Jerry Chandler: As a LVER in Florida, we have been noting an increase of individuals over 62 re-entering the workforce for various reasons, mostly economic. These individuals generally do not have the skills needed in the modern work stream and the available resources for them to gain marketable and competative skills seems to be limited. Is there any suggestion or discussion to look at this apparently changing demographic?

2:30 Ray: Yes, the U.S. Census Bureau is looking at changing demographics through the 2010 Census.

2:30 Comment From Ron Horne: Does DOL have data on the number of veterans that get jobsf annually in the private sector. If not, do you any suggestions on how we can get this data?

2:30 Ray: Hi Ron, yes we do collect the data on the number of Veterans who obtain employment through our system.

2:31 Comment From Jeremey Conkle: The plan states that with the number of incarcerated veterans our goal is to help them find employment. What avenues are being considered in better serving this population and achieving the goals of hiring the veteran?

2:31 Ray: Jeremy, thanks for your interest in emplolyment of incarcerated Veterans. We will shortly release a Solicitation for Grant Applications to service incarcerated Veterans. You will be able to find this on www.dol.gov/VETS.

2:31 Comment From LVER-West Virginia: Are there any plans to answer the suggestion of moving the LVER DVOPS program to a Federal program-where staff would be removed from answering to or be responsible to office managers?

2:32 Ray: We are open to discussing all ideas on how to improve employment services to Veterans. However, there are currently no plans to federalize the program.

2:33 Comment From Mike Mallory: I think if it became a requirement for those transitioning from the military to have one day that they need to visit their Department of Labor office it could help them become aware of various services available. Today they go though a training program and really are thinking of getting home and are not focused on the services or where they can get them. By making a visit to their DOL location mandatory we will have the opportunity to introduce ourselves and evaluate how we can assist them. Just a thought

2:33 Ray: Mike, thanks for your interest in transitioning Service Members. We provide a two and half day workshop at locations world-wide. Part of the program includes a discussion of services available at state workforce agencies One Stop Career Centers.

2:33 Ray: Thank you for taking the time to participate in today's Web chat. We look forward to your continued comments as we move to execute on our exciting plan to make sure the work that we do continues to be relevant and valuable to our Veterans and Transitioning Service Members. Your input is important to VETS as we develop programs that make sure all Veterans have access to meaningful careers. Your suggestions will help make a lasting impact in advancing our plan in the coming months. I invite you to submit your thought and ideas to me at ASVET@dol.gov.

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