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September 23, 2015

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez

Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez, left, listens to U.S. Army soldiers from Schofield Barracks share their thoughts at a roundtable after attending the Department of Labor Employment Workshop,Tuesday, July 7, 2015, in Honolulu. Maj. Gen. Charles Flynn, center, and Sgt. Maj. Jerry Eddin, right, look on. Photo By Eugene Tanner


Fiscal Year 2015 is the federal budget period running from Oct. 1, 2014 to Sept. 30, 2015.

As we wrap up another fiscal year, I wanted to highlight the great progress we've made on behalf of our veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. We’ve testified before Congress on several occasions discussing results and best practices for the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), Women Veterans, Homeless Veterans, and most recently, simplifying professional licensing and credentialing for veterans. We've also implemented program changes to help transitioning service members gain access to employment services at each of our more than 2,400 American Job Centers nationwide. Service members now have the opportunity to work with AJCs wherever they are stationed before they separate and with those AJCs where they plan to relocate after separation or retirement. Transitioning service members and military spouses are generally eligible to receive services as dislocated workers, which can help them match military skills to available employment opportunities at new locations, and many transitioning service members are eligible for extra employment support from our Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for veterans has fallen to a seven-year low thanks to an improving economy, continued competition from employers for highly qualified veterans as employees, and a consolidated effort across government, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. We are excited for these changes and will push the momentum into the upcoming fiscal year.

Terry Gerton

Acting Assistant Secretary

ACTVETEO Nominations

The Secretary of Labor (the Secretary), is seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Advisory Committee on Veterans’ Employment, Training, and Employer Outreach (ACVETEO, or the Committee). The ACVETEO’s responsibilities are to: (a) Assess employment and training needs of veterans and their integration into the workforce; (b) determine the extent to which the programs and activities of the Department are meeting such needs; (c) assist the Assistant Secretary for Veterans’ Employment and Training (ASVET) in conducting outreach to employers with respect to the training and skills of veterans and the advantages afforded employers by hiring veterans; (d) make recommendations to the Secretary of Labor, through the ASVET, with respect to outreach activities and the employment and training needs of veterans; and (e) carry out such other activities deemed necessary to making required reports and recommendations under full announcement.

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Blog Highlights

Earn Them, Use Them: Updating Licensing and Credentialing for Veterans


“It is important for states − who ultimately hold the power to create their licensing, credentialing and certification boards − to push those boards to adopt these best practices so that no veteran, transitioning service member or military spouse is left in a position where a missing piece of paper is keeping them from using their skills to earn a living and to contribute to the nation’s economy.”

Vet is Now on the Front Line of Customer Service

customer service

“They helped me to see that the experience I had working in the Army prepared me for a diverse environment working with our customers at the Social Security Administration.”

After Unemployment, a Good Transition

Edward James Cannon

Edward James Cannon, James to his friends, knows firsthand the power of a good attitude. At 53, he has seen highs and many lows in his life – the lows including unemployment, serious medical problems and difficulty supporting his four children − yet through all of his challenges he has remained positive and focused.

Salute to Veterans

VETS prepares America's veterans, service members and their spouses, for meaningful careers, provides them with employment resources and expertise, protects their employment rights and promotes their employment opportunities.

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