The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Chief Evaluation Office (CEO) and Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) presented a three-part roundtable series Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces and focusing on Black Veteran Employment Outcomes, Barriers, and Interventions. The sessions brought together individuals with lived experience and subject matter experts to discuss the current state of research in the field, identify best practices that can be applied more widely, and consider potential research avenues to advance our collective understanding and expand our capacity to support Black veteran employment outcomes and career success within the civilian labor force.

Black Veterans and Good Jobs – Hosted by VETS

This in-person/hybrid VETS-hosted session featured veterans, practitioners, and researchers gathering to engage in thought-provoking discussion on the significance of the desegregation of the U.S. Armed Forces, its impact on civil rights movements, progress made toward equality in the military, and Black veterans’ access to good jobs.

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Current State of Black Veteran Employment (Virtual) – Hosted by CEO and VETS

This virtual session featured researchers highlighting key findings on veterans and Black veteran employment outcomes, barriers, and opportunities. It also featured practitioners describing how they use findings and data to help address barriers to employment, and what additional data may be useful to further advance service to the Black veteran community.

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Black Veteran Employment Barriers and Interventions – Hosted by CEO and VETS

The current body of research—though incomplete—suggests some key challenges, factors, and strategies to be considered in designing services and supports for Black service members and veterans in their transition from military to civilian employment. This session presented literature review findings on services and interventions that support Black veterans’ employment and career success, reducing employment barriers, and identify gaps in the existing research base as well as opportunities and priorities for bridging the gaps.

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