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July 17, 2015

Secretary Tom Perez, Teresa Gerton, Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz pose for a picture while onboard the U.S. Coast Guard CGC KITTIWAKE

Secretary Tom Perez, Teresa Gerton, Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz
pose for a picture while onboard the U.S. Coast Guard CGC KITTIWAKE.

This month, the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is beginning a new electronic outreach to people and organizations interested in what's happening with government programs supporting veteran employment. We started with the monthly veteran employment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and then add a mid-month update on policies and initiatives in the veteran employment space.

We look forward to hearing from you with ideas about how to make our content more meaningful. We also invite you to check out the new look of our website at www.dol.gov/vets/.

Terry Gerton
Acting Assistant Secretary

TOGETHER, WE ARE LEARNING AND LEADING.

As we reach the mid-point of 2015, we continue our pledge to prepare, provide, protect and promote our veterans. While we've already seen some significant accomplishments, we plan to work even harder to end homelessness and reduce unemployment among Veterans. Here's what we've learned and where we're headed:

By the numbers: 2015 mid year review

Top five achievements for veteran employment:

1. Linking employers to nearly 2,500 American Job Centers where they are able to connect with 1.1 million veterans who accessed the National Workforce system last year. Find your local American Job Center at www.servicelocator.org.

2. Refocusing intensive employment services delivered at local American Job Centers towards 300,000 veterans with significant barriers to employment last year and expanding access to those services to at-risk transitioning service members.

3. Raising awareness through the Department of Labor Employment Workshop of employment and training services available to over 200,000 transitioning service members last year.

4. Raising awareness of Department of Labor employment and training services available to veterans by increased outreach to Veteran Service Organizations, community organizations, public-private partnerships, and the media.

5. Connecting veterans and employers who want to hire veterans to DOL's registered apprenticeship program and streamlining the process so that more veterans can receive training and more employers can set up approved programs.

By the numbers: 2015 mid year review

Four key lessons learned and best practices in the Business/Non-profit sector:

1. Hiring is local, interviews are done in person; employment resources for veterans need to be available locally and in person also.

2. Employers using local American Job Centers are supported by extensive HR and training resources enabling them to hire more veterans and hire veterans with a broader diversity of military backgrounds.

3. Bridging skills gaps is critical for transitioning service members to be able to build paths to meaningful civilian careers and personal employment counseling (available at the American Job Centers) is vital to how transitioning service members map their own transition journey.

4. American Job Centers also have great resources that military spouses can use to navigate employment during both assignment relocations and in preparation for separation.

Three focuses to move forward:

1. Developing career transition "maps" from military skills to civilian jobs, building upon the tools and labor market data already available so that transitioning service members and veterans can "see" their options and the steps to get there

2. Coaching employers on how to approach perceived skill gaps with transitioning service members and veterans

3. Teaching transitioning service members and employers to use available training programs to bridge military-to-civilian gaps both before or after hiring.

Secretary Thomas E. Perez

Secretary Perez delivers remarks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring Our Heroes event Mission Transition.

What's Working: Veterans' Hiring Partnerships

To date, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation report more than half-a-million veterans have been hired through their Hiring our Heroes program. Along with the George W. Bush Institute's Military Service Initiative, the chamber held its Mission Transition: Creating Employment Opportunities for Post-9/11 Veterans and Military Families event in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

Secretary of Labor Tom Perez joined former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush to talk about efforts to create employment opportunities for veterans. The theme of Perez's remarks was partnerships — between federal agencies, with state and local government, those that are helping increase apprenticeships, and with private-sector employers who are committing to hiring veterans. "This has indeed been an all-hands-on deck enterprise," Perez said. "It really demonstrates our nation's commitment — across the board — to making sure we serve our service members.

Before the event, on June 16, the Hiring our Heroes program confirmed 500,000 veterans had been hired through their program. Watch the event here.


Hiring Our Heroes: 500,000 Hired and Counting Hiring Our Heroes and Capital One Confirm 500,000 Veteran and Military Spouse Hires Through Nationwide Campaign

Hiring Our Heroes: 500,000 Hired and Counting Hiring Our Heroes and Capital One Confirm 500,000 Veteran and Military Spouse Hires Through Nationwide Campaign

VETS serves America's veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.

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