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December 16, 2016

Strengthening VETS

As 2016 draws to a close, I want to highlight just some of the progress we’ve made for veterans, thanks to the amazing work of our staff at the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) located all across the country.

Often stretched thin, they work tirelessly to oversee the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) employment workshop curriculum, the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP), and the Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG). They work to protect civilian employment rights and benefits for veterans and members of the Active and Reserve components of the U.S. Armed Forces under USERRA.

They also find the time to build relationships with our federal and state government and military partners as well as with employers and veterans’ service organizations. As we reflect on the collective accomplishments we have seen in the employment space on behalf of our nation’s heroes over the past five years since the VOW Act was passed, we also look forward to forging more opportunities to continue this progress in the year ahead.

Year in Review

• The National Governors Association released the Veterans’ Licensing and Certification Demonstration final report, to help ease the transition from active duty to civilian employment by encouraging states to award veterans civilian credit for the military skills and training they gained while in uniform. Last month we released a licensing and certification toolkit to accompany the report and help individual states navigate some of the complexity of state licensure and third-party certification systems for veterans.

• VETS’s Strategic Outreach team greatly expanded the number of employers we are working with directly to promote veteran employment. Hundreds of employers now know how to leverage the public workforce system and other DOL programs like Registered Apprenticeship to recruit, hire, train, and retain veterans to make their companies successful in the 21st Century economy.

• We examined clusters of USERRA claims and met with the employers in both the public and private sectors to address positive policy recommendations and reforms in their human resources practices. We also included VETS staff in the training of managers and supervisors on USERRA compliance which continues to lead to positive trends in compliance.

• The refocusing effort for the JVSG program has now achieved its intended result of high intensive services rates for veterans facing significant barriers to employment (SBE). SBE veterans now receive one-on-one assistance at rates of over 90% across the American Job Center (AJC) network.

• To expand access to the content of the three-day DOL Employment Workshop component of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP), its participant workbook has been converted and published as an eBook available for a no-cost download from Amazon.com.

• This year also saw the full engagement of all of DOL, including VETS, in the rollout of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). WIOA’s reforms will mean better employment outcomes across the workforce system for all Americans including our veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses.

I am proud of the work we have accomplished over the past year and have been honored to be a part of it. I know that VETS will continue this progress in its mission to help our veterans find meaningful civilian employment in the years ahead.

Mike Michaud,
Assistant Secretary


Working for you

#ByTheNumbers: Veteran Unemployment Stays Low

In November, the veteran unemployment rate was 4.8%, which was only slightly higher than the overall unemployment rate of 4.6%. This demonstrates a 24-month trend with only two exceptions, December 2015 and November 2016, when veteran unemployment was higher than the overall unemployment. Additionally, the unemployment rate for veterans 18-24 years of age was 11.7%; a decrease from last month’s result of 13.5%.

WEBINAR: Tapping the Talents of Veterans with Disabilities: Steps to Success

WEBINAR:Tapping the Talents of Veterans with Disabilities: Steps to Success

This webinar lays a path, addressing proactive steps employers can take to attract and hire veterans with disabilities and facilitate their success once on the job. Speakers – like VETS’ own Dr. Nancy Glowacki (Women Veterans Program) -- address veteran “vernacular” around disability—terms such as “disabled veterans,” “wounded warriors” and “service-connected disability”— as well as effective recruitment tools and resources. Get the webinar here.

Hero’s Outreach, Opportunities, Programs and Services” (H.O.O.P.S)

Hero’s Outreach, Opportunities, Programs and Services (H.O.O.P.S)

The WorkOne Indy East and West offices (American Job Centers) and JVSG staff participated in the H.O.O.P.S. Community Outreach Conference to help facilitate and showcase the unique programs — like VetCourt, the support group that received independent donations during the game — that assist veterans and their families within Indianapolis and Marion County. The event was hosted by Bankers Fieldhouse at Indiana Pacers Arena.

Women Veterans

Homelessness Among Women Veterans Is Down!

According to HUD’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR): Part 1 – Point in Time Estimates, there were 3,328 homeless women veterans in 2016, compared to 4,338 in 2015 – a reduction of 23%! In 2016, women veterans comprised 2% of all homeless women and 8% of all homeless veterans. To find intensive employment assistance services for veterans experiencing homelessness through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP), visit the National Veterans Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC).

Why We Serve
Michael Bocchini


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How can you help? If you know a veteran who is seeking employment, point them to an American Job Center (www.servicelocator.org) or share this "How-To" video to help them find their path.

Together, we will continue build employment opportunities for our veterans, and honor their service by allowing them to continue service in the career they choose.

VETS prepares America’s veterans, servicemembers 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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