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Apprenticeships

Module 1, Introduction to Register Apprenticeship
Module 1, Introduction to Register Apprenticeship, is intended give VR&E Counselors and Employment Coordinators, as well as Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program specialists (DVOPs), and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs) an overview of the registered apprenticeship model and why it can be a great fit for Veterans. This video was not created by NVTI. It is hosted with permission from VR&E and DOL VETS. Questions regarding the content should be directed to ORPVETS@dol.gov.

Module 2, Connecting to Registered Apprenticeship
Module 2, Connecting to Registered Apprenticeship, describes the partners involved in the registered apprenticeship ecosystem and provides information about how to find and connect to regional registered apprenticeship partners. This video was not created by NVTI. It is hosted with permission from VR&E and DOL VETS. Questions regarding the content should be directed to ORPVETS@dol.gov.

Module 3, Registered Apprenticeship for VR&E
Module 3, Registered Apprenticeship for VR&E, is the final module in the series and can be found under the topic, Apprenticeships at the Making Careers Happen for Veterans: Community of Practice on NVTI Student Central. You must have a login to enter the site.

Introduction to Apprenticeships: Encouraging Veteran Apprenticeships
Date: May 4, 2021.
Length: 0:56:30 minutes
Presenter: Hughes McLean, Apprenticeship & Training Representative and Veteran Liaison for the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship

In the following webinar, Hughes McLean, Apprenticeship & Training Representative and Veteran Liaison for the Department of Labor’s Office of Apprenticeship, supported participants in: describing Registered Apprenticeship Programs (RAPs), the components of the program, and breadth of opportunities; summarizing the benefits of RAPs to the veteran, the employer and the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program; identifying a working knowledge of the different partners in a RAP; discussing different tools and approaches to locating appropriate RAPs in their region and; establishing a connection between veteran needs and apprenticeship fit. Hughes McLean also engaged in a robust question and answer session with webinar participants.


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Agencies and Partners

JVSG Companion Programs: DOL Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
The DOL Employment and Training Administration (ETA) administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems and your American Job Centers.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/DOL-Employment-and-Training-Administration

JVSG Companion Programs: DOL VETS Homeless Veterans' Reintegration
Through this continuing NVTI series titled JVSG Companion Programs, our readers will become aware of relevant programs that support a comprehensive, solutions-based model of support to our veterans and their families, which, in turn, can lead to more effective and efficient service delivery. The DOL VETS Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) is the first in this series of program overviews.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/JVSG-Companion-Programs

JVSG Companion Programs: Small Business Administration (SBA) - Support for Veteran Entrepreneurs
Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) personnel are tasked with providing individualized career services and employer outreach to help veterans realize and sustain employment; in some cases, veterans seek entrepreneurial opportunities and want to understand more about options for starting their own businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes the impact that veterans have on the American economy.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Small-Business-Administration

JVSG Companion Programs: DOL-VETS and the VA’s VR&E Collaboration Agreement
In the fourth article of JVSG Companion Programs, our continuing NVTI series for Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) personnel, we’ll review resources available through the VR&E partnership—an integrated approach and proven match with the VETS mission to prepare veterans, service members, and spouses for meaningful employment.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/DOL-VETS-and-the-VAs-VR-E-Collaboration-Agreement

JVSG Companion Programs: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the HUD-VASH Program
Under the Housing First strategy, a collaborative program between two federal agencies combines Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rental assistance vouchers with VA supportive services to help veterans who are homeless (and their families) find and sustain permanent housing.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Department-of-Veterans-Affairs-and-the-HUD-VASH-program

PAVE Paves the Way for Paralyzed Veterans Seeking Employment
Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) has helped more than 4,100 veterans, military spouses, and caregivers find meaningful work by providing free employment support and vocational counseling assistance.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/PAVE-Paves-the-Way-for-Paralyzed-Veterans-Seeking-Employment

How Telehealth Is Changing Healthcare for Veterans
One of the tools that has facilitated telehealth for veterans is VA Video Connect, which allows Veterans and their caregivers to quickly and easily meet with VA health care providers through live video on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/How-Telehealth-Is-Changing-Healthcare-for-Veterans

Resources for Veteran Employment Service Providers
While it may seem more challenging to assist veterans during this time of social distancing, there are many online resources available to facilitate veterans’ employment.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Resources-for-Veteran-Employment-Service-Providers

Honoring the Employers who Hire our Nation’s Heroes
This article discusses the HIRE Medallion Award program, that recognizes organization's commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Honoring-the-Employers-who-Hire-our-Nations-Heroes

American Job Centers (AJCs)
American Job Centers (AJCs) provide free help to job seekers for a variety of career and employment-related needs.
https://www.careeronestop.org/LocalHelp/AmericanJobCenters/american-job-centers.aspx

American Legion
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans’ organization devoted to mutual helpfulness.
https://www.legion.org/

Bureau of Indian Affairs
BIA main site.
https://www.bia.gov/

Bureau of Justice Statistics
The Bureau of Justice Statistics collects, analyzes, publishes, and disseminates information on crime, criminal offenders, victims of crime, and the operation of justice systems at all levels of government. These data are critical to federal, state, and local policymakers in combating crime and ensuring that justice is both efficient and evenhanded.
https://www.bjs.gov/

Census Bureau
Visit the United States Census Bureau website to access data on topics including demographics, economic trends, and population projections.
https://www.census.gov/

Division of Tribal Government Services
The Division of Tribal Government Services promotes awareness of tribal governmental responsibilities and processes, and to provide tribes with the resources they need to foster strong and stable tribal governments in exercising their rights as sovereign nations.
https://www.bia.gov/bia/ois/tgs

Indian Health Service
IHS main site.
https://www.ihs.gov/

Internal Revenue Service
The Internal Revenue Service is the nation's tax collection agency and administers the Internal Revenue Code enacted by Congress.
https://www.irs.gov/

Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) Program
The Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) program provides federal funding, through a formula grant, to 54 State Workforce Agencies (SWAs) to hire dedicated staff to provide individualized career and training-related services to veterans and eligible persons with significant barriers to employment and to assist employers fill their workforce needs with job-seeking veterans. 
https://www.dol.gov/vets/grants/state/jvsg.htm

Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP)
The Department of Defense’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership connects military spouses with partner employers.
https://msepjobs.militaryonesource.mil/msep/

National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies delivers training, employment, career, and business services, in addition to administering the unemployment insurance, veteran reemployment, and labor market information programs.
https://www.naswa.org

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the leading authority on homeless veterans’ issues and the only national organization solely focused on ending veteran homelessness. They work to achieve their mission by promoting collaboration, shaping policy, building service capacity, ensuring accountability, and managing a referral helpline for veterans experiencing and at-risk of homelessness. They are the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state, and federal agencies that provide housing, employment services, case management, legal aid, and other supportive services to thousands of veterans experiencing or at-risk of homelessness each year.
http://www.nchv.org/

National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI)
National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) was established to develop and enhance the professional skills of veterans' employment and training service providers throughout the United States.
https://www.NVTI.org

National Labor Exchange
The National Labor Exchange is a public-private partnership between DirectEmployers and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies. DirectEmployers is a nonprofit Member-owned and -managed association formed in 2001 by 14 leading Fortune 500 companies searching for a way to reduce recruiting costs, while regaining ownership of their recruitment brand. Now with around 900 employers varying in industry and size, Member benefits include online recruiting solutions, the Partner Relationship Manager (PRM), networking and educational opportunities and more.
https://usnlx.com/

Small Business Administration
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides resources for small business owners and people striving to become small business owners.
https://www.sba.gov/

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP provides nutrition benefits to supplement the food budget of needy families so they can purchase healthy food and move towards self-sufficiency.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/snap/supplemental-nutrition-assistance-program

Social Security Administration
The Social Security Administration supports customers by delivering financial support, providing superior customer service, and ensuring the safety and security of your information.
https://www.ssa.gov/

United States Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.
https://www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes

United States Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)
It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. They fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services.
https://www.hhs.gov/

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Exchange
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Exchange provides resources and assistance to support HUD's community partners.
https://www.hudexchange.info/

United States Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
The mission of the Employment and Training Administration is to contribute to the more efficient functioning of the U.S. labor market by providing high-quality job training, employment, labor market information, and income maintenance services primarily through state and local workforce development systems.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta

United States Department of Labor – Email subscription service
The United States DOL email subscription service is used to sign up for updates or set subscriber preference to DOL information.
https://public.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDOL/subscriber/new?topic_id=USDOL_750

United States Department of Labor ­­ – Transition Assistance Program (TAP)
Transition Assistance Program provides service members who are about to be discharged with job seeking skills such as resume writing to help their transition to the civilian world.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/tap

United States Department of Labor – Veterans’ Employment & Training Services (DOL VETS)
DOL VETS main site
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets

United States Department of Labor – Veterans’ Employment & Training Services Regional Offices
Visit the VETS Regional Offices to view a map of their regional offices.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/about/regionaloffices

United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
The United States Department of Veteran Affairs provides veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned - and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.
https://www.va.gov/

The VA Office of Tribal and Governmental Relations:
The Office of Tribal and Governmental Relations (OTGR) team works to strengthen and build closer relations between the VA, tribal governments and other key federal, state, private and non-profit partners in an effort to effectively and respectfully serve Veterans across Indian Country. This work is done in the spirit of government to government consultation and collaboration, respectful of the special relationship that exists between the United States and tribal governments.
https://www.va.gov/TRIBALGOVERNMENT/index.asp

Veterans Career Fairs – The American Legion
Visit The American Legion’s Career Fair as a resource to learn more about the location and dates of various career fairs hosted by the organization.
https://www.legion.org/careers/jobfairs

WorkforceGPS
WorkforceGPS provides useful resources to promote and nourish workforce development.
https://www.workforcegps.org

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Serving American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Veterans

For generations, Native American and Alaska Native veterans have had a history of proud and distinguished service in the U.S. military forces. Native American veteran tribal communities are unique from other veteran populations across the nation and bring both strengths and challenges to the development of outreach and engagement in planning events for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native veterans. Click here to view NVTI's informative pamphlet on Working with American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans.
The National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) offers other resources to help veteran service professionals acquire a better understanding of how to assist the Native American veteran population. Read the article, Serving Native American Veterans here: https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Serving-Native-American-Veterans


AI/AN Special Emphasis Program (SEP)
The VA AI/AN Special Emphasis Program (SEP) is designed to create plans to address potential and validated discriminatory and inequitable practices in hiring and employment and ensure full participation of AI/ANs by implementing plans to eliminate adverse data trends at all levels of the agency.
https://www.va.gov/ORMDI/DiversityInclusion/AIAN.asp


Building Blocks for Cultural Integration in the Development and Establishment of Rural VA Telemental Health Clinics for Native Veterans:
This document provides a short overview, suggestions and tips for setting up, operating and maintaining Telemental Health (TMH) Clinics, in the form of live interactive videoconferencing, for rural Native Veterans located on American Indian lands or reservations, Alaska Native Corporations and communities, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander lands and communities.
http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/docs/publications/building-blocks-082411.pdf


Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER)
The Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER) is a community based Indian owned and operated non-profit organization that is comprised of and represents the interests of over 300 Tribal and Alaska Native Villages that are covered by employment rights ordinances.
https://www.councilfortribalemploymentrights.org/
Cultural Competence:
Cultural Competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures.
https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.naswaz.com/resource/resmgr/imported/CulturalCompetence.pdf


Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP)
The Division of Indian and Native American Programs (DINAP) Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Section 166 grantees and the Department of Labor share a vision of providing quality employment and training services to tribes, tribal organizations, Alaska Native entities, Indian controlled organizations and Native Hawaiian organizations serving unemployed and low income Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/dinap

Indian and Veterans Preference
The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) mission is to enhance the quality of life, to promote economic opportunity, and to carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives. This includes distinguishing Indian and Veterans Preference.
https://www.bia.gov/jobs/Indian_Preference
https://www.bia.gov/jobs/veterans
Montana Budget and Policy Center (MBPC)

The Montana Budget and Policy Center (MBPC) is a nonprofit organization focused on providing credible and timely research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues that impact low- and moderate-income Montana families, including American Indian (AI) families. To learn more about the health and economic impact of COVID-19 on the AI population, visit:
https://montanabudget.org/report/pandemic-demands-investment-indian-country

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) was established in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies the US government forced upon tribal governments in contradiction of their treaty rights and status as sovereign nations. To this day, protecting these inherent and legal rights remains the primary focus of NCAI. To this end, NCAI offers an introductory guide on Tribal Nations at:
https://www.ncai.org/about-tribes

National Museum of the American Indian
The Why We Serve exhibition honors the generations of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian members of the United States Armed Forces, and commemorates the National Native American Veterans Memorial, dedicated at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
https://americanindian.si.edu/why-we-serve/topics/

National Resource Directory (NRD)
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. The NRD is hosted, managed, maintained, sustained and developed by the Defense Health Agency's Recovery Coordination Program. NRD provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.
https://nrd.gov/

Native American Direct Loan (NADL)
If you’re a veteran, and either you or your spouse is Native American, the Native American Direct Loan (NADL) program may help you get a loan to buy, build, or improve a home on federal trust land. You may also get a loan to refinance an existing NADL and reduce your interest rate. Find out if you qualify for an NADL—and how to apply.
https://www.va.gov/housing-assistance/home-loans/loan-types/native-american-direct-loan/

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP)
The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) and its Indian and Native American Employment Rights Program (INAERP) support federal contractors' efforts to foster outreach and inclusion of Native Americans. Below is a list of best practices and strategies to help with efforts and make your diversity and inclusion programs successful.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/ofccp/compliance-assistance/outreach/indians-native-americans/best-practices

Office of Native American Programs (ONAP)
The Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) administers housing and community development programs that benefit American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal members, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, Native Hawaiians, and other Native American organizations.
https://www.hud.gov/codetalk

SAMHSA American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Card:
This guide enhances cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communication styles, the role of veterans and older adults, and health disparities.
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/American-Indian-and-Alaska-Native-Culture-Card/sma08-4354

Social Security Administration (SSA) FAQs
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has created an FAQ section for AIAN individuals. https://www.ssa.gov/people/aian/aian5.html
Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service Form:
Applicants seeking employment in the Indian Health Service and/or Indian Affairs use this form to establish evidence of Indian preference as part of the application process. The Family History Chart is also used as part of the Indian Preference verification process.
https://www.bia.gov/policy-forms/online-forms


Webcast: Working with Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country (March 2014):
On March 25, 2014 in collaborations with VHA, CBO, and IHS OTGR hosted the webcast VA Working with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country that featured subject matter experts across Indian Country who will discussed in-depth, "How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs."
http://www.va.gov/TRIBALGOVERNMENT/webcast-working-with-tribal-governments.asp

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Serving Disabled Veterans

Adapted Housing Grants
Veteran Affairs (VA) offers housing grants for Veterans and service members with certain service-connected disabilities so they can buy or change a home to meet their needs and live more independently. Changing a home might involve installing ramps or widening doorways. Find out if you’re eligible for a disability housing grant—and how to apply.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/adaptedhousing.asp

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families, and survivors. DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs, and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible. With nearly 1,300 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.
https://www.dav.org/veterans/resources/lgbt-veterans/

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General Resources to Serve Veterans

Agencies and Partners

Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS)
The Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS) works with veterans in communities across the U.S., tapping their unique skills and leadership abilities to tackle assignments ranging from disaster response and mentoring at-risk youth to building homes and helping soldiers returning from war. CNCS provides assistance to nearly 500,000 veterans and military families by connecting them to education opportunities, jobs, and the benefits they have earned. Many veterans also volunteer with CNCS so they can continue to serve their country.
https://americorps.gov/serve

Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD)
The Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons (including veterans). The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations.
https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/comm_planning

Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors (NALHD)
Nebraska Association of Local Health Directors’ (NALHD’s) VetSET Nebraska project is readying communities in Nebraska to meet the unique needs of rural veterans and their families.
http://nalhd.org/

New Mexico Department of Veteran Services (NMDVS)
New Mexico Department of Veteran Services (NMDVS) provides a variety of  veteran services such as establishing a Veteran and Family Transition Center in four different regions of the state to help returning families gain access to health care, education, job placement and housing.
http://www.nmdvs.org/

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) (Formerly known as Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) services help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans and Servicemembers in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/

Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI)
The Department of Transportation, together with the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor and Veterans Affairs, announced the Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative (VTCLI), designed to increase collaboration among federal, state and local agencies and organizations to address the mobility challenges faced by our nation's veterans, service members, and their families. On this page, communities can find resources which may help them understand these challenges and coordinate to address them.
https://www.transit.dot.gov/funding/grant-programs/veterans-transportation/vtcli-%E2%80%93-community-resources

Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS)
The Virginia Veteran & Family Support Program (VVFS) is operated statewide by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS ) and provides outreach, connection and support to veterans and their families as they address the challenges of military service, transition, deployments, post-traumatic stress or other behavioral health concerns as well as traumatic brain injuries and physical injuries.
https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/virginia-veteran-and-family-support-2

Volunteers of America (VOA) North Louisiana
Volunteers of America (VOA) North Louisiana is a faith based ministry of service providing opportunity, promoting dignity, and inspiring change in all who find their way to the organization.
https://voanorthla.org/

WestCare Foundation
WestCare, a family of tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, provides a wide spectrum of health and human services in both residential and outpatient environments. Their services include substance abuse and addiction treatment, homeless and runaway shelters, domestic violence treatment and prevention, and mental health programs.
https://westcare.com/

Workforce GPS’ Labor Market Information (LMI) Central
Workforce GPS’ Labor Market Information (LMI) Central is a portal to innovative and relevant sources of workforce and labor market information for data-driven planning. It allows you to “paint a picture” of your labor market, helping you to improve employment, training programs, and policies.
https://lmi.workforcegps.org/

Veterans with Significant Barriers to Employment

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Disabled American Veterans is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. 
https://www.dav.org

Homeless Shelter Directory
A list of homeless shelters and homeless service organizations in the U.S.
https://www.homelessshelterdirectory.org/

Improving Job Retention for Veterans with Challenges
In this article, we explore a few key elements of job retention, job matching, and job retention planning.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Improving-Job-Retention-for-Veterans-with-Challenges

Interest Profiler
Use the Interest Profiler to identify veterans’ interests and how they relate to the world of work, and find out what kinds of careers appear as a best match to their interests. https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip

JVSG Companion Programs: Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the HUD-VASH Program
Under the Housing First strategy, a collaborative program between two federal agencies combines Housing and Urban Development (HUD) rental assistance vouchers with VA supportive services to help veterans who are homeless (and their families) find and sustain permanent housing.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Department-of-Veterans-Affairs-and-the-HUD-VASH-program

JVSG Companion Programs: DOL VETS Homeless Veterans' Reintegration
Through this continuing NVTI series titled JVSG Companion Programs, our readers will become aware of relevant programs that support a comprehensive, solutions-based model of support to our veterans and their families, which, in turn, can lead to more effective and efficient service delivery. The DOL VETS Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP) is the first in this series of program overviews.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/JVSG-Companion-Programs

New Directions for Veterans (NDVets)
New Directions for Veterans offers a wide array of services including substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes. Legal and tax assistance are available, as is an active aftercare program and resources for alumni. Veterans leave NDVets with a savings account, housing, a job or other income, computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and peers. Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life altering—and for many veterans, life-saving.
https://ndvets.org/

Occupation Profile
Use the Occupation Profile to learn details about any occupation including work done on the job, pay, education required, and training required. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Careers/Occupations/occupation-profile.aspx

PAVE Paves the Way for Paralyzed Veterans Seeking Employment
Paving Access for Veterans Employment (PAVE) has helped more than 4,100 veterans, military spouses, and caregivers find meaningful work by providing free employment support and vocational counseling assistance.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/PAVE-Paves-the-Way-for-Paralyzed-Veterans-Seeking-Employment

Pets of the Homeless
Feeding Pets of the Homeless find solace, protection and companionship through their pets. They care for their pets on limited resources so they themselves have less. Their task, nationwide, is to feed and provide basic emergency veterinary care to their pets and thus relieve the anguish and anxiety of the homeless who cannot provide for their pets. To accomplish this task, they have four unique programs that provides free pet food, free emergency veterinary care, they sponsor wellness clinics and ship sleeping crates to homeless shelters.
https://www.petsofthehomeless.org/

Providing Triage in a COVID World
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Providing-Triage-in-a-COVID-World

Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO)
The Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) program provides funding, authorized as Research and Evaluation under Section 169 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) of 2014, for justice-involved youth and young adults and adults who were formerly incarcerated. Their goal is to develop strategies and partnerships that facilitate the implementation of successful programs at the state and local levels that will improve the workforce outcomes for this population. These projects are designed to test the effectiveness of successful models and practices found in community and faith-based environments and other government systems that have not been tested for their adaptability in the public workforce system.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/reentry

Skills Matcher
Use the Skills Matcher to match veterans’ skills with career options that are a good fit when jumpstarting, changing, or advancing careers. https://www.careeronestop.org/Toolkit/Skills/skills-matcher.aspx/default.aspx

Sheltering Animals & Families Together™ (SAF-T)
Sheltering Animals & Families TogetherTM is the first and only global initiative guiding domestic violence shelters on how to house families together with their pets. SAF-T enables more domestic violence victims to leave abusive households without leaving their pets behind and at risk. SAF-T also celebrates the human-animal bond and how family pets can provide comfort, reassurance and healing to adult and child survivors.
https://saftprogram.org/

Social Security Card
Veterans will have to present their Social Security card to employers when they are hired; they cannot legally work without it. To get a new or replacement Social Security card, visit: https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.
https://www.samhsa.gov/

United States Sentencing Commission
The U.S. Sentencing Commission, a bipartisan, independent agency located in the judicial branch of government, was created by Congress in 1984 to reduce sentencing disparities and promote transparency and proportionality in sentencing.
https://www.ussc.gov/

Veteran and Military Transition Center
The Veteran and Military Transition Center is a one-stop website for employment, training, and financial help after military service. https://www.careeronestop.org/Veterans/default.aspx

Work Importance Locator (WIL)
The Work Importance Locator (WIL) is a self-assessment tool that allows clients to pinpoint what is important to them in a job (e.g., satisfaction, work values, occupations, etc.). https://www.onetcenter.org/WIL.html


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Serving Native American Veterans

For generations, Native American and Alaska Native veterans have had a history of proud and distinguished service in the U.S. military forces. Native American veteran tribal communities are unique from other veteran populations across the nation and bring both strengths and challenges to the development of outreach and engagement in planning events for American Indian tribes and Alaska Native veterans. Click here to view NVTI's informative pamphlet on Working with American Indian and Alaska Native Veterans.

Serving Native American Veterans
The National Veterans’ Training Institute (NVTI) offers resources to help veteran service professionals acquire a better understanding of how to assist the Native American veteran population.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Serving-Native-American-Veterans

Cultural Competence:
Cultural Competence refers to an ability to interact effectively with people of different cultures.
https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.naswaz.com/resource/resmgr/imported/CulturalCompetence.pdf

Building Blocks for Cultural Integration in the Development and Establishment of Rural VA Telemental Health Clinics for Native Veterans:
This document provides a short overview, suggestions and tips for setting up, operating and maintaining Telemental Health (TMH) Clinics, in the form of live interactive videoconferencing, for rural Native Veterans located on American Indian lands or reservations, Alaska Native Corporations and communities, and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander lands and communities.
http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/docs/publications/building-blocks-082411.pdf

Webcast: Working with Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country (March 2014):
On March 25, 2014 in collaborations with VHA, CBO, and IHS OTGR hosted the webcast VA Working with the Indian Health Service and Tribal Governments to Serve Veterans in Indian Country that featured subject matter experts across Indian Country who will discussed in-depth, "How to establish Reimbursement Agreements between the VA and Tribal Health Programs."
http://www.va.gov/TRIBALGOVERNMENT/webcast-working-with-tribal-governments.asp

SAMHSA American Indian and Alaska Native Culture Card:
This guide enhances cultural competence when serving American Indian and Alaska Native communities. It covers regional differences, cultural customs, spirituality, communication styles, the role of veterans and older adults, and health disparities.
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/American-Indian-and-Alaska-Native-Culture-Card/sma08-4354

Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service Form:
Applicants seeking employment in the Indian Health Service and/or Indian Affairs use this form to establish evidence of Indian preference as part of the application process. The Family History Chart is also used as part of the Indian Preference verification process.
https://www.bia.gov/policy-forms/online-forms

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HVRP Grantee Resources

National Veterans’ Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC)
The National Veterans’ Technical Assistance Center provides training and technical assistance to its grantees and other organizations who are committed to helping veterans experiencing homelessness find employment. NVTAC is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS).
https://nvtac.org/

Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP)
The current version of the VETS FOA for HVRP is located in the Grant Application section of the HVRP website. The FOA contains a synopsis of the grant opportunity including general information and eligibility requirements.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/hvrp

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Serving Justice Involved Veterans

Certificates of Rehabilitation (CoRs)
Certificates of Rehabilitation (CoRs) help previously incarcerated individuals successfully reintegrate into society. In their various forms, these certificates are documents that the state provides which lift occupational, housing, or other barriers to re-entry.
https://www.reentry.net/ny/library/folder.80635-Certificates_of_Relief_from_Disability_and_Certificates_of_Good_Conduct

Federal Bonding Program (FBP)
The Federal Bonding Program (FBP) has been successfully providing fidelity bonds to employers, giving them access to job seekers and opening doors of opportunity. FBP bonds protect the employer against losses caused by the fraudulent or dishonest acts of the bonded employee.
https://bonds4jobs.com/about-us

Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV)
The Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) program is designed to promote success and prevent homelessness among Veterans returning home after incarceration by performing outreach and pre-release assessments services for Veterans in prison; making referrals and linkages to medical, mental health and social services, including employment services on release; and conducting short-term case management assistance on release.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/reentry.asp
https://www.va.gov/homeless/re-entry.asp#contacts

Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP)
Under the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program (IVTP), grantees provide supportive services to eligible incarcerated veterans who are “at risk” of becoming homeless. The intent of the program is to provide direct services through a case management approach that leverages federal, state and local resources. Incarcerated veterans are connected with appropriate employment and life skills support as they transition from correctional facilities into the community.
https://snjreentry.com/incarcerated-veterans-transition-program/

Justice for Vets
Justice for Vets is dedicated to transforming the way the justice system identifies, assesses and treats veterans, leading the national effort to put a veterans treatment court in reach of every veteran in need.
https://justiceforvets.org/about/
https://justiceforvets.org/what-is-a-veterans-treatment-court/

National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)
the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC) was established by the Second Chance Act (Public Law 110-199). Signed into law in 2008 and reauthorized in 2018, the second chance act authorizes federal grants to government agencies and nonprofit organizations to provide reentry services—including employment assistance, substance use treatment, housing, family programming, mentoring, victims support, and other services—and to support corrections and supervision practices that aim to reduce recidivism.
https://nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/

Prison Fellowship
Prison Fellowship works to restore America’s criminal justice system and those it affects by helping men and women replace the cycle of brokenness that landed them in prison, advocating for justice reform and activate grassroot networks to do the same, equipping wardens to bring restorative change to their facilities, and caring for prisoners’ families and help strengthen the bond between children and their parents who are behind bars.
https://www.prisonfellowship.org/resources/training-resources/in-prison/prison-culture/five-stages-of-incarceration/

Re-entry Roadmap for Veterans Incarcerated In Virginia
Veterans Affairs (VA), the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), and the Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC), have partnered together to develop this roadmap resource guide to create a smoother transition for justice-involved veterans and their families when entering back into their communities.
https://online.flippingbook.com/view/1005163/12/

State Guidebooks for Incarcerated Veterans
The Guidebook for Incarcerated Veteransis a tool for incarcerated veterans and their families who may want access to support services that promote a better and new manner of living. this guidebook addresses the process of economics, social acceptance and reestablishment for incarcerated veterans as they return to society. Be aware, this particular guidebook is an example used in the state of Wisconsin; laws vary from state to state, so be sure you find the correct guidebook for your specific state!
https://dva.wi.gov/documents/incarcerated%20veterans%20guidebook%202019_final.pdf

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) helps justice-involved veterans through programs intended to provide effective treatment services to reduce further criminal justice involvement and to promote recovery for justice-involved individuals who have substance use disorders or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.
https://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/press-announcements/201808301100

Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO)
Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) programs help to identify justice-involved veterans and contact them through outreach, in order to facilitate access to Veterans Affairs (VA) services at the earliest possible point. Veterans justice programs accomplish this by building and maintaining partnerships between VA and key elements of the criminal justice system.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/vjo.asp
https://www.va.gov/homeless/vjo.asp#contacts

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JVSG New Hire Resources


Making Careers Happen for Veterans: Community of Practice
A community of practice is a group of professionals with common interests that collaborate and connect in a shared location to educate, support, cultivate, and encourage one another. The National Veterans' Training Institute's (NVTI) Making Careers Happen for Veterans (MCHV): Community of Practice bridges the gap on best practices and challenges that exist for those in the public workforce investment system serving veterans.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Making-Careers-Happen-for-Veterans-Community-of-Practice


JVSG Primers

NVTI designed this primer to assist newly hired Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) state staff and supervisors in understanding and applying the legal requirements to their jobs. You will gain a basic understanding of the JVSG mission, vision, policies, and your responsibilities as an employee as required by Federal law and guidance. It was prepared to make you aware of what you can expect as you serve job-seeking veterans and what the U.S. Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (DOL VETS) will expect from you.

Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) Primer

Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) Primer

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JVSG Grantee Resources

JVSG Listening Session with KPMG (DOL/VETS Partners):
VETS introduces state management and financial staff to KPMG, who have been contracted to audit recipients for expenditures charged to the grant. The objective of the conversation is to inform states of plans to conduct JVSG financial audits during FY22 and answer questions or address concerns. This video was not created by NVTI. It is hosted with permission from DOL VETS. Questions regarding the content should be directed to JVSG@dol.gov.

Grants Closeout Process for Grantees
Date: August 19, 2021.
Length: 2:13:58 minutes
Presenter: Dan Griffiths
The following webinar session is a comprehensive training for grant recipient financial and programmatic personnel responsible for closing out grant awards. The webinar session included an updated presentation on the grant closeout process as it applies to Department of Labor, Veterans’ Employment & Training Service grants (Jobs for Veterans State Grants as well as grants funded under the Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program). The presentation was followed by a question and answer session.

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Legislation, Regulations, and Guidance

Title 20 of the CFR Section 1001
Visit Title 20 of the CFR Section 1001 to learn more about Services for Veterans.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/20/part-1001

Title 20 of the CFR Section 1002
Visit Title 20 of the CFR Section 1002 to learn more about the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994; Final Rules.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/20/part-1002

Title 20 of the CFR Section 1010
Visit Title 20 of the CFR Section 1010 to learn more about the Application of Priority of Service for Covered Persons.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/20/part-1010

Title 25 of the US Code
Visit Title 25 of the US Code to learn more information pertaining to Indians.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/25

Title 25 of the CFR Section 900
Visit Title 25 of the CFR Section 900 to learn more about contracts under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/25/part-900

Title 38 of the US Code
Visit Title 38 of the US Code to learn more information pertaining to Veterans’ Benefits.
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/38

The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act of 2011
The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is committed to helping the men and women who have served our nation and protected our Liberty compete through comprehensive legislation that provides a 360 solution to veteran unemployment. To learn more, please visit The Veterans Opportunity to Work Act of 2011.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/2433

VPLs, TEGLs, TENs, and Grant Officer Memorandum Directory
VPLs are the vehicle by which VETS provides additional guidance to the states to clarify veterans’ program requirements. A useful resource is a directory of VPLs, TEGLs, TENs and Grant Officer Memorandum..
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/resources/VPLS/VPLDirectory

Wagner-Peyser Act
The Wagner-Peyser Act of 1933 established a nationwide system of public employment offices known as the Employment Service. The Act was amended in 1998 to make the Employment Service part of the One-Stop services delivery system.
https://www.doleta.gov/programs/wagner_peyser.cfm

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Public Law 113-128
The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act is landmark legislation that is designed to strengthen and improve our nation's public workforce system and help get Americans, including youth and those with significant barriers to employment, into high-quality jobs and careers and help employers hire and retain skilled workers.
Public Law 113-128 provides legislative details on the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.
https://www.doleta.gov/wioa/
https://www.govinfo.gov/app/details/PLAW-113publ128

Workforce Investment Act of 1998
The Workforce Investment Act of 1998 is used to consolidate, coordinate, and improve employment, training, literacy, and vocational rehabilitation programs in the United States, and for other purposes.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/105th-congress/house-bill/1385

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Serving LGBTQ+ Veterans

American Association of Retired People (AARP)
AARP connects national and local programs for our aging population, and our older veterans can benefit from identifying these resources, events and quality information related to the LGBTQ+ community. To learn more about AARP’s resources for our aging LGBTQ+ veterans, visit:
https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/lgbt-pride/?cmp=RDRCT-ef79e43d-20200401

American Jobs Centers (AJCs) and Career One Stops

American Bar Association (ABA) Military and Veterans Legal Center
The ABA Military and Veterans Legal Center brings together all of the ABA entities, programs, and projects focused on legal services for military personnel, veterans, and their families, and provides access to all of these ABA resources to both the public as well as legal professionals. https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/milvets/

Located in all states and territories, the network of nearly 2,500 AJCs provides a wide array of employment-related services.
https://www.careeronestop.org/

American Veterans for Equal Rights
American Veterans for Equal Rights is dedicated to advocating and serving the needs of America’s LGBTQ+ armed forces veterans with information, referral, and limited legal consultation regarding VA benefits claims.
http://aver.us/veteran-resources

Birth Certificate Corrections
To make a correction to your US birth certificate, it is necessary that you contact or go to the correction/amendments department at the vital records office that issued the original birth certificate. This department will be able to help you make a change to your birth certificate. https://www.usbirthcertificates.com/articles/how-to-correct-error-birth-certificate

Blue Alliance
Blue Alliance is an American non-profit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Alumni of the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Its mission is to promote respect through education and advocacy for LGBTQ+ individual at the Air Force Academy, within the Academy’s alumni community, and throughout the entire USAF.
https://www.blue-alliance.org/

CalVet Department of Veterans Services
CalVet is committed to ensuring all Veterans have access to and receive the benefits they have earned without regard to sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability. The Minority Veterans Division promotes the use of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, programs, and services by Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Veterans. We advocate on behalf of LGBT Veterans by identifying gaps in services and by making recommendations to improve service. We support and initiate activities that educate and sensitize the public to the unique needs of our LGBT Veterans. https://www.calvet.ca.gov/MinorityVets/Pages/LGBT.aspx

City of Alexandria, VA
The City of Alexandria offers residents a variety of events and opportunities to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month and to recognize LGBTQ+ people and their contributions to the city’s diverse community and the nation. https://www.alexandriava.gov/LGBTQ#LGBTQResources

Corporate Equality Index
This national benchmarking tool measures policies, practices, and benefits that impact LGBTQ+ people in the workplace. An employer search is available. Download the report document to see top ranked employers. You will also find information about nondiscrimination policies and equal benefits that can help you evaluate an employment offer.
http://hrc.org/resources/corporate-equality-index
Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Programs

  • Cultural Competency. Agencies across DHHS are working with health care providers, grantees, employees and others to improve cultural competency with respect to LGBTQ+ populations. 

https://www.hhs.gov/programs/topic-sites/lgbtq/index.html

  • Family Violence. Violence affects everyone regardless of sexual orientation. The CDC reports that LGBTQ+ persons experience intimate partner violence at rates equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals. The Family Violence Prevention and Services Program administers the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA), the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and supportive services for victims of domestic violence and their children, including LGBTQ+ survivors. Since 2013, ACF has funded FVPSA's Capacity-building Learning Center dedicated to Improving Service Accessibility for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Victims of Domestic Violence. https://www.acf.hhs.gov/fysb/programs/family-violence-prevention-services
  • Aging Services. DHHS funded the Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) to establish the first national resource center for older LGBTQ+ individuals. https://www.sageusa.org/

DOL Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
At the U.S. Department of Labor, our mission is to promote and protect opportunity for all workers. Our nation and workforce are stronger when we embrace diversity, and when workers can apply their unique skills and talents to jobs that provide fair wages, benefits, and safe and healthy working conditions, and ensure respectful inclusion. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/oasp/resources/lgbt-workers

Employment and Rights in the Workplace
In June 2020, the United States Supreme Court decided that the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects gay, lesbian, and transgender employees from discrimination. This blog topic covers current legal issues, like the June 2020 decision, that impact LGBTQ+ workplace rights. http://tinyurl.com/y6z28gly

Employment and Training Administration (ETA)
The ETA administers federal government job training, apprenticeship and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta

GenEQ Guide to Entering the Workforce
This guide is for LGBTQ+ people who are transitioning to the workplace. It helps job seekers understand the considerations around disclosing gender identity and/or sexual orientation during the job search process and after starting a new job. It also offers detailed information and links to help job seekers understand employment laws, employer non-discrimination policies, and how to evaluate employer benefits.
http://tinyurl.com/yy3uzpzh

Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
GLAAD works through entertainment, news, and digital media to share stories from the LGBTQ community that accelerate acceptance. This link leads to a valuable Glossary of Terms - Lesbian / Gay / Bisexual / Queer resource to help better understand and communicate respectfully.
https://www.glaad.org/reference/lgbtq


Healing Warrior Hearts
Whether it was before, during, or after Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, being in the military and identifying as LGBTQ+ has historically meant service members did not feel safe or accepted. Unique experiences of injustice, discrimination, and abuse, both physical and emotional, are the emphasis in this special-focus Healing Warrior Hearts retreat. This confidential environment offers a safe place to talk about the struggles of sexual orientation within the military. Staff of these weekends are veterans and civilians who share similar experiences or who have been identified as LGBTQ targets and their allies. The staff offers empathy and compassion for the pain these veterans carry, connecting from the heart, recognizing that our hearts have no gender or sexual preference and that all healing begins within. https://www.healingwarriorhearts.org/lgbtfocus

Housing Discrimination Under the Fair Housing Act
The Fair Housing Act protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities. Additional protections apply to federally-assisted housing. Learn about the History of the Fair Housing Act, and read Examples of the many forms of housing discrimination. https://www.hud.gov/program_offices/fair_housing_equal_opp/fair_housing_act_overview

Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Part of HUD's mission is to give every person and family access to a safe, secure, and affordable home including ensuring fair and equal access to housing for all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity, or marital status. HUD is working to promote, strengthen, and create opportunities for LGBTQ+ inclusion in its federal programs and regulations. This website provides information related to equal housing access, knowing your veteran client’s rights under the Fair Housing Act, the Gender Identity Rule, and how to file a Housing Discrimination Complaint.
https://www.hud.gov/LGBT_resources

Human Rights Campaign
Fighting for equality means we can’t afford to let anyone fall through the cracks. We work locally, nationally and globally on issues that affect the LGBTQ+ community. LGBTQ Professional and Student associations: https://www.hrc.org/resources/lgbt-professional-and-student-associations. LGBTQ+ Professional Recruitment Events: https://www.hrc.org/resources/lgbt-professional-recruitment-events.

Identity Documents
Detailed information about the process and issues around amending the name and gender associated with both federal and state identity documents. http://transgenderlawcenter.org/resources/id

Knights Out
Knights Out is an organization of West Point alumni, staff and faculty who support the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to serve openly in the US military and who wish to educate young officers about the issues and contributions of LGBTQ+ troops. https://www.knightsout.org/

LGBTQ Policy Spotlight: Mapping LGBTQ Equality: 2010 to 2020
Select the following link to open LGBTQ Policy Spotlight: Mapping LGBTQ Equality: 2010 to 2020. https://www.lgbtmap.org/file/2020-tally-report.pdf

LGBTQ+ Vocabulary: Pronouns
A person’s identity doesn’t always fit into binary gender descriptions. Use the correct personal pronouns to create an inclusive workplace. This resource discusses why pronouns are important and offers examples of how to share personal pronouns in a professional setting. http://mossier.org/lgbtq-vocabulary-pronouns

milConnect Portal
If a servicemember has misplaced their military records, they can request their DD214, DD215, Report of Separation, or other release papers from the milConnect portal. https://milconnect.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect/

Military.com’s 2021 State Veterans Benefits
For information about Military.com’s listing of state veteran benefits, visit: https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html?ESRC=banner.nl

Modern Military Association of America (MMAA)
MMAA was formed through a merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN, and is the nation’s largest hon-profit organization dedicated to advancing fairness and equality for the LGBTQ+ military and veteran community. Through education, advocacy, and support, MMAA is making a difference in the lives of LGBTQ+ servicemembers, military spouses, veterans, and family members.  
https://modernmilitary.org/


National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC)
NGLCC advocates for social change through economic equality is the exclusive certifying body of LGBT-owned businesses. NGLCC recognizes that a growth business needs not only a strong local network where business owners live and work, but also business certification and access to all the strategic growth opportunities.
https://www.nglcc.org/

National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory is a searchable database of resources vetted for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers. By creating a keyword search on “LGBTQ+ veterans,” career coaches will discover national and local resources for LGBTQ+ veterans.
https://nrd.gov/

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)
Since 1981, NVLSP has become a national, high-impact veterans service organization fighting for justice for those who served us. https://www.nvlsp.org/

Office of Disability Employment Policy—Diversity and Inclusion
By fostering a culture of diversity—or a capacity to appreciate and value individual differences—employers benefit from varied perspectives on how to confront business challenges and achieve success. The term “culture of diversity” refers to the infinite range of individuals' unique attributes and experiences such as ethnicity, gender, age, and disability. Since disability is a natural part of diversity, businesses can benefit by taking steps to ensure people with disabilities are represented in their workforce. Career coaches will find an array of resources that provide more information about disability and diversity and inclusion at the ODEP website. https://www.dol.gov/agencies/odep/program-areas/employers/diversity-inclusion

Office of Resolution Management, Diversity & Inclusion (ORMDI)
The mission of this program is to grow a diverse workforce and cultivate an inclusive work environment, where employees are fully engaged and empowered to deliver the outstanding services to our Nation’s veterans, their families and beneficiaries. It is our vision that VA is the leader in public service in creating a high-performing workforce by capitalizing on its diversity, purposefully embracing inclusion, and empowering all employees to perform to their highest potential.
https://www.va.gov/ORMDI/Diversity_Inclusion.asp

Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs
Oregon is proud of the strength and diversity of our veteran community, which spans five eras of service and four generations. To better serve you, ODVA’s new lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LBGTQ+) veteran coordinator office was created to help LGBTQ+ veterans and their families learn about and gain access to the full range of their earned benefits. https://www.oregon.gov/odva/Resources/Pages/LGBTQ-Veterans.aspx

Project New Hope
Project New Hope is a New England-based, military-affiliated, resource hub that finds and delivers the wellness resources needed by veterans, servicemembers, their families, and full units that have deployed together. Their network of support allows them the ability to identify and align the appropriate support by wrapping services and resources around the entire family. 2021 Initiatives include No Cost Retreats for PTSD, TBI, MST, LGBTQ+, Women Veterans, and Caregivers.
https://www.projectnewhopema.org/

Repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (DADT): Archived Site
This is an archived site that can provide information on DADT repeal. For career coaches, you will find Quick Reference Guides and other data that can aid in your support of a veteran client’s military discharge upgrade case and access to benefits. https://archive.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0610_dadt/


SPART*A
SPART*A is a group of LGBTQ+ people who currently serve or have served in the military, their families, and veteran and uniformed allies. They are a membership organization, built by, for, and with members from all parts of the LGBTQ+ military community. 
https://spartapride.org/

State Departments of Veterans Affairs Locator
For more information on state agency Departments of Veterans Affairs, use the following National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)-sponsored link to find a state Department of Veterans Affairs by state or territory:
http://nasdva.us/.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program
SSVF was created to promote housing stability among very low-income veteran families who reside in or are transitioning to permanent housing. Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives offering supportive services, including outreach, case management, referrals to VA and local resources, and temporary financial assistance. https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/

Transgender American Veterans Association (TAVA)
TAVA is an advocacy group for transgender veterans from the US military. http://transveteran.org/

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, How to Apply for a Discharge Upgrade
Answer a series of questions to get customized step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a discharge upgrade or correction. If your application goes through and your discharge is upgraded, you’ll be eligible for the VA benefits you earned during your period of service. https://www.va.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions/

USNA OUT
USNA OUT is an American non-profit organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Alumni of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. USNA Out is an independent 501 organization that does not represent the Naval Academy Alumni Association nor the U.S. Naval Academy.
https://www.usnaout.org/

VA Facilities with LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC)
There is an LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) at every facility to help you get the care you need. VHA policies require that your health care is delivered in an affirming and inclusive environment and that VHA employees respect your identity. LGBTQ+ VCC can answer your questions, advocate for your right to quality care, handle complaints or concerns you have about your care, and help you get started with any of our services for LGBTQ+ Veterans. This page includes a directory of LGBTQ+ VCC by state and U.S. territory. https://www.patientcare.va.gov/LGBT/VAFacilities.asp

VA Fact Sheets
Review the VA Fact Sheets through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Patient Care Services webpage. https://www.patientcare.va.gov/LGBT/

VA Patient Care Services—VA Facilities with LGBTQ+ Program Websites
Connect with your LGBTQ+ Veteran Care Coordinator (LGBTQ+ VCC) at your VA facility.  They can answer your questions, advocate for your veteran client’s right to quality care, handle complaints or concerns they may have about their care, and help them get started with any of the VA’s services for LGBTQ+ veterans. Some states have multiple VA LGBTQ+ resources, while others may have fewer resources, but since 2016 each VA facility has a local VCC who is in charge of promoting best practices for serving LGBTQ+ veterans and connecting LGBTQ+ veterans to services.
https://militarybenefits.info/lgbt-va-care/#ixzz6xnJCxq3x

Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E)
Formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment and also known as Chapter 31. The VA offers five support-and-services tracks to help veterans find and sustain employment, and to live as independently as possible. VR&E provides direct referrals to JVSG staff to maximize the provision of services leading to successful career selection and placement for disabled Veterans and Service members enrolled in the VR&E Chapter 31 program. https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/

VHA Office of Health Equity (OHE)
Equitable access to high-quality care for all Veterans is a major tenet of the VA healthcare mission. OHE champions the elimination of health disparities and achieving health equity for all veterans. OHE supports the VHA's vision to provide appropriate individualized health care to each veteran in a way that eliminates disparate health outcomes and assures health equity. https://www.va.gov/healthequity/

What You Should Know: The EEOC and Protections for LGBT Workers
Find information about the enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act against sex discrimination for LGBTQ+ people. In addition to information about Title VII you will find contact information for starting the complaint process if your rights have been violated. http://eeoc.gov/laws/guidance/what-you-should-know-eeoc-and-protections-lgbt-workers

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Resources to Serve Employers

Apprenticeships May Be the Right Vocational Choice for Veterans with Challenges
In this article we will discuss the value of apprenticeships, offer a case study, and provide resources for pursuing an earn and learn career strategy.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Apprenticeships-May-Be-the-Right-Vocational-Choice-for-Veterans-with-Challenges

Making Careers Happen for Veterans: Community of Practice
A community of practice is a group of professionals with common interests that collaborate and connect in a shared location to educate, support, cultivate, and encourage one another. The National Veterans' Training Institute's (NVTI) Making Careers Happen for Veterans (MCHV): Community of Practice bridges the gap on best practices and challenges that exist for those in the public workforce investment system serving veterans.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Making-Careers-Happen-for-Veterans-Community-of-Practice

SHRM (SHRM) Foundation
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Foundation's mission is to mobilize the power of HR and activate the generosity of donors to lead positive social change impacting all things work. The Foundation is committed to elevating and empowering HR as a social force through its innovative solutions to workplace inclusion challenges, programming designed to inspire and empower the next generation of HR leaders, and awarding scholarships and professional development grants to educate and develop students and HR professionals.
https://untappedtalent.shrm.org/?_ga=2.20079992.1349915655.1621972148-1212005663.1611344306
https://www.shrm.org/foundation/about/pages/veterans-at-work-certificate-program.aspx

Virtual Job Fairs
With the current social climate changing the way businesses operate, American Job Centers will need to quickly implement hosting and facilitating virtual job fairs, if there are not doing so already.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Virtual-Job-Fairs

Resources for Veteran Employment Service Providers
While it may seem more challenging to assist veterans during this time of social distancing, there are many online resources available to facilitate veterans’ employment.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Resources-for-Veteran-Employment-Service-Providers

Honoring the Employers who Hire our Nation’s Heroes
This article discusses the HIRE Medallion Award program, that recognizes organization's commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Honoring-the-Employers-who-Hire-our-Nations-Heroes

How to Hire Veterans
This articles explores best practices and resources available to hiring veterans.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/How-to-Hire-Veterans

Apprenticeship.gov
To locate information for employers about apprenticeship programs, please visit apprenticeship programs.
https://www.apprenticeship.gov/

Employer Roadmap
For more resources for hiring veterans visit the Employer Roadmap. Employers can discover best practices by exploring articles and tools.
https://www.vetemployerroadmap.org/

HIRE Vets Medallion Program
The HIRE Vets Medallion Program honors the employers who hire our Nation’s Heroes; codified in the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military
Veterans Act of 2017 (HIRE Vets Act of 2017)
https://www.hirevets.gov/

National Labor Exchange (NLx)
Visit the National Labor Exchange to access an automated job index for employers.
https://usnlx.com

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Access the Veterans Hiring Guidebook or take the free Veterans at Work Certificate program to learn more about developing a veteran-friendly workplace.
https://www.shrm.org/foundation/ourwork/initiatives/engaging-and-integrating-military-veterans/pages/veteransguidebook.aspx

United States Department of Labor – Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs - Jurisdiction Thresholds and Inflationary Adjustments
Jurisdiction Thresholds and Inflationary Adjustments sets specific dollar thresholds for companies that have entered into federal contracts or subcontracts and must abide by DOL mandates.
https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/taguides/jurisdiction.htm

United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Veterans Hiring Toolkit
The Veterans Hiring Toolkit assists and educates employers in hiring veterans and includes links with detailed information and resources to assist in the recommended steps to hiring veterans.
https://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/veteranresources.asp

United States Department of Labor – Employment and Training Administration (ETA) – Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
The Work Opportunity Tax Credit is a federal tax credit available to employers for hiring individuals from certain target groups who have consistently faced significant barriers to employment.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/eta/wotc


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Education Resources

Department of Education (DoEd), Military Families and Veterans
Veterans may qualify for additional educational benefits on top of those from the GI Bill. This webpage from the Department of Education (DoEd), Military Families and Veteranscan also help those looking for pathways to become a teacher or resources to understand the rights of disabled veterans.
https://www.ed.gov/veterans-and-military-families

Education Planner
EducationPlanner is your one-stop career and college planning website. Education Planner provides practical and easy-to-understand advice to help prepare students for the important decisions they will face in the future.
http://www.educationplanner.org/index.html

GI Bill
The GI Bill provides educational assistance to servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/

New Directions for Veterans (NDVets)
New Directions for Veterans offers a wide array of services including substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes. Legal and tax assistance are available, as is an active aftercare program and resources for alumni. Veterans leave NDVets with a savings account, housing, a job or other income, computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and peers. Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life altering—and for many veterans, life-saving.
https://ndvets.org/

Post-9/11 GI Bill
Veterans who served on active duty after September 10, 2001, may qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill that can help the veteran pay for job training.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

Student Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America’s mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.
https://studentveterans.org/

Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the post-service lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families to serve those who have served.
https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/about-ivmf/

VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC)
The VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program aims to help Veterans, Servicemembers, and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling, leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/vsoc.asp


Career Development Resources

Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC)
The Military Medics and Corpsmen (MMAC) team recruits, reviews and refers candidates to healthcare employers statewide. The hiring decisions and scope of practice are up to the employers. While MMAC doesn’t provide licensure and certification or direct financial assistance – they do clear the path for the veteran’s next mission: being part of Virginia’s civilian healthcare team.
https://www.dvs.virginia.gov/education-employment/military-medics-corpsmen-mmac-program

JVSG Companion Programs: Useful Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Resources for JVSG Staff and Veterans Seeking Employment
In this sixth article of the JVSG Companion Program Series, we examine various resources for veteran job seekers offered by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Useful-Office-of-Personnel-Management

JVSG Companion Programs: Small Business Administration (SBA) - Support for Veteran Entrepreneurs
Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) personnel are tasked with providing individualized career services and employer outreach to help veterans realize and sustain employment; in some cases, veterans seek entrepreneurial opportunities and want to understand more about options for starting their own businesses. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes the impact that veterans have on the American economy.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Small-Business-Administration

Improving Job Retention for Veterans with Challenges
In this article, we explore a few key elements of job retention, job matching, and job retention planning.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Improving-Job-Retention-for-Veterans-with-Challenges

JVSG Companion Programs: DOL-VETS and the VA’s VR&E Collaboration Agreement
In the fourth article of JVSG Companion Programs, our continuing NVTI series for Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) personnel, we’ll review resources available through the VR&E partnership—an integrated approach and proven match with the VETS mission to prepare veterans, service members, and spouses for meaningful employment.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/DOL-VETS-and-the-VAs-VR-E-Collaboration-Agreement

Apprenticeships May Be the Right Vocational Choice for Veterans with Challenges
In this article we will discuss the value of apprenticeships, offer a case study, and provide resources for pursuing an earn and learn career strategy.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Apprenticeships-May-Be-the-Right-Vocational-Choice-for-Veterans-with-Challenges

Virtual Job Fairs
With the current social climate changing the way businesses operate, American Job Centers will need to quickly implement hosting and facilitating virtual job fairs, if there are not doing so already.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Virtual-Job-Fairs

Resources for Veteran Employment Service Providers
While it may seem more challenging to assist veterans during this time of social distancing, there are many online resources available to facilitate veterans’ employment.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Resources-for-Veteran-Employment-Service-Providers

The Best Jobs and Fields for Veterans
Veterans have a variety of skills that lend themselves to many career fields. Some veterans pursue careers that closely mirror their work while in the military, leveraging skills gained during their service; other veterans look for careers that will allow them to gain additional skills and pursue fields outside of their comfort zones. Regardless of whether a veteran wants to seek employment that provides work similar to their experience during service or explore an entirely new area, there are many career paths to refer veterans to for employment.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/The-Best-Jobs-and-Fields-for-Veterans

Honoring the Employers who Hire our Nation’s Heroes
This article discusses the HIRE Medallion Award program, that recognizes organization's commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Honoring-the-Employers-who-Hire-our-Nations-Heroes

Career One Stop
Career One Stop is a source for career exploration, training, and jobs sponsored by U.S. DOL.
https://www.careeronestop.org/

Customized Employment:
Customized Employment (CE) is an approach to hiring, retention, and return to work that ties the strengths, conditions, and interests of a job candidate or employee to the business needs of an employer. It provides greater employee satisfaction and productivity, among other benefits, bringing better retention and profitability for employers. It can bring people from diverse populations, including those with disabilities, into the workplace to contribute their untapped talents to businesses.
https://www.dol.gov/odep/documents/vignette_v3_blue_508_final.pdf
http://www.leadcenter.org/customized-employment
http://drivedisabilityemployment.org/

Guided Group Discovery and Self-Guided Discovery:
Guided Group Discovery (GGD) is a strategy that assembles small groups of up to 10 job seekers committed to an employment search. Led by one or more trained facilitators, job seekers are guided through a process of self-exploration and offered an opportunity for peer support that is often very beneficial to job seekers, especially people who may be struggling to find employment and may otherwise lose motivation to stick with the job search over time. As with a more traditional job club model, Guided Group Discovery provides the added benefit of networking and feeling less alone in the job search process.
http://www.leadcenter.org/customized-employment/discovery
http://altarum.ggdpw1.sgizmo.com/s3/

Joint National Guard Employment Support Program (ESP)
The Joint National Guard Employment Support Program supports our National Guard Service members in finding meaningful careers and job opportunities.
https://www.militaryonesource.mil/national-guard/joint-services-support-program

Marine for Life Network (M4L)
Marine for Life Network connects transitioning Marines and their family members to education resources, employment opportunities, and other veterans' services that aid in their career and life goals outside of military service.
https://usmc-mccs.org/services/career/marine-for-life-network/

Military Civilian Occupation Translator
Use the Military Civilian Occupation Translator to identify which military occupations (including Military Occupation Specialty, or MOS and MOC codes) best match civilian job openings on the basis of education, training, skills, and experience.
https://www.careeronestop.org/BusinessCenter/Toolkit/civilian-to-military-translator-help.aspx

Military Occupational Classification (MOC) Crosswalk Search
Use the MOC Crosswalk Search to find military codes or titles.
https://www.onetonline.org/crosswalk/MOC/

My Next Move for Veterans
My Next Move for Veterans is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration, and developed by the National Center for O*NET Development.
https://www.mynextmove.org/vets/

My Skills My Future
My Skills My Future is a CareerOneStop website that helps link military and civilian occupations.
https://www.myskillsmyfuture.org/

New Directions for Veterans (NDVets)
New Directions for Veterans offers a wide array of services including substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes. Legal and tax assistance are available, as is an active aftercare program and resources for alumni. Veterans leave NDVets with a savings account, housing, a job or other income, computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and peers. Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life altering—and for many veterans, life-saving.
https://ndvets.org/

O*Net Online
O*Net Online is a tool for career exploration and job analysis.
https://www.onetonline.org
Testing and Assessment: A Guide to Good Practices for Workforce Investment Professionalism
This guide serves to help career counselors and training and development professionals use assessment practices in appropriate ways to support the overarching goal of workforce development.
https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN/ten2007/TEN21-07a1.pdf

Ticket to Work
Ticket to Work connects you with free employment services to help you decide if working is right for you, prepare for work, find a job or maintain success while you are working. If you choose to participate, you will receive services such as career counseling, vocational rehabilitation, and job placement and training from authorized Ticket to Work service providers, such as Employment Networks (EN) or your State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) agency. The service provider you choose will serve as an important part of your "employment team" that will help you on your journey to financial independence.
https://choosework.ssa.gov/index.html

Universal Design:
Universal Design is a strategy for making products, environments, operational systems, and services welcoming and usable to the most diverse range of people possible. Its key principles are simplicity, flexibility, and efficiency. When American Job Centers apply Universal Design principles, everyone works together towards a world-class service environment to help all Americans get training and find jobs.
https://disability.workforcegps.org/resources/2018/06/11/16/20/The_Benefits_of_Universal_Design

Testing and Assessment: A Guide to Good Practices for Workforce Investment Professionalism
This guide serves to help career counselors and training and development professionals use assessment practices in appropriate ways to support the overarching goal of workforce development.
https://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN/ten2007/TEN21-07a1.pdf

Veterans Career Fairs—DAV
DAV is a nonprofit charity that focuses on connecting veterans with meaningful employment and resources.
https://www.dav.org/veterans/employment-resources/job-search-events/

Veterans.gov
Veterans.gov provides resources for all veterans, including information on finding a job, starting a business, hiring veterans, VA benefits and information, and military spouses.
https://www.veterans.gov/

Benefits and Other Support Resources

Community Care
Veterans may be eligible for care through a provider in their local community depending on their health care needs or circumstances, and if they meet specific eligibility criteria. Even if a Veteran is eligible for community care, they generally still have the option to receive care from a VA medical facility. In most cases, Veterans must receive approval from Veteran Affairs (VA) before receiving care from a community provider to avoid being billed for the care. VA staff members generally make all eligibility determinations for community care.
https://www.va.gov/COMMUNITYCARE/programs/veterans/General_Care.asp

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Loan Center
For more information, contact a VA Regional Loan Center by calling toll-free (877) 827-3702 or visit their Home Loan website.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/contact_rlc_info.asp

How Telehealth Is Changing Healthcare for Veterans
One of the tools that has facilitated telehealth for veterans is VA Video Connect, which allows Veterans and their caregivers to quickly and easily meet with VA health care providers through live video on any computer, tablet, or mobile device.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/How-Telehealth-Is-Changing-Healthcare-for-Veterans

Making Careers Happen for Veterans: Community of Practice
A community of practice is a group of professionals with common interests that collaborate and connect in a shared location to educate, support, cultivate, and encourage one another. The National Veterans' Training Institute's (NVTI) Making Careers Happen for Veterans (MCHV): Community of Practice bridges the gap on best practices and challenges that exist for those in the public workforce investment system serving veterans.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Making-Careers-Happen-for-Veterans-Community-of-Practice

National Resource Directory (NRD)
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. The NRD is hosted, managed, maintained, sustained and developed by the Defense Health Agency's Recovery Coordination Program. NRD provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.
https://nrd.gov/

Social Security (SS) Card Replacement
The Social Security Administration (SSA) can offer veterans a new or replacement Social Security (SS) card at:
https://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/replacement-card.html

Understanding Veteran Mental Health and How You Can Help
It’s important to be aware of the mental well-being of the veterans around you. Treated or untreated, understanding veteran mental health helps mitigate worsening symptoms. Knowing the symptoms of common veteran mental health disorders, as well as having basic skills to interact with a veteran with a mental health issue, can create trust and increase the possibility for success in helping them find employment and rebuild their lives.
https://www.nvti.org/News-and-Announcements/Featured-Articles/Understanding-Veteran-Mental-Health

ABLE National Resource Center
The ABLE National Resource Center (ABLE NRC) is the leading, comprehensive source of objective, independent information about federal- and state-related ABLE programs and activities, including guidance on tax-advantaged ABLE savings accounts. Our mission is to educate, promote and support the positive impact ABLE can make on the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities and their families. ABLE NRC is a collaborative that brings together the investment, support and resources of some of the country’s largest and most influential national disability organizations in an effort to accelerate the design and availability of ABLE accounts to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and their families.
https://www.ablenrc.org/

Benefits Finder
Hosted by Benefits.gov, the Benefit Finder questionnaire can be used to find information on benefits veterans and others may be eligible to receive.
https://www.benefits.gov/benefit-finder

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee's military commitment.
https://www.esgr.mil

Financial Literacy and Capability
An important focus of the LEAD Center’s mission is to increase the financial literacy and financial capability of people with disabilities. Participation in the workforce, which produces increased income, is a vital first step for working-age adults with disabilities to build economic self-sufficiency. Employment also serves as an important gateway for individuals to further explore tools and strategies to improve their economic stability and security. The LEAD Center works to foster pathways to economic advancement for people with disabilities to improve their present and long-term financial well-being, while supporting the workforce development, Home and Community Based Services, and other systems that share this mission.
http://leadcenter.org/financial-literacy-capability

Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)
The Institute for Veterans and Military Families provided programs & services to more than 20,000 veterans, service members and their families in 2017, and more than 90,000 since 2011.
https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/

Make the Connection
Make the Connection is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.
https://maketheconnection.net/stories-of-connection

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
The Military Officers Association of America is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. Represent the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers.
https://www.moaa.org/

Money Smart—A Financial Education Program
The FDIC's Money Smart financial education program can help people of all ages enhance their financial skills and create positive banking relationships. Learn here about Money Smart tools and strategies that you can use to teach others, as well as tools you can use to learn on your own. First released in 2001 and regularly updated since then, Money Smart has a long track record of success.
https://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/moneysmart/

United States Army – Soldier for Life (SFL)
United States Army Soldier for Life program improves Soldier, Family, and Army readiness by developing a broad network of resources to support every soldier, veteran, and family member through all phases of their service.
https://soldierforlife.army.mil/

Vets Prevail
Vets Prevail is a personalized & confidential behavior change platform where Veterans help each other to discover issues and overcome challenges.
https://www.vetsprevail.org/

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Serving Rural Veterans

Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP)
The goal of the Community Clergy Training Program (CCTP) is to provide rural clergy with specific skills in supporting veterans and their families and to better equip clergy with the resources and information necessary for referring veterans in need of physical or mental healthcare to VA and community facilities.
https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/740

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/community-facilities-direct-loan-grant-program

Department of Housing and Urban Development–VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program
This program, through a cooperative partnership between HUD and the VA, provides long-term case management, supportive services, and permanent housing support for LGBTQ+ veterans. Eligible veterans receive VA-provided case management and supportive services to build stability and recovery from physical and mental health, substance use, and functional concerns contributing to or resulting from homelessness. HUD provides Section 8 vouchers designated for HUD-VASH to participating Public Housing Authorities that assist with rent payment. The program’s goals include promoting maximal veteran recovery and independence to sustain permanent housing in the community for the veteran and the veteran’s family. Among VA CoC programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest percentage of veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

Direct Single Family Housing
Also known as the Section 502 Direct Loan Program, this program assists low- and very-low-income applicants obtain decent, safe and sanitary housing in eligible rural areas by providing payment assistance to increase an applicant’s repayment ability. Payment assistance is a type of subsidy that reduces the mortgage payment for a short time. The amount of assistance is determined by the adjusted family income.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-direct-home-loans

Farm Loans
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Home Loan benefit may be used to purchase a farm. There must be a farm residence on the land, and the Veteran must live in it as his or her primary residence.  VA-guaranteed loans can only be used for residential purposes, and not to purchase a business.  This means that some farm properties may not be eligible for purchase using a VA-backed home loan.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets.asp#BM5

Food and Nutrition Service
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) can also assist veterans by ensuring that they and their families have access to nutritious meals. USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service can connect them to information on resources and benefits.
https://www.fns.usda.gov/get-involved/military-and-veteran-families

Housing Loan Program
Veteran Affairs (VA) helps Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses become homeowners. As part of their mission to serve these individuals, the VA provides a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help eligible individuals buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for their own personal occupancy.
https://www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans/


Multi-Family Housing Programs
Provides affordable multi-family rental housing in rural areas by financing projects geared for low-income, elderly and disabled individuals and families as well as domestic farm laborers.  We extend our reach by guaranteeing loans for affordable rental housing designed for low to moderate-income residents in rural areas and towns.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/all-programs/multi-family-housing-programs

Multi-Family Housing Rental Assistance
This program provides payments to owners of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)-financed Rural Rental Housing or Farm Labor Housing projects on behalf of low-income tenants unable to pay their full rent.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/multi-family-housing-rental-assistance

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides leadership and funding for programs that advance agriculture-related sciences. We invest in and support initiatives that ensure the long-term viability of agriculture. NIFA applies an integrated approach to ensure that groundbreaking discoveries in agriculture-related sciences and technologies reach the people who can put them into practice.
https://nifa.usda.gov/


Office of Rural Health (OHR)
Congress established the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Office of Rural Health (ORH) to conduct, coordinate, promote and disseminate research on issues that affect the nearly five million Veterans who reside in rural communities. The mandate also requires ORH to develop, refine and promulgate policies, best practices, lessons learned, and innovative and successful programs.
http://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/

People’s Garden
All around the country, people are learning where their food comes from and participating in a movement to beautify and feed their communities through community gardens. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) People’s Garden can get veterans started with information on how to build and give back to their community through gardening.
https://peoplesgarden.usda.gov/

Programs & Services for Businesses
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) provides funding opportunities for rural small businesses through loans, loan guarantees, and grants.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/programs-services-businesses

Rural Health Information (RHI) Hub
The Rural Health Information (RHI) Hub, formerly the Rural Assistance Center, is funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to be a national clearinghouse on rural health issues. Use the Am I Rural? Tool to determine whether your specific location is considered rural based on various definitions of rural, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs.
https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/am-i-rural

Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit
Using the Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit can increase partnerships between Veteran Affairs (VA) and rural communities and enhance VA’s ultimate goal of "improving the quality of life for Veterans who live in rural communities."
https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/partners/toolkit.asp


Self-Help Housing Program:
Provides grants to qualified organizations to help them carry out local self-help housing construction projects. Grant recipients supervise groups of very-low- and low-income individuals and families as they construct their own homes in rural areas. The group members provide most of the construction labor on each other’s homes, with technical assistance from the organization overseeing the project.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/mutual-self-help-housing-technical-assistance-grants


Service Centers
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Service Centers are designed to be a single location where customers can access the services provided by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Rural Development agencies. This website will provide the address of a USDA Service Center and other Agency offices serving your area along with information on how to contact them.
https://offices.sc.egov.usda.gov/locator/app?state=us&agency=rd

Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program:
The Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program assists approved lenders in providing low- and moderate-income households the opportunity to own adequate, modest, decent, safe and sanitary dwellings as their primary residence in eligible rural areas. Eligible applicants may purchase, build, rehabilitate, improve or relocate a dwelling in an eligible rural area with 100% financing. The program provides a 90% loan note guarantee to approved lenders in order to reduce the risk of extending 100% loans to eligible rural homebuyers – so no money down for those who qualify.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-guaranteed-loan-program


Single Family Housing Repair Loans & Grants:
Also known as the Section 504 Home Repair program, this provides loans to very-low-income homeowners to repair, improve or modernize their homes or grants to elderly very-low-income homeowners to remove health and safety hazards.
https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/single-family-housing-repair-loans-grants


Together With Veterans (TWV) Rural Suicide Prevention Program
Together With Veterans (TWV) Rural Suicide Prevention Program recruits, trains, and organizes veterans and supporting organizations to lead evidence-informed veteran suicide prevention strategies in their communities.
https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/1077

Veterans Employment Program Office
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Veterans Employment Program Officecan help veterans interested in working at USDA with matching skills and qualifications to federal careers, reviewing and providing feedback on resumes, and explaining the federal hiring process.
https://www.dm.usda.gov/employ/vepo/index.htm

Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) Rural Consultants (VRCs)
Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN) Rural Consultants (VRCs) serve as communication conduits between VA Central Office, the Office Rural Health (ORH) and VHA field operations. The United States is divided into 18 VISNs, each with a VRC.
https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/aboutus/vrc.asp


Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers (VRHRCs)
Veterans Rural Health Resource Centers (VRHRCs) are Office of Rural Health (ORH) field-based satellite offices that serve as hubs of rural health care research, innovation, and dissemination.
https://www.ruralhealth.va.gov/aboutus/vrhrc.asp

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State Resources for Veterans Preference Laws

Alabama
2018 Code of Alabama Title 25  – INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS AND LABOR. Chapter 1 – GENERAL PROVISIONS. Article 5 – Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy Act. Section 25-1-52 – Requirements; implementation.  
https://law.justia.com/codes/alabama/2018/title-25/chapter-1/article-5/section-25-1-52/

Arizona
2016 Arizona Revised Statues Title 23  – Labor section 23.495.01 Voluntary veterans’ performance employment policy; private employers; eligibility 
https://law.justia.com/codes/arizona/2016/title-23/section-23-495.01/

Arkansas
2015 Arkansas Code Title 11  – Labor and Industrial Relations Chapter 15 – Voluntary Veterans’ Preference Employment Policy 
https://law.justia.com/codes/arkansas/2015/title-11/chapter-15/

Florida
2018 Florida Statute Title XX  – Chapter 295.188 Preference in hiring veterans for private employers 
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0200-0299/0295/Sections/0295.188.html

2018 Florida Statute Title I Chapter 1.01 - Definitions 
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0000-0099/0001/Sections/0001.01.html

2018 Florida Statute Title XX Chapter 295.07 -Preference in appointment and retention
http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0200-0299/0295/Sections/0295.07.html

Georgia
2017 Georgia Code Title 34 - Labor and Industrial Relations Chapter 1 - General Provisions § 34-1-8. Veterans' preference employment policy; use not a violation 
https://law.justia.com/codes/georgia/2017/title-34/chapter-1/section-34-1-8/

Idaho
Title 65 Soldiers and Sailors Chapter 5 
-Rights and Privileges of Veterans 65-513 Preference by Private Employers 
https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title65/t65ch5/sect65-513/

Title 65 Soldiers and Sailors Chapter 5 -Rights and Privileges of Veterans 65-503 Eligibility for Preference  
https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/Title65/T65CH5/SECT65-503/

Title 65 Soldiers and Sailors Chapter 5 -Rights and Privileges of Veterans 65-502 Definitions  
https://legislature.idaho.gov/statutesrules/idstat/title65/t65ch5/sect65-502/

Illinois
2016 Illinois Compiled Statutes Chapter 330 – VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS 330 ILCS 56/ - Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act  
https://law.justia.com/codes/illinois/2016/chapter-330/act-330-ilcs-56/

Indiana
2015 Indiana Code TITLE 10. PUBLIC SAFETY ARTICLE 17. VETERANS’ AFFAIRS CHAPTER 15. VOLUNTARY VETERANS’ PREFERENCE EMPLOYMENT POLICY 
https://law.justia.com/codes/ndiana/2015/title-10/article-17/chapter-15

Iowa
2016 Iowa Code Title I – STATE SOVEREIGNTY AND MANAGEMENT Chapter 35 – VETERANS AFFAIRS Section 35.3 – Veterans preference in private employment permitted 
https://law.justia.com/codes/iowa/2016/title-i/chapter-35/section-35.3/

Kansas
2015 Kansas Statutes Chapter 73- SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND PATRIOTIC EMBLEMS Article 2 VETERANS’ PREFERENCE 73-231 Permissive preference in private employment 
https://law.justia.com/codes/kansas/2015/chapter-73/article-2/section-73-231

2014 Kansas Statutes Chapter 73- SOLDIERS, SAILORS AND PATRIOTIC EMBLEMS Article 2 VETERANS’ PREFERENCE 73-201 Preference in governmental employment and promotion; notice when veteran not hired; notice of job openings; information regarding preference; remedy when preference not provided 
https://law.justia.com/codes/kansas/2014/chapter-73/article-2/section-73-201/

Kentucky
Kentucky Statute 40.345 -Private employer may have voluntary veterans’ preference employment policy – Registry of employers – Administrative regulations.  
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=44576

Kentucky Statute 40.010 -Definitions for chapter.  
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=45828

Louisiana
Part VII. Employment of Veterans Section 1001. Preference in hiring veterans for private employers  
http://legis.la.gov/legis/Law.aspx?d=83313

Maine
Title 26: LABOR AND INDUSTRY Chapter 7: EMPLOYMENT PRACTICES 
https://law.justia.com/codes/maine/2009/title26/title26ch7sec0.html

Maryland
Maryland Code, Labor and Employment Section 3-714 
https://codes.findlaw.com/md/labor-and-employment/md-code-lab-and-empl-sect-3-714.html

Massachusetts
Section 44 3/4: Preference in promoting or hiring veteran, spouse of honorably discharged disabled veteran or surviving spouse of veteran  
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleXXI/Chapter149/Section44%203~4

Section 7: Definitions of statutory terms; statutory construction 
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleI/Chapter4/Section7

Michigan
Section 35.1202 PRIVATE EMPLOYER’S VETERANS’ PREFERENCE POLICY ACT (EXCERPT) Act 508 of 2014 35.1202 Voluntary veterans’ preference employment policy; adoption by private employer; writing; uniform application 
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(iqd4mn3imqgg04ijqsozzgbp))/mileg.aspx?page=getObject&objectName=mcl-35-1202

Section 35.1201 PRIVATE EMPLOYER’S VETERANS’ PREFERENCE POLICY ACT (EXCERPT) Act 508 of 2014 35.1201 Short title; definitions 
https://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(jhl2vbb0je25b0idijokfyes))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-35-1201

Minnesota
2018 Minnesota Statutes 197.4551-PERMISSIVE PREFERENCE FOR VETERANS IN PRIVATE EMPLOYMENT 
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/197.4551

2018 Minnesota Statutes 197.447 -Veteran, defined  
https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/cite/197.447

Montana
Title 39. Labor Chapter 29. Veterans’ Employment Preference Part 1. General Provisions 39-29-101 Definitions. 39-29-102 Point preference or alternative preference in initial hiring for certain applicants – substantially equivalent selection procedure. 39-29-103 Notice and claim of preference. 39-29-104 Enforcement of preference. 39-29-111 Retention during reduction in force. 39-29-112 Adoption of rules. 
https://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/39_29_1.htm

Nebraska
Nebraska Revised Statutes Chapter 48. Labor section 48-238. Veterans preference in private employment; policy; notice to Commissioner of Labor; registry 
https://codes.findlaw.com/ne/chapter-48-labor/ne-rev-st-sect-48-238.html

Nevada
2017 Nevada Revised Statutes Chapter 613 – Employment Practices NRS 613.385 – Preferential treatment in hiring veteran or spouse of veteran permitted 
https://law.justia.com/codes/nevada/2017/chapter-613/statute-613.385/

Title 37 – Veterans; Privileges, Benefits and Recognition Related to Military Service Chapter 417 – Veterans’ Services and Honorary Recognition Related to Military Service 
https://www.leg.state.nv.us/nrs/nrs-417.html

North Dakota
Chapter 37-19.1 Veterans’ Preferences 
https://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t37c19-1.pdf?20150429165635

Oklahoma
BILL NO. 195 -Veterans’ preference  
https://legiscan.com/OK/text/SB195/2016

Oregon
Chapter 408 – Miscellaneous Benefits for Veterans and Service Personnel  
https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/ors/ors408.html

2017 ORS 659A.082 Discrimination against person for service in uniformed service prohibited.  
https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/659A.082

Rhode Island 
TITLE 30 Military Affairs and Defense Chapter 30-21 -Employment of Veterans Section 30-21-14 Preference in private employment  
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/TITLE30/30-21/30-21-14.HTM

South Carolina
South Carolina Code of Laws Unannotated Title 1 – Administration of the Government CHAPTER 13 State Human Affairs Commission 
https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t01c013.php

Texas
H.B. No. 3547 AN ACT relating to a voluntary veteran’s employment preference for private employers. 
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/HB03547F.HTM

Utah
Effective 5/12/2015 Chapter 50 Veterans Preference in Private Employment Act  
https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title34/Chapter50/34-50.html

Effective 5/10/2016 Index: Utah Code; Title 71: Veterans; Chapter 10: Veterans Preference; Section 1: Definitions; 71-10-1. Definitions.  
https://le.utah.gov/xcode/Title71/Chapter10/71-10-S1.html

Virginia
Code of Virginia Section 40.1-27.2. Preference for veterans and spouses.  
https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title40.1/chapter3/section40.1-27.2/

Code of Virginia Section 2.2-2903. Grade or rating increase and other preferences for veterans and their surviving spouses and children, and members of the National Guard. 
https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title2.2/chapter29/section2.2-2903/

Washington
RCW 73.16.110 Preference in private employment – Permissive 
https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=73.16.110

RCW 41.04.005 “Veteran” defined for certain purposes 
https://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=41.04.005

West Virginia
West Virginia Code Chapter 5. GENERAL POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SECTRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL; BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS; MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES, COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PROGRAMS, ETC. Article 11. Human Rights Commission. Section 5-11-9A. Veterans Preference Not a Violation of Equal Employment Opportunity Under Certain Circumstances 
http://www.wvlegislature.gov/WVCODE/ChapterEntire.cfm?chap=05&art=11§ion=9A

Wyoming
ORIGINAL SENATE FILE NO. SF003 Enrolled Act NO. 63, Senate; Sixty-Third Legislature of the State of Wyoming; 2016 Budget Session 
https://www.wyoleg.gov/2016/Enroll/SF0003.pdf

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Serving Veterans Experiencing Homelessness

Continuum of Care (CoC)
The Continuum of Care (CoC) program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/

Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) uses its Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI)programs to help people with mental and substance use issues find housing and supportive services.
https://www.samhsa.gov/homelessness-programs-resources/grant-programs-services/cabhi-program

Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL)
Veterans Affairs (VA) Enhanced-Use Lease Program (EUL) is an important component of both VA’s mission to end Veteran homelessness and the departments overall asset management program. Through this program, VA out-leases underutilized real estate under its jurisdiction or control to the private sector for up to 75 years for the purpose of developing supportive housing for homeless and at risk Veterans and their families. Through this innovative portfolio management tool, Veterans are provided with an expanded range of services that would not otherwise be available on medical center campuses.
https://www.va.gov/assetmanagement/

Grantee Contact Information
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grantees receive funding from HUD to support HUD's mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD grantees include state and local governments, non-profit and for-profit organizations, public housing authorities, and tribal entities.
https://www.hudexchange.info/grantees/contacts/

Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV)
The Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) program is designed to promote success and prevent homelessness among Veterans returning home after incarceration by performing outreach and pre-release assessments services for Veterans in prison; making referrals and linkages to medical, mental health and social services, including employment services on release; and conducting short-term case management assistance on release.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/reentry.asp

Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program
The Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Programis offered annually (as funding permits) by the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care for Homeless Veterans (HCHV) Programs to fund community agencies providing services to homeless Veterans. The purpose is to promote the development and provision of supportive housing and/or supportive services with the goal of helping homeless Veterans achieve residential stability, increase their skill levels and/or income, and obtain greater self-determination.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/GPD.asp#one

Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
The Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program  is a collaborative program between the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) which combines HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help Veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

Make the Connection
Learn more about experiencing homelessness, treatment options, self-help tools, and resources available for homeless veterans at:
https://www.maketheconnection.net/events/homelessness/

Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs)
The Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation and Treatment Programs (MH RRTPs) are designed to provide state-of-the-art, high-quality residential rehabilitation and treatment services for Veterans with multiple and severe medical conditions, mental illness, addiction, or psychosocial deficits. The MH RRTP identifies and addresses goals of rehabilitation, recovery, health maintenance, improved quality of life, and community integration in addition to specific treatment of medical conditions, mental illnesses, addictive disorders, and homelessness.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/dchv.asp

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, they can visit their closest Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center without calling in advance.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/resources.asp

Point-In-Time: 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR): Part 1 - Point-In-Time (PIT) Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S.
This report outlines the key findings of the 2019 Point-In-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC) conducted in January 2019. Specifically, this report provides 2019 national, state, and Continuum of Care (CoC)-level PIT and HIC estimates of homelessness, as well as estimates of chronically homeless persons, homeless veterans, and homeless children and youth.
https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/ahar/2019-ahar-part-1-pit-estimates-of-homelessness-in-the-us.html

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count Methodology Guide
This guide provides Continuums of Care (CoC) with standards and guidance concerning acceptable methodologies and approaches to conducting Point-in-Time (PIT) counts of homeless people.
https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/4036/point-in-time-count-methodology-guide/

Point-in-Time (PIT) Count
The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an annual effort led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to estimate the number of Americans, including Veterans, without safe, stable housing. It is one of the tools used to assess progress each year toward Veterans Affairs (VA) priority goal of ending homelessness among Veterans.
https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/pit_count.asp

Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) uses its Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center as a national resource to support states, territories, and local communities in strengthening their capacity to address the behavioral health needs of military and veteran families.
https://www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center.

Stand Down Grants
Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and Veterans Affairs (VA) Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, the Department of Labor (DOL), other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.
https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/programs/StandDown

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
The Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)program award grants to selected private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that will assist very low-income Veteran families residing in or transitioning to permanent housing. Grantees will provide a range of supportive services to eligible Veteran families that are designed to promote housing stability.
https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/

U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) leads the national effort to prevent and end homelessness in America. They currently drive action among 19 federal member agencies and foster partnerships at every level of government and with the private sector.
https://www.usich.gov/

Vets@Home Toolkit: Identifying and Engaging Homeless Veterans
This toolkit provides information on best practices to identify and engage veterans experiencing homelessness. It provides guidance and resources to assist mayors, local officials, communities, and Continuums of Care (CoCs) to put goals and processes in place to end veteran homelessness.
https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/4711/vets-at-home-toolkit-identifying-and-engaging-homeless-veterans/.

Veteran Rapid Retraining and Employment Assistance (VRRAP)
The Veterans Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP) program offers up to 12 months of training and employment assistance (in addition to a limited housing allowance) for veterans who are unemployed due to the pandemic to enter high-demand occupations.
https://www.va.gov/education/other-va-education-benefits/veteran-rapid-retraining-assistance/

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Serving Women Veterans

Military.com’s 2021 State Veterans Benefits
For information about Military.com’s listing of state veteran benefits, visit: https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html?ESRC=banner.nl.

National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators (NASWVC)
NASWVC’s mission is to advocate for women veterans through partnerships, training, and the exchange of information, identify barriers to the successful transition of women veterans and military service members to the civilian community, and recommend solutions through legislative, programmatic and outreach activities.
https://www.naswvc.org/

National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory is a searchable database of resources vetted for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers. By creating a keyword search on “women veterans,” career coaches will discover national and local resources for women veterans. https://nrd.gov/

Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance Center (SMVF-TA)
The DHHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) SMVF-TA Center provides technical assistance support to state and territory, military and civilian interagency teams working to strengthen behavioral health systems that assist service members, veterans, and their families. https://www.samhsa.gov/smvf-ta-center

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
SWAN advocates for and supports the needs of both service women and women veterans, regardless of rank, military branch, or years of experience. SWAN is committed to ensuring women veterans receive the opportunities, protections, and respect they deserve. For more information about SWAN, visit: https://www.servicewomensactionnetwork.org/.
To access SWAN’s Resources Portal containing information, tools, and support to help women veterans reach their personal and professional goals, visit: https://www.servicewomen.org/resource-portal/.

State Departments of Veterans Affairs Locator
For more information on state agency Departments of Veterans Affairs, use the following National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)-sponsored link to find a state Department of Veterans Affairs by state or territory:
http://nasdva.us/.

Texas Veterans Commission (TVC)—Women Veterans Program (WVP)
The TVC WVP’s mission is to ensure the women veterans of Texas have equitable access to federal and state veterans’ benefits and services through providing education and advocacy on their behalf.
https://www.tvc.texas.gov/women-veterans/

U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) Private Public Partnership (P3)
For more information about USAR P3 partner programs, visit:
https://heroescare.org/
https://www.teamrwb.org/
https://suitingwarriors.org/
https://www.acp-usa.org/


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH)
The DHHS OWH is working to increase awareness of the unique health needs of active duty and women veterans and provide resources to improve their health and wellness. OWH is also partnering with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the VA, and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to address education and training needs of health professionals who care for active duty and veteran women. https://www.womenshealth.gov/about-us/what-we-do/programs-and-activities/active-duty-and-veteran-womens-health


U.S. Department of Labor
For more information on programs offered by DOL for women veterans, visit: https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets/womenveterans.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
For more information on programs offered by VA for women veterans, visit:
https://www.va.gov/womenvet/
https://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-women.asp
https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/
https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/healthcare.asp
https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/WOMENSHEALTH/trauma.asp
https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/
https://www.va.gov/homeless/ssvf/
https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp


U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
The SBA provides online and state-based resources to help women entrepreneurs launch new businesses, grow their businesses, and compete in the global marketplace. For more information about women-owned businesses, visit:
https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow-your-business/women-owned-businesses.


VA Community and Referral Centers (CRRCs)
CRRCs provide veterans who are homeless and at risk of homelessness with one-stop access to community-based, multiagency services to promote permanent housing, health and mental health care, career development and access to VA and non-VA benefits. https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/Crrc.asp


Women Veterans Alliance
The Women Veterans Alliance is a national network focused on directly impacting the quality of life of women veterans. They accomplish this through transforming the way communities network to bring people and programs directly together through a reliable and resourceful platform.
https://www.womenveteransalliance.org/


Women Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE)
V-WISE is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management created to empower women veterans and military spouses/partners to find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture. V-WISE is sponsored by Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF), and funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the SBA and the generous philanthropic support of corporate and foundation partners nationwide. https://ivmf.syracuse.edu/programs/entrepreneurship/start-up/v-wise/?redirect


WomenVetsUSA
WomenVetsUSA is a veteran-initiated, all volunteer, and self-funded grass roots organization whose mission is to connect women with military service to resources promoting lifelong well-being and self-sufficiency.
https://www.womenvetsusa.org/

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