Vocational Rehabilitation is a program to assist Veterans to provide training and job assistance by providing counseling, testing, and monitoring provided by the Regional Office.
Vocational Rehabilitation typically pays for employment services, school costs and provides a monthly subsistence allowance.
Basic eligibility requirements include:
- Veteran is rated at 20% or greater with an employment handicap OR
- Veteran is rated at 10% or greater with a serious employment handicap
- VA Form 28-1900 required to apply
Tips for Moving to a Civilian Career
There is no one path from the military to a civilian career but here are some tips to assist you along the way.
- Tap into your support network of friends, family and others who may know of positions and possibilities for you.
- A support network can assist you with emotional and physical support during this time.
- Expand beyond your MOS. Many people feel pigeonholed into a career however, think outside the box into the bigger picture of a new career. Try onetonline.org which is a profile tool to help you find careers matching your strengths and interests.
- Use http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator/ to assist you in translating your military career into civilian job skills.
- Check out G.I.Jobs Magazine for a list of the best employers of military veterans.
- Put together a resume highlighting your skills and abilities leveraging your unique military skills.
- Network with others and get your resume out there. Check out: Military.com’s veteran employment center, hero2hired.com, recruit military.com and the Labor Department’s VETS program at dol.gov/vets.
- Prepare for your interview. Get to know the company, the goals, clients, etc. Be prepared to answer and ask relevant questions.
- Send a thank you to the person who interviewed you.
VA Job Club
3rd Thursday of the month
9:00 am – 11:00 am
VA Medical Center
Building C, Room 111
VA for Vets was created to provide our Nation’s Veterans with the tools necessary to translate their military skills to civilian skills, take career assessments, build their resumes, consult with coaches and conduct job searches. They are also able to tap into a wealth of information on reintegrating into the civilian workforce. All of these tools and support services are provided at no cost to our heroes.
VA Vocational Assistance
This program is for veterans who require assistance to better facilitate their own job search.
- Job Club: Meets the 3rd Thursday monthly (except December) between 9-11 in Building C. Veterans meet with employers who are currently hiring, network with others, learn about veterans employment services available through local workforce centers; and meet with local veteran employment specialists
- Computer Lab: meets Wednesdays (1-3) and Thursday (2-4) at the Vet Center providing basic computer and internet skills, resume writing, and provides internet access for online job searches.
- One-on-One Assistance: Provides short-term assistance with resumes and applications, interviewing skills, job search strategies and job referrals. Available by appointment only.
For more information contact the program manager: Dr. Jeff Scott 720-680-6464.
Check under the news and events page for additional job fairs and employment information.