“I’ve spent the last six years serving my country. But with three kids and a fourth on the way, I need to earn more money. I want to put my skills to use in the civilian world, only I’m not really sure where to start.”
“I’ll be leaving the service soon. I know I’ll need some college to get a better job than I had before. What benefits will I have as a veteran that I can take advantage of?”
“What was it they were telling us in those exit talks about resume
preparation and government was get out and get home!
for job seekers? Hey, all I wanted to do I’ve been home now for a while and I’m
looking for work, for a position that can build on the skills I learned service. And I need all the help I can get in this job market.”
There’s plenty of help available both from the government and the private sector for veterans. The skills you’ve learned and the discipline you’ve developed while in the service make you very desirable to employers.
The Vietnam Veterans of America Guide to Veterans’ Employment is a resource to help you translate your military skills into meaningful civilian work, and to understand the resources available to help you find and secure work in either the private sector or government.
WHERE DO I BEGIN? Do you know what civilian job you want? If you’re not sure what interests you, or if you don’t know how to translate what you did in the military into the civilian workforce, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) offers aptitude testing and career counseling.
A joint venture of the Departments of Defense (DoD), Veterans Affairs (VA), Transportation (DOT) and the Veterans’ Employment Training Services (VETS) of the Department of Labor (DOL), TAP offers free workshops to military personnel within 180 days of their separation or retirement. These three-day workshops, held at military installations nationwide, provide an overview of the job market, teach job-search and interview skills, and help in career decision-making, resume preparation and cover letter writing. Disabled veterans can participate in the Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP) that enhances the three-day workshop with additional hours of individual instruction and assessment to determine your specific needs and job-readiness.
The VA also offers you and your qualified dependents free assistance in choosing a career path and setting the course needed to get there. Its Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides interest and aptitude testing, career exploration, goal setting, and assistance in finding educational, training and testing programs related to career goals. To enroll, you’ll need to submit VA Form 28-1900, “Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Application,” or apply online with VONAPP. See the