Veterans` Programs

Report
Employment Initiatives
for Veterans
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The VA VR and State VR
Relationship
Memorandum of Understanding between
Veterans’ Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation
and state VR
 Coordination of vocational goals and
services
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DVOPs and LVERs
 Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists
(DVOP) provide intensive services to meet the
employment needs of disabled veterans.
 Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives
(LVER) conduct outreach to employers and
engage in advocacy efforts with hiring executives
to increase employment opportunities for
veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled vets,
and generally assist them to gain and retain
employment.
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Work Opportunity Tax Credit
A business must file Form 8850 with
the state workforce agency within
28 days after the eligible worker
begins work.
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3% Withholding Repeal and
Job Creation Act (H.R. 674)
 This Act benefits disabled veterans who have
received at least six months of unemployment
benefits in the year prior to their hire. The credit
is equal to 40% of the first $24,000 in wages, for a
total of $9,600.
 A “disconnected youth” is a person, age 16 to
24 on the hiring date, who has not been
regularly employed or attending school and
who meets other requirements.
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Compliance Assistance
The Uniformed Services Employment and
Re-employment Rights Act (USERRA)
Protects the employment rights and ensures the reemployment of veterans, reservists and National
Guard members after a period of active service
and prohibits employment discrimination because
of past, current, or future military obligations. It
covers all employers, regardless of size, in the
public and private sectors.
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Compliance Assistance, cont.
Veterans' Preference
Veterans who are disabled, who served on active
duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified
time periods, or in military campaigns are entitled to
preference over others in hiring for virtually all
Federal government jobs.
*click on the Veteran’s Preference link above for more information
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Compliance Assistance, cont.
Federal Contractors
All Federal contractors and subcontractors with
contracts exceeding specific thresholds must take
affirmative action to hire and promote qualified
targeted veterans. In addition, they are required to
file a VETS-100 annually, which shows the number
of targeted veterans in their workforce by job
category, hiring location, and number of new hires.
*click on the Federal Contractors link above for more information
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Vocational Rehabilitation &
Employment
VetSuccess
Assists veterans with service-connected disabilities
to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For
veterans with service-connected disabilities so
severe that they cannot immediately consider
work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their
ability to live as independently as possible.
*click on the VetSuccess link above for more information
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VA VR Services
 Comprehensive rehabilitation to determine
abilities, skills and interests for employment
 Vocational counseling and rehabilitation
planning for employment services
 Employment services, such as job-training, jobseeking skills, resume development, and other
work-readiness assistance
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VA VR Services, cont.
 Assistance finding and keeping a job,
including the use of special employer
incentives and job accommodations
 On-the-Job Training (OJT), apprenticeships,
and non-paid work experiences
 Postsecondary training at a college,
vocational, technical, or business school
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VA VR Services, cont.
 Supportive rehabilitation services,
including case management, counseling,
and medical referrals
 Independent living services for veterans
unable to work due to the severity of their
disabilities
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VA VR Eligibility
Veterans are eligible if they:
 Have received, or will receive, a discharge
that is other than dishonorable
 Have a service-connected disability rating
of at least 10%, or a memorandum rating of
20% or more from the Department of
Veteran Affairs (VA)
 Apply for Vocational Rehabilitation and
Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess services
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VA VR Eligibility, cont.
The Basic Period of Eligibility in which VR&E
VetSuccess services may be used is 12 years
from the latter of the following:
 Date of separation from active military
services,
or
 Date the veteran was first notified by VA
of a service-connected disability rating.
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Federal Hiring for Veterans
 Veterans’ Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
 Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of
1998, as amended (VEOA)
 30% or More Disabled Veteran
 Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training
Program
 Schedule A Appointing Authority
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Veterans’ Recruitment
Appointment
VRA is an excepted authority that allows
agencies to appoint eligible veterans without
competition. Veterans are VRA eligible if they:
 Are in receipt of a campaign badge for
service during a war or in a campaign or
expedition; OR
 Are a disabled veteran; OR
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Veterans’ Recruitment
Appointment, cont.
 Are in receipt of an Armed Forces Service
Medal for participation in a military
operation; OR
 Are a recently separated veteran (within the
last 3 years); AND
 Separated under honorable conditions (this
means an honorable or general discharge)
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Veterans’ Recruitment
Appointment, cont.
 Can be appointed under this authority at
any grade level up to and including a GS-11
or equivalent.
 There is no limit to the number of times a
veteran can apply under VRA.
 Veteran must provide acceptable
documentation of preference or
appointment eligibility.
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Veterans’ Recruitment
Appointment, cont.
Acceptable documentation of preference or
appointment eligibility:
 The member 4 copy of the DD214,
“Certificate of Release or Discharge from
Active Duty”
 If claiming 10-point preference, submit a
Standard Form (SF-15 [152 KB]), "Application
for 10-point Veterans' Preference”
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Veterans’ Employment Opportunity
Act of 1998, as Amended
To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, latest
discharge must be issued under honorable
conditions (an honorable or general discharge),
AND must be either:
 Preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C.
2108(3)), OR
 A veteran who substantially completed 3 or
more years of active service
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30% or More Disabled Veteran
Allows any veteran with a 30% or more serviceconnected disability to be non-competitively
appointed if:
 Retired from active military service with a serviceconnected disability rating of 30% or more; OR
 Has a rating by the Department of Veterans
Affairs showing a compensable serviceconnected disability of 30% or more.
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VOW to Hire Heroes Act
Beyond increasing to $9,600 the tax credit
for hiring disabled veterans, the bill also
would create new tax credits of up to $5,600
for employers hiring veterans who have job
hunted at least half a year and $2,400 for
those out of work for 4 weeks or more.
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VOW to Hire Heroes Act, cont.
In addition, it would expand education
and job training benefits for veterans,
improve employment counseling they
receive while still in the military, and
provide an extra year of job services for
disabled veterans.
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Operation PAVE
Operation PAVE: Paving Access for
Veterans’ Employment
 Paralyzed Veterans' vocational
rehabilitation program (2007)
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Additional Information
 Individuals may be determined to be disabled
anywhere along a continuum ranging from 10%
to 100% disabled.
 A veteran who is assessed at the 30% rating
level would be expected to have a 30%
reduction in earnings capacity due to disability.
 Disability Pension program is means-tested, and
earned income from employment would
definitely impact a veteran’s eligibility for this
program as well as the amount of payment due
each month.
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References
 Feds Hire Vets http://www.fedshirevets.gov
 U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs—Vocational
Rehabilitation & Employment Service
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/
 Office of Personnel Management—Federal Employment
of People with Disabilities
http://www.opm.gov/disability/appointment_disabilities.
asp
 U.S. Department of Labor—Vets Staff Directory
http://www.dol.gov/vets/aboutvets/contacts/main.htm
 Benefits for Veterans with Disabilities http://www.vcuntc.org/resources/viewContent.cfm/948
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