What Government Programs are Available for Disabled and Unemployed Veterans?

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There are multiple programs run by the federal government to help unemployed disabled veterans transition back into civilian life. Job hunting for veterans who've recently returned from active duty can be challenging and many programs exist to help.

If you are a disabled US military veteran looking for assistance finding a job, you might be faced with a bewildering maze of websites, services, tools, agencies and other organizations spread across the nation. There are many institutions ready to help, but where's the best place to start? The mass of information can be overwhelming, so we've made things simple by summarizing a few important resources.

It’s strongly recommended that veterans become familiarized with the following two Veterans Administration agencies and the services they provide:

● Veterans Health Administration (VHA) operates the VA healthcare system, including the VA hospitals, Vet Centers, and all other healthcare services available to veterans. Law requires the VHA provide eligible veterans hospital care that is defined as “needed” – meaning care that will promote, preserve and restore your health. This not only includes treatment and procedures but supplies and services as well.

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) manages all the federal benefit programs, such as Disability Compensation. They also offer life insurance, vocational rehabilitation services, educational assistance, and home loan programs. The VBA administers the Employment Program, which assists veterans who have service-connected disabilities with obtaining and maintaining suitable employment.

A few excellent resources for homeless, disabled veterans are:

● Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program (HVRP) is meant to provide services to help in finding homeless veterans meaningful employment within the labor force and to stimulate the development of effective service delivery systems that will address the complex problems that homeless veterans are faced with. Job placement, development, and training as well as career counseling and resume preparation are a few of the services they provide.

● The Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG) program provides federal funding to hire motivated staff to provide customized career and training services to veterans with significant barriers to employment.

Sources

Veteran Jobs Gateway - Disabled Veteran Jobs

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

United States Department of Labor - Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)