VA tools help Vets, Servicemembers transition

We’re working hard to provide Veterans with the tools to help them reach their full potential.  It’s easier than ever before for Veterans and returning Servicemembers to get help finding a job and transition to civilian life.  I know firsthand that when Veterans connect to competitive employment opportunities they succeed and achieve.

VA recently enhanced the GI Bill® website, by adding new tools to help beneficiaries learn more about job choices and skill-building opportunities. Three new apps — the GI Bill Comparison tool, the online Factors to Consider When Choosing a School guide and the CareerScope tool — are designed to work together so beneficiaries can make the most of their education benefits.  We’re also looking at tools better suited for 21st century families. Spouses are integral when it comes to financial prosperity of the family. The flexibility of the GI Bill reflects modern day realities of dual working families. We’re seeing more and more Veterans career-plan with their spouse on the best ways to jointly use the GI Bill.

logo_gibillJobseekers who want additional assistance can check out VA’s Education and Career Counseling program for personalized support to define their career path and help them most effectively use their VA benefits. Critical questions regarding personal budget, local labor market conditions and skill gaps of the individual seeking to enter civilian employment need to be asked well before transition. Veterans and their spouses are in the driver’s seat of their future, but they are not alone.  VA and and the Department of Labor offer resources like the Veterans Employment Center and the American Job Centers, just a few of the tools available to transitioning Servicemembers, Veterans and family members.

gi-bill-badgeVA is also redoubling its efforts on behalf of Veterans with service-connected disabilities through its Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program. This program helps service-disabled Veterans obtain job training, find jobs or start their own businesses, and it provides independent living services to help them overcome barriers to work situations.

These are just a few of the ways VA is helping Veterans and returning Servicemembers get to work. For more information, visit our Veteran Employment Center available on the  eBenefits portal.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This article originally appeared in the USO On*Patrol Magazine.

rosyebwfrRosye Cloud is the Senior Advisor for Veteran Employment for the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Office of Economic Opportunity.

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3 Comments to “VA tools help Vets, Servicemembers transition”

  1. Belinda Florence says:

    Hello Royse,
    I am trying to help a vet get housing in Clayton NJ, he is without a phone or internet with two small children,one with Autisum. And one of the programs. He is apply for his asking him to call in when he does not have the means. How can you assist me?

    • Rosye Cloud says:

      Belinda, thank you for reaching out on behalf of this Veteran. You’re not in this alone…. VA is committed to ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. No one who has served our country should ever go without a safe, stable place to call home. The entire department has put its energy and resources into ending Veteran homelessness. VA’s programs provide individualized, comprehensive care to Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

      But the first thing we need to do is to connect the Veteran to available resources. I would suggest a call to 877-4AID-VET (424-3838) on behalf of the Veteran so that you can be connected 24/7 with VA’s services to overcome or prevent homelessness for this Veteran.

  2. U can talk put things on paper and when u get paper work. Here we go the paper stuffly and time va to get to it . will and were u. Live is another thing .