A report from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), released on Thursday, highlighted the fact that the number of Veterans employed by the federal government increased in 2010. The report shows a definite step in the right direction–with a 1.6 percent uptick in Veteran hiring, as the Army Times notes:
OPM Director John Berry said in a statement that Obama’s veterans hiring initiative is “helping tens of thousands” of veterans. “These are some of the best, brightest and hardest working Americans in the federal government,” he said.
1.6 percent represents about 2,000 new Veteran hires within the Federal government in 2010, and while any increase is positive, we know there’s a lot more that can be done. VA has several programs designed to help Veterans prepare for, find, and keep jobs, including Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) and VetSuccess.
These programs offer Veterans:
- Comprehensive rehabilitation evaluation to determine abilities, skills, and interests for employment
- Vocational counseling and rehabilitation planning for employment services
- Employment services such as job-training, job-seeking skills, resume development, and other work readiness assistance
- 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
- Post-secondary training at a college, vocational, technical or business school
- 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</blockquote>