July 25: National Hire a Veteran Day


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Veterans transitioning to civilian life have a lot of decisions to make, not the least of which is what career path to select.

National Hire a Veteran Day on July 25 encourages employers to consider Veterans in their employment strategies. Like many employers, the Veterans Benefits Administration understands that the unique experiences of Veterans add leadership, dedication, endurance, integrity and many other invaluable traits to the workforce.

VBA embraces Veterans not only by providing benefits and services to them, but also by hiring them. “Veterans Serving Veterans” demonstrates the philosophy of VBA, where currently over half the workforce are Veterans.

“We want to encourage Veterans to apply for the many job openings VBA has throughout the country every year,” said Under Secretary for Benefits Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. “You don’t have to be a doctor or a nurse to work for VA.”

VBA has a wide variety of positions available in customer service, claims processing, counseling, and other areas. These positions are geared toward providing benefits and services to Veterans and their family members.

VA also works closely with the Department of Labor on the programs that match Veterans with public and private employment opportunities. Why not consider a rewarding career opportunity that helps fellow Veterans?

Veterans interested in positions with VBA can find current openings on https://www.vacareers.va.gov and www.usajobs.gov. Department of Labor employment and training opportunities for Veterans can be found at www.dol.gov/vets/.

Author

Donna Stratford

Donna is a public affairs specialist in Veterans Benefits Administration Corporate Communications. She spent most of her career in government public affairs and communications. She recently completed Rating Veterans Service Representative training. Donna is an Air Force Veteran and retired from the Air Force Reserve.

Comments

  1. Donald Welty    

    I want a job with the V.A.

  2. George Ford    

    Don’t give up. Keep fighting as long as you have breath. True a lot of people have abused the system. All of them that have canes and get to their brand new cars and throw it in the trunk. People like that have made it hard for us that need help to get the help we need. I have chronic headaches and constant pain in my feet,back and knees. My VA appointments are a joke. Now I’m fighting the same country I chose to defend for some type of compensation and nobody seems to want to help without a payday. Where do I go who do I see cause it’s got to be some kind of secret. SSDD.

  3. Edna Louise Mathews    

    I agree with the comments that my fellow veterans wrote above, this all is a bunch of lies. The VocRehab offices near me started helpful then flipped on me with different representation that was very, very rude and never available unless I went in office physical and some days I wasn’t up to that. All jobs said I need more education to be qualified but I’m older now and things I learn don’t stick with me maybe because of the PTSD. However the locals don’t seem to care for older veterans that want to work

  4. Tracy E. Coles, Sr.    

    out of all the things that I went through in my life now you want to do something to help the veterans what am I supposed to do now I’m almost 57 years old life’s almost over for me it’s sad but it’s true and I’m so angry what am I supposed to do now how can things be made right have served this country I’ve seen people be more successful find better jobs get their education send the kids to college going nice vacations have good benefits with jobs and have pretty much a great life and all I can remember is many struggles and sufferings and hardships that I went through fighting PTSD that I didn’t even know I had for over 30 years I need up in a lot of trouble and I’m still trying to get my life together the best way that I know how I’m tired of fighting I’m tired of losing so what am I supposed to do now

  5. Selfless Soldier    

    Not buying it. 9 years Army intel officer with excellent quals, customized resume, and bespoke cover letter could not even earn a phone interview with VBA for a local field examiner position at GS 9 rating. Same result with applications to VA for transportation supervisor and admin assistant. Outside of security services (DHS/ICE/DEA/FBI), federal hiring for civilian agencies has demonstrated little meaningful commitment to hiring veterans without same academic standing that a non-military civilian would need. Obsession with “best” candidates eliminates good candidates that offer far greater long term value.

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