Veterans Get Special Treatment at Career Centers!

Did you know that any company that has a Federal contract worth $100,000 or more have agreed to programs and hiring practices that not only encourage veterans to apply for jobs, they actually give vets an advantage in the hiring process?

The recently updated Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA) requires that businesses with Federal contracts provide hiring plans targeted at veterans, not discriminate against anyone with prior military service, and report to the government about their recent hires. The law also requires these companies to list their job openings at local One-Stop Career Centers (also called American Job Centers) and on the web site.

These centers are scattered across the country (you can find the centers available in your state here), and will provide career planning and management advice, certification and education information, and even one-on-one help. Best of all, veterans get priority access to all these benefits!

Other benefits of the VEVRAA include reasonable accommodation for veterans with disabilities, no reduction of salary or pay if the vet is drawing a pension, and employers must set reasonable hiring goals for those with prior military experience.

A lot of these Federal contractors with large numbers of recent vet hires will be familiar names: UPS, Home Depot, Lockheed Martin, Amazon, Boeing, JP Morgan and Chase, and many others. If you've been looking for work without success, or if you're getting out of the military in a year or two, make sure to check out all the free services provided at the web site and your local One-Stop Career Center.

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