In my previous article we took a look at State Veteran Education benefits, but now let’s take a look at State Veteran Employment benefits that once again, you or your dependents could benefit from.
Much like state education benefits, you can learn what your state has to offer simply by contacting your local State Labor Office asking to speak to a Veterans’ Employment Representative. If you will be separating from the military without having a civilian job lined up, then be sure to inquire about Unemployment Insurance. We would love to separate from the military with a job lined up, but in today’s economy, odds aren’t so great. From my own experience, thankfully I did collect UI benefits, because for me, it took months before landing a civilian job.
Check out http://www.dol.gov/whd/contacts/state_of.htm to contact or visit the website of your State Labor Office, and be sure to ask to speak to a Veterans’ Rep.
What employment benefits does a State Labor Office offer for veterans?
– Veteran Priority of Services
Get priority for employment opportunities and training
– Workshops / Training
Need help writing your resume, or learning about using social media for job hunting
– Peer to Peer counseling
Your Veterans Rep. will be a veteran themselves.
– Job boards
Employment sites specifically for veterans
– Job Fairs
Learn about upcoming local Job Fairs for veterans
– Referral services
Get referred to an open position, or for other services covered by Federal, State or local agencies
Here are a few specific examples of what your state may offer:
CDL Certification for Military Waiver of Skills Test
If you are a veteran residing in NY holding a military CDL and interested in working in the trucking industry in the civilian sector then be sure to fill out this form within 90 days of being separation. http://www.dmv.ny.gov/forms/cdl102.pdf
Paychecks for Patriots
These job readiness events by Georgia Dept. of Labor and other States could be what you’re looking for to get your civilian employment off to a good start. Check out: http://www.dol.state.ga.us/spotlight/sp_paychecks_for_patriots.htm to learn when the next event will be hosted.
UI Benefits for trailing military spouses
If you quit your job because of relocating due to PCS or transitioning to follow a military spouse, then be sure to check out http://labor.mo.gov/militaryUI/, to learn more how you can apply for UI benefits.
Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Veterans with disabilities have the opportunity to receive services that could supplement U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs allowances for Vocational Rehabilitation. For further information check out the Michigan Veterans Benefits and Services booklet at: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/dmva/VBS-Booklet_Instructions_190078_7.pdf
This is just a few States that offer unique veterans’ employment benefits, but understand every state offers Veteran Employment Benefits. Understand the importance of knowing what all benefits are out there. Working for the military branch puts us at the forefront for learning what Federal services are out there, but without taking the time to do your own research you may never know about what your State and even County can offer you to help boost your chances of finding employment the moment you separate from the military.