There are a number of resources, led by the federal government and non-profit organizations, to assist veterans with job training and finding employment. Many resources to assist veterans with job placement may be found on the Internet.

The federal government has put several mandates in place to give veterans who qualify priority in obtaining Federal civil service jobs.

By law, under the Veterans’ Employment Preference Points provision, veterans of the Armed Forces served on active duty during specific periods or in military campaigns or who are disabled are entitled to be hired preferentially over nonveterans. These veterans are also entitled to preference over nonveterans in job retention during job layoffs Special consideration is given to qualified veterans interested in a Federal civil service job.

General Requirements for Veteran’s Employment Preference Points

  • General or honorable discharge
  • Military retirees who held the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher rank are not eligible for preference unless they are disabled.

When applying for Federal civil service jobs, qualified veterans should claim preference on their resume or job application.

Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

Under Veterans Recruitment Appointment, veterans may be appointed to white collar civil service jobs without having to compete with other applicants. The VGA is open to you if you are a disabled veteran who served on active duty during a major campaign or war and you left the service under honorable discharge within the last three years.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) program provides job training and employment search assistance to veterans.

The National Resource Directory (NRD), an organization that provides information assistance to veterans and is a partnership among the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs, is a resource for job training opportunities for veterans. The NRD has created Veterans Job Bank, a website ( with searchable listings of employment opportunities for veterans.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs prioritizes hiring and retaining veterans as part of the department’s work force. Job openings are listed online on the Veterans Affairs website at

A number of non-profit organizations provide employment search assistance to veterans as well. Hire Heroes USA ( is an organization primarily run by military veterans and business veterans. Together, its members help unemployed veterans find employment. USA Cares’ ( Jobs for Vets program creates partnerships with both public and private sector employers that facilitate employment opportunities for veterans.

The Internet is a great resource for finding programs that provide job training and job search assistance to veterans. You may want to check with your local Veterans Affairs (VA) center for further information on job assistance available to you if you are a veteran.