As part of the Federal Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, this Resource Guide for Employers was developed and released in February 2015. It is targeted to businesses of all sizes, the publication addresses leading practices in four key areas: 1) hiring (including recruiting youth and veterans with disabilities; 2) retention and promotion; 3) providing reasonable accommodations; and 4) understanding responsibilities under the ADA, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and other related regulations. To access a PDF version of the guide, please click on Download Now.
The Census Bureau issued this American Community Survey Brief in November 2014 that provides analysis iof veterans who served on active duty from August 1990 or later. Gulf War-era veterans who served since 1990 are the most recent cohort of wartime veterans and make up about 35 percent of the current working-age veteran population. They are also a large and growing segment of the veteran population, making them a cohort of particular interest, but about which minimal economic research has been done. Much of the past research on post-military economic outcomes of wartime veterans focused on Vietnam-era and World War II veterans. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.census.gov/content/dam/Census/library/publications/2014/acs/acsbr13-22.pdf
On November 10, 2014,in honor of Veterans Day, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) released a new resource of leading employment practices and actionable tips for successfully recruiting, onboarding, supporting and retaining veterans within a company's workforce. The Employers' Guide for Welcoming and Supporting Wounded Warriors offers valuable tips on successful veterans' recruitment, as well as support and retention strategies, to avoid high turnover rates. This is especially significant for the nearly 50,000 federal contractor companies that are subject to new regulations on hiring protected veterans, including those with disabilities, under updates to the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act. To access the guide, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://nod.org/research_publications/wwc_vets/employers_guide/?utm_source=2014 Veterans Day&utm_campaign=2014 Veterans Day%3A Employer Guide RMT %26 HuffPo&utm_medium=email
The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration is hosting the following webinar on October 23, 2014, 2:00 to 3:00 PM EST: Introducing the Veterans Employment Center. The webinar will provide information on the features of the Veterans Employment Center (VEC) on the Veterans Affairs eBenefits Portal. VEC is the Federal government's streamlined single internet source for connecting transitioning service members, veterans and their families to meaningful career opportunities. The Departments of Veterans Affairs is collaborating with Labor, Defense, Education and other agencies to incorporate the best features of existing online employment tools and integrate it with other resources and services. The presenter is Christi Collins, Lead Management and Program Analyst at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration, Office of Economic Opportunity. To register for the webinar, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.workforce3one.org/view/5001426541662735364/info .
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has on-line employment support of for ExOffenders at www.CareerOneStop.org/ExOffender CareerOneStop’s Job Search Help for Ex-Offenders offers information, tips, and resources to help people with criminal convictions overcome barriers they might face in their job search. There is also a wealth of information for counselors and others who work with individuals with criminal records. Through this website, you can find: State Resources – for help with basic needs or getting ready for job search Explore Careers – to learn more about work options Get Training – to improve skills or go back to school Find a Job – to search for and apply for jobs To access the Career One-Stop ExOffender website, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.careeronestop.org/ExOffender/index.aspx
The Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible at http://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online at http://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107. To access the Consumer-Driven Directory and the organization, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://www.cdsdirectory.org
This Congressional Budget Office (CBO)report notes that approximately disabled veterans' services cost $54 billion in 2013 , or about 70 percent of VBA's total mandatory spending. The remainder of the department's mandatory spending that year was for programs that provide veterans with housing assistance, education, vocational training, and other assistance. In 2013, about 3.5 million of the nation's 22 million veterans received disability compensation benefits. (Those benefits are distinct from the health benefits provided through the Veterans Health Administration [VHA].) From 2000 to 2013, the number of veterans receiving VA disability payments rose by nearly 55 percent, and spending for those benefits almost tripled. How might changes in VA's disability compensation program affect the federal budget? In 2000, 9 percent of all veterans received disability benefits; by 2013, that proportion had risen to 16 percent. VA projects that obligations will total $60 billion in 2014 and $64 billion in 2015, a 19 percent increase from two years earlier. To view the full report, please click on View Page Now or go to http://www.cbo.gov/publication/45615?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzEmail&utm_content=812526&utm_campaign=Hourly_2014-08-07%2015%3a00
The Department of Defense (DoD), General Services Administration (GSA), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are issuing an interim rule amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) to implement final rules issued by the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs at the Department of Labor (DOL) relating to equal opportunity and affirmative action for veterans and individuals with disabilities. The effective date is July 25, 2014. Interested parties should submit written comments to the Regulatory Secretariat on or before September 23, 2014 to be considered in the formation of the final rule. To view the Federal Register Notice, please go to http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-07-25/pdf/2014-17498.pdf
The Department of Defense (DoD)Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools and training to ensure military Service Members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life, including whether pursuing education, finding a job, or starting their own business. The DoD TAP website includes access to: 1) Individual Transition Plan to provide a framework to achieve realistic career goals based on an assessment of your personal and family needs as well as your unique skills, knowledge, experience, interests and abilities. 2) Military Fields & Civilian Equivalents to give Services Members a quick reference tool to see similar civilian career fields to their military specialty. 3) MOC Crosswalk Gap Analysis to translate military skills, training and experience into identification of required civilian credentialing appropriate for civilian jobs. To access the DoD TAP website click on View Page Now or go to: https://www.dodtap.mil/index.html
The U.S. Department of Education's National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)-funded Northwest Regional Spinal Cord Injury System Center (NWRSCIS) has posted a new SCI Forum Video: Balancing Work and Benefits After Spinal Cord Injury. A benefits counselor with Plan to Work of Washington State explains the different work incentives programs and other benefits available to individuals with disabilities so viewers can better understand the process of getting back to work while maintaining medical coverage and coming out financially ahead. Viewers are asked to complete a 2-minute survey after watching the video. A full archive of SCI Forum Videos is available. To view this video, please click on View Page Now or go to: http://sci.washington.edu/info/forums/reports/work_benefits_2013.asp
The “CAP Quick Tip: WSM Requests,” is a video on YouTube produced by the Federally funded Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program (CAP) provides an overview on the process of requesting accommodations through CAP for wounded, ill, and injured active duty Service members. For more information, please visit our Wounded Service Member Initiative webpage at www.cap.mil/wsm.
The Workforce3One includes a Veterans’ Priority Community of Practice (CoP) with on-line training available to American Job Center (AJC) staff. Providing employment services to veterans is a priority for the public workforce system. The National Veterans' Training Institute (NVTI) has developed a tutorial for American Job Center (AJC) frontline staff on how to best serve your veteran job seekers with detailed insight into understanding the challenges of putting veterans to work. The tutorial, Preparing Veterans for Meaningful Careers, provides an overview of: - The Jobs for Veterans State Grants refocusing from a frontline American Job Center staff perspective - Clarifications on the roles and responsibilities of local staff - Technical assistance for serving veterans Further clarifications on priority of service for veterans in the workforce system To access the on-line tutorial for serving veterans, please click on View Page Now or go to: https://veterans.workforce3one.org/view/4011410057437236320/info
The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has made available a number of resources for Veterans to assist them in obtaining employment under the Registered Apprenticeship Program. If you have served in the military and now looking to start an exciting new career, Registered Apprenticeship is an option for service members and veterans transition into high-skill, good paying jobs. Information and resources are available on their DOL/ETA Office of Apprenticeship website at: http://www.doleta.gov/OA/veterans.cfm
United States Interagency Counsel on Homelessness (USICH) and federal partners are teaming up with communities all across the country to accelerate and align existing efforts toward ending Veteran and chronic homelessness and to do this in a way that lays the foundation for ending all homelessness. They consider effective Partnerships as critical to the work of ending homelessness. Whether through the Mayors Challenge to End Homelessness, to solidify partnerships and secure commitments to end Veteran homelessness from mayors across the country... Or the 25 Cities effort to build and strengthen the elements of a coordinated entry system in communities for identifying, assessing, and matching people experiencing homelessness to the most appropriate housing support interventions. For more information on the USICH activities and progress, please go to their recent news release at: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=4e6358ba-bb52-49e7-a159-ad64fdeca1ab&c=0e4efc10-321b-11e3-b334-90b11c3522c5&ch=0f29cbb0-321b-11e3-b431-90b11c3522c5
Check out CareerOneStop mobile web applications developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA). http://m.careeronestop.org/JobCenterSearch/Default.aspx - Find an American Job Center helps job seekers find an American Job Center allows users to quickly locate and contact their closest American Job Center. http://m.careeronestop.org/JobSearch/;jsessionid=q 8GD86j3-9gXYD7 dlaCT0 - Find a Job helps job seekers find a Job lets users search job listings in any local U.S. area. http://m.careeronestop.org/VeteransJobSearch/;jsessionid=q 8GD86j3-9gXYD7 dlaCT0 - Veterans Job Search matches military job experience to civilian careers, and then displays local job listings for those careers. http://m.careeronestop.org/SalaryFinder/;jsessionid=q 8GD86j3-9gXYD7 dlaCT0 - Salary Finder provides average hourly wages or annual salaries by occupation and location. http://m.careeronestop.org/TrainingFinder/;jsessionid=q 8GD86j3-9gXYD7 dlaCT0 - Training Finder allows users to locate education and training programs in their local area. http://m.careeronestop.org/unemploymentinsurance/Default.aspx - Unemployment Insurance allows users to locate education and training programs in their local area.
The National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse welcomes all programs in which consumers play a significant role in leadership and operation to apply for inclusion in its Directory of Consumer-Driven Services. The directory, accessible at http://www.cdsdirectory.org, is searchable by location, type of organization, and targeted clientele, and serves as a free resource for consumers, program administrators and researchers. Apply online at http://www.cdsdirectory.org/database/cds.php , via fax at 215-636-6312, or by phone at 800-553-4KEY (4539). To receive an application by mail, write to email@example.com or NMHCSH Clearinghouse, 1211 Chestnut Street, Suite 1100, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
The U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL)Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA) provides extensive tools and resources for employees to inquire, review, and oversee their employee benefits. One of these resources is a retirement toolkit "Taking the Mystery Out of Retirement Planning." EBSA provides this online and you can also request a hard copy. The toolkit also includes worksheets to analyze your particular economic circumstances and planning issues. Whether you are 10 years from retirement or have a different timeframe - or even if you are retired - the booklet will help individuals to unravel the financial mysteries of life after work and to discusser changes you can make for a financially secure future. The online PDF version of this retirement toolkit is available at: ttp://www.dol.gov/ebsa/publications/fitoolkit.html To obtain a hard copy, please call 866-444-3272
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released new mental health resources for Spanish-language speakers, and for professionals who work with the Latino community. Developed by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the “Toolkit for Community Conversations About Mental Health” (“Di?logos comunitarios acerca de la salud mental”) was developed to support communities across the country that are working together to address mental health issues. It includes a discussion guide, a planning guide, and other helpful resources. To learn more about this resource, please go to: http://store.samhsa.gov/product/Di-logos-comunitarios-acerca-de-la-salud-mental-Resumen-informativo/SMA13-4763SPAN?WT.mc_id=EB_20140505_SMA13-4763SPAN
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released an annual report for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program that lauds the effectiveness of the program and details its achievements. Calling SSVF "the first and only VA program that provides services to veterans and their families," the report notes that during the program's first two years it served nearly 100,000 veterans and their family members, and 85 percent of those exiting the program had permanent housing. VA claims in the report that the SSFV program, which is based on the Housing First model, has demonstrated that "high-impact, successful interventions can help low-income Veteran families avoid or exit homelessness and regain housing stability." To review the report: please go to: http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/ssvf/docs/SSVFUniversity/SSVF_Annual_Report_FY_2013.pdf
Institute for Veterans and Military Families Syracuse University http://vets.syr.edu/ As the first institute of its kind in the nation, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans’ community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families. One such program of note is the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) which helps open the door to owning a small business for veterans with service-related disabilities, their family or surviving spouse. To learn more about the programs offered by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families, please go to: http://vets.syr.edu/