The Department of Employment Services (DOES) offers veterans a wide variety of job search and training services. Special veterans' representatives are employed at most American Job Centers, where case managers ensure complete services for veterans, especially those who are disabled. Specialized federal services such as the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) program are also available to eligible veterans by contacting the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist at (202) 530-9371.
Veterans benefits include the following:
- Registration at an American Job Center
- Assessment of individual interest, skills and abilities, as well as counseling, to assist with an effective job search
- Follow-up services
- Assistance in securing medical services or counseling
- Priority status accorded to all veterans for all employment services
Resources for Veterans
Veterans Employment Center (VEC) - The Veterans Employment Center is the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' single interagency site for Veteran employment. The site assists Veteran job seekers with tools to help translate military occupational codes into civilian skill equivalents for a powerful resume and learn about related civilian career paths; helps generate a resume or build a profile that instantly connects to thousands of employers looking to hire Veterans, transitioning Servicemembers, and family members; and allows users to search the Veterans Job Bank with over 1.5 million jobs in addition to all federal jobs – including status positions reserved especially for Veterans. In addition, the VEC contains or links to a broad set of other informational resources designed to help Veterans find meaningful career opportunities and take advantage of special government and partner programs, such as the new DoD SkillBridge pilot program to promote civilian job training for transitioning Servicemembers.
For a tutorial video on how to use the Veterans Employment Center, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWfhI-eSoWk
Veterans in Piping (VIP) - The Veterans in Piping program is open to military personnel preparing to leave the service and currently stationed at a participating base. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, have a high school diploma or equivalent, and be physically capable of performing work. For more information, visit http://www.uavip.org/
Resources for Veterans to Raise Awareness for Suicide Prevention Month
Free, Confidential Resources
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that Veterans and their families and friends can access any day, anytime. Trained professionals — some of them Veterans themselves — are ready to listen, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Since launching in 2007, the Veterans Crisis Line has answered more than 1.25 million calls and made more than 39,000 lifesaving rescues.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) counts on grass-roots networks and community organizations to spread the word that support is just a call, click, or text away — because one small act can make the difference.
Identifying Signs of Crisis
VA urges groups and individuals nationwide to stay alert for signs of suicide risk. The first step in preventing suicide is understanding the warning signs; people may show signs of risk before considering harming themselves. Warning signs include:
- Hopelessness, feeling like there’s no way out
- Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, or mood swings
- Feeling like there’s no reason to live
- Rage or anger
- Engaging in risky activities without thinking
- Increasing alcohol or drug abuse
- Withdrawing from family and friends
The presence of the following signs requires immediate attention:
- Thinking about hurting or killing yourself
- Looking for ways to kill yourself
- Talking about death, dying or suicide
- Self-destructive behavior such as drug abuse, weapons, etc.
If you notice these warning signs, tell a Veteran about the Veterans Crisis Line, or make the call yourself. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat, or text to 838255 for free, confidential support, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Spread the Word
This Suicide Prevention Month, show how the power of one single act can save a life.
Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net/ThePowerof1 to download free Suicide Prevention Month materials, including flyers to print and distribute, digital ads to display on your website, and content to post on social networks or publish in newsletters. Learn how you and your community can work together to prevent suicide.
No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. We are all part of the solution, and it starts with one small act.
Visit VeteransCrisisLine.net to learn more.
For more information about Veterans employment, contact the following agency:
DC Department of Employment Services
Veterans Assistance Center (Veterans Only)
1722 I Street Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20421
Phone: (202) 530-9379