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The DC Department of Employment Services (DOES) requires that Priority of Service be given to veterans and eligible spouses who meet the eligibility criteria in accordance with applicable laws, policies and federally mandated programs. The priority of service also requires that veterans and eligible spouses receive priority over non-covered persons earlier in time for the full array of services provided at an American Job Centers (AJC). These services include the receipt of employment, training, and placement services in any workforce preparation program directly funded, in whole or in part, by the US Department of Labor. Specialized federal services such as the Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) program are also available to eligible veterans. You may contact the Veterans Program Coordinator at 202-698-5819 for additional information.

Visit Any American Job Center for the Following Services:

  • Registration at an American Job Centers
  • One on One Case management services
  • 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 Service members, 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 Service members.

Additional Veteran Resources

The District of Columbia's Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSC) program is funded by a $491,963.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm