To meet the needs of veterans, the Joplin Job Center utilizes Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) and Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) staff who are familiar with the full range of job development training programs and other services available for veterans at the center.
Veterans specialists conduct outreach to employers and hiring executives to increase employment opportunities for veterans, encourage the hiring of disabled veterans, and generally assist veterans to gain and retain employment. They also provide additional services to meet the employment needs of disabled veterans and other eligible veterans, with the maximum emphasis directed toward those who are economically or educationally disadvantaged, including homeless veterans and veterans with barriers to employment.
To quickly connect with businesses that target the unique experience vets have to offer, Missouri launched the Show-Me Heroes program. Nearly 1,200 employers in Missouri publicly pledged their support to hire vets. The Show-Me Heroes website has additional information on this initiative statewide.
Helpful links for vets:
- My Next Move for Vets: Veterans will find a simple and quick search engine where they enter their prior military experience (branch of service and military occupation code or title) and link to the information they need to explore information on civilian careers and related training, including information they can use to write resumes that highlight related civilian skills.
- Military OneSource: Education, relocation, parenting, stress – you name it – Military OneSource is here to help you with just about any need. Available by phone or online, our free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families. The service is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions.
- United States Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment & Training Service: VETS’ mission is to provide veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified veterans today.
- USAJOBS: The official job site of the US Federal Government. It’s your one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information.
- United States Department of Veterans Affairs Education Benefits: The VA provides Education and Training among their wide range of benefits, including Disability, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, Home Loan Guaranty, Dependant and Survivor Benefits, Medical Treatment, Life Insurance and Burial Benefits.
- United States Office of Personnel Management: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Government-wide Veterans Employment Website is a critical component of the Federal Government’s strategy for the recruitment and employment of Veterans.
- Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve: ESGR is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization. It was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve component members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.
- USO of Missouri, Inc.: This private, non-profit organization has a mission to support the troops by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to our military personnel and their families.
- DoD Voluntary Education: The Department of Defense’s off-duty, voluntary education programs constitute one of the largest continuing education programs in the world. Each year, about 300,000 Service Members enroll in postsecondary courses leading to associate, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees.
- Troops to Teachers: This U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.
- Corporate Gray Online: Links employers with transitioning and former military personnel through the Corporate Gray Series of military-to-civilian career transition books, Corporate Gray Job Fairs, and Corporate Gray Online.
- Military Spouse Corporate Career Network: MSCCN is a nonprofit military spouse employment program created and operated by military spouses and other military-affiliated independent contractors. MSCCN offers a wide range of corporate job openings, training workshops, job search guidance, volunteer opportunities, and a variety of work-from-home positions to all military-affiliated job seekers.
- GI Bill: education benefits including online application and descriptions of available education benefits for active military, veterans, qualified spouses and dependents. Additionally, there are many links to various Veteran Affairs benefits.
- Vets Career Fair: Virtual Career Fair geared toward veterans and spouses (see below description) that is an excellent tool for transitioning veterans to use in job searching and its free.
- National Resource Directory: NRD provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.