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Military to Civilian Transition: New Employment Initiatives for Veterans

Attention vets: have you heard about the Gold Card yet? 

The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

Image of Gold Card - Services for post 9/11 era veteransAn eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months of follow-up.

The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:


  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans in making training and career decisions;
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.


Veterans Job Search: How Do You Translate "Hero" to "Hardworking Civilian"?

As a veteran, you have spent time on the front lines, dodging bullets, disabling IED's, and planning strategy. Now, your service time is over and you are transitioning to the private sector. Like many, you enlisted young, and this may be the first time you are seeking a "real" job in the private sector. How do you take all your worldly experience and translate it into the skills employers are looking for?

In a 2010, SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) poll of its members, it was found that 60 percent of respondents said translating military skills was the biggest hurdle to veterans in writing resumes, interviewing, and other job-hunt communications.Surveys have shown that many returning veterans face a unique challenge in translating their specialized skills, along with their respect for discipline and chain of command, into a civilian vocabulary, and a civilian job.

YOU know you have a lot to offer an employer, but, you are struggling to translate those MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) assignments into market desirable skills and actionable phrases to include in your resume. Additionally, many Veterans feel a stigma or in some cases, discrimination, toward hiring veterans.

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4 Types of College Grants for Veterans

If you are a military service veteran, you can apply for college grants for veterans to get assistance to fund and complete your college degree. There are different sources from where you can get these grants. Before you apply for any grant you must decide on the following points:

  • The type of degree that you want to complete
  • The list of colleges where you can study

It is only after you have confirmed these two points should you move ahead with searching for the funding sources.

Types of grants

1. Grants from Private Organizations

  • Private organizations can offer college grants to veterans who seek to improve their employment skills by improving their education. You would have to display financial need and also that you have exhausted other sources of educational support from the government.
  • You would be required to have minimum qualification, usually a high school diploma or you must already have been enrolled in a college program.
  • You may be required to write an essay mentioning the ways in which the grant will help you enhance your career.

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Veterans Benefits: Fact Sheets

We hear often from clients that wading through the seemingly endless benefit information available to them can be a bit daunting. That's why we like to point them -- and now you, our blog readers! -- to a great page on the Department of Veteran Affairs site

On this page you can find face sheet PDFs on all types of veterans' benefits from education to medical to home loans. 

Here's a quick list of the fact sheets available for education and training benefits:


VRAP: Veterans Retraining Assistance Program

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) offers eligible Veterans one year of GI Bill Benefits to support training for employment opportunities.

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