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Friday, June 21, 2024

VA Creates Office to Coordinate Hiring Vets

Initiative Builds on Long-Standing Support for Disabled Veterans

WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B. Peake announced creation of a Veterans Employment Coordination Service to oversee the Department’s program to recruit new veterans into the VA workforce, especially recently disabled combat veterans.

“It is important VA continues to set the example to private and public employers,” Peake said. “This program builds upon the Department’s long tradition of service to veterans, particularly the disabled.”

The new office will work with military transition programs, veterans service organizations and other VA programs to promote careers in the VA workforce. The program will also work with VA managers and human resource offices to ensure supervisors are aware of programs for hiring veterans. Efforts to assist severely injured veterans have already begun with the Department’s participation in local career fairs targeting veterans of the Global War on Terror.

In November 2007, VA announced plans to hire 10 full-time regional veterans employment coordinators who provide hands-on assistance to veterans interested in careers at the Department. The new office will oversee the regional coordinators.

About 31 percent of VA’s 260,000 employees are veterans, and nearly 8 percent are service-connected disabled veterans. VA ranks first among non-Defense agencies in the hiring of disabled veterans and is second only to the Department of Defense in the overall number of veterans on the workforce. Last fiscal year, VA hired more than 9,000 veterans.

Source: Veterans Administration

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