Veteran's Priority - Serving those who served us

Welcome to the Veterans’ Priority page

This site is the main source of information for the Veterans programs, policies and initiatives which primarily effect the Wagner-Peyser and Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and training programs.


  1. MyVA Communities Online

    MyVA Communities now available online

    Recently, VA announced a locally led, community-driven model called MyVA Communities.  Secretary McDonald recognized the need for a local community-based network that brings together local stakeholders, Servicemembers, Veterans, families and service providers to improve outcomes for the Veteran community.  San Diego was the inspiration with a long-standing One VA Community Advocacy Board that has proven to be successful for over 20 years.  When the model was first developed, Connecticut VA Leaders stepped up to the plate to spark an interest in their local community and inspired local community leaders to take on the challenge.


    The first Public Forum for the Connecticut Community Veterans Engagement Board was held on August 27, 2015 in New Britain, CT. This forum was open to the public and VA hopes that these forums provide an opportunity for everyone’s voice to be heard and contribute to their local community.


    Now over 60 sites are moving forward to connect with local community leaders to start their own community veterans’ engagement boards or leverage existing groups with a similar mission. Many Veteran advocacy groups currently exist and the goal is to integrate within those groups and where any gaps exist, encourage those groups to adopt the MyVA Community model.


    These community veterans engagement boards are Co-chaired and driven by local community leaders and include representatives from all three VA Administrations on the board membership (VBA, VHA, and NCA).  Public forums are an integral part of the model to encourage open communication, transparency, all-inclusivity, education, and networking. 


    We hope and expect that VBA will be actively engaged in these community efforts and continue to leverage the strengths of our Veterans Economic Communities Initiative (VECI) as part of the MyVA Community Model.


    As an individual living and working in the community, you may receive questions about MyVA Communities. You can visit the MyVA Communities webpage to view the MyVA Community Playbook and Toolkit,, and send any questions via email to



    Curtis L. Coy

    Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity

    Veterans Benefits Administration

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

  2. TEN 6-15 Posted

    Read Training and Employment Notice available.

    The announcement of the release and availability of an interim report, “Veterans’ Licensing and Certification Demonstration;” Also provides an overview of a framework to help states accelerate licensing and certification into civilian occupations by veterans and transitioning military service members.

    Click the link below to read the full text of the notice.
  3. Connecting Vets to Career Opportunities


    Connecting Veterans to Meaningful Career Opportunities

    The link below provides a link to the document informing the public workforce system and partners of the functionality and value of the government-wide Veterans Employment Center (VEC) available now through the eBenefits portal hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at:
  4. Veterans' Licensing & Certification Webinars

    The links below were developed as part of the Veterans' Licensing and Certification Demonstration Project. Click on any of them to view a webinar on any of the subjects listed.

    Webinar on Data Collection & Evaluation

    Click this link to view a webinar that provides an overview of the policy academy goals and data approaches states use to track progress and measure costs.

    Webinar on Gap Assessments for EMS Professionals
    This webinar reviews general equivalencies and gaps between military and civilian EMS training, presents a framework for conducting state-specific gap assessments, and outlines potential promising practices and bridge programs for streamlining the process.

    Webinar on Gap Analysis & Bridge Programs for Nursing
    This webinar reviews general equivalencies and gaps between military and civilian LPN and RN training, presents a framework for conducting state-specific gap assessments, and outlines potential promising practices and bridge programs for streamlining the process.

    Webinar on Veterans' Licensing and Certification
    In collaboration with the National Council on State Legislatures (NCSL), the National Association of Counties (NACo), the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and the National League of Cities (NLC), NGA hosted a webinar to highlight some of the initial lessons learned from the NGA Veterans’ Licensing and Certification Policy Academy.  The webinar featured the state team leads from Wisconsin and Illinois to provide a deeper dive on their strategies to streamline the licensure and certification pathways in their selected occupations.

    Webinar on Exploring Academic Credit for Military Training and Experience

    Many veterans have gained college level learning during their military experience. To facilitate awarding this credit, at least 26 states have passed legislation directing their higher education executive officers to develop statewide policies to provide academic credit, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. This webinar discusses state policy to support the awarding of credit for that learning, how a state higher education system has created crosswalks for credit and how one institution has created comprehensive alignment between military competencies and academic programs.

  5. Housing for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Vets

    Colleagues and Fellow Veterans:

    Are you a Veteran with a severe service-connected disability that affects your mobility?  Do you know someone who is?  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) administers the Specially Adapted Housing program, designed to help severely disabled Veterans and Servicemembers purchase or construct an adapted home, or modify an existing home to accommodate a disability.  Two grant programs exist: the Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) grant and the Special Housing Adaptation (SHA) grant.

    We want to ensure anyone who might qualify knows about this program.

    The SAH grant is designed to help disabled Veterans and Servicemembers by providing a barrier-free living environment, such as a wheelchair accessible home, that affords Veterans a level of independent living they may not otherwise enjoy. Veterans and Servicemembers with specific service-connected disabilities (including loss/loss of use of both lower extremities) may be entitled to a grant for the purpose of constructing or modifying a home to meet their adaptive needs, up to the current maximum of $70,465.

    The SHA grant can be used to increase the mobility of eligible Veteran and Servicemembers throughout their residences. Veterans and Servicemembers with specific service-connected disabilities (including severe visual impairment or loss/loss of use of both hands) may be entitled to this type of grant, up to the current maximum of $14,093.

    For those who do not yet own a home, a temporary grant may be available to SAH/SHA eligible Veterans and Servicemembers who are or will be temporarily residing in a home owned by a family member. The maximum amount available to adapt a family member’s home for the SAH grant is $30,934 and for the SHA grant is $5,523.

    VA has staff located nationwide to assist individuals in applying for and receiving these grants.  You can find more detailed information about qualifying disabilities here:, and you can find contact information for an SAH Agent in your area here:

    Each Veteran’s housing/living needs are as unique as their physical disabilities.  The Specially Adapted Housing program provides hands-on, personalized, customized service to severely disabled Veterans seeking home adaptations. 

    Other quick reference information can be found on our SAH graphic at:


    Curtis L. Coy

    Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity

    Veterans Benefits Administration

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


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