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.
Finding a job can be one of the biggest challenges veterans face after leaving the military, especially for veterans with disabilities. But with support from the public workforce system—accessed through American Job Centers (AJCs)—veterans can receive help to overcome employment barriers in the civilian workforce. AJC services for veterans have been supported by the U.S. Department of Labor through the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Adult and Dislocated Worker programs and the Jobs for Veterans State Grants program.
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, http://www.va.gov/icbc/myVA.asp, and send any questions via email to MyVACommunities@va.gov.
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Connecting Veterans to Meaningful Career Opportunities