Veteran's Priority - Serving those who served us

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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.


Announcements


  1. TEN 6-15 Posted

    Read Training and Employment Notice 6-15...now 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.

    http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/attach/TEN/TEN_06-15_Acc.pdf
  2. Connecting Vets to Career Opportunities

    TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT NOTICE NO. 19-14

    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: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs.

    http://wdr.doleta.gov/directives/corr_doc.cfm?DOCN=4995
  3. Veterans' Licensing & Certification Webinars

    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.







  4. 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: http://benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp, and you can find contact information for an SAH Agent in your area here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/HOMELOANS/contact_agents.asp.

    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: http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/infographics/special_adaptive_housing.html#sthash.fO5MRl0b.dpbs.


    V/R

    Curtis L. Coy

    Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity

    Veterans Benefits Administration

    U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

     



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  5. HUD, VA Help Homeless Vets

    HUD AND VA TEAM UP TO HELP ADDITIONAL 2,000 HOMELESS VETERANS
    $13.5 million in HUD-VASH vouchers to build on national effort to end veteran homelessness

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today (December 8) announced the second round of housing assistance to help 1,984 homeless veterans find permanent supportive housing.  The rental assistance announced today is provided through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program which combines rental assistance from HUD with case management and clinical services provided by VA.  Last October, the two agencies awarded $62 million in HUD-VASH vouchers to assist more than 9,000 homeless veterans.

    See the local impact of the housing assistance announced today.

    With HUD approaching its 50th anniversary next year, Secretary Julian Castro is focused on advancing policies that create opportunities for all Americans, including the broader Administration goal of ending homelessness among veterans. 

    “It is unacceptable that after their service and sacrifice, too many of our veterans find themselves living on our streets and in our shelters,” said Secretary Castro.  “We’ve made significant progress reducing homelessness among veterans by a third in just four years, and these vouchers will continue to help communities build on these gains, providing targeted assistance to those in need to ensure that every veteran has a home.” 

    Welcoming the progress made with HUD and local partners under the leadership of President Obama, VA Secretary Robert McDonald added, “As long as there remains a single veteran living on our streets, there is more work to be done. HUD-VASH vouchers are a vital tool in our efforts to reduce veteran homelessness.”

    “Through the HUD-VASH program, communities are making historic progress toward ending homelessness by connecting veterans who have the most intensive service needs to the foundation of a home with supportive services,” said Laura Green Zeilinger, Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.  “The grant awards announced today add crucial resources to this effort, helping to deliver on the promise that every veteran who has served America has a home in America.”

    HUD-VASH is an important part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to provide critical housing and services to veterans experiencing homelessness that also includes HUD’s Continuum of Care program as well as VA’s Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF).

    Since 2008 more than 68,000 vouchers have been awarded and over 80,000 homeless veterans have been served through the HUD-VASH program.  Rental assistance and support services provided through HUD-VASH are a critical resource for local communities in ending homelessness among our nation’s Veterans.

    Additionally, Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness serves as a roadmap for how the federal government will work with state and local communities to confront the root causes of homelessness, especially among former servicemen and women. As evidence of that commitment, President Obama has asked for an additional $75 million for HUD-VASH vouchers to serve veterans experiencing homelessness in his fiscal year 2015 budget request to Congress.

    In the HUD-VASH program, VA Medical Centers (VAMCs) assess veterans experiencing homelessness before referring them to local housing agencies for these vouchers. Decisions are based on a variety of factors, most importantly the duration of homelessness and the need for longer term, more intensive support in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing.  The HUD-VASH program includes both the rental assistance the voucher provides and the comprehensive case management that VAMC staff offers.

    Veterans participating in the HUD-VASH program rent privately owned housing and generally contribute no more than 30 percent of their income toward rent.  VA offers eligible homeless veterans clinical and supportive services through its medical centers across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico.