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Presidential Veterans' Initiative Will Help Thousands of Veterans and Returning Service Members

Presidential Veterans' Initiative Will Help Thousands of Veterans and Returning Service Members

Office of Personnel Management

November 30, 2009

Washington, DC – Administration officials continued their efforts to educate and employ veterans that began with President Barack Obama’s recent signing of an Executive Order which will provide thousands of jobs for veterans and transitioning military service members.

During a press conference at the Department of Labor that included a standing-room only crowd of representatives from Veteran’s Service Organizations, veterans and those currently serving in the military, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry, Deputy Secretary of Veteran’s Affairs Scott Gould, and Deputy Under Secretary for Plans, Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Personnel and Readiness, Gail McGinn, joined officials from the Departments of Homeland Security and Labor to launch a Veterans Employment Initiative that will transform the Federal government into the national model of veterans’ employment.

Underscoring the importance of recruiting and training veterans, the Initiative makes it easier to market employment opportunities within the Executive Branch to veterans of the armed forces, provides feedback to veterans about their applications for federal jobs, and helps recently hired veterans adjust to service in a civilian capacity by requiring most Federal agencies to establish a Veteran’s Employment Initiative office.

“Their hard-won experience is an asset we can bring to government,” said VA Deputy Secretary Gould. “The President’s Veterans Employment Initiative will showcase the leadership and technical skills our military members have to offer and will bring that valuable talent to the civilian workforce.” Deputy Defense Under Secretary McGinn, added, “this will allow them to look throughout the federal government to find the right fit and the best federal job for them.”

OPM posted a Video News Release (VNR) charting the launch of the Initiative simultaneously on the OPM Youtube Channel and on FedsHireVets.gov, a new nationwide website being developed for America’s Veterans and Federal hiring managers.

Also, OPM issued the Employment of Veterans is the Federal Executive Branch Fiscal Year 2008 which will serve as a baseline for future success. According to the report at the end of FY 2008, there were approximately 480,000 veterans working within the Federal government.

“President Obama strongly believes in honoring the service of our veterans and he sees this Initiative as an opportunity to put some real muscle behind that promise, said Director Berry. “The strong sense of patriotism and public service held by members of our armed forces doesn’t leave them when they exit from active duty. It benefits our government to utilize their skills and dedication to service.” The Veterans Employment Initiative will help Federal agencies identify qualified veterans, clarify the hiring process for veterans seeking employment with the Federal government, and help veterans adjust to civilian life once they are hired.


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    almost 5 years ago

    Like many of you, I have applied to numerous positions since retiring from the military this past May. I retired as a Major and I have a Masters in Public Administration. I am currently rated 50% disabled and I started pursuing a second Masters degree in Business Administration. I live in Indianapolis and I am literally 5 mile away from the Defense Finance and Accounting Building. I have been referred on a few occasions but I have yet to get past a referral. I would like to move but I cannot sell my house due to the lose I took in equity. I earned my masters while serving, because I wanted to work for the federal government after I retired. I wanted to be a program manager for U.S. customs and borders in Indianapolis. Since December of last year, I have applied to everything I could find with no luck. The civilian side of the equation is no better. I thought my education, service, an disabled status would help me get in the door but I am still knocking. If the Presidents latest actions help knock down some doors I would greatly appreciate it. I look forward to serving again, I have a ton of administrative experience and I thing my knowledge and skills would be of greater use to our government.

    Good Luck to All

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    dameda

    almost 5 years ago

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    check out http://online.onetcenter.org there is a lot of great info for vets there.
    good luck

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    gddf117

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm with Glen, everything you read or hear in the news, is all about helping veterans. I can't count the number of jobs I've applied for on USA jobs only to receive an e-mail (if you get that)." You have been referred to the hiring official and never hear anything again." There were jobs I was actually over qualified for but didn't get..........so were is all the we're here to help vets!!!! Been trying to find a new career since March. Beyond deserate

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    JEddy

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Glen, I know what you are going through; I'm in the same boat. You can try going to your local V.A. they usually have seminars to help you write a resume and how to address those KSA's. Try the local paper there are net working groups and support groups that can help with the job search. But most of all never surrender, ecerything happens for a reason. That dream job is just around the corner.

    Good Luck

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    glenwathen

    almost 5 years ago

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    How do I get on this gravy train? I've been out of work since I retired 14 months ago. I'm not disable drawing a extra check like many retired do. I've applied to over a thousand jobs and nearly one hundreed USA Jobs. But without the great talent of writing the dream KSA's, I've had no luck. I've got a few interviews with different companies, but after they hear my experience in the military, its like they turn me off. I guess I need to return to my grass roots and try getting one of these 50,000 jobs. Any suggestions out there?

    Desperate

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