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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

The Executive Order on the Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government signed by President Obama on Monday, November 9, establishes an Interagency Council on Veterans Employment that will advise the President and the Director of OPM on the Veterans Employment Initiative. The Council will be chaired by Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. Director Berry will serve as its Vice Chair and Chief Operating Officer.

“America’s vets are valued, they are experienced and they are trained. It would be foolish of us not to give them every opportunity to exercise their skills and their desires in continuing to serve their country through the Government,” said Berry. “We want to make sure that they know they are welcomed and we will have a job for them – we will find one that matches their skills, their passions and their interests and their abilities and we will mentor them as they make that transition from military culture to civilian.”

The Initiative has a very simple metric, the OPM report provides an agency by agency account of how many veterans are hired in the United States of America. Berry said this will be “our baseline” for measuring veterans’ representation. “One year from now, we’ll know exactly where we stand.”

Berry, Gould and McGinn were joined by Department of Labor’s Assistant Secretary for Veterans Employment and Training, Ray Jefferson, and Homeland Security Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal at the Department of Labor press conference.

Neal reiterated a commitment by Department of Homeland Security to hire 50,000 veterans by 2012. “There is a natural continuity between service in the military and at DHS,” he said. “When you look at what it takes to secure the homeland, it takes people who are dedicated, who are willing to work very long hours, and who are willing to work in uncomfortable, unsafe conditions.”

“As President Obama stated in his Executive Order, when they complete their service, we must do everything in our power to assist veterans with re-entering civilian life and finding employment,” Jefferson said.

For the latest information, a Video News Release and webcast of the entire press conference, please visit www.FedsHireVets.gov.

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Our mission is to ensure the Federal Government has an effective civilian workforce. OPM supports U.S. agencies with personnel services and policy leadership including staffing tools, guidance on labor-management relations and programs to improve work force performance.


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    over 4 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

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

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

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    gddf117

    over 4 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

    over 4 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

    over 4 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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