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I am a veteran and I've heard there are special benefits or programs for us. What are they?

Washington State WorkSource (what we used to call "the employment office") has a special section on its website for Veterans. A very brief description of some WorkSource's supports for veterans can be found at: http://www.esd.wa.gov/findajob/specialprograms/veterans-services.php. For more detailed information you will need to contact your nearest office.

If you are a veteran with a service-related disability, you may be eligible for the VetSuccess program which helps veterans to prepare for, find and keep a job. This website will tell you about the Veterans Administration's program of Vocational Rehabilitation. The website describes the steps to take and how the V.A.'s vocational rehabilitation service works. Your disability must be service-related and you must have been discharged from the military within the last 12 years OR within the last 12 years you were determined to have a service-related disability even though the disability may have been caused by something that happened more than one year ago.

The U.S. Department of Labor has its own program for hiring veterans which is called VET. You will find a description of this program at http://www.dol.gov/dol/jobs/veterans.htm

Many veterans are able to get preferred treatment when applying for jobs in the Federal government if they have a disability or were on active duty during certain periods of time. This benefit is described on the website http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/vetspref/main.htm

This website contains an article entitled "Ten Points for Veterans to Consider When Returning to Work with a Disability". The article itself contains links to many other websites making it an excellent basic resource for any veteran who has a disability and wants to return to work.

Veterans who have disabilities have rights under the American with Disabilities Act (the ADA) that will protect them from discrimination and ensure that employers accommodate a veteran's special needs that are related to the disability. A detailed booklet can be downloaded from: http://adasoutheast.org/publications/ada/Employment_Rights_Under_ADA_Vets.pdf

The website at http://www.vetsfirst.org/pdf/veterans_employment.pdf offers veterans a very complete manual for seeking employment.



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