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How We Show Appreciation for Our Military

A veteran checks out the Labor Department's online resources.
A veteran checks out the Labor Department's online resources.


Bradley served 10 years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer, but when he left, the civilian job market he found was less friendly than the one he remembered. Looking for a leg up, he visited an American Job Center in Las Vegas, where he received help updating his resume and determining how to present his military skills in a way that would appeal to potential employers. Soon, he was back to work as a regional representative in the Las Vegas office for Sen. Dean Heller.

Bradley is one of more than 800,000 veterans who get help at the Labor Department’s American Job Centers every year. One of the most important ways our Veterans’ Employment and Training Service supports transitioning military service members and their families is by ensuring a successful transition to a meaningful civilian career, once they have completed their time in service.

How do we do that?

  • We prepare veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses for meaningful civilian careers during the Department of Labor Employment Workshop, a key part of the Transition Assistance Program.
  • We provide free employment resources and expertise through local community resources across the country via our American Job Centers.   
  • We protect service members’ civilian employment rights once their tour of duty concludes, thanks to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act.
  • We promote employment opportunities in a number of ways, such as on and on Twitter @VETS_DOL, and help educate employers about hiring qualified veterans.

Early planning for the transition to civilian life can make a huge difference for a veteran. The earlier veterans familiarize themselves with the kinds of training, skills and certifications that are most needed in the civilian labor market, the better they are prepared to map their career and educational goals. 

The Transition Assistance Program and a visit to your local American Job Center can help tremendously in the spirit of planning ahead.  AJCs offer priority of service for veterans and free employment help with finding jobs, writing resumes and fine-tuning interview skills. And with nearly 2,400 American Job Centers located across the country, it’s easy for veterans to find one close to them.

During this Military Appreciation Month, we show our appreciation by giving American veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses the tools they need to get back on track towards a successful civilian career. Learn more at

Mika Cross is the strategic communications adviser for the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service. Follow VETS on Twitter as @VETS_DOL.


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Yeah, to say I am having a hard time with employment is an understatement. Everything I was ordered to learn in the military was a waste, nobody cares about it in the job market. I have an Honorable Discharge and no criminal charges or convictions yet I have been unemployed for over 6 months. I am a 3rd generation enlisted Navy war veteran who has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and several occupational licenses in Florida. Employers here have no law restricting them to treating applicants with any sense of decency or respect for the military service. I have worked for companies like Microsoft and Walmart in low wage dead end jobs surrounded by people who never served in the military. Anything you can do to help would be appreciated. Thank you. CTR2 USN 1983-88/ LI2 USN 1988-92/ BM2 USN 1992-98.

In reply to by Richard Collura (not verified)

Mr. Collura,
We're sorry to hear about your experience in seeking employment. Please contact me to discuss how we may assist you.

I was fortunate to transition into a company ( that is owned by a Vietnam-Era Veteran. He showed extra patience with me as I dealt with the everyday struggles that pop-up with PTSD and physical issues. I'm sure that there's some sort of program around that helps educate potential employers about nurturing and aiding new Vet employees but it sure isn't well-publicized. Not everybody get lucky so, the more we can educate employers, the better! T-

Are spouses of service-connected permanent and totally disabled veterans still considered covered persons within the scope of Section 2(a) of the Jobs for Veterans Act [38U.S.C.4215(a)]?

If they are, can these brave souls take advantage of the various promotions you are pushing for our nations veterans? My spouse was a military wife and not military. However, circumstances are such that she now walks in my shoes.

I don't believe my local DWD treats her with the respect that an eligible spouse has earned and deserves. To them, "priority of service" is for soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines. How about making some of your PR regarding vets more appealing to these unique individuals. Trust me, they are juggling caregiving and family adjustments while trying to learn new skills that will allow them to become marketable in the work force, Embrace don't disgrace!