The Department of Veterans Affairs and our hiring partners will be here on June 16th at 3PM EST to answer questions. What questions do you have for the largest employers hiring veterans during the pandemic?
You can ask questions to the following people:
SMSgt Julieann Torres, Healthcare Recruitment Consultant – VHA Workforce Recruitment
TSgt Renetta Bradford, Manager at Veteran/Military Spouse Employment Program (VEMSEP)
Timothy Johnston, Supervisor of Employment Services – VBA Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
CPO (Join to see), Senior Program Manager, Global Military Affairs at Amazon
Beth Conlin, Senior Program Manager, Military Spouse Programs at Amazon
PO1 Nicholas Curry, Senior Program Manager, AWS Military Programs at Amazon
Kathy Roth-Douquet, CEO and President at Blue Star Families
COL Brynt Parmeter, Senior Director Military Programs at Walmart
Jim Wood, VP Federal Programs at Walgreens
Maj Michael Kelly, VP Military Advocacy at USAA
Cpl Tim Cochrane, SVP, Business Development at American Corporate PartnersLearn more about each organization;
VA Careers-
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has an unwavering commitment to support our Veterans, and that includes helping them build rewarding careers within our health care system. VA gives Veterans—particularly those with disabilities—hiring preference for any available positions.  We value the special skills and unique perspectives Veterans bring to the table. And we understand that by sharing your experiences, you can continue a life of service, helping other Veterans heal and cope with being back home.

At VA, we also recognize that military spouses are educated, qualified and ready to serve the nation’s Veterans and their families. That is why VA partners with the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP) program to help recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses in meaningful careers at VA. If you’re a military spouse looking for employment, consider working at VA. We offer competitive pay, premium-support group health insurance and remote work options. You can even earn up to $4,000 in tuition to pursue licensing in targeted fields through the My Career Advancement Account scholarship.
For more details on VA employment opportunities for Veterans and military spouses, visit: https://rly.pt/VACareers

Services for Veterans and Transitioning Servicemembers-
If you are a Veteran or transitioning Servicemember with a service-connected disability (of 10% or more) seeking career opportunities; the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment program (VR&E) program (sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program) helps prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable careers.

Apply online at:

Fill out VA form 28-1900 “Disabled Veterans Application for Vocational Rehabilitation”
You can find the form at: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-28-1900-are.pdf
Mail the form to your closest VA Regional Office.

Services for Employers
The Department of Veterans Affairs, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E), employs over 70 Employment Coordinators (EC) nationwide. ECs are here to partner with businesses in addressing their needs, We can assist in providing your company with motivated, well skilled work force, and also assist our nations Veterans in the process. If you are a business with recruitment needs please contact VR&E, Employment Services [login to see] .

The Global Military Affairs team is focused on hiring, developing, and retaining the best and the brightest military talent available for positions within Amazon through various programs and initiatives. We seek to be the earth’s most military friendly company by also improving the lives of veterans, their families, and our communities through innovative solutions.

Military Spouse Programs at Amazon-
Amazon values the diversity in demographics and skills that military spouses bring to the workforce. The Military Spouse Program Manager is building internal programs to educate hiring managers, develop internal processes to allow for seamless PCSing, and external programs to connect Military Spouses to career at Amazon.

Blue Star Families-
BSF’s Spouseforce program is a free career portal designed by military spouses to help military spouses in their career journey. We connect military spouses to training, mentoring and career opportunities through a variety of partnerships. To date, we’ve delivered over $55M in economic impact to our communities through this effort. Interested military spouses can begin their career journey with Blue Star Families by completing the simple 3-step process at our Spouseforce portal: https://rly.pt/spouseforce




American Corporate Partners-
Nationwide nonprofit ACP (acp-usa.org) connects post-9/11 veterans with mentors at 80+ top-tier companies like Coca-Cola, Deloitte, IBM, Major League Baseball, Raytheon and Wells Fargo for one-on-one, customized, free yearlong mentorships. Whether you’re new to the private sector, looking for advice about how to make a career change or feel stagnant in your current role, a mentor can help you find and maintain meaningful employment. In 2019, nearly 2,000 veterans found a new job with their ACP mentor’s assistance. Since 2008, more than 17,000 service members and veterans have already completed their yearlong mentorship with ACP, and 98% would recommend the program to fellow veterans. To start your mentorship, visit http://www.acp-usa.org/mentoring and complete a Protégé application today, as mentorship openings are limited.

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