Connecting With Free Employment Services

Employment service-providers can often be costly, unproductive and in too many cases, scams. Before you sign-up for any of the pay-to-participate providers, you need to explore the many free services available to Veterans.

The federal and state government is a good first-place to start. Offering specific benefit details, educational assistance for retaining or honing current skills, and employment services are three job-specific areas on the Vet Success website, as well as the VA for Vets Career Center. Many state governments also offer similar services. Veterans should always access these resources as they rejoin the civilian workforce. While the federal offerings are consistent no matter where you live in the United States, state offerings can vary. Be sure to research available services at the state you will return to or wish to move to as soon as you can.

Also, many federal and state grants have been developed over the past few years. These grants have been awarded to public as well as private agencies. Most of these grants require the grantee to offer free employment services to honorably discharged Veterans. You can usually find out where these services are located by visiting the federal or state agency websites to locate listings of grantees. Grantees may include community colleges and universities, faith-based locales, and other non-profit agencies.