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OFFICE FOR VETERANS WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
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We counted on you ...
Now you can count on us!
A Veterans Services Orientation Presentation
English (PPT, 2.2MB) | Spanish (PPT, 1.8MB)

CONTACT YOUR LOCAL VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT REPRESENTATIVE TO REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT!

Veterans' News and Announcements

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Job Opportunity at the Department of Labor Veterans Unit in Hartford (Closing date: April 11, 2014) (PDF, 96KB)

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Job Opportunity at the Department of Labor Veterans Unit in Waterbury (Closing date: April 11, 2014) (PDF, 96KB)

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The U.S. Servicemember’s Guide to Academic Programs and Aid

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You're Home! A Public Service Announcement From the U.S. Department of Labor/Veterans' Employment & Training Service

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Affordable Healthcare marketplace for CT.
Enrollment can be done via the web site
 www.accesshealthct.com, or by phone @ 1-855-464-2428.

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Red Cross is looking to create an SAF Service Committee here in CT. Click here for details.

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New help for unemployed veterans (WMV, 9.3MB)

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"On a single night in January 2012, there were 62,619 Veterans without a place to call home." The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is committed to ending veteran homelessness. To learn more about this initiative, click here
or visit: http://www.va.gov/homeless

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Governor Dannel Malloy signs the Step Up for Veterans Law, allowing more veterans and employers to qualify for the program. Click here for more info.

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In June, 2013, Governor Dannel Malloy signed legislation that expanded the Step Up for Veterans Program. Veterans must have been a member of the Armed Forces or any reserve component of these armed forces, or a state National Guard; and honorably discharged after serving at least 90 days of service, or earlier if the individual was separated from service due to a service-connected disability. Click here to learn more.

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The Carpenters Union is looking for motivated young men and women, including returning veterans, from the New London area, who would like to become highly skilled construction professionals. click here for more information

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The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network has expanded their Veterans Vocational Training Program (www.cpbn.org/Veterans). This is a free opportunity for veterans and, in some cases, their spouses, to train for a career in media arts and video production at Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network’s Learning Lab in Hartford. click here for more information

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Labor Department Veterans Program Director Terry Brennan talks to Fox 61 about programs to help veterans get jobs as police and firefighters. click here for video

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Audi of America seeks qualified Veterans to meet the growing dealership demand for talented and experienced service technicians. Additional Information for Audi Veterans to Technicians

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Register here for the Hardhats to Helmets Jobs Board!
NOTE:  In order for your profile to be searchable on the Jobs Board, make sure the resume section of your registration is completed.

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The Latest Veteran News Briefs and Resources

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C.R. England is offering zero tuition truck driving school PLUS employment upon completion* to qualified veterans meeting our hiring criteria!

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Governor Dannel P. Malloy and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman has unveiled a new state website created to give military veterans one-stop access to the wide range of veterans' services and benefits offered by the state federal government agencies. Please click here for more information, Veterans.ct.gov

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Work Vessels for Veterans (WVFV), assists veterans returning to the United States as they begin their civilian careers or continue their educational pursuits by donating them the necessary start-up tools (laptops, vehicles, machinery, tools, and commercial). The organization was started in 2008 with the donation of a commercial fishing boat to a returning veteran and to date has helped over 500 veterans in their transitions.

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The VA posted this important advisory on its webpage: A veteran has reported receiving a call from someone named "James" who congratulated him on his VRAP approval. He advised him that he knew the exact amount he was approved for and that the $8500 would be directly deposited into his account within 45 minutes of him giving his banking account number and routing number and paying $205 for the service fee.
This person is not affiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA will never charge you to access your benefits or ask you to provide private information over the phone.
If you do receive a call like this, please contact the Federal Trade Commission by clicking here.

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Unemployed veterans between the ages of 35 and 60 can now apply for the new Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP), which allows qualifying veterans to receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the full-time Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty rate of $1,473 per month. For more information, visit VA's VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011 webpage or call VA's call centers toll-free at 800-827-1000.

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Did you know that Social Security provides expedited processing of disability claims for Wounded Warriors?   We use this expedited process for military service members disabled while on active military duty on or after October 1, 2001.  Benefits available through Social Security are different from those the Department of Veterans Affairs offers, and we require a separate application.
 
Wounded Warriors can apply for Social Security disability benefits online at: www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability, or by calling the toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213, or visiting a local field office.

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New Employment Initiatives for Veterans:  The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

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A new site, Bridges of Valor, offers Veterans and their families a confidential place to share their thoughts, emotions and inner feelings with their peers.

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Congress recently made some changes to the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which Veterans attending school should be aware of immediately. (PDF, 15KB)

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces the availability of $30 million for a new Veterans Transportation and Community Living Initiative. (PDF, 17KB)

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The VA Has just released a guide for providing services to women veterans for service providers (PDF, 1.3MB)

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Strengthening Our Military Families (PDF, 4.4MB)

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Partnership Offers Entrepreneurship Training to Assist Disabled Veterans (PDF, 26KB)

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AfterDeployment.org - this helpful site provides information and exercises to assist the entire military community with common post-deployment problems, such as stress, anger, depression, and relationship issues. While it is primarily aimed at service members, their families, veterans and providers, any other interested persons may utilize the information. Bookmark this today: www.afterdeployment.org

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Priority of Service for Veterans (PDF, 12KB)
 

Veterans' Service Listings

 
  The New Opportunities, Inc.

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Public Assistance Online Application

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Comprehensive listing of pro-bono legal services for veterans nationwide (PDF, 184KB)

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Job Search

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Unemployment Benefits

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CT Department of Veterans Affairs

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Federal Web Sites/Information

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State Web Sites/Information

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Educational Benefits

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Additional Benefits Information

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