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In The Know: Veterans.gov

Recently, the United States celebrated Independence Day, the 240th "birthday" of America. Throughout the day, patriotic messages abounded, including a stream of thanks for those who have served or are serving in our nation's military.

However, beyond simply thanking our veterans for their service, it is our duty to actively help them succeed as members of society – and this includes providing employment opportunities and allowing veterans to be financially self-sufficient and economically secure.

Seeking to meet this need, the U.S. Department of Labor's Veterans' Employment and Training Service created Veterans.gov to act as a one-stop employment services website for both veterans seeking work and employers looking to hire veterans.

Veterans can use the website to explore online job listings or search career paths by interest or industry. One search tool in particular helps veterans identify civilian careers with similar work to positions held within their military branches –  they just need to enter the name or code of their military classification and then a list of suggestions appears.

The website helps veterans connect with one-on-one assistance in American Job Centers around the country, locate local training programs, learn how to start their own businesses and more. They can also search by geographic area to explore resources available to them in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

Employers can use the site to post position openings, attain a free hiring toolkit and make a public commitment to hiring veterans.

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In the Know is a bi-weekly feature on the LEAD Center blog that highlights important resources and information about the employment, policy and economic advancement of people with disabilities.

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