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Transitioning to Civilian Life

Whether you’re looking for a job, have questions about benefits delivery at discharge or are interested in furthering your education, we’re here to help you transition smoothly and successfully.

Benefits Delivery at Discharge

You've earned your benefits. We're here to help you understand them.

In 2001, VFW launched its Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program at military installations across the country. A cooperative initiative with the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs, BDD was established to assist service members departing from the military. Pre-discharge claims representatives at each BBD site help wade through the paperwork for veterans seeking VA entitlements and are prepared to discuss, education and medical benefits, and VA home loans.

If you're within 60-180 days of discharge, we're here to help. The VFW has 16 BDD sites across the country and is rapidly expanding. Contact a Service Officer to get started.  


 

Education

Going back to school can be a big and complicated decision. Understanding your educational benefits shouldn't be.

The VFW Service Officers are vital in helping veterans and their dependents understand and file for educational benefits. They are expert advisers and your best advocate in obtaining the educational benefits you deserve.

VFW played a large role in the passage of the GI Bill of Rights in 1944, the Montgomery GI Bill Act of 1984, and recently the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

We're experts. Let us help. Contact your local VFW Service Officer.   

Job Assistance

Returning home after deployment should be a joyful time time for you and your family. Coming home to face company cutbacks or job loss is stress that you just don't need.

The VFW works exclusively with VetJobs to make it easier for service members to be matched with employers who are looking for qualified veterans just like you.

At VetJobs, you can post your resume and search job postings of companies that are looking for the leadership and extra skills that only a veteran can offer.

 

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VFW National Employment Service

The VFW will always be fighting to ensure veterans get all the benefits they deserve and the workplace is no different. The VFW's National Veterans Employment Assistance Service strives to ensure the employment rights and benefits of veterans in the workplace don't get overlooked. This is achieved by working directly with with federal and state agencies, as well as congressional representatives.

 Our priorities  make sure veterans aren't passed by because of their decision to serve our country and we'll continue to fight to make sure you keep your rights. The following details VFW employment priorities:

LICENSING AND CERTIFICATION

The adoption nationwide of licensing and certification standards so military service members transitioning into the civilian working world may immediately take qualifying examinations and not be required to undergo lengthy and expensive retraining when their military occupations parallel a civilian job requiring a license or certificate

VETERANS' PREFERENCE

Veterans have earned the right for priority hiring for federal government positions and adamantly oppose any attempt to reduce or circumvent this earned benefit and urge any violations of Veterans' Preference be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. We also encourage state and local government agencies adopt veterans' preference policies

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT ACT

Governors should appoint at least one veterans' advocate to the State Workforce Development Board to ensure veterans are represented and their issues are addressed. We encourage local boards to also have veteran representation

VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT AND TRAINING SERVICE

Congress must provide sufficient funding for a viable and effective Veterans' Employment and Training Service to ensure veterans receive priority of service in seeking and maintaining employment and re-employment opportunities. Also, the Department of Labor needs sufficient funding to ensure the current statutes protecting the employment and re-employment rights of members of the Guard and Reserve who return from active duty are enforced

HOMELESS VETERANS

Congress must fully fund all federal Homeless Veterans' Programs and enhance community-based efforts in assisting homeless veterans to once again become productive members of society