The Veterans Employment & Training Services Program (VETS) is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides employment and training services to veterans. These services include access to Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVERs) and the Disabled Veteran's Outreach Program at One-Stop Career Centers across the country. These Career Centers have current information about all the federal, state, and local programs and services available for veterans.
Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP)
The Disabled Veteran Outreach Program staff work with One-Stop Career Center staff to provide access to employment and training services for disabled veterans. DVOP services include:
- Expert assessment of veteran's needs and current skill levels;
- Career counseling and guidance;
- Assisting in providing supportive services;
- Creating and maintaining relationships with employers in order to develop jobs;
- Providing referrals for veterans to job openings and training opportunities.
Transitional Assistance Program (TAP)
The Transitional Assistance Program (TAP) is a five-day workshop intended to help military personnel transition into civilian life. The intensive workshops are facilitated by DVOP and LVER staff and are available regularly at Hanscom Air Force Base in Bedford, Fort Devons in Acton, and the Coast Guard Base in Boston.
TAP is a service for transitioning military personnel and their family members who are within 12 months of separating or within 24 months of retiring from the military. TAP workshops include, among others, assessments of employment skills, job search counseling, techniques for stress management, and information related to available veteran services.
Veterans who meet the Massachusetts definition of "veteran" (under M.G.L. c. 4, s.7) are entitled to several employment benefits. Under M.G.L. c. 31, s.26 and 28, and M.G.L. c. 41, s. 112, veterans are entitled to preference in civil service appointments and promotions. Veterans in a public retirement system may also buy back their military time (see M.G.L. c.32, s.4 (h)). For more information see Chapter 468 of the Acts of 2002.