Veteran Services
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In accordance with Title 38, US Code and State legislation, qualified Veterans are entitled to receive priority in all Employment and Training Programs and Services. The Employment Service, a partner in the WorkForce West Virginia One-Stop Career Centers, is the delivery agent for US Department of Labor-funded employment and training programs. Services are provided to Veterans through a network of 17 Job Service offices in West Virginia.

Currently, West Virginia is divided into 7 service delivery areas, served by Local Veterand Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS).

First Priority:
Special Disabled Veterans-Veterans with 30% or more service connected disability receive first priority.

Second Priority:
Veterans who have more than 180 days of active duty, other than for training, one day of which was during a war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge has been authorized receive second priority. A complete listing of Wars, Campaigns & Expeditions since WWII which qualify for Veterans Preference is available at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx.

Third Priority:
Other Disabled Veterans - Veterans with less than 30% disability receive third priority.

Fourth Priority:
Other Veterans and Eligible Persons - An eligible person is the spouse of a Veteran who died on active duty, is missing in action, or has a a 100% service connected disability or died while such disability was in existence. This group receives fourth priority.

Veterans Services Specialists
Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) are responsible for compliance of priority of all veteran services provided by WorkForce staff and work with employers to promote the hiring of veterans. Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) are responsible for providing intensive services to qualified veterans at the WorkForce center or itinerant site.

LVER's and DVOPS' accomplish these job goals through, networking with employers and community-based organizations, veteran specific job development and recruitment activities, to assure employers receive qualified Veteran referrals.

Veterans Workstudy Program
The Veterans Workstudy Program, administered by Veterans Affairs, provides supplemental funds for those eligible person enrolled in approved educational programs. Eligible persons may work up to a maximum of 475 hours per semester providing veteran services at a Veterans Affairs facility or selected site.

Tax Incentive Programs
Military Incentive Act of 1991 (MIP) offers West Virginia employers up to $5,000 in tax credits on their West Virginia corporate or personal tax liability who hire the following:

  • Any service-connected disabled veteran;
  • Economically-disadvantaged Vietnam-era or Korean conflict veterans; or
  • Unemployed active members of the National Guard or Reserves.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)
By hiring eligible veterans, employers may reduce their federal tax liability by as much as $9,600 per veteran hired for their first year of employment. Currently, there is no limit on the number of veterans an employer can hire using this tax credit.

Federal Contractor Job Listing (FCJL)
The Federal Contracting Job Listing Program (FCJL) is designed to assist employers who have been awarded contracts with the federal government.  Any employer with a contract of $100,000 or more must list openings for jobs with the local WorkForce West Virginia office.  Preference is given to veterans on FCJL job openings.  Email workforcefederalcontractorjoblist@wv.gov to request additional information.  A Third Party Provider must send the job details to a local office or to the email listed.  To send a job order to the closest WorkForce West Virginia office, download our Fillable Job Order Details form and either email, mail or fax to us.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
VR&E is a program, authorized by Chapter 31, Title 38, US Code, administered by Veterans Affairs. It is designed to help veterans with service connected disabilities and employment barriers to obtain suitable employment. Upon completion of the program, the DVOPS staff will provide case management services leading to suitable employment.

On the Job Training (OJT)
On-the-job training (OJT) may be available for eligible veterans. OJT programs administered through the Veterans Administration.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Programs
Veterans are included in certain targeted groups of individuals for federally funded programs under WIA. Job Service staff will assist veterans in determining their eligibility for services, based upon availability.

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA)
Veterans, Reservists and National Guard members are provided certain job rights by law. Staff of LVER/DVOPS may provide assistance to employers and to individuals submitting claims by referral to the state Director, Veterans Employment and Training, USDOL.

For more information visit a local WorkForce West Virginia office on the Locations Map or call 1-800-252-JOBS (5627).