The mission of the AWI Veterans' Program is to promote and maximize the employment of Florida's
veterans, especially veterans with barriers to employment by utilizing a complete menu of
One-Stop Career Center resources.
The Employ Florida system offers a full range of features and services to assist you in their workforce needs. That means finding assistance in researching the job market, figuring out what careers you are qualified for, how much those jobs pay, and other issues of interest. To gain access to the full range of features and services you must register in the Employ Florida system. Click here to register. Registration allows you to save personal information, settings, and information you have retrieved in the system; have access to career assessment tools, including skills matching, that help match your qualifications and abilities to specific occupations; create resumes and cover letters, and allows you to automate job searches that deliver job opportunities to your system message box, email address or both. Click here to register.
Veterans Priority - The U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL) provides grants to the State of Florida to provide employment and training services to eligible residents and workers. As a condition to receiving those funds, priority of service will be given to qualified veterans and eligible family members when referring individuals to job openings, USDOL funded training programs or related services in accordance with the Veterans' Priority Provisions of the "Jobs for Veterans Act" (PL 107-288), and Veterans’ Benefits, Health Care, and Information Technology Act of 2006 (Pub. L. 109–461). Additional information and assistance will be provided by One-Stop Center staff regarding available employment programs, training opportunities and services, eligibility requirements, and veteran's priority.
Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights USERRA protects civilian job rights and benefits for veterans and members of Reserve components.
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One-Stop Career Centers are staffed with a network of professional Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) Specialists and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) that will assist veterans or eligible military family member with employment needs.
DVOP/LVER Staff assist with the following services:
Job Search and Placement Assistance
Career Planning and Counseling
Assessment and Testing Services
Interviewing Skills Training
Referral to Educational and Vocational Training Programs
Referral to On-The-Job Training (OJT) Programs
Employability Skills Workshops
Referral to Supportive Services
is an all inclusive website to access information on benefits available to Florida’s returning veterans and their families to include Workforce Services, Health Care Services, Housing and Homeless Services, and Benefits and Services. Additionally, there are many federal, state and local agencies available to assist you and your family as you transition out of the military.
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The term "veteran" means --
a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable, as specified in 38 U.S.C. 101(2).
The term "eligible veteran" means --
A person who:
(A) served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released therefrom with other than a dishonorable discharge;
(B) was discharged or released from active duty because of a service connected disability; or
(C) as a member of a reserve component under an order to active duty pursuant to section 1230 (a), (d), or (g), 12302, or 12304 of title 10, served on active duty during a period of war or in a campaign or expedition for which a campaign badge is authorized and was discharged or released from such duty with other than a dishonorable discharge.
The term "eligible person" means --
(A) the spouse of any person who died of a service-connected disability,
(B) the spouse of any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for assistance under this chapter [38 USCS § § 4101 et seq.], is listed, pursuant to section 556 of title 37 and regulations issued thereunder, by the Secretary concerned in one or more of the following categories and has been listed for a total of more than ninety days: (i) missing in action, (ii) captured in the line of duty by a hostile force, or (iii) forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by a foreign government or power, or
(C) the spouse of any person who has a total disability permanent in nature resulting from a service-connected disability or the spouse of a veteran who died while a disability so evaluated was in existence.
The term "priority of service" means --
(a) with respect to any qualified job training program, that a covered person shall be given priority over a non-covered person for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services provided under that program, notwithstanding any other provision of the law.
(b) Priority in the context of providing priority of service to veterans and other covered persons in qualified job training programs covered by this regulation means the right to take precedence over non-covered persons in obtaining services. Depending on the type of service or resource being provided, taking precedence may mean:
(1) The covered person receives access to the service or resource earlier in time than the non-covered person.
(2) If the service or resource is limited, the covered person receives access to the service or resource instead of or before the non-covered person.
The term "covered person" means --
A veteran or eligible spouse.
Eligible spouse means the spouse of any of the following:
(1) Any veteran who died of a service connected disability;
(2) Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty, who at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days:
(i) Missing in action;
(ii) Captured in the line of duty by a hostile force; or
(iii) Forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government power; or
(3) Any veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service connected disability, as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs;
(4) Any veteran who died while a total disability as indicated in Paragraph (3)
The term "service connected disability" means --
A disabling condition that has resulted from or was aggravated by an injury or illness while the veteran was serving on active duty in the military.
To meet the specific needs of veterans, particularly veterans with barriers to employment, Veterans Employment Representatives are thoroughly familiar with the full range of job development services and training programs available at the One-Stop Career Centers and Department of Veterans' Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Programs.
The term "qualified job training program" means --
Any workforce preparation, or delivery program or service that is directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Dept of Labor and includes the following:
(A) Any such programs or services that uses technology to assist individuals to access workforce development programs (such as job and training opportunities, labor market information, career assessment tools, and related support services).(B) Any such program or service under the public employment system, One-Stop career centers, the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, a demonstration or other temporary program, and those programs implemented by States or local service providers based on Federal block grants administered by the Dept of Labor.
(C) Any such program that is a workforce program targeted to specific groups.
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