How the Labor Department Is Expanding Services to Veterans

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis addresses employees outside the Flat Rock Assembly in Flat Rock, Mich.
This Sept. 10, 2012, file photo shows Labor Secretary Hilda Solis addressing employees outside the Flat Rock Assembly in Flat Rock, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/AP File Photo)

Prepare. Provide. Protect.

Those are the three words that guide all of our efforts on behalf of veterans at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Every day, we are actively engaged in assisting our veterans and transitioning service members find and keep good jobs. Our Veterans' Employment and Training Service, the office leading this important work, is playing an increasingly critical role in helping these brave Americans, whether they're coming home from a recent tour in Afghanistan or have served in past conflicts.

We prepare our transitioning service members through an "employment workshop." This three-day curriculum walks veterans through the process of exploring career interests, writing resumes, strengthening interview techniques and matching military skills with those required in civilian jobs.

We also provide employment services on a priority basis to any veteran needing help at American Job Centers -- our nationwide network of almost 3,000 local offices that offer job counseling, training and job search assistance.

Veterans are assessed to determine their individual needs and are provided any and all necessary services, which may include training and job placement. Post 9-11 veterans are eligible for a "Gold Card," which provides up to six months of intensive service and personalized case management to put them on a path to independence and stability.

Finally, we protect the rights of those serving in uniform. America's Armed Forces rely heavily on Guard and Reserve components. When these men and women leave their civilian jobs to serve the country, they have a right to those jobs when they come home.

Any service member who believes that right has been violated may rely on the Department of Labor to investigate and seek resolution of the matter.

As the nation's Secretary of Labor, I am firmly committed to the cause of ensuring that we serve our nation's heroes just as well as they have served us. All Americans deserve a good job. And veterans should be at the front of the line.

Hilda L. Solis is the 25th U.S. labor secretary.

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