First and foremost, thank you for your service to both our country and our state. We understand that as a veteran, returning to civilian life can be challenging and include a number of life-changing decisions. Upon returning home, you may decide to continue your education or find a new career path. No matter where you fall on your career journey, WorkForce West Virginia is here to help!
In accordance with Title 38, US Code and State legislation, qualified veterans are entitled to receive a 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 U.S. Department of Labor-funded employment and training programs. Services are provided to all veterans through a network of Job Service offices in West Virginia.
Jobs for Veterans State Grant
Veterans and eligible persons meeting eligibility requirements may be referred to specific veterans’ program staff for specialized services. Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) are responsible for providing intensive services to qualified veterans at the WorkForce center or itinerant site with a goal of long term sustainable employment of the veteran. Local Veteran Employment Representatives (LVER) conduct outreach to employer and employer groups such as business, industry, and other community-based organizations by serving as an advocate for the hiring of veterans.
Operation Opportunity: Job fair assistance program
Hilton Worldwide and WorkForce West Virginia have partnered on Operation Opportunity Initiative. This is a program designed to provide hotel room assistance to veterans with job interviews, skills training, housing searches and any employment testing that would make travel a necessity during your job search. The rooms are provided to veterans at no charge, and WorkForce West Virginia offers assistance with the application process at local offices across the state.
In addition to helping with interview skills and resumes, this program serves as one more way West Virginia is working to assist current service members, veterans and their spouses find jobs faster and most easily than ever before.
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Military Incentive Program – A West Virginia State Tax Credit for Employers Who Hire Qualified Veterans
The Military Incentive Program (MIP) Act of 1991 created an employer tax incentive program designed to promote the employment of West Virginia veterans, reservists and National Guard members. Korean conflict and Vietnam era veterans who are economically disadvantaged, and all other disabled veterans are covered by this program. Also, included in the act are unemployed members of the National Guard and Reserves.
Through the creation of this program, West Virginia recognizes that the sacrifices made by the state’s veterans merit their preferential treatment in public and private sectors. By providing tax credits to private-sector employers who employ these veterans, West Virginia publicly recognizes their service to the nation and promotes a preference for hiring in the private sector.
Tax credits are based on a percentage of the first $5,000 in wages paid to the individual after one continuous year of employment. Employers may claim a 30 percent tax credit for hiring economically, disadvantaged Korean conflict and Vietnam era veterans, 25 percent for unemployed members of the Guard and Reserves, or may claim a credit ranging from 10 to 100 percent for disabled veterans. The actual percentage is equal to the percent of service-connected disability compensable by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
Please call 1-800-252-JOBS for additional information about MIP.
Military Incentive Programs - Instructions and Forms
The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS) provides a 24/7 online resource assistance to all veterans, as well as to employers who want to hire veterans. The site was designed to be a virtual “first stop” for veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses in the employment search processes. The site brings together job banks, state employment offices, AJCs, opportunities in top trending industry sectors and employer assistance.
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Additional online resources
A variety of federal and state assistance programs and organizations are available to help veterans transition back into civilian life and find stable, long-term employment opportunities.