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Local Veterans Employment Representative Program

Contact: Sam Mitchell
Employment Security Department
P.O. Box 9046
Olympia, WA 98507-9046
Telephone: 360.902.9672
E-mail: smitchell@esd.wa.gov

State Website: http://www.esd.wa.gov/findajob/specialprograms/veterans-services.php

Participation: About 7,000 veterans were served by the Local Veterans’ Employment Representative program (LVER) between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012.

Who is Served: Any person who served on active duty for a period of more than 180 days and was discharged or released from active duty with other than a dishonorable discharge, or was discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability is eligible.  Priority is given to recently exited veterans and disabled veterans.

Program Description: LVER staff work with other service providers to promote the hiring of veterans into meaningful jobs and careers. They are veterans themselves and are uniquely equipped to conduct outreach to employers to assist fellow veterans in gaining employment.  LVERs conduct seminars for employers to successfully recruit veterans and help veterans translate their military experience and skills into civilian occupations by assessing each veteran’s interests and skills, conducting job search workshops and establishing job search groups. As a partner program in the local WorkSource office, each LVER coordinates with WorkSource business services staff.  LVERs have special responsibilities to help federal contractors identify veteran candidates for their positions.  Federal contractors have this recruitment requirement for contracts over $100,000. When staffing resources and local needs indicate, LVERs are paired with a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialist to facilitate placement of disabled veterans.

Other Program Characteristics: LVER staff are located in WorkSource offices and, in some instances, on military bases. The state’s workforce development plan is to physically integrate services where it makes sense, electronically tie various locations and providers together for seamless services, and provide extensive self-service options for employers and veterans. The WorkSource One Stop system presents a broad range of reemployment services that were not previously accessible or readily available to veterans who visited job service centers.

Program History: The LVER program was first authorized under the original GI Bill, the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944. Since then, legislation has been enacted to increase benefits and entitlements for veterans. The Employment Security Department receives annual grants from the U.S. Department of Labor to fund LVER positions.

Planning Cycle: Federal fiscal year.

Outcome Measures: Five modified federal common measures apply to the LVER program:

•     Veteran Entered Employment Rate

•     Veteran Employment Retention Rate

•     Veteran Average Earnings

  • Recently Separated Veteran Entered Employment Rate
  • Recently Separated Veteran Employment Retention Rate

In addition, the WorkSource system is responsible as a whole to meet the following negotiated performance measures:

  • Veteran Entered Employment Rate
  • Veteran Employment Retention Rate
  • Veteran Average Earnings
  • Disabled Veteran Entered Employment Rate
  • Disabled Veteran Employment Retention Rate
  • Disabled Veteran Average Earnings

Representatives help assure participation of veterans in employment and training programs and that outcomes maintain a focus on good jobs.

Funding and Regional Division: The Employment Security Department administers veteran activities in coordination with the 12 local Workforce Development Councils to fulfill requirements for the provision of Priority of Service to Veterans and Eligible Spouses. Funds are allocated to support Local Veteran Employment Representatives in designated WorkSource centers, affiliates and other locations convenient to veterans.

State Funding: None.

Federal Funding: $2,191,000 (October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013). Veterans Employment and Training Service, U.S. Department of Labor.

Statutory Authority: Federal-Title 38, USC, Chapter 41, Section 4103A, as amended by the Jobs for Veterans Act of 2002, Public Law 107-288, enacted November 7, 2002. Administered by the Employment Security Department.

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