Vet Jobs Update: Transition Assistance, New VA Career Center

December 17, 2012 |

“Re-engineered Transition Program”:

Soldiers transitioning to civilian life recently got a boost when the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act went into effect. The act requires every Soldier to attend transition assistance classes. The Army already was working to make transitioning easier. When the “re-engineered” Transition Assistance Program (TAP) also took effect recently, the Army already had 700 transition counselors and support staff in the field at 80 locations. Under TAP, Soldiers can now reach a transition counselor by telephone at 800-325-4715. Also, the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP), is a transition and job-assistance program that goes beyond TAP in offering detailed job-assistance training. Visit the ACAP Facebook page at For more on military transition options, you can also visit the Transition Center.

New VA Career Center:

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Career Center helps servicemembers in transition and veterans with opportunities to translate their military skills into careers, create and post resumes, obtain free copies of their DD 214 (Report of Separation), and search for jobs. For more information, visit the Career Center.

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  1. Kurt says:

    Veterans should be getting jobs, and they are not, it is sad.

    • Veteranof2wars says:

      I got out in "09 still nothing yet, going to school full time on the 9/11 GI Bill.
      very sad indeed, we vets are getting the shaft, whatever happened to veteran's preferance?

  2. Tom says:

    Don't wait for anyone's help. Open a business of your own. Veterans preference is a joke, I tried for a year to get a job hoping for a little help, Once I realized I was on my own, I was motivated to be successful on my own. I purchased a business that I seen potential in and have worked it up to be very successful. Do the same guys.

    • Devonshea Smith says:

      Great Advice Tom. I am also a preference eligible Veteran with an Accounting Degree. I have been unemployed since Augus 2011. I have been applying for jobs with no success. I have recently found a Home Based business that has potential and will now put my focus on being successful at it.

      • walter ezell says:


        Exactly what kind of legit home based buisness have you gotten into that's promising and would you mind sharing any of that information or any other legit home based businesses? I'm currently serving in Kuwait, Thanks!

  3. X jet mach 3 NDSM says:

    You are 100% in the money by opening up a business. As we leave the military, the end result is 3 person team.. me,myself and I. I leaned it after Vietnam no work no school no VA benefits and all was just a sham by our saying of we support our Veteran.
    Today, its a joke Our President Obama went in the "air to announce Stop loss was real " and up to now, all I got was a shaft from the military and probably many vets gave up asking for their benefits just like me. Vets= 0 , VA + 100 % PENDING CASES, DELAYS, MANY EXCUSES, FOR NOT DOING THEIR JOBS AND etc… OH! , VA said You Served Now LETS US Serve you. 3 wars and still getting the shaft-up to my spine.