Vet Job Updates: Vet Jobs Bill, Online Transition Assistance

January 28, 2013 |

New Bill: Putting Our Veterans Back to Work

Last week in Congress, Sen. Harry Reid [D-NV] introduced a new bill, the Putting Our Veterans Back to Work Act of 2013, which is intended to reauthorize the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, provide assistance to small businesses owned by veterans, and improve enforcement of employment and reemployment rights of members of the uniformed services.

The full text of the bill can be read here. Highlights include:

- The Secretary of the VA  will develop a single, unified Federal web-based employment portal, with information on programs and activities focused on veteran employment, unemployment, and training.

- Government contracting preference for firms with veteran employees.

- Federal officials could be allowed to suspend contracts with companies who violate employment laws protecting Guardsmen and Reservists.

To see more legislation that affects veteran jobs, and connect with your local representatives, visit the Legislative Center.

VetNet: Online Transition Service

VetNet is a virtual career resource designed to assist servicemembers, veterans and military spouses on the job hunt. There are three tracks to VetNet: (1) Basic Training Track, which help veterans with resume writing workshops; (2) Career Connections Track, where veterans participate in video chats with industry experts, and get advice from other veterans; and (3) Entrepreneur Track, which offers college-level business courses. For more information, visit the VetNet website at

[For more military transition resources, visit the Transition Center and the Veteran Jobs Center. ]


About Ho Lin

Ho Lin is an editor at His interests include naval history, the New York football Giants, and loud rock music.


  1. tony says:

    If our service members expect help from congress–GOD help them, our own VA won't even provide jobs for service members even if they are fully qualified–do we expect civilian organizations to do so. We have sacrificed so much for a great nation and in the end they turn their back on us. The VA Secretary need to ensure veterans are the first to be interviewed within the VA systems for jobs–they can relate best with their fellow vets. Yes West Palm Beach VA office is a prime example of this. We need to unite and get rid of all these people who is not willing to support our veterans–we fought for the freedom of this country, damm sure it was not them.