Vet Job Update: VA and Ryder Jobs, Minnesota Vet Preference

April 27, 2012 |

VA Adding Mental Health Workers: 

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it will add 1,900 mental health staffers to its workforce. The new employees will include nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers. This represents nearly a 10 percent increase in VA’s total force.

For more information visit the Department of Veterans Affairs Careers webpage at

Ryder Inc. Vet Employment Website:

Ryder System, Inc., a commercial transportation company, has launched a new military recruiting website at to help veterans easily match their military skills with open positions at Ryder. At the new website, veterans can access an automated feature that enables them to search for jobs according to their specific Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) or Military Occupation Code (MOC). Approximately eight percent of Ryder’s current U.S. Workforce is made up of military veterans, including employees who are actively serving in the National Guard and reserve.

Minnesota Vet Preference Employment Act:

The Minnesota Legislature has sent Governor Mark Dayton a bill that would allow employers to set a hiring preference for veterans and some of their spouses. The measure passed unanimously in both houses. The bill allows private employers to express a hiring preference for all veterans, and spouses of veterans who have died or have a service-related disability. Gov. Dayton is expected to sign the bill, though the governor has not yet indicated his position. About 2,700 troops are expected to return to the state over the next few weeks, and about 20 percent of them will be looking for jobs, according to the Minnesota Department of Military Affairs.

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