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Transition Assistance Programs. The Department of Labor (DOL), in
cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD) and the VA, operates the Transition
Assistance Program (TAP) and Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP). Both
programs are designed to provide information on employment and training for
servicemembers within 180 days of separation from military service, or retirement.4
TAP is a three-day workshop conducted at military installations that includes
sessions on how to look for jobs, current market conditions (both labor market and
occupation-specific information is provided), preparation of job search materials
(including resumes), and interview techniques. DTAP adds additional hours to the three-
day program focused on the special needs of disabled servicemembers.
In addition to the employment assistance sessions, information is provided on
veterans benefits administered by the VA.
Veterans State Grants Program. The DOL Veterans' Employment and
Training Service (VETS) offers assistance to veterans seeking jobs through the Veterans
State Grants Program. Under the program, grants are used to fund Disabled Veterans'
Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP) and Local Veterans' Employment Representatives
(LVER).5 These are state positions, funded by the federal government, that provide
outreach and assistance to veterans seeking employment.
DVOP staff in a state are involved in outreach efforts to disabled veterans with
greater barriers to employment, who therefore need more intensive services for
employment or training. LVER staff help veterans find employment and are involved in
outreach to the business community to encourage the hiring of veterans (including
Veterans' Workforce Investment Program. The VETS office also operates
the Veterans' Workforce Investment Program (VWIP), a grant program authorized under
the Workforce Investment Act (WIA, P.L. 105-220).6 Grants may be made to fund
programs operated by eligible state and local workforce investment boards, state or local
agencies, or private non-profit organizations. The grants are intended to help reintegrate
veterans into the civilian labor force; develop service delivery systems that address the
needs of veterans entering the civilian workforce; enhance workforce investment activities
related to veterans; and perform outreach or public information activities to promote
employment of veterans.
In addition to the Veterans State Grants Program and the VWIP program, the VETS
office in DOL also:
4 For more information on TAP and DTAP programs, see the Department of Labor's TAP Fact
Sheet at [ http://www.dol.gov/vets/programs/tap/tapfs.htm].
s For information on LVER and DVOP grants, see the DOL guide to grants at
6 Ibid. (For information on VWIP grants).
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