Resource Links


star The Veteran's Administration web site :


star eBenefits - Gateway to Benefit Informatioin

This site is the result of a collaboration between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense (DoD). The National Resource Directory (NRD) became part of eBenefits in 2014. Information found in the NRD comes from federal, state, and local govenment agencies; Veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions; and professional associations that provide assistance to Veterans, Service members, Wounded Warriors, their family members, and their authorized caregivers.


star MOS Code to Civilian Occupations Translator Visit:


star WA Department of Health Military Resources.

There are opportunities that may help vets and their family members obtain and maintain their healthcare license in Washington State. As new legislation passes, or new processes are developed to help military personnel and their spouses or registered domestic partners, the DOH will update this webpage.

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star WA DOH Credentialing Requirements Handbook Link  If you are a military or a family member and
are looking for equivalency and documentation requirements for a specific health professions credential, please visit Health Professions A to Z.  You may also visit the DOH  Military Resources Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


star My Next Move for Veterans

My Next Move for Veterans is designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military. Veterans can also take advantage of the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience. Visit:


star Transition Assistance Online ( assists our country's heroes in gaining employment at the world's finest military-friendly companies. They help match employers to candidates through the use of pertinent and dynamic career information, unique online tools, relationships with
key partners, and their longevity and experience in the military career site business. Browses jobs by location, category, and company. Visit:

star Soldier for Life - Transition Assistance Program

The Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) is there to provide job search training and career counseling for individuals (Soldier, DA civilian, or a family member) who are planning to enter, or transition within, the federal job market or who plan to pursue a civilian career.


ACAP teaches clients to identify their current skills and translate their experiences into new career opportunities. Trained counselors work with clients individually to provide as much assistance as requested in job searching, résumé preparation, practice interviewing, and salary negotiation techniques. The program not only focuses on helping clients obtain their next job, it helps clients frame career goals and focus on future career exploration and development.



star Navy Personnel Command Career Transition

Transition assistance services provide separating and retiring servicemembers and their families with the skills, tools and self-confidence necessary to successfully re-enter into the civilian work force and/or seamless transition from the active component (AC) to the Reserve Component (RC) that encourages a lifetime of Navy service. 




star WA Dept. L & I - Apprenticeship for Veterans

Apprenticeships offer a way that will put you on a path to high-wage careers and financial success.You'll gain marketable skills and be paid to learn your job. Your employer pays for your on-the-job and technical classroom training, so you don’t have to worry about finding the time or money to go back to school.


You'll be able to use your Veterans Education Benefits as part of your Apprenticeship. Veterans Education Benefits will supplement a vets income by helping to pay for books, supplies, and providing a living allowance.


Take advantage of the many programs and organizations dedicated to helping you succeed in your apprenticeship and connecting you with the resources you need. For more information visit their website.





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More information on veterans benefits at the Veteran's Administration web site:



Heros at Work - Veterans Hiring Toolkit


Interested in developing or enhancing a Veterans hiring initiative for your company but don't know where to begin?


This Toolkit can help. It is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.

The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes that employers can sometimes find it difficult to navigate the plethora of Veterans hiring resources available to them. So, this Toolkit was developed to simplify the process and put valuable resources at your fingertips. It serves to pinpoint helpful tools and outline some important steps to take when designing a Veterans hiring initiative that works for your particular business.

Recognizing that each employer is unique, this guide allows you to select from promising practices and other resources that employers are using to successfully welcome talented and skilled Veterans into their companies.


Whether you are looking to create a plan from scratch or retool existing efforts, we encourage you to reference this guide and design an initiative that works for you.

Adapting Military Skills in the Civilian Workplace


The following Workforce System Strategies (WSS) resources provide information about eligibility, use of scholarships, and the application of military skills to the civilian workplace for service members transitioning to civilian life, military spouses, and future civilian employers of veterans.


1.  Advancing the Careers of Military Spouses: An Assessment of Education and Employment Goals and Barriers Facing Military Spouses Eligible for MyCAA. This report examines a financial assistance program that aims to help military spouses obtain specified career credentials and subsequent employment. The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) is a Department of Defense (DoD) financial assistance program designed to help eligible military spouses pursue associate’s degrees, occupational certificates, or licenses in portable career fields.


Read Report (link under "related content" on left-side of page)


2.  What Veterans Bring to Civilian Workplaces: A Prototype Toolkit for Helping Private-Sector Employers Understand the Nontechnical Skills Taught in the Military. Released by the National Defense Research Institute, this prototype toolkit is available for civilian employers to use to review veterans’ resumes and to conduct interviews with veterans. The toolkit describes technical and nontechnical skills, basic and advanced career courses taught in the Army and Marines, and the core competencies developed in each course. In addition to addressing questions about veterans’ skills and courses, this toolkit includes background information about military terms and organization to highlight veterans’ training and experience related to leadership, teamwork, team-building, critical thinking, and handling stress.


Read Report (link under "related content" on left-side of page)


3.  Pilot Study: Translating Military Skills to Civilian Employment. This pilot study serves as a guide “to improve the ability of Service members and Veterans to translate their military training and experience to relevant civilian jobs through and improved military to civilian crosswalk” of occupational skills. In addition to creating a list of civilian careers that match with these military positions, the crosswalk also provides additional information, such as the “typical minimum pay grade” (p.iii) and “military attainability level” (p.iv) that would be required for the civilian occupations. 


Read Report (link under "related content" on left-side of page)


New Employment Initiatives for Veterans


The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

Image of Gold Card - Services for post 9/11 era veteransAn eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at his/her local One-Stop Career Center to receive enhanced intensive services including up to six months
of follow-up.


The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders
at local One-Stop Career Centers may include:

  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps veterans
    in making training and career decisions;
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.

Eligible veterans can print a Gold Card here.


Hiring Our Heros Corporate Fellowship Program


The Hiring Our Heroes Corporate Fellowship Program is a unique opportunity for employers to connect with experienced active duty service members interested in transitioning into management opportunities in the civilian sector. Companies and fellows are matched for the 12-week program, which includes both on-the-job training and classroom corporate education.
This program is currently available at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, Fort Hood, and Fort Campbell and will be expanding in 2016 to include additional installations such as Fort Bliss, Fort Carson, Fort Huachuca, Phoenix, and installations in Washington, D.C.
If your company is interested in participating or wants to learn more about this unique opportunity, contact/email the Hiring Our Heroes Fellowship Team here.




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