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Veterans' Services

Our New York State Career Centers offer convenient NO COST job search services to all jobseekers. Every Career Center has dedicated staff to help assess your needs, skills, and interests and then guide you through a step-by-step approach to your job search. Visit your local Career Center today!

We are proud to offer Priority of Service to veterans and their eligible spouses. This means that if you served on Active Duty in the United States military, you will:

  • Be served first by the next available staff member
  • Get first priority for jobs and training for which you are eligible and qualified

See the Services for Veterans Fact Sheet.

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPs)

DVOPs are disabled veterans themselves. They provide intensive case management services to veterans with significant barriers to employment, special disabled and disabled veterans, and veterans ages 18 to 24. They also provide a full range of employment services, including comprehensive assessments, individual employment plans, job referrals, referrals to training and support services, and resume and interview preparation assistance.

Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERs)

LVER staff are also veterans. They specialize in advocating on behalf of veterans with business, industry, and community organizations to promote employment and training opportunities for veterans. They also provide services including job matching and job placement for veterans, conduct employer outreach, inform Federal contractors of the process to hire qualified veterans, and promote credentialing and licensing opportunities for veterans.

Find a New York State Veterans’ Program Staff Member

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eBenefits is a portal; a central location for Veterans, Service Members, and their families to research, find, access, and, in time, manage their benefits and personal information.

eBenefits offers:

  • A personalized workspace called My Dashboard that provides quick access to eBenefits tools. Using eBenefits tools, you can complete various tasks. You can apply for benefits, download your DD 214, view your benefits status, in addition to other actions as needed. This workspace is available to you once you have created an eBenefits account
  • A catalog of links to other sites that provide information about military and Veteran benefits

Gold Card Benefit Program

As of November 7, 2011, all qualifying Post-9/11 veterans are eligible to receive a "Gold Card". Information on this new initiative can be found on the United States Department of Labor (USDOL) website at or by contacting your Local Veterans' Employment Representative.

Important Links

  • My Next Move for Veterans - Allows veterans to search for current jobs in specific industries, in similar situations to their military experience, or based on their own interests
  • eBenefits - A service of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense. Gives answers to questions about available benefits and how veterans can apply

Job Search

Other Resources

Unemployment Assistance

Ways to file:

  • Complete the online application
  • File over the phone at (888) 209-8124
    • Also, send a copy of member 4 DD-214 to:
      NYS Dept of Labor Central Support Unit
      PO Box 15130
      Albany, NY 12212
      Fax to (518) 457-9378

Uniformed Services Employment & Reemployment Rights (USERRA)

  • Know your rights about employee eligibility and job entitlement, employer obligations, benefits and remedies under this Act.
  • Learn how to file a claim.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program

The VR&E VetSuccess Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

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