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New Veterans Job-Search Website Connects Employers with Service Members

Service members, veterans and their families who are looking for jobs now have a one-stop shop where they can create resumes, connect with employers and become part of a database for companies to search.

Because the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down veterans are in need of guidance and jobs as they transition into civilian life. The new website, ebenefits.va.gov, helps simplify the job-searching process, letting veterans and their spouses build resumes, get career training, and convert their military skills into private sector skills—all online on one website.

Veterans will have access to:

  • Quick public resume posting with an instant connection to thousands of public and private employers

  • Targeted job searches based on specific, high-demand career paths

  • A single search for both public and private sector positions

  • A military skills translator and resume generator

  • Social media integration with bookmarking capability for saving job postings

Employers will have access to:

  • A targeted feed of qualified resumes from veteran applicants

  • Reverse skills translation (military to civilian skills) for applicants

  • A showcase of their veterans hiring goals and progress toward those goals

  • Resources designed to help recruit and retain talented veteran employees

Image description: These photos are from Veterans Day events at Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam War Memorial, the Navy Memorial, the National World War ll Memorial, and the Air Force Memorial.

View more photos from Veterans Day events.

Photos by Robert Turtil, PrisCilla Kates, Emerson Sanders, James Lucas and Lea Holcer, Department of Veterans Affairs.

VA Home Loans Can Help Servicemembers and Veterans Purchase, Refinance, or Adapt a Home

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers a variety of home loan programs for active duty servicemembers, veterans, and National Guard and Reserve members: 

  • Purchase Loans help purchase a home at a competitive interest rate often without requiring a downpayment or private mortgage insurance.
  • Cash Out Refinance Loans take cash out of your home equity to pay off debt, fund school, or make home improvements.
  • Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan can help you obtain a lower interest rate by refinancing an existing VA loan.
  • Native American Direct Loans help eligible Native American veterans finance the purchase, construction, or improvement of homes on Federal Trust Land, or reduce the interest rate on a VA loan.
  • Adapted Housing Grants help veterans with a permanent and total service-connected disability purchase or build an adapted home or to modify an existing home to account for their disability.

These programs are not one-time benefits - they can be reused.

Learn more about home loans for veterans and servicemembers.

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From the National Archives:

Donna Judd spends each day carefully searching for valuable information for veterans in the documents left burned and brittle by the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis.

She looks for separation documents so that veterans can get benefits, and she sifts through damaged files to find information for medals.

“One record could take 5 minutes, another record could take 5 hours,” she says.

To read the full story of how Donna helps veterans claim their benefits even when the files have been damaged, go to today’s blog post:
http://go.usa.gov/jrVA

My ex-husband was a world war 2 veteran. He died in 2002, Am I entitled to any military benefits? We were married for 30 years and neither of us remarried.

Asked by an anonymous Tumblr user.

We’re sorry for your loss and extend our sincere thanks for your ex-husband’s service.

The Veterans Benefits Administration at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) handles benefits for spouses, children, and parents of servicemembers and veterans who are deceased or disabled by a service-connected disability.

You may be eligible for the following benefits:

Learn more about these benefits and other services for dependents or survivors.

If you have questions about VA benefits for dependents and survivors, call 1-800-827-1000 or send them an e-mail.