Category Archives: Veteran’s Affairs

Social Media Tips for Military in Transition

Look at your work but investigate additional duties and side jobs for relevant achievements too. Think of past successes and create great stories from them.

Social Media Tips for Military in Transition – Patra Frame,

The transition from Military to Civilian requires focus and an appreciation for your own skills that you may not rank as highly. In Patra Frame’s post, she recommends that transitioning veterans focus, translate their military lingo and experience for civilians, ask for help and exhibit CAUTION when venting online.

Interested in Joining a Veterans LinkedIn support network? Check out these groups on LinkedIn:

Veterans Groups on Long Island:


USA JOBS / Federal Jobs in Suffolk

New York State Safety and Security Officer Trainee Exam Open

The New York State Department of Civil Service has an Open-Competitive Class Title of Safety and Security Officer Trainee Exam open until December 11th, 2013. Minimum Qualifications and instructions on how to apply are available when you click on this link.

Note: A Spanish Speaking List is concurrently open.

Veterans Benefits Ending Oct 1st – Apply Now

The Veterans Retraining Assistance Program which is a part of the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 will not receive applications after Oct 1st. Quickly explained:

VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans.

The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who:

  • Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old
  • Are unemployed on the date of application
  • Received an other than dishonorable discharge
  • Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance)
  • Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability
  • Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program

Want to enroll, or know more? Click here for more information. Take a look at High Demand Occupations you could apply for by clicking here.

Business.USA.Gov Beta

A new site was launched by the JOBS Act signed by President Obama. In hoping to act more like the businesses they serve, the Government of the USA has developed a one-stop resource site for Small Businesses. Named, it brings together resources across various government agencies to help entrepreneurs with everything from starting a business, financing, hiring employees, tax information, tutorials, exporting and finding events sponsored by government agencies. It is currently in Beta stage, which means that it needs your feedback to continue improving. Special information is provided for businesses that are run by Veterans and Minorities as well as businesses that operate in Rural areas or the Web. Visit the site by clicking here.

Eligible Training Provider List – Department of Labor

You may be eligible to receive vouchers to attend classes in a variety of subjects and specialties. If you visit the ETPL page through the New York Department of Labor, you can search for eligible training providers in the area. Click on “Training Search” on the left hand side of the page. You will be taken to a new page that will allow you to search for either training providers or Course Offerings. Depending on the available funding, you may be eligible to attend these courses for free or at a low-cost. Contact the Suffolk County Department of Labor for more information.

Suffolk County Department of Labor One-Stop
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY

Did you know that Suffolk County is sixth-largest in terms of Veterans population in the nation? If you are an Unemployed Veteran, there are new benefits that you may qualify for under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). There are also additional vocational rehabilitation and employment benefits available for Unemployed Veterans with a service-connected disability. Please visit the VRAP page at the Veterans Affairs Website for more information. Or contact the Suffolk County VETS department. They can schedule an appointment with a Veterans Counselor to determine what benefits you are entitled to. You can even schedule an appointment online.  :

Suffolk County Veterans Service Agency
H. Lee Dennison Building
100 Veterans Memorial Highway
3rd Floor Hauppauge, NY 11788-0099
(631) 853-VETS
Riverhead Office
300 Center Drive
Riverhead, NY 11901
(631) 852-1410

Green Careers NY

Green Careers NY is a website created by the Department of Labor that will help you find “information about green jobs and careers, how to get green training, and incentives for going green.” Under the Tab “Job Seekers”, you can find links to a variety of job training programs administered by the state. Take advantage of these programs that will prepare you for employment in a Green Career.

Green Careers NY – Job Seekers

NYSERDA Green Careers Training Map

VETSBuild Green Training – Free and open to ALL Veterans