New York State Division of Veterans' Services

Veteran Employment

Job Seekers

  • Are you currently unemployed or underemployed?
  • Are you preparing to transition from military service into the civilian workforce?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” the State of New York and its federal and local government partners are here to assist you.

If you served on Active Duty in the United States Armed Forces, the New York State Department of Labor will:

  • Serve you first by the next available staff member
  • Give you first priority to any jobs or training for which you are eligible and qualified

To learn more, speak with a New York State Career Center staff member at 1-888-4-NYSDOL

Jobs for Veterans State Grant Program

  • Are you a Veteran with a disability caused or worsened by your military service?
  • Are you a Veteran between the ages of 18 and 24?
  • Did you serve on active duty during the Vietnam Era (no combat service required)?
  • Did you separate from the military during this past year, and were you unemployed for six months or more at any point during that year?
  • Are you dealing with a significant barrier to employment, such as a criminal record, homelessness, or imminent risk of homelessness?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” then you may qualify to meet with a Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) for a full range of employment services, including:

  • Comprehensive assessments
  • Individual employment plans
  • Job referrals
  • Referrals to training and support services
  • Resume and interview preparation assistance

Find your local DVOP here.

Employers

  • Are you looking for assistance to hire veterans?
  • Would you like veterans to see your job listings?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” NYS has resources Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) to assist you. LVERs provide services including:

  • Including job matching and job placement for veterans with employers
  • Conduct employer outreach
  • Inform Federal contractors of the process to hire qualified veterans

Find your Local LVER here.

Discrimination

  • Is your employer discriminating against you because of your past, present, or future military obligations?
  • Do you think you might not be receiving your Veterans Preference in federal or state employment?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” the US Department of Labor and New York State protect your rights.

  • The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) guarantees an employee returning from military service or training the right to be reemployed at their former job (or as nearly comparable a job as possible) with the status, seniority, and pay that the employee would have received had they not left for military duty. Certain restrictions apply, such as a maximum length of consecutive years of military service and a requirement for the Veteran to notify the employer in a timely manner of the Veteran’s desire to return to the job. USERRA also protects against discrimination by employers on the basis of military status and ensures reasonable accommodations for Veterans with disabilities.
  • Veterans with disabilities who served on active duty in the Armed Forces during certain specified time periods or in military campaigns are entitled to hiring preferences for most federal government jobs. Learn more at here.
  • New York State’s Veterans with Disabilities Employment Program (55-c) authorizes up to 500 positions to be filled with qualified wartime era Veterans with a service-connected disability rating of at least 10%. Combat service is not required to qualify for this program. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications for the position but are not required to take the Civil Service examination for the position.

Veteran-Owned Small Businesses

Entrepreneurs

  • Do you currently own a small business?
  • Are you thinking about opening your own small business?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” then the US Small Business Administration (SBA) has resources to assist you.

The SBA’s Office of Veterans Business Development's mission is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.

Their programs include:

To learn more, visit here.

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Businesses

  • Are you interested in being certified as a New York State Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business (SDVOB)?
  • Are you currently looking to contract with a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business?

If the answer to either of these questions is “yes,” New York State’s Division of Service-Disabled Veterans' Business Development is here to assist you with resources including:

To learn more, visit here.

Housing

Affordable Housing

  • Are you looking for an affordable apartment?

New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) is the State’s affordable housing agency, with a mission to build, preserve, and protect affordable housing and increase homeownership throughout New York State. HCR programs include:

To learn more, visit here.

Homelessness

  • Are you currently experiencing or at risk of homelessness?

The US Department of Veterans Affairs’ programs assist thousands of homeless and at-risk Veterans each year. These programs include:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program, combining HUD housing vouchers with VA supportive services.
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) case management and supportive services to prevent the imminent loss of a Veteran’s home or to rapidly re-house Veterans and their families who are homeless
  • Grant and Per Diem Program for state, local and tribal governments and nonprofits to receive capital grants and per diem payments to develop and operate transitional housing and/or service centers for Veterans who are homeless

To connect with housing resources, please call the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET.

For a list of SSVF providers please visit here.

For a list of Grant and Per Diem grantees in New York please visit here.

To learn more, please visit here.

Homeownership

  • Are you pursuing the dream of homeownership?

The US Department of Veterans Affairs assists Servicemembers, Veterans, and eligible surviving spouses pursue this dream by providing a home loan guaranty benefit and other housing-related programs to help you buy, build, repair, retain, or adapt a home for your own personal occupancy.

To learn more, visit here.

New York State additionally offers further assistance in the form of:

Schedule an Appointment with a Veterans Benefits Advisor

1-888-VETS-NYS

(1-888-838-7697)

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Schedule an Appointment with a Veterans Benefits Advisor

1-888-VETS-NYS

(1-888-838-7697)

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Find a Veterans Benefits Advisor Near You!

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