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USBLN Conference October 2011 R. A. Fanning, VR&E Service Director. V E T S U C C E S S . G O V. Overview. 1. VR&E Mission and Process. 2. Incentives for Hiring Veterans. 3. Self-employment. 4. Innovation Initiatives. 5. Employment Results. 6. 7. Conclusion.

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usbln conference october 2011 r a fanning vr e service director
USBLN Conference

October 2011

R. A. Fanning, VR&E Service Director

V E T S U C C E S S. G O V


1. VR&E Mission and Process

2. Incentives for Hiring Veterans

3. Self-employment

4. Innovation Initiatives

5. Employment Results


7. Conclusion

vr e mission statement
VR&E Mission Statement

The mission of VR&E is to help Veterans with service connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and maintain suitable careers

For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VR&E provides services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible


Eligibility and Entitlement

  • Active Duty Servicemembers:
    • Honorable discharge expected upon separation from active duty
    • VA Memorandum or DES rating of 20% or more
  • Veterans:
    • Honorable or other than dishonorable discharge
    • VA Memorandum or DES rating of 20% or more
    • VA service-connected disability rating of 10% with a serious employment handicap or 20% or more with an employment handicap


Entitlement Decision

Evaluation and Planning



Employment Services

The VetSuccess Process


  • Application received (VONAP or 28-1900)
  • Veteran’s eligibility established (GED processing used to establish pending 719)
  • Schedule veteran for initial counseling appointment if eligible
  • On-going case management (max of 18 months)
  • Provide employment services
    • Interview skills
    • Job placement assistance
    • Referral to DOL
  • Work with veteran to identify track
  • Establish vocational or independent living goal
  • Define services needed
  • Develop written plan of services


  • VRC meets with veteran
  • Conduct VR&E orientation to include Five Tracks Video
  • Conduct vocational evaluation to assess skills, abilities & interests
  • Determine employment handicap (VR&E entitlement criteria) and serious EH
  • Determine feasibility for employment

Rapid Access

To Employment

  • Held suitable employment or improved ability to live independently

Self Employment

(monitor 1 yr min)


Thru Long-Term


Indep. Living

(24 mo. max with 6 mo.

Ext by VR&EO)

vr e services
VR&E Services

Incentives for Hiring Veterans:

- On-The-Job Training (OJT)

- Non-Paid Work Experience (internship)

- Special Employer Incentive Program (SEI)

- Work Opportunity Tax Credit

on the job training
On-the-Job Training

What is an OJT?

Provides training for specific positions with the employer

Veteran is hired at the apprenticeship wage

Results in permanent full-time employment

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On-the-Job Training

Benefits for the Employer

Hiring qualified Veterans at the training wage

VA VR&E purchases necessary tools, uniforms, other required supplies

VA VR&E evaluates the need for job-site accommodations

VA provides support during training and placement follow-up phases

Minimal paperwork

Tax incentives (Work Opportunity Tax Credit)

non paid work experience
Non-Paid Work Experience


What is Non-Paid Work Experience?

  • Provides eligible Veterans with practical job experiences
  • Placement can be at any government facility that will provide the Veteran with a work experience consistent with their vocational rehabilitation goals
  • There is no cost to the employer; the Veteran receives a subsistence allowance from the VA
    • (Authorized by Public Law 94-502)
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Non-Paid Work Experience


Benefits for Employers…

  • Minimal paperwork is required by the participating government agency
  • High quality worker at no expense
  • Allows agency to assess Veteran’s fit for noncompetitive appointment into a permanent position
  • Easy access for the government agency to participate in the NPWE program
special employer incentive
Special Employer Incentive

General Information

To assist Veterans who face obstacles in obtaining employment

For Veterans who have completed training under Chapter 31

SEI programs may be authorized for a maximum of 9 months

Payment to the employer may be monthly or in one lump sum

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Special Employer Incentive

Benefits for Employers

Reimbursement of up to 50% of the Veteran’s salary during the SEI program, via direct reimbursement from VA Chapter 31, to cover:

Compensation for additional expenses incurred for cost of instruction

Compensation for loss of production

Compensation for additional supply and equipment costs

Minimal Paperwork

Employee is trained to employer’s standards

work opportunity tax credit
Work Opportunity Tax Credit


The WOTC is a Federal tax credit incentive that the Congress has authorized to private-sector businesses for hiring Veterans

The main objective of this program is to enable the targeted employees to gradually move from economic dependency into self-sufficiency as they earn a steady income and become contributing taxpayers

Participating employers are compensated by being able to reduce their federal income tax liability

new tax credits
New Tax Credits

Returning Heroes Tax Credit

- New hiring tax credit that will provide an incentive for firms to hire unemployed veterans

Short-term unemployed: A new credit of 40 percent of the first $6,000 of wages (up to $2,400) for employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed at least 4 weeks

- Long-term unemployed: A new credit of 40 percent of the first $12,000 of wages (up to $4,800) for employers who hire veterans who have been unemployed longer than 6 months

Wounded Warrior Tax Credit

- Double the existing tax credit for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities

Maintain the existing Work Opportunity Tax Credit for veterans with service-connected disabilities (currently the maximum is $4,800)

A new credit of 40 percent of the first $24,000 of wages (up to $9,600) for firms that hire veterans with service-connected disabilities who have been unemployed longer than 6 months

- The paperwork process for claiming these credits will be simplified by streamlining the burdensome certification that firms had to undertake to claim previous credits

self employment

VR&E may provide special assistance to Veterans with an approved self-employment rehabilitation goal

Self-Employment may be appropriate for individuals who have limited access to traditional employment due to disability or life circumstances

Services provided:

Development of a viable Business Plan

Training in the operation of a small business

Marketing and financial assistance

Guidance in obtaining adequate resources to implement a viable Business Plan

May include payment of start-up costs

self employment1

VR&E is engaged in initiatives to support self-employment among Veterans and identify new ideas for Veterans to start their own businesses

VR&E partners with the Small Business Administration to provide self-employment resources to all Veterans

va innovation initiative vai2
VAInnovation Initiative (VAi2)

3 VAi2 Projects re: Self-Employment

Business Incubator, Veterans Entrepreneurial Transfer

Pilot Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin involving up to 30 Veterans using a brick and mortar facility

Provides face-to-face services focused on education, mentoring, and growing companies started and owned by Veterans

Business Accelerator, VetSuccess Employment Accelerator

Online interactive tool to guide Veterans in planning, launching, and sustaining self-employment ventures

Pilot sites are Philadelphia and Roanoke

Designed to serve 25-30 Veterans

Business Training, EAdvantage

Online and classroom self-paced courses to assist Veterans in becoming successful entrepreneurs

Available to all Veterans

vai2 self management
VAi2 – Self-Management

Seeking innovations in the area of self-management applications and tools to assist the most seriously disabled Veterans to obtain and maintain employment

Goal is to empower Veterans to fully realize their employment potential through the use of assistive technologies and strategies

Solutions might include assistive technology, web-based tools, self-monitoring strategies, mobile applications, etc

fy2010 employment results
FY2010 Employment Results

Average Professional Salary - $34,712

FY2011 to date Average Salary - $42,961

Average Salary Before Rehab - $7,178

vr e participants and rehabilitations
VR&E Participants and Rehabilitations

Projected 10% increase in 2013; 131,896 participants

Post 9/11

GI Bill

CHTW Expansion

Feb. 08;







vetsuccess gov


Comprehensive employment resource for all Veterans

Agencies can post job openings directly on

Job board currently connects over 80,000 Veterans with over 1,700 registered Employers

Veterans have access to over 8,000,000 jobs through VetSuccess and Job Central Database

Employers can search existing Veteran resumes for direct placements, such as:

- Security Clearance

- Degree

- Skill type


recent vetsuccess gov enhancements
Recent Enhancements Enhancements

State-specific resources searchable through map feature

Military Skills Translator

Interviewing skills tips

Job hunting tips

VetSuccess news

Resume development tool

Theme pages

VetSuccess on Campus, At Home, In the Community, In Transition, At Work, and For the Veteran’s Family


vetsuccess gov future - Future

VetSuccess. gov Future Enhancements

All job feeds from USAJOBS.GOV, Job Central,, and will automatically populate the job board and provide our Veterans with a centralized location to find and apply for both federal and private sector careers

Direct verification of a Veteran’s occupational and disability status through integration with, allowing the Veteran to self-manage his/her claims information

Social media, resume posting, as well as searching and aggregation of job opportunities

Multiple resources and tools to assist Veteran in self assessing skills and to prepare for and succeed in training, work, and self-employment

Linkages to mentoring resources for various occupational groups, including self-employment

Success stories and Veteran feedback mechanisms

Easy access to information about all VA business lines and services, including user friendly access to self service functionality

value of hiring veterans
Value of Hiring Veterans

Accelerated Learning curve

Vets have proven the ability to quickly learn new skills and possess transferable skills proven to achieve success


Vets understand practical ways to manage and achieve goals and are trained to lead.


Vets understand how genuine teamwork grows out of responsibility and how diverse groups work best together.

Diversity and Inclusion in action

Vets have worked alongside each other regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, or mental or physical capabilities.

Efficient performance under pressure

Vets have the capacity to know how to accomplish tasks on time and in spite of stress or adversity.  They understand the importance of dedication and perseverance.

Respect for procedures

Vets have gained a unique perspective on the value of accountability.  They understand how policies and procedures yield stability, safety and productivity.

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Value of Hiring Veterans

Technology and globalization

Vets are aware  of international and technical trends pertinent to business. 


Vets know what it means to do "an honest day's work." 

Conscious of health and safety standards

Triumph over adversity

Vets have the proven ability to overcome challenges and obstacles through strength and determination.

bottom line
Bottom Line

“As a member of Congress, I believe it is the responsibility of those elected to represent the people at every level of government to ensure that our government works to ensure that every person who wants gainful employment has it.”

-Leonard Boswell

“As it turns out, social scientists have established only one fact about an individual’s (sic) mental health: employment improves it.”

-Susan Faludi

“We have an obligation to make sure our Veterans are able to navigate this difficult labor market and succeed in the civilian workforce.”

-President Obama, August 5,2011

thank you
Thank you!


Contact VR&E Services at 202-461-9600