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Job programs for veterans

If you are a veteran, government programs can help you and your spouse with your careers after military service.

Prepare for a civilian job

Visit CareerOneStop’s Veteran and Military Transition Center to help you transition from the military to a civilian job. Use quizzes and tools to plan your next career and:

  • Match your current skills to civilian jobs 
  • Learn about certificate and apprenticeship programs
  • Build your job search skills

Get career counseling

The VA offers career counseling services to guide you through your career transition. You and your counselor will create a career plan just for you. A counselor can help you:

  • Write a resume
  • Explore career options
  • Help you use education benefits to train for a new career

Learn about the VA’s educational and career counseling requirements and how to apply.

Start a veteran-owned business 

Visit the Small Business Administration’s Boots to Business page to find classes that can help you learn to plan and open a small business. Find other SBA programs and resources for military members, spouses, and veterans.

Find resources for specific groups

Veterans with disabilities

The Veteran Readiness and Employment (VRE) program offers support and services for veterans with service-related disabilities. VRE can help you:

  • Get job training and counseling
  • Find and keep a job
  • Start a business

Military spouses

If you are married to a veteran, you can also receive career benefits. Get help from the VA to explore the next step in your career.

Contact the SBA if you plan to become an entrepreneur. It offers training and coaching for military spouses to start a business.

LAST UPDATED: December 6, 2023


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