Are you a Veteran and in need of a job? Several programs are available to assist Veterans with job training by emphasizing and building on existing skills, learning new skills, and recognizing special needs or accommodations as a Veteran.

Veteran Employment Readiness

Help is available if you're transitioning from a military job to a civilian position. Some employers are veteran-friendly, meaning they make Veteran hiring a part of their recruiting efforts.

In Maryland, you can get employment readiness skills like career counseling, testing and placement assistance, job search assistance and job training from an American Job Center. There are locations throughout Maryland, and the centers may have specific programs for Veterans.

You may also get help from the Maryland Workforce Exchange, a one-stop online resource for all job seekers. You may be familiar with MWE if you're an unemployed Veteran.

Learn more about MWE and American Job Centers in the 211 employment guide or call 211 and speak to an Information and Referral Specialist or find a list of employment programs for Veterans in our database. 

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State jobs for veterans

The State of Maryland details jobs in state government where a Veteran may be especially suited to apply for the position. Of course, you can apply for any position, but a military background is helpful for these open state jobs.

The state also provides "crosswalks" which are careers in the military service followed by a comparable state employment classification.

Veteran Affairs Jobs

Are you looking to work with the Department of Veteran Affairs or Veterans Health Administration? Find a VA job near you.

Employment Help for Veterans At Risk of Homelessness 

If you are homeless or at risk, Sheppard Pratt and the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs have specific employment programming to help:  

  • Operation New Start – Sheppard Pratt expanded this program to help homeless Veterans find jobs. The program creates an individualized employment plan, emphasizing the Veteran's strengths and preferences. Job training is also provided along with other services to reduce barriers to employment.
  • Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services (HVCES)- This program provides homeless Veterans and those at risk of homelessness with vocational rehabilitation, job training and placement assistance, and ongoing support. 
  • Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) Program – Through vocational rehabilitation, including skills assessment and development, the CWT program works to help homeless Veterans obtain and maintain employment. 
  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess Program (VR&E)- The VR&E program endeavors to help veterans with service-connected disabilities obtain and maintain employment. That’s accomplished through a comprehensive approach, including assessing skills, interests and needs and providing job training, internships, job placement services, and support while employed. 

For information on these programs and other types of employment assistance offered by the VA, please visit the Homeless Veterans Hotline website or call 877-4AID-VET. 

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