There are any number of challenges and concerns that veterans and their families may face, including the need to find job training and employment. A number of programs are available to empower and assist veterans in obtaining employment, by emphasizing and building on their existing skills, learning new skills, and recognizing special needs that they may have.

2-1-1 Maryland offers a number of resources to assist veterans who are seeking employment, which can be found at the Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs' Jobs and Training page.

The state of Maryland has a network of  American Job Centers that offer a wide range of employment services including: career counseling, job search assistance, referrals for job training and more. There are also some services including: career counseling, testing and placement assistance, that are specifically tailored to veterans. Please click here to find the location closest to you.

Several specific programs are offered through the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs. These include:

Homeless Veterans Supported Employment Program (HVSEP)- 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 Program (CWTP)- 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. This is 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 as well as other types of employment assistance offered by the VA, please visit the Homeless Veterans Hotline website or call 877-424-3838.