External Resources

In addition to the Veterans Working Group materials that are available, the following is a list of external resources to assist in veteran employment efforts.


        • The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) recently released a report, Onward and Upward: Understanding Veteran Retention and Performance in the Workforce. The report provides important insights into the transition of veterans into the civilian workforce, as well as their longer-term career trajectories. 
        • USC recently released the official findings from a study of more than 1,350 veterans living in Los Angeles County. The report includes granular details on the issues that veterans are having pertaining to race, gender, age, and socioeconomic status. The State of the American Veteran found that many service members leave the military unprepared for the transition home and have a range of needs that cannot be easily provided by a single organization. 

          USC also released a report, conducted in partnership with Loyola University Chicago, on nearly 1,300 Chicagoland veterans that details the needs and challenges these veterans face as they make this transition.
        • The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and others have created a Veterans Hiring Guide, which provides a central location for a comprehensive list of veteran hiring resources and business incentives. The goal of the guide is to ensure that employers are aware of the various programs and services available to find, hire, train, and employ America’s most valued and skilled work-ready veterans. As the guide highlights, there are a number of programs in existence to help employers connect with top veteran talent. Federal agencies are working together every day to make it easy to leverage the various tools and incentives available.

          The guide was developed with the coordination and collaboration of the following organizations: The Department of Veterans Affairs, The Department of Labor, The Department of Defense, The Department of Education, The White House (Domestic Policy Council, Office of Management and Budget - Performance Improvement Council, and Joining Forces), and the U.S Chamber of Commerce. 
        • America's Heroes at Work — Veterans Hiring Toolkit
          Interested in developing or enhancing a Veterans hiring initiative for your company but don't know where to begin? This Toolkit can help.
          It is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, Veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.
          The U.S. Department of Labor recognizes that employers can sometimes find it difficult to navigate the plethora of Veterans hiring resources available to them. So, this Toolkit was developed to simplify the process and put valuable resources at your fingertips. It serves to pinpoint helpful tools and outline some important steps to take when designing a Veterans hiring initiative that works for your particular business.
          Recognizing that each employer is unique, this guide allows you to select from promising practices and other resources that employers are using to successfully welcome talented and skilled Veterans into their companies. Whether you are looking to create a plan from scratch or retool existing efforts, we encourage you to reference this guide and design an initiative that works for you.
        • The Illinois Hires Heroes Consortium is a group of Illinois employers who recognize the great value veterans bring to the workplace and operationalize the term "veteran-friendly" by committing to implement best practices in veteran recruitment, training and retention: http://www.ides.illinois.gov/Pages/Illinois_Hires_Heroes.aspx
        • Hiring Our Heroes is a program of the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation that was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 610 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia and is engaged in a number of other veteran employment initiatives: http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes
        • Hiring Our Heroes, Toyota, and Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer have created a Personal Branding Resume Engine. This next generation online tool is designed specifically for veterans and transitioning service members. Much more than a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) translator, the Resume Engine captures the totality of a veteran's military experience - including awards, deployments, and military schooling - and helps put them into civilian terms: https://resumeengine.org/
        • Institute for Veterans and Military Families of Syracuse University (IVMF) provides resources and support services to veterans and their families to identify and pursue employment opportunities, leveraging skills and experiences gained in military service and new skills and knowledge gained post-service: http://vets.syr.edu/employment/

Finding Veterans

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Disability Resources

Finding Job-Seekers with Disabilities

        • Illinois workNet (Illinois Department of Employment Security): https://www.illinoisworknet.com/disabilityworks/Resources/Pages/Videos.aspx
        • Integrating our award-winning, evidence-based practices and strategic partnerships, the Veterans Project at Thresholds, a mental health agency, provides veterans with disabilities a wide range of services, including supported employment and education, peer-driven supports, and integrated physical and mental health services. Thresholds employment services provide pre-screened candidates that match a company's labor needs at no cost, job retention services for both employer and employee, and connection to tax credits: Contact E-Shawn.Spencer@thresholds.org, Supported Employment Program Director, for more information.