Employment

Minnesota

At the national level, The American Legion's National Economic Commission monitors economic legislation and regulations that affect veterans' preference in federal employment. The Commission was established to ensure that veterans have the opportunity to provide for their economic necessities and those of their dependents.

Departments participate in three national employer awards to recognize corporations that excel at hiring disabled workers, the elderly, and veterans. The Veteran Employer of the Year Awards honor outstanding employers of veterans in large, medium, and small businesses. The Commission also recognizes Local Veterans Employment representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program service officers for outstanding service to unemployed or under-employed veterans. Legion Posts, Districts, and Departments carry similar activities to their communities, counties, and states.

As part of our program to provide access to jobs for qualified veterans, The American Legion offers links to two important resources.America's Job Bank contains over 4,000 jobs which are updated daily. This list also contains jobs listed by federal contractors, who are required to give preference in hiring to
qualified veterans. The U.S. Department of Labor will also soon offer a method for sorting jobs by federal contractor. A list of all federal positions currently open is available at USA Jobs. Veterans who desire a position with the Federal government should visit this site frequently. Methods for making application for federal employment have been greatly simplified recently. A Standard Form 171 is no longer necessary, and a personal resume is perfectly acceptable.

Departments participate in three national employer awards to recognize corporations that excel at hiring disabled workers, the elderly, and veterans. The Veteran Employer of the Year Awards honor outstanding employers of veterans in large, medium, and small businesses. The Commission also recognizes Local Veterans Employment representatives and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program service officers for outstanding service to unemployed or under-employed veterans. Legion Posts, Districts, and Departments carry similar activities to their communities, counties, and states.

As part of our program to provide access to jobs for qualified veterans, The American Legion offers links to two important resources. America's Job Bank contains over 4,000 jobs which are updated daily. This list also contains jobs listed by federal contractors, who are required to give preference in hiring to qualified veterans. The U.S. Department of Labor will also soon offer a method for sorting jobs by federal contractor. A list of all federal positions currently open is available at USA Jobs. Veterans who desire a position with the Federal government should visit this site frequently. Methods for making application for federal employment have been greatly simplified recently. A Standard Form 171 is no longer necessary, and a personal resume is perfectly acceptable.

VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT OF 1997
In January, Congressman John L. Mica (FL) introduced H.R. 240. The American Legion supports this important legislation because it will accomplish the following.

    • Create an effective, efficient and user-friendly redress system for those whose veterans' preference rights have been violated.
    • Remove artificial barriers that bar qualified veterans from competing for federal jobs.
    • Prevent unfair personnel practices that prevent veterans from exercising their job protection rights during reductions in force.
    • Enhance a veteran's opportunities for finding other jobs during a reduction in force.
    • Extend veterans' preference to certain non-political jobs in the legislative branch, the judicial branch and the White House.
    • Make violation of veterans' preference laws a prohibited personnel practice.
    • Provide veterans' preference to men and women serving in Bosnia, Croatia and Macedonia

      For a pamphlet that will answer your questions on Veterans' Preference in Federal hiring, please contact the National Economic Commission, The American Legion, 1608 K St., NW, Washington, DC 20006 or order it through e-mail.
       

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Carl Moon

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