BECKLEY, W.Va. — US. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., announced last week that a project to benefit veterans, first initiated by his campaign in 2012, has finally come to fruition.
After working with the U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense and Labor for more than two years, Manchin was pleased to announce the launch of the Veterans Employment Center, a new online database system that provides veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses with the tools they need to connect to employers, a press release stated.
Described as a “one-stop-shop Internet portal,” the database merges interagency employment postings to provide public and private job opportunities.
Additionally, the database provide a resume-builder, military skills translator and detailed career and training resources, the release stated, along with offering a comprehensive database of resumes for employers who are seeking to match veterans with available jobs.
Tools such as the military skills translator assist veterans in translating their military skills and experience to find a career option that best complements their existing skill-set. The site also provides links to free online courses, vocational counseling and more.
The U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Commerce, Labor and Education, the U.S. Small Business Administration and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management worked together to design and develop the website and incorporate features of existing online employment tools within government, the release said.
“I have always said if you want to help a vet, hire a vet,” Manchin said, in an issued release. “After working with the departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense and Labor since my good friend Sen. Kirk and I launched the Congressional Veterans Jobs Caucus more than two years ago, I am pleased that the Veterans Employment Center has finally become a reality.”
Manchin said that he believes veterans and transitioning service members deserve a simple, consolidated and reliable source to connect with employers and search for all available jobs.
“Those who have served this great country are some of the most well-trained, disciplined and dedicated individuals among us, and they’ve proven to be undeniable assets on and off the battlefield,” Manchin said, in the release. “This online tool and joint effort is just the beginning of what we can do together to help our veterans quickly apply their military skills to the civilian job market.”