Honoring Our Nation's Veterans this November
This November, Americans all over the country and abroad will recognize the dedicated service of our military. In addition to the ceremonies, speeches, and other events honoring Veterans, like the Department of Labor (DOL) annual Salute to Veterans, Benefits.gov wants to share government benefit and assistance programs that may be available to Veterans and their family members.

Did you know DOL's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) serves our Veterans in helping obtain meaningful careers by providing employment resources and expertise and protecting their rights as workers?

VETS provides helpful employment programs like Veterans Preference (VP). Under this program, Veterans who are disabled or who served on active duty in the armed forces during certain recognized periods, or in military campaigns, are entitled to preference over other qualified candidates from competitive lists of eligible applicants. They are also provided protection for retention consideration during reductions in force (RIFs). VP entitles Veterans to employment preference for most Federal civil service jobs.

Another VETS program, the Jobs for Veterans State Grants Program (JVSG) helps Veterans find good jobs at American Job Centers and other locations through funding for Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) staff. DVOPs and LVERs are state employees who provide employment services exclusively to veterans, other eligible persons, transitioning service members, their spouses and, indirectly, employers. Along with other DOL agency programs, you can view additional VETS programs on our Federal Agency category page.

In addition to VETS, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) also administers many benefit programs for Veterans. A popular program is VA's Travel Reimbursement, which provides mileage reimbursement for common carrier (plane, train, bus, taxi, light rail, etc.) or medically indicated (ambulance, wheelchair van) transport for travel to and from VA-authorized health care. A second program is the Veterans Pension program, which provides need-based funds to wartime Veterans who meet certain age or non-service connected disability requirements.

VA also provides medical and health benefits to Veterans, such as the Health Insurance for Dependents (CHAMPVA) program, for which VA shares the cost of covered health services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries, including spouses and children of Veterans disabled, wounded or killed in service-related incidents. Another medical program is the Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans, which provides outpatient medical services, hospital care, medicines, and other medical supplies to eligible Veterans.

These are just a handful of the many programs available to U.S. Veterans. Benefits.gov hosts information for 73 military benefits for Active Duty and Veterans, and we encourage you to check out the full list on the Browse by Category page. Thank you, Veterans, for your service and dedication to the United States and its citizens.