“I am proud that Selective Service and VA have joined together in advancing VA for Vets. VA’s leadership of this effort across government is making it easier for more agencies to hire veterans – this is the right thing to do. I applaud Secretary Shinseki, Assistant Secretary Farrisee, and the entire VA team for their commitment to this important effort,” said Selective Service System Chief of Staff Joel C. Spangenberg.
Mr. Spangenberg and Associate Director for Public and Intergovernmental Affairs Richard S. Flahavan joined Department of Veterans Affairs’ Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration Gina Farrisee and Special Assistant for the Veteran Employment Services Office Dadrian Brown in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the two agencies on January 8, 2014.
Joel C. Spangenberg, Chief of Staff of the Selective Service System, signs the MOU supporting VA for Vets with Gina Farrisee, Assistant Secretary for Human Resources and Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, January 8, 2014.
This understanding seals Selective Service’s partnership with VA in supporting their VA for Vets federal platform for promoting veteran employment opportunities available throughout the federal government and non-profit organizations. The MOU defines its purpose as forming a cooperative and collaborative relationship with VA to efficiently and effectively use VA for Vets services to increase the number of veterans employed at Selective Service.
Currently, over 45 percent of Selective Service’s full-time civilian workforce is composed of veterans. This workforce works in concert with the Reserve Force Officer cadre that drills with Selective Service across the country. As an independent government agency under the Executive Branch, Selective Service remains as a strategic source of manpower following the Department of Defense’s Active and Reserve components.
Veterans and transitioning military service members can access the VA for Vets website, which offers assistance in helping them to begin or continue federal or non-profit careers. The VA for Vets Career Center provides the means to translate military skills, build federal resumes, and search and apply for open positions. VA for Vets is the flagship initiative of the Veteran Employment Services Office (VESO).
Selective Service now has the opportunity to leverage VA’s VESO network and VA for Vets program in hiring skilled veterans to meet the agency’s staffing needs. VESO fulfills its goals in increasing the number of veterans employed by the federal government. Veterans also have access to a unified resource to successfully find employment opportunities.
VESO supports veteran recruitment, retention, and reintegration through the development and implementation of the innovative VA for Vets program. The program offers the most advanced online integrated military skills translator and career assessment tool on the market; a resume builder that tailors resumes so veterans can more easily compete for open positions; and avatar-based technology that connects deployed military service members back to VA during their operational missions.
For more information on VA for Vets, please visit their website: vaforvets.va.gov