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Veteran Services

PA CareerLink® – Chester County offers a variety of services for our Veterans

We can assist with career counseling, job search, training, and other skill enrichment programs. Come in and speak to one of our representatives – we will be able to connect you with benefits, resources, placement opportunities and other   advantages that Veterans deserve.

Priority of Service for Veterans and Covered Persons

The Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA), PL 107-288, signed into law on November 7, 2002, requires that there be priority of service for veterans and covered persons (eligible spouses) in any workforce preparation,development, or delivery program or service directly funded in whole or part, by the US Department of Labor (38 U.S.C. 4215).

PA CareerLink® – Chester County will provide Priority of Service to eligible Veterans and Covered Persons (Spouses).  To determine eligibility for Priority of Service individuals will be asked to complete an initial assessment to determine if they are eligible to receive Priority of Service. Any determination to receive Priority of Service will be determined only after an initial assessment is completed.

If an individual is determined to be an eligible Veteran or Covered person, the Priority of Service they can expect to receive includes:

  • Full Access to Core Services, including participation in workshops, orientations and seminars, even when seating is limited.
  • Preference on all job orders received by PA CareerLink® – Chester County, including the first opportunity to respond to and/or apply to new job orders.
  • The opportunity to be initially notified about on-site employer recruitment events.
  • Initial screening/eligibility determination (e.g. priority scheduling) for any services/programs requiring eligibility determination.
  • Priority consideration when applying for Individual Training Account (ITA) grants when funding becomes limited.

Disabled Veterans Outreach Program

Additionally, eligible Veterans and Covered Persons may be eligible to receive intensive case management services through our Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) if they possess any of the following Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE):

  • Have a VA rated disability at 30% or greater
  • Currently Homeless
  • Within one year of discharge or release of active duty and have been unemployed for 27 or more weeks during the past 12 months
  • An offender released from incarceration within the past 12 months
  • Does not possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Between the ages of 18 and 24
  • Currently a transitioning member of the Armed Forces who participated in the Transition Assistance Program
  • Currently a member of the Armed Forces who is wounded, ill or injured receiving treatment in a military treatment facility or warrior transition unit.
  • A family caregiver of a wounded Armed Forces member who is wounded, ill or injured and receiving treatment in a military treatment facility or warrior transition unit.
Veterans Gold Card Program

The Gold Card provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today’s job market. The Gold Card initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS).veteran-gold-card

An eligible veteran can present the Gold Card at PA CareerLink® – Chester County to receive enhanced intensive services including
up to six months of follow-up. The enhanced in-person services available for Gold Card holders at PA CareerLink® may include:

  • Job readiness assessment, including interviews and testing;
  • Development of an Individual Development Plan (IDP);
  • Career guidance through group or individual counseling that helps
    veterans inmaking training and career decisions;
  • Provision of labor market, occupational, and skills transferability information that inform educational, training, and occupational decisions;
  • Referral to job banks, job portals, and job openings;
  • Referral to employers and registered apprenticeship sponsors;
  • Referral to training by WIOA-funded or third party service providers; and
  • Monthly follow-up by an assigned case manager for up to six months.
Eligible Veterans Can Print A Gold Card Here
Links to Other Veteran Service Organizations and Programs: