by Staff Sgt. E'Lysia A. Wray
49th Wing Public Affairs
3/23/2015 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Hero
to Hired, a part of the Veterans Employment Center, visited Holloman
Air Force Base March 18, in the Exchange parking lot from 10 a.m. - 2
The VEC is the federal government's single authoritative internet source
for connecting transitioning service members, veterans and their
families to meaningful career opportunities. The VEC is the first
government-wide product that brings together a reputable group of public
and private employers with real job opportunities. They provide
transitioning service members, veterans and their families with the
tools to translate their military skills into plain language. Service
members build profiles that can be shared with employers who have made a
public commitment to hire veterans.
The VEC is the result of collaboration between the Department of
Veterans Affairs and the Defense Department under the Joining Forces
initiative created by Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden.
The VA, Labor, Defense and Education, the Small Business Administration
and the Office of Personnel Management, collaborated to design and
develop the VEC to incorporate the best features of existing online
"You can do a specific job search on ebenefits.va.org, which will tell
you which jobs are located where," said Maj. Todd Kontny, New Mexico
Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Liaison and Employment
Coordinator. "The skills translator option is where you put in your
specialty code and it will convert it over to the civilian equivalent.
You can cut and paste that verbiage straight into your resume."
The VEC also allows employers to search resumes of veterans with certain skill sets, which best fit their organizational needs.
"Have the employer find you, instead of you going to find them," said Kontny.
Resumes are only visible to employers with a LinkedIn or Google profile.
Applicant's name and e-mail addresses are censored and only visible to
verified VA employers who are registered companies with the IRS.
"Ebenefits is a great website created to make the transition to civilian
life easier and to make the service member feel secure in knowing there
are options out there for them," said Kontny.
Service members and their spouses transitioning to civilian life are
being offered resources needed to be successful. The VEC along with the
Department of Labor and its 2,500 American Job Centers, are connecting
veterans and service members with both public and private sector
employers interested in hiring those with military experience.
"For any other questions, please visit https://www.ebenefits.va.gov,"
said Kontny. "They offer a live chat for those needing any assistance
with navigating the website. A list of numbers and contact options are
available so no matter where you are or what you need, there is a way
for you to get the answers you need."