Employment & Vocational Services

HAVE YOU EVER SERVED IN THE MILITARY?

One question can make a big difference…

HELP VETERANS WITH THEIR CAREERS BY:

  • Identifying a warrior’s transferable skills.
  • Connecting veterans to military-friendly employers.
  • Helping a returning service member access veteran job training programs.

WHY ASK THE QUESTION?

Most employers know:  if you hire a veteran you will likely encounter someone with a strong work ethic and a lot of transferable skills.  Those who provide employment and vocational services need to identify and engage job-seeking veteran clients and help them to highlight their strengths in ways that will appeal to civilian employers.  The first step is knowing who your veteran clients are.

At the point of intake,

ASK THE QUESTION:

Have you or a family member ever served in the military?

WHEN THE ANSWER IS “YES,” you may consider thanking them for their service. You may also then be able to find out more about his/her military experience in order to provide the best possible services and referrals.  Asking further questions will also help you to:

  • Build rapport and demonstrate interest and cultural competency
  • Link to any needed military and veteran resources and referrals, including both VA and non-VA programs
  • Assist in translating and matching military service experience to civilian language and jobs
  • Identify any needs for social, cognitive, emotional, or physical accommodations
  • Explore any barriers to reintegration into the workforce
  • Address perceived barriers to seeking support and services

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Employment & Vocational Services can make a big difference!

Following are some questions that could be asked in the context of gathering information for more effective referrals and services.  Pay attention to non-verbal cues, and show respect, curiosity, and empathy.  Also be aware that responsiveness and effective follow-up are critical to building trust and rapport.

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When did you/your family member serve? What service era? Which Branch?

  • Build rapport and demonstrate interest and cultural competency
  • Link to any needed military and veteran resources and referrals, including both VA and non-VA programs

What was your job while serving?

 

  • Link to any needed military and veteran resources and referrals, including both VA and non-VA programs
  • Assist in translating and matching military service experience to civilian language and jobs
  • Identify any needs for social, cognitive, emotional, or physical accommodations

How are your job goals the same as or different from your job in the military?

  • Assist in translating and matching military service experience to civilian language and jobs
  • Explore any barriers to reintegration into the workforce

What specialty training have you participated in?

  • Assist in translating and matching military service experience to civilian language and jobs

In what ways may the services that you’re here for be connected to your military service?

  • Link to any needed military and veteran resources and referrals, including both VA and non-VA programs
  • Assist in translating and matching military service experience to civilian language and jobs
  • Identify any needs for social, cognitive, emotional, or physical accommodations
  • Explore any barriers to reintegration into the workforce

Have you had a recent deployment and/or are you facing a deployment or military duty away from home?

  • Link to any needed military and veteran resources and referrals, including both VA and non-VA programs
  • Assist in translating and matching military service experience to civilian language and jobs
  • Explore any barriers to reintegration into the workforce

Are you enrolled at or connected to the VA or other veteran resources or organizations for services or support?

  • Link to any needed military and veteran resources and referrals, including both VA and non-VA programs

Are there any accommodations you would need related to any service-connected disabilities or conditions?

  • Link to any needed military and veteran resources and referrals, including both VA and non-VA programs
  • Identify any needs for social, cognitive, emotional, or physical accommodations
  • Explore any barriers to reintegration into the workforce

What reservations did you/your family member have about coming in to seek assistance? Is there anything that might be a barrier to further seeking assistance?

  • Address perceived barriers to seeking support and services

Select your profession to see how:

By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” senior services professionals can:

  1. Help older veterans feel understood and respected for their military service
  2. Make effective referrals to Veteran-specific programs and resources
  3. Help military widows access survivor benefits
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” children’s services professionals can:

  1. Help a student thrive when a parent is deployed
  2. Support families facing deployment and reintegration
  3. Improve peer sensitivity to military children
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” employment and vocational services professionals can:

  1. Identify a warrior’s transferable skills
  2. Connect Veterans to military-friendly employers
  3. Help a returning Service Member access veteran job training programs
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” faith-based professionals can:

  1. Identify families in need of extra help during deployment
  2. Motivate communities to come together on behalf of those who serve
  3. Connect military families to the supports and services they need
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” healthcare and medical professionals can:

  1. Build critical rapport with a reluctant patient
  2. Understand the relationship between military experiences and medical symptoms
  3. Provide effective referrals and resources
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” higher education professionals can:

  1. Help a warrior acclimate to a civilian learning environment
  2. Improve peer sensitivity to veteran classmates
  3. Effectively accommodate service-connected disabilities
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” housing services professionals can:

  1. Identify families that qualify for Veteran-specific housing programs
  2. Address service-related barriers to stable housing
  3. Provide effective referrals and resources
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” law enforcement professionals can:

  1. Keep veterans and their families safe
  2. Build trust and rapport in difficult situations
  3. Partner with providers who help Veterans in crisis
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” legal services professionals can:

  1. Support justice-involved veterans
  2. Identify legal challenges related to military service
  3. Link to effective resources
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” mental health professionals can:

  1. Build critical rapport with a reluctant client
  2. Understand the impact of military stressors on mental health and substance use
  3. Help a family understand the emotional effects of deployment on the whole family
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” social services professionals can:

  1. Engage reluctant Veteran clients
  2. Meet a military family’s unique needs
  3. Coordinate services between veteran and civilian providers
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By asking “Have you or a family member ever served in the military?” women’s services professionals can:

  1. Partner with veteran service providers in crisis situations
  2. Identify deployment-related triggers and risk factors
  3. Identify individuals affected by Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
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