VA is well aware of the fact that one of its purposes is to help Veterans find jobs, especially those returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. With a workforce of more than 300,000 – including more than 90,000 who are Veterans, about 30% – this purpose is highlighted each Labor Day.
According to Secretery Shinseki, “This Labor Day, we are not only celebrating the dedicated, talented VA employees working to deliver benefits and care to the Nation’s heroes. We also are focusing our efforts in encouraging employers to consider Veterans when they need workers with a strong work ethic, leadership and a drive for success.”
Shinseki says that VA is an active partner of both the Department of Labor and the Office of Personnel Management. These departments share a common goal to help put into action the President’s Federal Veterans Hiring Initiative. VA also has a national program designed to bring even more Veterans into its workforce. This program serves as a source of information and model for other federal agencies interested in following similar paths. With the largest percentage of Veteran employees among civilian agencies, VA is increasing the ranks of its regional employment coordinators in order to give Veterans greater access to VA jobs.