The purpose of the Jobs for Veterans State Grant (JVSG) Program is to allocate to each state the resources necessary to focus on providing intensive employment and training services to Veterans and eligible spouses with significant barriers to employment The JVSG Grant Program is described as one component of an overall strategy that the Department of Labor continues to utilize in fulfilling the obligation that the nation has to the men and women who have served our country.

To support the goals of assisting veterans in finding good paying jobs, the Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) provides funding under the JVSG program for Disabled Veterans Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and local Veterans’ Employment Representative (LVER) positions. The Workforce Agency administrators that apply for the grant must ensure that the funds are utilized exclusively to serve veterans as defined under 38 U.S.C. 4101 (4-5). DVOP specialists may be stationed at regional offices and medical or Veterans' outreach centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, state or county Veterans; service offices, Job Training Partnership Act program offices, community-based organizations, and military installations. Usually, one full-time LVER is allocated to local employment service offices for each 1,100 or more Veterans who registered for assistance in the preceding year.

The DVOP’s primary mission is servicing those veterans with significant barriers to unemployment (SBE) and other categories of veterans as determined by the Secretary of Labor. An eligible veteran or eligible spouse is defined as having an SBE if he or she provides clear evidence to belonging to at least one of the following groups: a special disabled or disabled veteran as described in 38 U.S.C. 4211(1) and (3) is a veteran who is entitled to compensation (or who but for the receipt of military retired pay would be entitled to compensation) under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs; or an individual discharged or released from active duty because of a service-connected disability; is homeless, is a recently separated veteran who has been unemployed during the last 12 months for 27 or more consecutive weeks; a veteran who has been released from incarceration within the last 12 months; a veteran without a high school diploma or equivalent certificate; a veteran who is low income.

Under 38 U.S.C. 4101(9) section 134(d), the DVOP provides services to the eligible priority of service veteran that include: comprehensive and specialized assessments of skill level and service needs; development of an individual employment plan to identify the employment goals, objectives, and services required to achieve the goals; group counseling, individual counseling and career planning; and short term prevocational services to prepare the individual for employment or training.

The LVER’s primary duties as described under 38 U.S.C. 4104(b) include employer outreach and facilitation on behalf of all veterans to assist veterans in obtaining gainful employment; conducting seminars for employees and connecting employees with veterans through job search workshops and groups; and facilitating employment, training, and placement services to veterans and related support services as part of the workforce development system.

To contact a DVOP or LVER in your state go to the Career One Stop Veterans Reemployment website and enter the zip code, city, or state into the search area. Select the Career One Stop location that is most convenient by clicking on the name of center. If the career center has a LVER located at the center there phone number and email will be listed. The LVER will ask a few questions to determine if you are a priority of service veteran and then the LVER will connect you with nearest DVOP.