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Veterans

In November 2009, President Obama issued an executive order promoting the recruitment and employment of veterans within the Federal Government. It established an interagency Council on Veterans Employment, which is co-chaired by the Secretaries of Labor and Veterans Affairs. In support of this initiative, the Federal Government established various websites to assist Veterans with employment and training opportunities. Please visit the links below to see what might apply to you. Soldier Holding Laptop

Educational Opportunities

Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy: The mission of the Wounded Warrior Cyber Combat Academy (W2CCA) is to "Build the Next Generation of Cyber Defenders by Cross-Training the League of Wounded Warriors to help Protect and Defend the Nation's Information Systems." Watch a short video on the Academy below or visit their website.

 




 

 

For a version of this video that includes audio descriptions, please click here.

 

Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Benefits: The VA has many educational benefits for eligible Veterans or their dependents to obtain a Cyber Security degree or certificate.  Additional information on determination of eligibility, and benefit programs can be found here.

Search here for schools approved for GI Bill benefits. You can search for schools in your state or by name. You can review the programs for a list of approved programs for each school. 

If a Cyber Security degree program is listed in a school catalog or shown on the school's website, but is not listed as approved when searching for approved programs, please contact the VA School Certifying Official at that facility to determine if the program is approved for GI Bill benefits.

Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of postsecondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas. The primary goal of the program is to increase the rate at which participants enroll in and complete postsecondary education programs.  For more information visit:  Veterans Upward Bound

The Veterans Career Transition Program: The Veterans Career Transition Program (VCTP), operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University, is delivered at no cost to post-9/11 veterans, their spouses, and spouses of active duty military. VCTP offers connections to specific education and training programs, business/industry coalitions focused on veteran employment and information about national and state-level opportunities and benefits for veterans and their families.

Through online courses - accessible anywhere and at any time - participants have the opportunity to gain an understanding and insight into the corporate culture of civilian business/industry, government and other civilian sector employment opportunities. Learm more about VCTP here.

IT Training for Tomorrow (IT3) Grant: The Information Technology Training for Tomorrow Grant assists in providing certification to individuals who have been dislocated due to the current economic instability. Training provides certifications to long-term unemployed or underemployed IT professionals. Learn more about the grant here.

Veterans Scholarships: Coming soon: Veteran-specific Scholarships.

Career Opportunities

Feds Hire Vets: Provides detailed information for transitioning service members, veterans, and family members on veterans’ preference and special hiring authorities for veterans interested in federal employment.  See the U.S. Office of Personnel Management website for more information about the Veterans Employment Program Offices within the Federal government.

VA for Vets (Feds for Vets): A Comprehensive career assistance website offering career-search tools for veterans seeking federal employment, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.  This site includes coaching and reintegration support for military service members. Coaches are available 24/7 to help translate military skills, build resumes and apply to open vacancies.

Veterans Job Bank: The job bank provides a central resource that enables Veterans to access jobs available specifically for Vets.

CareerOneStop: This website provides employment, training and financial help to veterans upon completion of their military service.

Soldier and Professional Shaking HandsNational Resource Directory (NRD): The NRD was developed in partnership with Department of Defense, Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs. It provides national, state and local services and resources for Veterans.

"My Next Move for Vets" This website is sponsored by the Department of Labor, Employment & Training Division, and provides three different career search engines. Additionally, My Next Move provides a website for veterans to search for careers that offer an apprenticeship.

Job Corps for Transitioning Military Service Members; Job Corps helps veterans transition by providing training in new career fields, and working to find a job in that new career field for up to 21 months.  

Find Your Career on NICCS: Discover what a career in cybersecurity is all about. A diverse field with 31 specialty areas, cybersecurity attracts professionals from all walks of life. Find the training you need to advance your career.

You can also explore the Professionals Page to see how real veterans transitioned into the cybersecurity workforce.