July 25 is National Hire a Veteran Day and it kicks off a week of national employment events across the country. That makes July a great time to acknowledge the sacrifices of our service members and Veterans. Because of them, we have the liberty to pursue the livelihood and employment we desire.

Monday, July 25: National Hire a Veteran Day

National Hire a Veteran Day is recognized annually on July 25. It was established in 2017 to raise awareness of civilian employment opportunities for transitioning service members and Veterans after they discharge from military service. The day is also meant to act as a call to action for those who hire and those who apply. Employers are encouraged to consider and hire Veterans, and July 25 is used to celebrate the connection between employers and Veterans to achieve meaningful employment. Veterans bring leadership, work-ethic, teamwork, tenacity, dedication, determination to succeed and many other “must-have” traits to an employer.

Tuesday, July 26: 32 Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This civil rights law, signed by President George H.W. Bush, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodations, commercial facilities, telecommunications, and state and local government services. The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

July 25-29: Employment-focused events across the country

In observance of these special occasions, VA’s Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) Service will be hosting employment-focused events across the country for in-person and virtual throughout the week of July 25.

VR&E is committed to helping transitioning service members and Veterans with service-connected disabilities and an employment barrier prepare for, obtain and maintain suitable careers. It also provides employment resources and expertise and provides independent living services and assistance.

VR&E works with service members and Veterans to:

  • Explore their career goals and interests;
  • Determine what they excel at and help them to pursue related professions or trades;
  • Select and map personal goals for employment;
  • Obtain formal education or training where tuition, fees, books and supplies are provided at no cost to them;
  • Maximize their independence in life’s daily activities.

To learn more about the events in your area, please contact your nearest VR&E Office. You can find a location near you at: https://www.va.gov/find-locations/.

VR&E celebrates employers who hire and retain service members and Veterans with disabilities. We will continue to support and assist both employers and Veterans with removing barriers to achieve positive employment outcomes. VR&E is committed to National Hire a Veteran Day and ADA to increase the employment of Veterans and, ultimately, enable Veterans with disabilities to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential. To learn more about VR&E services, visit https://www.va.gov/vre.

By Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E)

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Published on Jul. 25, 2022

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