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Service Member/Veterans Support

FloridaCommerce Support to Service Members and Veterans

Service Member/Veterans Support

FloridaCommerce Support to Service Members and Veterans

Florida is home to more than 1.4 million veterans and their families, the third largest state by veteran population in the nation. Additionally, Florida is home to the second largest population of Women Veterans in the nation, with more than 168,000. There are several state-level organizations and programs available to serve our nations veterans and their families.

FloridaCommerce Veterans Programs

The mission of FloridaCommerce Veterans Program is to promote employment of Florida’s veterans, transitioning service members and other eligible persons especially those with barriers to employment. This link includes further links to state and federal Veterans programs including employment, transition assistance, and educational opportunities.

FloridaCommerce programs are operated in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Labor Veterans Employment and Training Service:

  • Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG): The JVSG is a mandatory, formula-based grant that supports the hiring of dedicated staff to provide individualized career and training-related services to veterans and eligible persons, with an emphasis on those with Significant Barriers to Employment (SBE) and to assist employers fill their workforce needs with job-seeking veterans and eligible persons.
  • Disabled Veteran Outreach Program (DVOP): DVOP specialists are assigned to career centers for the purpose of providing individualized career services to veterans and other eligible individuals through the case management process. DVOP staff will be made available to veterans who have been identified as having an SBE and require additional enhanced services through case management. Through integration within career centers, DVOP staff provide individualized career services under a coordinated case management strategy to SBE veterans who have been identified by career center partner staff.
  • Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER): LVERs actively advocate for employment and training opportunities with business, industry, and community-based organizations on behalf of veterans. LVERs are assigned duties that promote the advantages of hiring Veterans to employers, employer associations, and business groups.
  • CareerSource Centers: Florida’s CareerSource centers are staffed with professional DVOP Specialists and LVERs (as described above) who provide priority workforce services to veterans.

Florida Department of Veterans Affairs

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs is the premier point of entry for Florida veterans to access earned services, benefits and support.

Veterans Florida

Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida to attract and retain veterans and their families by connecting them to employment, training and educational opportunities, and strengthen Florida businesses by educating them on the value and skillsets veterans bring to the workforce.

Florida Veterans Foundation

Established by the Florida Legislature, the Florida Veterans Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Direct Support Organization of the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. Florida Veterans provides direct services and partnering with state and local governments, veteran service organizations, and educational institutions to improve their physical, financial, mental, emotional, and social well-being. The Foundation supports the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs’ mission of advocacy; and, advocates for Florida veterans through local and statewide outreach to educate the public and governmental entities, increasing awareness on veteran-related issues.

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