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Friday, December 16, 2011

Thompson Announces New Online Career Tools for Veterans

Thompson Announces New Online Career Tools for Veterans

Secure Access to Military Records, Training and Service Experience

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced new online tools to expand employment and career opportunities for Veterans, according to U.S. Representative Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson. The new service, which can be accessed through the VA’s online My HealtheVet Portal, offers Veterans easier access to official data about their military experience, which can be used to help identify and expand employment and career opportunities.

“Our Veterans have the world's best training and most unique experiences and there is so much that they offer to the civilian workforce,” said Rep. Thompson. “These new tools offer state-of-the-art access to official data about their training, service, and military experiences. This information can be used to identify new areas of work, realize the full realm of industries that are in need of their expertise, and help show employers the vast knowledge and training that our Veterans have to offer employers.”

“While I will continue to work hard to improve the sharing of information between the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, this is an encouraging and important step towards better collaboration that will help expand economic opportunities for our Veterans,” Rep. Thompson added.

· Veterans can use the VA’s online My HealtheVet portal ( to see official information about their military service, including deployment data, in-uniform experience, and Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) codes which define the type of work performed and skills learned during their tour of duty.

Veterans can electronically download that information to their personal computers by using an enhanced version of the Blue Button, a newly developed feature on the VA’s online personal health portal. This new capability is the latest addition to a growing suite of job-hunting tools offered through the VA.

Military job information available to Veterans under this program will depend on discharge or retirement date: All Veterans discharged after 1980 will see military specialty or classification codes; some Veterans discharged between 1975-1980 will see military specialty or classification codes; some Gulf War Veterans may see combat pay and deployment periods; all post-9/11 Veterans will see combat pay and deployment periods.

Veterans who have not yet signed up for My HealtheVet access can register for a My HealtheVet account at any VA medical center by completing a one-time identity-verification process to help assure their data privacy.

If you are a Veteran who is having difficulty with your records or case, please contact Rep. Thompson’s Titusville office at (814)-827-3985.

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