Employment Assistance & Benefits
Local Veterans Employment Representatives & Disabled Veterans Outreach Program
The Division of Workforce Development has staff throughout the state to specifically assist Veterans. Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) facilitate or provide assistance in job placement and accessing needed services. They also advocate for Veterans by developing employment opportunities with businesses. Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program specialists provide case management and develop career and job training opportunities for Veterans, with special emphasis on Veterans with service-connected disabilities.
Services Provided:• Counseling through case management
• Job Development
• Transitional assistance to separating service members
• Identification of employment and training opportunities and direct referrals to jobs
• Monitoring job listings from federal contractors to ensure eligible Veterans get priority referrals to these jobs
• Monitoring Missouri Career Centers to ensure priority of service to Veterans
• Monitoring federal department and agency vacancy listings
• Referral screening of complaints from veterans regarding observance of Veteran's preference in federal hiring to the Director of Employment and Training Service.
Hero At Home Program
The Hero At Home Program assist the spouse of an active duty National Guard or Reserve component service member reservist to address immediate needs and employment in an attempt to keep the family from falling into poverty while the primary income earner is on active duty and during the one-year period following discharge from deployment. The program also assists returning National Guard Troops or Reserve component service member reservists with finding work in situations where an individual needs to rebuild business clientele or where an individual’s job has been eliminated while such individual was deployed, or where the individual otherwise cannot return to his or her previous employment.
Show Me Heroes Program
Missouri launched the ‘Show-Me Heroes’ initiative to showcase Missouri businesses that are willing to hire Veterans returning from the world’s battlefields. Veterans and members of our National Guard and Reserve possess the degree of training, education, motivation, and character that will prove vital to Missouri’s economic future.
Show Me Heroes list the names of every employer who has signed the pledge to hire a Missouri Veteran, and allows Veterans to see the employers in their region who have taken the pledge. In addition, using Missouri Career Source, Veterans will be able to post their resume and employers will be able to connect with Veterans looking for a job.
Veterans Employment & Training Services
Provides Veterans and transitioning service members with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities, protecting their employment rights and meeting labor-market demands with qualified Veterans today.Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
421 E. Dunklin St.
Jefferson City, MO 65102
www.labor.mo.gov Unemployment Compensation for War on Terror Veterans
A war on terror Veteran is entitled to a weekly benefit for 26 weeks with the dollar amount based on eight percent of the highest wages paid to the Veteran in the five calendar quarters prior to deployment. The maximum benefit amount a Veteran can receive is $1,153.64.
On–the-Job Training and Apprenticeship If you are a Veteran, National Guard member, selected reservist or an eligible dependent of a Veteran you may be eligible to receive a monthly educational benefit from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
On-the-Job Training (OJT) is training you receive while actually performing a job and earning wages. Approvable OJT programs must be at least six months and up to two years in length.
Apprenticeship Training is on-the-job training, coupled with 144 hours (minimum) per year of related technical instruction. You receive your GI Bill benefit while working full time and earning wages.
Veterans can contact the Veterans Affairs office at (888) 442-4551 to determine eligibility.
Employers seeking approval of a training program can call (573) 751-3487.
If you do not have a job or if you are not working in the occupation you want, contact your local Missouri Career Center.
Veterans’ Preference with State of Missouri Employment Missouri Veterans receive five-point preference when testing for any position with the state, with a ten point preference for a service-connected disabled Veteran. Spouses of eligible Veterans can also qualify for Veterans Preference for State testing.
Priority for Qualified Veterans Employment
State agencies which administer federally funded employment and training programs for Veterans shall give priority to qualified Veterans and other eligible persons.
Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS)
Several benefits are provide to state employees who are Veterans or are deployed. Veterans may be eligible to purchase up to four years of active duty military service credit performed prior to your last becoming a member of MOSERS. This includes active duty military training. If you elect to purchase your active duty military service, you must purchase all that you served (total months and days) up to a maximum of four years.
State employees who are called to active duty may receive credit for active duty military service. They can also continue to have life insurance coverage for one year and long-term disability coverage for one year provided they continue to pay for the coverage.
Financial Assistance & Benefits
Missouri Military Family Relief Fund (MMFRF)
The Missouri Military Family Relief Fund is a state-administered fund which assists families of persons who are members of the Missouri National Guard or Missouri residents who are members of the Reserves of the Armed Forces of the United States and have been called to active duty as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Applicants can receive a grant up to $3000.00 based on the recommendation of a review panel.
Eligibility: Missouri National Guard or a Missouri resident Reserve Component member; hold rank no higher than 0-3 or W-2; have been on Title 10 or Title 32 orders as a result of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks for 30 consecutive days or more; have been off Title 10 or Title 32 orders as a result of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks for 24 months or less; have not received a previous grant from this fund within the last 12 months; not have a situation that requires a monetary resolution in less than a week.
To apply for assistance:
If you wish to make a donation to MMFRF:
2302 Militia Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Missouri Universal Service Fund
The Missouri Universal Service Fund was established to help low-income and disabled Missourians receive additional discounts for basic local telephone service. You may qualify for a discount on your monthly telephone bill if you are receiving low income or disability benefits under certain programs.
Low Income Assistance provides discounts up to $13.50 per month depending on your local phone company.
Disabled Assistance provides discounts up to $3.50 per month depending on your local phone company.
Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program
The Missouri Department of Natural Resources' Division of Energy administers federal funds to 16 regional Community Action Agencies, one city government and one not-for-profit organization. Allocations to these agencies are based on the percentage of the state's total low-income households within each service area.
The agencies provide weatherization services to eligible clients, as well as training and guidance.
To apply for assistance, clients should contact their local weatherization agency.
Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS)
The Department of Social Services is responsible for coordinating programs to provide public assistance to children and their parents, access to health care, child support enforcement assistance and to provide specialized assistance to troubled youth. While many programs give needed financial assistance and services, other units work toward reducing financial dependency of the citizens on government.
Some of the many assistance programs include:
• Child Care Assistance
• Food Stamps
• Home and Community Based Programs
• Low Income Energy Assistance Program
• Mo HealthNet
• Nursing Care
• Temporary Assistance to Needy Families
Missouri Association for Community Action
The Missouri Association for Community Action is a statewide association of 19 community action agencies.
Community action agencies provide critical services to families and communities. They assist with childcare so parents can obtain education to improve their job opportunities, find solutions to transportation obstacles so people can get to work, weatherize homes to reduce energy costs, help families save to buy homes of their own, and help families work their way to self-sufficiency.
Contact the number or website above to locate the nearest Community Action Agency to your location.