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Priority of Service for Veterans

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Local Workforce Investment Areas (LWIAs) are obligated to identify Veterans and Eligible Spouse Priority of ServiceA federal requirement that any service providers receiving
U.S Department of Labor funds have processes to ensure
veterans and eligible spouses are aware of (1) their
entitlement to priority of service, (2) the full array
of employment, training, and placement services available
under priority of service, and (3) any applicable
eligibility requirements for those programs and/or
services. 
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at the point of entry at all Illinois workNet® Centers and affiliate locations.  Customize Illinois workNet veterans information for your community.

* - Resources are located in the Quick Links or Print Materials section below.


Customize Illinois workNet for veterans in your community.


  • Contact your local content manager* to use Illinois workNet local content areas to advertise your community’s veteran:
    • Events
    • News
    • Resources
    • Training/workshops
  • Use customizable veterans handouts to direct veterans to self-guided veterans resources in Illinois workNet.  
    • Business Card (Audience: Individuals)*
    • Postcard (Audience: Individuals)*
    • 8.5” x 11” Flyer (Audience: Individuals)*
  • Use customizable veterans handouts to direct employers to the Hiring Veterans page in Illinois workNet.  
    • Business Card (Audience: Businesses)*

Communicate the benefits of hiring veterans to businesses using Illinois workNet. 

Step 1: Use the customizable marketing materials to direct employers to the Hiring Veterans page in Illinois workNet. Distribute them at job/career fairs, through chamber of commerce, and through your business services teams.  

  • Customizable Veterans Handouts: 
    • Business Card*
  • Post Veterans Preference Posters in your resource room and waiting rooms.

Step 2: Direct businesses to the Hiring Veterans page (www.illinoisworknet.com/hirevets Link opens in a new window) and your local information through:

  • Email: Send them a link to the self guided pages.
  • Social Media: Post the information on your Facebook page. Send out messages with links via Twitter. Send messages to you LinkedIn contacts.
  • Website: Save yourself time and link to the self-guided resources from your web page.

Step 3: Entice them to review the resources that cover the benefits of hiring veterans. Plus, they can stay informed on the latest information and benefits by using the events, calendar, and forums.

  • Put together a 30 second script that highlights the benefits of hiring veterans and where they can learn more. This is called the 30 second elevator speech.

Inform veterans about the benefits and self-guided resources in Illinois workNet.

Step 1: Verify the veteran eligibility status.  The status of a veteran or eligible spouse can be verified by referring to a variety of official documents including, but not limited to:

  • A DD 214 (issued following separation from active duty); 
  • An official notice issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs that establishes entitlement to a disability rating or award of compensation to a qualified dependent; 
  • An official notice issued by the Department of Defense that documents the eligibility of an individual, based on the missing or detained status of that individual’s active duty spouse; or 
  • An official notice issues by a State Veteran’s Service Agency that documents veteran status or spousal rights, provided that the State Veteran’s Service Agency required Federal documentation of that information.

Step 2: Use the customizable marketing materials to direct veterans to the self-guided step-by-step resources in Illinois workNet. Give these to eligible veterans that come into your office for an appointment or workshop. Distribute them at job/career fairs.  

  • Customizable Veterans Handouts: 
    • Business Card *
    • Postcard *
    • 8.5” x 11” Flyer*
  • Post Veterans Preference Posters in your resource room and waiting rooms.

Step 3: Direct veterans to the self-guided page and your local information through:

  • Email: Send them a link to the self guided pages.
  • Social Media: Post the information on your Facebook page. Send out messages with links via Twitter. Send messages to you LinkedIn contacts.
  • Website: Save yourself time and link to the self-guided resources from your web page.

Note: When customers self-identify a military status with their Illinois workNet account registration, they will be notified of priority of service to veterans and eligible spouses and related resources.

Policy Information, Quick Links to More Resources, and Guidance

Requirements for recipients of DOL funding for were clarified with the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. DOL TEGL 10-09 dated November 10, 2009. Related to the TEGL 10-09, the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will issue state policy for priority of service for veterans. Once the DCEO policy is issued, it will be available via the links to the DCEO website below and an announcement will be posted on this page.

Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Policy letters.

DCEO WIA Notices External link opens in a new window - Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity WIA Notices.

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations, PART 1010—Application of Priority of Service for Covered Persons External link opens in a new window – The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.

Illinois workNet Coordinator and Content Manager Editor Report (PDF): Link opens in a new window An up-to-date listing of all LWIA Coordinators and Content Manager Editors, including contact information (8.5 x 11)

TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT NOTICE NO. 28-09 External link opens in a new window - Announcement of Employment and Training Administration’s new video and information brief on promoting the employment of disabled veterans through the One-Stop Career Centers.

Disability and Employment Community of Practice External link opens in a new window - Watch videos and podcasts focused on helping people with disabilities obtain meaningful and effective employment opportunities.

Employment and Training Administration, U.S. DOL TEGL 10-09 dated November 10, 2009 External link opens in a new window –Guidance documentation on Implementing Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses in all Qualified Job Training Programs Funded in whole or in part by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Jobs for Veterans Act Frequently Asked Questions External link opens in a new window- Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), Jobs for Veterans Act frequently asked questions.

PL 107-288 (HR 4015), November 7, 2002, Jobs for Veterans Act External link opens in a new window –United States public laws (Jobs for Veterans Act).

United States Department of Labor eLaws Veterans Preference Advisor -
http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/vetspref.htm External link opens in a new window
http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/choice.htm External link opens in a new window

Print Materials

Customizable Flyers
8.5" x 11" Flyer (MS Word)  Link opens in a new window(Audience: Individuals)

Customizable Business Card Size Handouts
Business Card Option 2 (MS Word) Link opens in a new window (Audience: Businesses)
Business Card Option 1 (MS Word)  Link opens in a new window (Audience: Individuals)
Business Card Option 2 (MS Word) Link opens in a new window (Audience: Individuals)

Customizable Postcard Size Handouts
Postcard (MS Word) Link opens in a new window (Audience: Individuals)

Posters
Veterans Preference Poster 11 x 17 (PDF)Link opens in a new window
Veterans Preference Poster 8 x 14 (PDF)Link opens in a new window

Glossary Terms

Click here to view the formal definitions External link opens in a new window in the Electronic Code of Federal Regulations.

Eligible Spouse
– Spouse as defined with section 2(a) of the JVA (38 U.S.C. 4215[a]).

Jobs for Veterans Act (JVA) - Public Law 107–288 (2002). Section 2(a) of the JVA, codified at 38 U.S.C. 4215(a), provides priority of service for covered persons.

Non-covered person - Any individual who meets neither the definition of “veteran,” as defined in this section, nor the definition of “eligible spouse” as defined in this section.

Priority of Service - A federal requirement that any service providers receiving U.S Department of Labor funds have processes to ensure veterans and eligible spouses are aware of (1) their entitlement to priority of service, (2) the full array of employment, training, and placement services available under priority of service, and (3) any applicable eligibility requirements for those programs and/or services.

Qualified job training program - Any program or service for workforce preparation, development, or delivery that is directly funded, in whole or in part, by the Department of Labor.

Recipient -an entity to which federal financial assistance, in whole or in part, is awarded directly from the Department or through a sub-award for any qualified job training program.

Veteran – a person who served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Reference: 38 U.S. C. 101(2).  Active service includes full-time Federal service in the National Guard or a Reserve component. This definition of “active service” does not include full-time duty performed strictly for training purposes (i.e., that which often is referred to as “weekend” or “annual” training), nor does it include full-time active duty performed by National Guard personnel who are mobilized by State rather than Federal authorities (State mobilizations usually occur in response to events such as natural disasters). 

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