Veterans Express

You have served us. Now let us serve you.

If you are a veteran of military service, you have our eternal thanks, and we want you to know you hold a special place with us. We have assembled all of our services here for you.

There’s a lot of information here. If you don’t see what you’re looking for below, or there’s something you don’t understand, email david.kuhn@ky.gov. You also may call 502-782-3092.

Check out the JobsforVeteransMap.pdfJobsforVeteransMap.pdf map to see where the nearest representatives for veterans are located. Also, this statewide contact information​ can put you in touch with Jobs for Veterans Programs staff, Kentucky National Guard and Reserve units, Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs representatives and Kentucky Community and Technical College System colleges.

National Career Readiness Certificate

The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a nationally recognized accreditation of demonstrated workplace skills based on the ACT WorkKeys assessments in three foundational areas: applied mathematics; locating information; and reading for information. Many employers use the NCRC and other WorkKeys assessments for hiring and promotion. The governor’s office has made funding available to provide the NCRC free for any veteran. 

Click here or go to your local Kentucky Career Center for details and to schedule a testing.

Veterans services

  • Unemployment Insurance
  • finding a job
  • trainings you need
  • specialized services for veterans with disabilities (through our Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and our Office for the Blind)
  • veteran-specific programs such as the Gold Card Initiative that helps post Sept. 11, 2001 vets with skills assessment, career counseling and job search assistance
  • services to employers who want to hire veterans

Our offices have local veterans employment representatives and disabled veteran outreach program specialists trained specifically to assist veterans with their employment and training needs.

These dedicated veterans service staff members work with other Kentucky Career Center staff members, the Veterans' Employment and Training Service, the Department of Veterans Affairs and various other organizations in providing veterans with priority services designed to improve employability and career options.

Unemployment compensation

You might be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits when you complete military service and begin to seek employment or if you lose your civilian job.

Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)

This program​ encourages employers to hire certain types of workers, including veterans from families currently or recently receiving public assistance or food stamps. If you qualify, your employer can apply to the Office of Employment and Training for this federal income-tax credit.

Gold Card Initiative

The Gold Card Initiative provides unemployed post-provides unemployed post-Sept. 11, 2001 era veterans with the intensive and follow-up services they need to succeed in today's job market. The Gold Card Initiative is a joint effort of the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS).

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For more information on the Gold Card initiative, go to www.dol.gov/vets/goldcard.html or ask someone at your local career center.

Veterans Employment Center

Veterans Employment Center website is the first interagency tool to bring both public and private job opportunities, a resume-builder, military skills translator and detailed career and training resources together in one place.

This new eBenefits feature incorporates numerous tools and resources for job seekers, as well as employers who want high quality applicants. Veterans, service members and their spouses or dependents, who are looking for work, transitioning out of the military or changing careers are encouraged to use the Veterans Employment Center. Users can access the Skills Translator function to translate military terms to civilian skills or just go right to the Resume Builder tool. Resumes created on the site will be available to private and public sector employers who specifically want to hire veterans.

Employers with federal contracts

Employers who have contracts (or subcontracts) of $100,000 or more with the federal government are required to take affirmative action to hire and promote qualified veterans.

These employers must list their job openings with the Office of Employment and Training so that highly qualified campaign veterans and special disabled veterans can receive priority referrals for those jobs.

These employers must file an annual report with Veterans Employment and Training Services (VETS) showing the number of campaign veterans and special disabled veterans in their work forces.

Help for wounded veterans

There are special resources available for veterans who were wounded while in service.

The Wounded Warrior Project is a charitable organization, unaffiliated with state or federal government, whose goal is to provide a complete rehabilitative effort to assist warriors as they recover and transition back to civilian life.

For veterans with disabilities

If you are a veteran who is blind or disabled, the Kentucky Career Center can help you with assessment, counseling, training, personal assistance services, assistive technology and more. See our specialized services page for more information.

Want to work for the federal government?

Federal government agencies can fill job openings faster when they hire disabled veterans. For more information on how you can qualify for a position in federal government, visit the Office of Personnel Management's Veterans Employment program at www.fedshirevets.gov/.