Alaska Department of Labor offers a priority of service and benefits to veterans, and eligible spouses or caregivers, seeking employment, apprenticeship opportunities, and on-the-job training programs that pay you while you prepare for a sustainable career.
Who is Eligible?
Veterans 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, are eligible for priority of service. Special disabled veterans who have significant barriers to employment, as well as eligible spouses and caregivers, are eligible for specialized intensive services to obtain or retain employment.
The State of Alaska, Department of Labor, provides priority of service to veterans seeking employment, apprenticeships, and in some cases, paid on-the-job-training. Job center staff operate under federal policy and definitions, and below are some of the core services provided to covered individuals.
Veterans must have served at least one day in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable, are eligible for priority of service at each job center in the state.
Examples of priority of service for veterans include:
- Advanced job opening notification; designated computers for veteran use; and advanced use of available training funds.
- Priority of service when using job center resource rooms, with internet, copiers, fax machines and phones.
- Workshops to build effective resumes and bolster interviewing skills.
- Personal career counseling from job center staff.
- Referrals to other partner agencies within a complex arena of federal and local programs.
Veterans with significant barriers to employment, as well as eligible spouses and caregivers, are eligible for specialized intensive services to obtain or retain employment. This is a federally defined category with services offered and administered by state employees veterans at Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Matanuska-Susitna job centers. These state specialists, who are also military veterans, provide intensive services including:
- Comprehensive and specialized assessments of skill levels and service needs.
- Development of an individual employment plan to identify the employment goals.
- Group counseling.
- Individual counseling and career planning.
- Short term prevocational services that may include: development of learning skills, communication skills, interviewing skills, punctuality, personal maintenance skills, and professional conduct to prepare individuals for unsubsidized employment or training.
For specific eligibility and questions about veteran services, please contact your nearest Alaska Job Center or email the Statewide Veteran Coordinator. Veterans and covered spouses and caregivers, may be eligible for intensive services or may qualify for a federal program within our partnership network.