The White House Launches a Major Veterans Employment Initiative

On November 9th, the White House announced the launch of a new initiative to transform the federal government into the top employer of America’s veterans. A press release from the Office of the Press Secretary cited “repaying our debt for [veterans’] courageous service and selfless sacrifice” and filling the ranks of the federal government with men and women who possess an unparalleled sense of duty as reasons for President Obama’s Executive Order. The Executive Order establishes the Veterans Hiring Initiative for the Executive Branch and creates an interagency Council on Veterans Employment that will advise the President and the Director of the Office of Personnel Management on the veterans employment initiative.

The Order also establishes a Veterans Employment Program office within most federal agencies. These offices will be responsible for helping veterans identify employment opportunities within those federal agencies, providing feedback to veterans about their employment application and military resume status, and helping veterans recently employed by these agencies adjust to a civilian workplace culture. Also of note, the Office of Personnel Management will issue a government-wide strategic plan that will focus on creating leadership commitment and an infrastructure in each agency to promote employment success for veterans. The strategic plan will also include marketing strategies aimed at agency hiring managers as well as veterans and transitioning service members.

The initiative’s timeline was not made clear in the press release. But there has never been a better time to explore federal employment opportunities and build your military federal resume. At the end of the fiscal year 2008, there were approximately 480,000 veterans employed by the federal government. It has been and will continue to be the largest employer of veterans. Find your ideal federal career at For reputable, professional federal military resume writing services, please visit