Employment Benefits

Hero2Hired

We know that searching for a new job is a big undertaking. That’s why Hero2Hired (H2H) was created: to make it easy for Reserve Component service members to connect to and find jobs with military-friendly companies. H2H also offers career exploration tools, military-to-civilian skills translations, education and training resources, as well as a mobile app. Support for H2H is provided through the Department of Defense’s Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program.

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Veterans Employment Services

The Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development has 21 Job Centers across the state. The Anchorage (Midtown and Muldoon), Fairbanks, and Wasilla Job Centers have on-site Veteran Representatives; however, all Job Centers provide priority services to qualified veterans and their eligible spouses. Services include:

  • Career Assessment
  • Career Counseling
  • Education Assessment
  • Employment Assessment
  • Job Development
  • Job Search Workshops
  • Labor Market Information
  • Priority Job Referral
  • Referral to Educational Services
  • Resume Assistance
  • Special Programs
  • Testing

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UNIFORMED SERVICES EMPLOYMENT & REEMPLOYMENT RIGHTS ACT (USERRA)

The purpose of USERRA is to encourage non-career service in the uniformed military services. The aim of USERRA is three-fold:

  • Eliminate or minimize the disadvantages to civilian careers and employment that might result from such military service.
  • By providing prompt reemployment, minimize the disruption to the lives of persons performing military service, their employers, their fellow employees, and their communities.
  • Prohibit discrimination against persons because of their participation in the uniformed military services.

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VETSUCCESS On Campus (VSOC)

Through the VSOC program, VA is strengthening partnerships with institutions of higher learning and creating opportunities to help Veterans achieve success by providing outreach and transition services during their transition from military to college life. VSOC Counselors ensure that Veterans receive the support and assistance needed to pursue their educational and employment goals. Because VSOC Counselors are easily accessible on campus they help resolve any problems that could potentially interfere with a Veteran's educational program, to include assisting with disability accommodations. If needed, they can also provide referrals for health services through VA Medical Centers, Community-Based Outpatient Clinics, or Vet Centers.

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Military Credit for State Retirement

Qualified individuals may be eligible for additional credit for up to five years of military service. Military service will increase your retirement service and monthly benefits. Surviving Spouses of Service members may also be eligible.

Upon separation from the Alaska National Guard or Naval Militia qualifying individuals may receive a small benefit payment. Anyone with 20 years of service in the Alaska National Guard, National Guard of any other state, Active military service, or Reserve military service combined; at least five years must have been satisfactory service in the Alaska National Guard unless discharge was involuntary and for reasons other than misconduct.

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