Army Echoes Blog


A New Opportunity to Continue Serving
Posted on September 13, 2017

The Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes the sacrifices of the men and women who proudly serve our country. We are committed to helping you secure today and tomorrow. The ending of your military career can be the beginning of a rewarding one in public service.

SSA offers you the opportunity to continue serving the American people after your transition from military to civilian life. You selflessly served your country, and now we want you as part of SSA’s family. Our agency offers several career options in many diverse fields. Of all the employees we hired in fiscal year 2017, 25 percent were veterans.

We will help you prepare for your new career with SSA. Through our Veterans Employment Initiative, we provide tools, training, and information on all the employee benefits and services available to you as a new hire. You will have access to veteran-related training, reasonable accommodations, and regular contact with other veteran employees.

Veteran’s Preference is available to certain veterans who were discharged or released from active duty under honorable conditions. In accordance with the Veterans’ Preference law, you may be eligible for priority placement over other eligible applicants. In addition, you may be eligible for non-competitive selection through special hiring authorities for veterans.

Through a partnership with our agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), veteran employees may be eligible to participate in the VA’s GI Bill On-the-Job Training program that provides a stipend, in addition to their salary, while completing on-the-job training. Eligible disabled veterans can also gain valuable work experience to help them transition to the civilian work environment through the VA’s Nonpaid Work Experience Internship Program.

Our Veterans and Military Affairs Advisory Council serves as an advisory body to the Commissioner of Social Security, executives, and managers on veteran issues. The council also supports our veteran employees with mentorship, support, and other services.

I invite you to consider joining our SSA family. We will welcome you with open arms and the honor and respect you deserve. For more information, please visit our Opportunities for Veterans webpage designed just for you.

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