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White House Launches Job Search Site for Military Vets

April 25, 2014
The Obama administration unveils a new website to help veterans and their spouses connect with employers.

The Obama administration unveiled a new website this week to help veterans and their spouses connect with employers as the U.S. military downsizes.

The site, known as the Veterans Employment Center, enables veterans and their spouses to create and upload employment resumes and find job openings. It also has a Skills Translator page that allows users to translate military skills into private-sector skills by entering their branch of service, pay grade and military occupation code.

Michelle Obama and Jill Biden announced the launch of the employment center website Wednesday at a veterans job summit at Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

The First Lady told troops at the job summit that the site would "revolutionize how you find jobs in both the public and private sectors."

"When you have fought for this country around the world, you should not have to fight for a job when you return home," she said. "We've got your backs, because we know what your service has meant to this nation."

ABC News reports that the White House took pains not to repeat the debacle of last year's launch:

The Obama administration's most high-profile online tool, the site designed to enroll Americans in health plans, had a disastrous rollout last fall. But administration officials said Tuesday that they have tested the veterans site to ensure it can handle the expected traffic and the various tasks.

Five federal agencies collaborated to create the Veterans Employment Center website: the Veterans Affairs Department, the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management.

The unveiling of the job-search site is one component in a monthlong series of events commemorating the third anniversary of Joining Forces, a program Michelle Obama and Jill Biden created to improve education, health care and employment for sevice members, veterans and their families.

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