Secretary Napolitano has announced an ambitious goal for DHS to employ 50,000 veteran civilian employees by 2012—substantial growth from the Department’s current veteran roster of 47,000. The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (CRCL) is one of many crucial partners in meeting this commitment, focusing on work with disabled veterans through programs such as the Wounded Warriors program. One of many events in this effort occurred two weeks ago, when CRCL offered a résumé writing class for disabled veterans, providing a detailed overview of the structure and format of the federal résumé, federal hiring websites, and the three-tier hiring process used by federal agencies – even holding one-on-one sessions with each participant. The résumé class preceded a large interagency Wounded Warriors employment conference on February 25, 2011, at Ft. Belvoir, Va. The conference brought together several hundred participants, and offered workshops on networking, an employment fair, and an opportunity for veterans to share their employment history with hiring managers from federal agencies across the Washington metropolitan area.
The Department is committed to engaging the unique talents, skills, and work ethic of veterans through employment, contracting opportunities, and outreach with the veteran community. Last year, DHS hired 3,192 veterans, including 708 disabled veterans; of those, 436 employees had a 30 percent or higher disability ratings.
By mail or phone:
The Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Building 410, Mail Stop #0190
Washington, D.C. 20528
Toll Free: 1-866-644-8360
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