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Federal Assistance

Through September 30, 2004, the federal agencies most frequently involved in assisting communities reported they had collectively provided about $1.9 billion in assistance in response to the previous rounds (1988, 1991, 1993, and 1995) of Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC). Interagency coordination has also facilitated the civilian reuse of former military installations to benefit the public through Federal agency-sponsored public benefit conveyances. For more information, see Federal Agencies And Public Benefit Conveyances.

The following programs are available to assist communities with the alleviation of socioeconomic effects that may result from military base closures and realignments. Under Executive Order 12788, as amended, assistance for communities impacted by Defense program changes is coordinated across the Federal Government through the Economic Adjustment Committee (EAC). The Department of Defense's Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) staffs the EAC and its Director is the EAC's Executive Director. Communities are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the following resources, including accessing program information through the provided internet links. OEA staff is available at (703) 604-6020 to address any questions you may have concerning the EAC, federal assistance available to affected communities, or specific local needs that may exist.

Please note that while OEA attempts to provide current information, these programs and their availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact the appropriate agency for the most up-to-date information on current programs.

Resources for Individuals

This section provides service descriptions and contact information for Government programs available to jobseekers, employers, and local governments impacted by BRAC. Each subsection includes descriptions of programs geared to help in a specific area as well as contact information for those programs.



U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site provides information on the HireVetsFirst initiative and is tailored to the needs of veterans and employers interested in hiring veterans. It also connects veterans with America’s Service Locator or call 1-877-US2-JOBS to find their closest One-Stop Career Center for in-person services.

Veterans’ Preference Advisor

U.S. Department of Labor

These Web sites (http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vetspref.htm and http://www.dol.gov/vets/opportunities/opportunities.htm) allow veterans to examine the preferences they might be entitled to with regard to Federal jobs.

e-Vet’s Resource Advisor

U.S. Department of Labor

This Web site assists veterans preparing to enter the job market. It also includes information on a broad range of topics such as: job search tools and tips, employment openings, career assessment, education and training, and benefits and special services available to veterans.


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The purpose of this Web site is to present information about the services that the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides to veterans with service-connected disabilities. The Web site also provides information about vocational counseling available to active duty service members and veterans who have recently separated from active duty.

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

This Web site assists veterans with service-connected disabilities by offering help in preparing for, finding, and keeping suitable employment. For more information about vocational rehabilitation and employment services, disabled veterans should contact the local Department of Veterans Affairs regional office at the national toll-free telephone number 1-800-827-1000.

My HealtheVet

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) new health portal for veterans, their advocates, and their families provides one-stop shopping for VA benefits, special programs, health information and services, and a health education library that gives up-to-date information about medications and conditions, tools for measuring health status, and the latest health news.

The Department of Defense Web Portal for Military Transitioners

U.S. Department of Defense

The Department of Defense Transportal is a Web site that contains information and resources designed specifically to assist service members leaving active duty. It contains information on transition assistance, a pre-separation guide, and information on how to contact transition assistance officers.

Employment and Supportive Services

U.S. Department of Defense

Department of Defense Job Search assists separating service members in their job search by providing an entry to America's Job Bank. Registering with DoD Job Search will grant access to a nationwide database of veteran-oriented job openings.

Department of Veteran Affairs Job Search

U.S. Department of Defense

This site assists service members, veterans who have recently separated from active duty, service-connected disabled veterans, and eligible dependents of veterans in their job search by providing an entry to America's Job Bank.

Office of Veteran’s Business Development

U.S. Small Business Administration

Through this Web site, the Small Business Administration (SBA) provides a variety of services to help veterans who are interested in opening and maintaining small businesses to meet SBA requirements and tap into SBA supports.


U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Veterans can step into another Federal career that builds on their military training. This Web site allows them to go online to build and post resumes, find Federal job vacancies and apply for them.

Office of Personnel Management’s VetGuide

U.S. Office of Personnel Management

This Web site explains the special rights and privileges that veterans enjoy in Federal civil service employment. The guide conveniently summarizes many laws and regulations that affect veterans’ employment.

Vet Jobs

Privately Owned and Operated by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

This Web site provides veterans with job search, spouse employment, and transition information.