VA aims to help homeless, at-risk veterans find stable jobs

David Bowles
Veteran Marine David Bowles, 56, a beneficiary of the new Veterans Assistance Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services program, is photographed, Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Cincinnati. Bowles and other job-ready veterans who are homeless or on the brink of homelessness can now turn to the program for help finding the types of long-term jobs needed to sustain housing. Officially launched in June, the program offers individualized assistance for those veterans and began training individuals last year for 154 community employment coordinator positions at VA locations nationwide. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CINCINNATI (AP) — Job-ready veterans trying to move from homelessness or on the brink of homelessness can now turn to a new Department of Veterans Affairs program for help finding the types of long-term jobs needed to sustain housing.

The VA’s Homeless Veterans Community Employment Services officially launched this month offers individualized assistance for those veterans. More than 150 community employment coordinators will help veterans at VA locations nationwide.

Coordinators already are helping identify job-ready veterans and establishing relationships with community employers who may be able to find them jobs. They also connect veterans with resources to help them succeed at work.

Marine veteran David Bowles in Cincinnati credits the program for enabling him to move from a homeless shelter to an apartment of his own in a few weeks.