The Riverside County Workforce Development Centers (WDC) in partnership with the Employment Development Department (EDD) assists veterans and their eligible spouses to maximize their employment and training opportunities. Veterans are entitled to many resources designed to help in their search for employment. Veterans are entitled to Priority of Service and many resources designed to help in their search for employment.
The EDD veterans’ representatives specialize in assisting veterans in their efforts to return to work and are located in many local WDC Offices. Services provided include a veteran 24-hour priority hold on all job listings, One-on-One Vocational and career guidance, customized job search assistance, job fairs, employer recruitments, and other events and resources.
Veterans are encouraged to attend a local veterans’ office orientation with the EDD veterans’ staff for personalized services and assistance to achieve professional goals.
Priority of Service: Eligible veterans will receive priority of service at all of the Riverside County One Stop Career Centers. Priority of service requires that eligible persons must be served prior to non-eligible persons. All clients must still meet the eligibility and program requirements of the center.
EDD is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.
Eligible veterans may be entitled to one-on-one in-depth vocational and career guidance.
- Case management
- Skills assessment and interest surveys
- Career guidance
- Job search assistance
- Veterans Administration Benefits information
Veterans who are essentially job ready, but require a low to moderate level of staff assistance.
- Experience Unlimited Networking Group
- Veterans Networking Group
Veterans are job ready and require little or no direct assistance from our Veterans Program staff.
- Career Services:
Research specific occupations, choose a new career, or analyze your skills to find an occupation that best suits you.
- Job Search Services:
Get assistance looking for or getting placed in a new job and learn how to develop effective resumes and cover letters.
- Labor Market Services:
Access information about labor market trends, statistics, and economic and demographic data
- Job Readiness Workshops:
Take advantage of classes designed to provide you with the information to compete in today’s job market.
1. Veteran - an individual who has served at least one day in active military, naval or air service, and was discharged under "other than dishonorable" conditions. This includes full-time duty in the National Guard or a Reserve component, except full-time duty for training purposes.
Note that this is the WIA definition of veteran (at least one day of active military service), not the definition used for Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialist (DVOP) staff to provide services (at least 180 days of active military service).
2. Eligible spouse - the spouse of:
- any veteran who died of a service-connected disability;
- any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of the spouse's request for priority has been listed for at least 90 days as: missing in action; captured in line of duty by a hostile force; or forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power;
- a veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability (as determined by the Department of Veterans Affairs); or
- a veteran who died while a total disability, resulting from a service-connected disability, was in existence
Priority of Service Definitions
Covered Person – Veteran or Eligible Spouse
Veteran - A person who:
- Served at least one (1) day in the active military, naval, or air service, and was discharged or released therefrom with other than a dishonorable discharge (active service includes full-time Federal service (typically referred to as Title 10) in the National Guard or a Reserve component).
Eligible Spouse - The spouse of any of the following:
- Any veteran who died of a service-connected disability, or
- Any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for the priority, is listed in one or more of the following categories and has been so listed for a total of more than 90 days: (i) Missing in action; (ii) Captured in line of duty by a hostile force; or (iii) Forcibly detained or interned in line of duty by a foreign government or power, or
- Any veteran who has a total disability resulting from a service-connected disability, as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, or
- Any veteran who died while a disability, as indicated in previous bullet of this section, was in existence.
Proof of Status
A DD Form 214 is the most recognized document, however, if this document is not readily accessible, please advise the Job Service staff of your situation.
Services offered under Priority of Service
With respect to any qualified job training program, a covered person shall be given priority over a non-covered person for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services provided under that program, notwithstanding any other provision of the law. Priority, in the context of providing priority of service to covered persons in qualified job training programs, means the right to take precedence over non-covered persons in obtaining services. Depending on the type of service or resource being provided, taking precedence may mean:
- The covered person receives access to the service or resource earlier in time
than the non-covered person, or
- If the service or resource is limited, the covered person receives access to the service or resource instead of or before the non-covered person.
Please see Job Service staff for applicable eligibility requirements for specific training programs and please identify yourself as a Veteran or Eligible Spouse to our staff.
Mr. Lepe Honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps after 45 months of service. He originally entered the Workforce System in August 2012, exiting at February of 2013 after he started working as an Armed Security Guard with Securitas in Desert Center. In addition, he continued his schooling using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to obtain his degree in Security Management. Upon completion of an initial assessment, Mr. Lepe received resume assistance and numerous JDCs and job referrals by the Indio DVOP and LVER. In February, the Indio LVER spoke with Judy Sterling of Securitas; Mr. Lepe began the application process. Securitas is staffing armed guards at the Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, a new 550 megawatt photovoltaic generating plant located at Desert Center, CA. After a background check, a thorough interview process, and onboarding training, Mr. Lepe started working on February 7th. He is working full-time and earning $13.50 per hour plus 20 hours of guaranteed over-time per week. Mr. Lepe is very appreciative of the efforts made by the veteran staff involved.
Mr. Mohr Honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after 5 years of service. He originally entered the Workforce System in the beginning of February 2013, exiting at the end February of 2013 after he started working as a Cook 2 with Ernie’s Bar & Grill in La Quinta, CA. In addition, he utilized his GI Bill to obtain his degrees in Restaurant Management and Culinary Arts. Upon completion of an initial assessment, Mr. Mohr received resume assistance and several JDCs and job referrals by the Indio DVOP and LVER. Within two weeks, the Indio LVER spoke with Hilton Hotels HR; Mr. Mohr was invited to submit an application and meet for an interview appointment. Hilton Hotels was seeking a Cook 2 for Ernie’s Clubhouse Bar & Grill at the PGA West facility located at La Quinta, CA. After a thorough interview, and onboarding training, Mr. Mohr started working on February 11th. He is working full-time and earning $14.00 per hour and is eligible for full benefits after 90 days. Mr. Mohr is very appreciative of the efforts made by the veteran staff involved.
Mr. Delao Honorably discharged from the U.S. Army after 12 years of service. He originally entered the Workforce System in the beginning of January 2013, exiting at the end February of 2013 after he started working as a Computer Hardware/Software Mentor with Experis in Blythe, CA. Upon completion of an initial assessment, Mr. Delao received resume assistance and several JDCs and job referrals by the Indio DVOP and LVER and Blythe Workforce Services staff. After receiving Mr. Delao’s resume, the Indio LVER spoke with William Blankenship of Experis. Mr. Delao was invited to submit an application and meet for an interview appointment. Experis was seeking a Computer Hardware/Software Mentor for the Ironwood Prison facility located at Blythe, CA. This facility has an estimated inmate population of 3800 and a staff of approximately 1300. After a thorough interview, background check and onboarding training, Mr. Delao started working on February 11th. He is working full-time and earning $17.50 per hour. Mr. Delao is very appreciative of the efforts made by both the Blythe and Indio veteran staff involved.
Veterans Success Stories Reported by Frederic Straight, DVOP