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The Veteran Employment Program (VEP) was created to inspire and mobilize new interest and talent to work in the rural water and wastewater industry. More specifically, the VEP addresses this objective to create sustainable outreach, and a recruitment and vocational program that focuses on training and retaining new employees for the industry. 


The goals of the VEP are to attract veterans to the water and wastewater utility industry and assist them in entering the career field to foster their successful transition into civilian life, and to help rural utilities fill job openings with veterans. 


For the purposes of the VEP, a veteran is defined as a service member released from the military with honorable or general (under honorable conditions) discharge after a minimum of 180 consecutive days of active service. The veteran must be able to produce a valid DD-214 or DD-215 for proof of veteran or discharge status, 2-3 references and a form of identification such as a driver's license or military ID card.


The Texas Veterans Commission's (TVC) On-The-Job Training program  is an alternative way for veterans to use their GI Bill. This program allows veterans to learn a trade or skill on the job rather than attending formal classroom instruction.  


Once the veteran is hired by a water or wastewater utility that is approved as a TVC On-The -Job Training facility, he or she is eligible for a monthly stipend from the U.S. Veteran’s Administration. This stipend is in addition to his or her regular salary. The TVC is responsible for approving OJT programs in Texas.  The approval process may take a few months before it is finished, and the veteran is eligible for the benefits retroactively from the date their employment began.


If you are a veteran who is interested in a career with the water and wastewater industry or need more information about on-the-job training, please call 512-472-8591.
 
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