LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Recent changes at workforce centers in East Texas are meant to help veterans get priority of service in getting help finding a job, according to local employment representatives with the Texas Veterans Commission.
Under federal law, the U.S. Department of Labor funds a Texas Veterans Commission program that places employment representatives at certain workforce centers, including Workforce Solutions East Texas in Tyler and Longview. These representatives help veterans find jobs, particularly those with significant barriers to work, such as transportation issues and disabilities. Some representatives also work with area employers to increase job opportunities for veterans.
Gregg Adams, a T.V.C. rep who works at WSET Longview, says he's being asked to focus more on helping veterans who need help the most. He says employment staff at Workforce Solutions once asked veterans to wait to see him for services, but now employment staff must give veterans job assistance in his absence, rather than force them to wait. Staff members have also been asked to get specific information from veterans to assist Adams and other reps in screening veterans who need help the most.