Learn more about how VA for Vets is helping Veterans achieve career success.
What is VA for Vets?
VA for Vets is a comprehensive program that helps Veterans launch or advance their civilian careers at VA. From dynamic job searches and military skills translation to professional development and reintegration support and one-on-one coaching—there is something for every Veteran through VA for Vets.
Who can use VA for Vets?
The program was developed for:
Veterans wishing to pursue employment at VA
VA’s Veteran employees, including Military Service Members who serve in the National Guard and Reserve
Supervisors, HR professionals, hiring managers and coworkers who support Veteran and Military Service Member employees at VA
What are the goals of VA for Vets?
Our mission is simple: to create a world-class organization of Veterans serving Veterans. VA for Vets wants Veterans to love working at VA and build meaningful careers here. To achieve this goal, VA for Vets aims to:
Recruit Veterans outside of VA to come work for VA
Retain the 100,000+ Veterans currently employed at VA
Reintegrate VA’s Military Service Member employees seamlessly after deployments
Recognize and honor Veteran service
Educate VA’s supervisors, hiring managers, HR professionals and coworkers about Veteran-specific issues and support resources
Why has VA invested in VA for Vets?
VA for Vets is part of VA’s enterprise-wide initiative aimed at creating a people-centric, results-driven and forward-looking workforce committed to providing improved services to Veterans. Secretary Shinseki recognizes that Veterans understand the needs and experiences of fellow Veterans better than anyone else. Therefore, he is striving to increase the number of Veteran employees at VA through VA for Vets.
What's unique about VA for Vets?
What sets VA for Vets apart from other Veteran career support programs is that it offers all-encompassing career solutions—from finding the right VA job matched to military background to receiving one-on-one reintegration support from a coach. VA for Vets goes one step further by offering a wealth of employer support resources for VA’s supervisors and HR professionals involved in the hiring and deployment processes. All of these tools are available through one centralized website anytime, from anywhere in the world.
What is the Career Center?
The Career Center is an integrated career exploration and job-search system, developed to assist Veterans seeking civilian employment or professional advancement at VA. Veterans can assess their professional interests and goals, translate their military experience into marketable skills, and explore jobs matched to their unique experience. Learn more about the Career Center.
How do I create for a VA for Vets account?
First, register for an account
. You’ll need to provide your name and a valid email address. Once you register for an account, you may begin to use the Career Center tools.
Which email should I use to create my VA for Vets account?
Provide your permanent, primary email address when you create your VA for Vets
account. Once you create your account, you won't be able to change your email address. VA for Vets discourages the use of military or current employer email addresses because you may not always have access to those accounts.I’ve created an account, but I no longer have access to the email address I used to register my account. Can I create a new account using a different email address?
Yes, but the new account won't contain any information from your old account (including resumes or self- assessment results).What if I do not understand the CAPTCHA question?
For security reasons, you will be asked to answer a CAPTCHA question when:
- Creating a new account
- Submitting feedback through “Contact Us”
- Resetting your account password
Answers to the CAPTCHA questions may not always seem immediately obvious. The questions are generally straight forward requiring a generally non-complicated answer. For example, you may be asked, “If a person is called James, what is their name?” The answer in this case would simply be “James,” without the quotes. Questions requiring number answers may seem more complex. For example, you may be asked, “What is twenty thousand four hundred and seventy six as a number?” The answer in this case is “20,476” without quotes. Each time you submit an incorrect answer, you will have the opportunity to answer a different CAPTCHA question. If you have attempted to answer several times without success, please call the Technical Support Center for assistance at 1-855-824-8387 and select option 3.What is a DS Logon?
The Department of Defense (DoD) Self-Service Logon (DS Logon) is a secure, self-service logon ID that allows DoD/VA affiliates and Veterans to access several websites using a single username and password.
You may choose to link your VA for Vets
account to another current DS Logon account when you create a new account. You can also link your VA for Vets account to another current DS Logon account at a later time by following these steps:
- Log into your VA for Vets account.
- Select “Account Management” in the upper right hand corner of your screen.
- Select “Link With DS Logon.”
VA for Vets
does not administer or manage the DS Logon. For changes to your DS Logon, submit requests through eBenefits
.Why can’t I access my Virtual Collaboration Workspace using my DS Logon?VA for Vets
accounts linked with DS Logon cannot access the Virtual Collaboration Workspace.
I know my current account password. How do I change it?
Log in to your account using your current password, and select “Account Management” in the upper right hand corner of your screen. You will be re-directed to a new page with four options:
- View your Dashboard
- Update Your Profile
- Change Your Password
- Link with DS Logon
Select the option to “Change Your Password” and create a new password.
I forgot my current account password. How do I change it?
From any page on the VA for Vets
website, select “Sign In” from the upper right hand corner. On the next page, select, “Forgot Your Password?” Enter your email address you used to create the account. Answer the CAPTCHA security question and select “Submit.” You will receive an email with a temporary password. Use the temporary password to sign in to your account. Complete the process by changing your password using the instructions above. I’ve selected “Account Management,” but “Change Your Password” is not an option. What should I do?
If the “Change Your Password” option does not appear, your account has been linked to the eBenefits website. You will need to reset your eBenefits log-in information through the eBenefits website
. When I follow the steps to change my password, I receive an error message. Why doesn't my new password work?
Passwords must meet the following criteria:
- Don’t include any part of your name or email address.
- Use at least one capital letter, a lowercase letter, a number, and one of the following special characters: (!, @, #, $, %, ^, &, or *).
- Contain at least eight characters.
I have downloaded and installed the 3diCC plug in. Why can’t I access the Virtual Collaboration Workspace?
The Virtual Collaboration Workspace is accessed through the 3diCC browser plug-in for Internet Explorer versions 7, 8, and 9 on a Windows-based personal computer or through the Virtual Collaboration Tool client on a Mac computer. If you have installed the plug-in and still cannot access the Virtual Collaboration Workspace, take these steps:
- Select the Windows Start Button.
- Select “All Programs.”
- Select the 3diCC Immersive Terf Folder.
- Select the orange Q with the words “VA for Vets Virtual Training Center” next to it.
- Log in to the Virtual Collaboration Workspace using your email address and password.
On a Mac:
What browser(s) can I use to access the VA for Vets website?
- Navigate to the VCT client download page.
- Select the 3Dicc OpenQwaq for MAC box.
- Log in to the Virtual Collaboration Workspace using your email address and VA for Vets password.
Internet Explorer (versions 7 and 8) and Firefox will allow you to easily access the full VA for Vets website
. Other browsers—such as Google Chrome, Safari and Internet Explorer 9—will allow you to perform most actions on the VA for Vets
website, but some user functions may be limited.Why are my web pages not loading properly or giving me error messages?
Please try one of the following:
- Ensure you are using a web browser that the VA for Vets website supports, including Internet Explorer (Editions 7 and 8) and Mozilla Firefox.
- Restart your computer.
- If you still experience difficulty accessing the website, please call the Technical Support Center at 1-855-824-8387.