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Resources For Veterans


Veterans and eligible spouses receive access, on a priority of service basis to the full range of public employment and training services, including job search assistance, workshops, resume assistance, labor market information, career guidance, job referral, and referral to other supportive and training resources.

Our staff assesses the needs of each veteran and makes it a priority to educate the veterans of New Hampshire on services available through NHES. They network with other veterans' social and supportive agencies as well to get assistance for veterans.

Priority of Service for Veterans and Eligible Spouses

Veterans and eligible spouses are given priority of service for the receipt of employment, training and placement services in all workforce programs funded by the Department of Labor. This means that those Veterans or eligible spouses, who meet all the eligibility requirements for a program or service, receive access to that program or service either earlier than others who are not eligible for priority of service, or if resources are limited, the Veteran or eligible spouse receives access to the service or resource instead of or before others.

If you are a Veteran or eligible spouse, please identify yourself as such when inquiring about any NHES programs or services or upon visiting a NH Works office. By doing so, you will be able to take full advantage of this priority.

If you are uncertain whether or not you are a Veteran or eligible spouse, note the following definitions that apply for purposes of priority of service.

Veteran: A person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. Active service includes full-time duty in the National Guard or a Reserve component, other than full-time duty for training purposes (i.e., that which is referred to as “weekend” or “annual” training), nor does it include full-time active duty performed by National Guard personnel who are mobilized by State rather than Federal authorities.

Eligible Spouse: An individual may identify as a spouse of a veteran and qualify for priority of service. The term "eligible spouse" means:

  • The spouse of any person who died of a service-connected disability; OR
  • The spouse of any member of the Armed Forces serving on active duty who, at the time of application for USDOL employment and training services, has, for a period longer than 90 days either been declared missing in action, or has been captured by a hostile force while in the line of duty, or has been forcibly detained or interned while on active duty by a foreign government or power; OR
  • The spouse of any person who has a permanent, total disability resulting from a service-connected disability; OR
  • The spouse of a veteran who died while a disability so evaluated was in existence.


  • Veterans' Resource Directory Adobe PDF format
    This “Veterans' Guide” is a booklet of information gathered from Web sites and publications of federal, State, Non-governmental, and Non-profit organizations. It offers an explanation of benefits offered to veterans and contact information to further explore these benefits.
  • Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
    The U.S. Department of Labor VETS provides resources and expertise to assist and prepare veterans and transitioning service members to obtain meaningful careers, maximize their employment opportunities, and protect their employment rights.

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New Hampshire Employment Security (NHES)
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