Services for Veterans

 Click above to view local job listings for federal contractors.


 Priority of Service to Veterans

BerkshireWorks gives priority of services to qualified veterans (and other covered individuals) when referring individuals to job openings, DOL funded training programs and related services in accordance with the implementation of the Veterans’ Priority Provisions of the “Jobs for Veterans Act” (PL 107-288),

Any person who identifies himself or herself as a veteran (or spouse or dependent child of a veteran killed in combat, or of a 100% disabled veteran whose disability is service connected, or of a member on active duty who is listed as missing in action, captured in the line of duty, or forcibly detained) shall be considered for priority of services. Qualified veterans will receive priority referral to services over non-veterans as determined by each program’s mandatory eligibility criteria.

The local Career Center Veterans’ Representative will obtain necessary documentation to verify eligibility for intensive services.

Any questions regarding Priority of Services should be directed to the Career Center Veterans’ Representative, Dave Nash at [email protected] or call the Career Center at 413-499-2220 ext. 211

Veterans’ Services 


BerkshireWorks Veterans’ specialists will:

  • help you organize your job search, access benefits
  • work with you to design your own personal employment plan, a comprehensive and flexible way to help you manage your job search,
  • assist you with writing your resume, and
  • help you to develop your job leads

Visit BerkshireWorks One-Stop Career Center, located at 160 North Street Pittsfield, to talk to a veterans’ specialist, or e-mail [email protected].  You can also look for job leads by visiting or through Massachusetts JobQuest.

Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives

Our Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LVERS) are state employees located in the state’s One-Stop Career Centers. Their job is to provide job search services to veterans by:

  • supervising the provision of all services to veterans including counseling, testing and identifying training and employment opportunities;
  • monitoring job listings from federal contractors to see that eligible veterans get priority in referrals to these jobs;
  • monitoring federal department and agency vacancies listed at local One-Stop Centers processing complaints from veterans about the observance of veterans’ preference by federal employers;
  • promoting and monitoring the participation of veterans in federally-funded employment and training programs;
  • cooperating with the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify and aid veterans who need work-specific prosthetic devices, sensory aids or other special equipment to improve their employability; and
  • contacting community leaders, employers, unions, training programs, veterans’ service organizations and City or Town Veterans Services Officers to be sure eligible veterans get the services to which they are entitled. For more information about U.S. Department of Labor employment and training programs for veterans, contact [email protected] or the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service office nearest you, listed in the phone book in the United States Government under the Labor Department, or a Veterans Educational Officer.

Disabled Veterans’ Outreach

Our Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOPS) develop job and training opportunities for veterans, with special emphasis on veterans with service-connected disabilities.

DVOP Specialists provide direct services to veterans to help them to compete in the labor market. They provide outreach and offer assistance to disabled and other veterans by promoting community and employer support for employment and training opportunities, including apprenticeship and on-the-job training.

DVOP Specialists work with employers, veterans’ organizations, the U. S.Department of Veterans Affairs and the U. S. Department of Defense, and community-based organizations to link veterans with appropriate jobs and training opportunities.

DVOP Specialists serve as case managers for veterans enrolled in federally-funded job training programs such as the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation program, and other veterans with serious disadvantages in the job market. DVOPs are available to those veterans and their employers to help ensure that necessary follow-up services are provided to promote job retention.

The U.S. Department of Labor provides funding for DVOP specialist positions. These specialists are located in One-Stop Career Centers across the state.

DVOP Specialists may also be stationed at regional offices and medical or veterans’ outreach centers of the Department of Veterans Affairs, state or county veterans’ service offices, community-based organizations and military installations.



  Tax Information for Members of the U.S. Armed Forces

Welcome Home Bonus

 The State Treasurer’s Office, Veterans’ Bonus Division, will administer the Welcome Home Bonus to veterans of the Global War on Terrorism.


Small Business Administration announces a new Veterans’ Business Loan Program

Patriot Express 

A complete list of Veterans Services Officers for Berkshire County

Training for Veterans

Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Workforce Investment Program (VWIP) and Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)

For more information contact [email protected]

Job and Career FairsRecruitments and Local Job Listings and Featured Employers

Shawmut Design and Construction Company: Shawmut Design and Construction Company have a number of job openings. They are interested in Veterans who have a Civil or Structural Engineering background. Degree preferred, however they are also interested in Non-Commissioned Officers who have had experience “Overseeing” construction projects either in Southwest Asia, Europe or USA while in the military.

Resource links for Veterans



Veterans USERRA Fact Sheet 3,  Veteran Entrepreneurs Partner for Success,,,,,,

Click above to view The Official Massachusetts Healthcare Career Resource Site of The Massachusetts Hospital Association

Job Search Links 

BerkshireCareersBerkshireJobsCareerBuilderCareer Jet, CraigslistDataFrenzy, Dice,EarnPartTimeIndeed.comJob CentralJobs ConnectMass JobQuestMilitary Occupational Code Search, and

Local Job Listings and Featured Employers

 Click here to view the 2010 Federal Benefits for Veterans Handbook

Veterans are encouraged to contact us or visit the Career Center and speak to their local Veterans Employment Representative to learn more about these programs. For more information contact [email protected].