Veterans Choice is a new, government-funded program to encourage businesses to hire veterans and other job-seekers.
But how can you get started?
The program’s goal is to help vets and their families gain access to financial support, including for a down payment on a home.
The program is open to companies that are willing to take on veterans who can’t otherwise afford to buy a home or mortgage.
If the veteran has been in the military for less than five years, the VA will provide a downpayment on the home.
If it’s been at least five years since the veteran enlisted, the program will cover up to 30% of the cost.
It’s not the only way to gain access: If the vet is over 65 and has served a year or more in the armed forces, they’ll receive $100 per month.
Veterans Choice is one of a few options available for companies that have decided to take the lead in helping veterans get into the workforce, and one that offers a simple path to the job market.
But for many vets, the choice is bittersweet.
The VA says that the majority of its program’s beneficiaries are women and minority veterans, but many also have other issues to deal with, including financial concerns, a desire to keep their families, and, often, the fear of being labeled a fraudster.
One former Army sergeant in New Orleans told The Verge that she was turned away from a job at a local supermarket because the company was worried that her son would be kicked out of the program if she went back to the military.
Another veteran, who asked to remain anonymous because she had a difficult time getting through to employers, said that she received an email from her employer informing her that she’d been suspended.
She was told she would have to find a new job.
The email said that the company’s HR department would contact her after the company had completed a background check, and that she could apply to become a Veterans Choice beneficiary.
“It was so frustrating,” she said.
“It was like, ‘Oh, we can’t help you.'”
The veteran added that the jobless veterans who applied to the program felt like they were being unfairly treated.
“If you’re unemployed, and you have kids, and your spouse’s not working, it makes you feel like you’re the bad guy,” she added.
One veteran in Texas had to cancel her own job because of her disability, which required her to take out a second loan.
She said that once she was approved for the program, she was told that she wouldn’t be able to get another job until she had $100,000 in the bank, and was also told that her disability would disqualify her from receiving the money.
A former Marine Corps infantryman said that in order to be eligible for the veterans choice, he had to go through a grueling process to find out how to get his eligibility.
The former Marine had to complete a 12-step program and meet the VA’s eligibility requirements, which were a $25,000 down payment and an income of $50,000 or less for a year, as well as two years of active duty.
“My spouse is retired, so we have two kids,” he said.
“[My son] is a soldier.
He was born on the same day as me, and we have a son that was born at the same time as me.
So it was really hard.”
After completing his 12-Step program, he was told he could get the $100 down payment, which would pay off his mortgage.
But he was then told he needed to make more than $200,000 to get that $100 in the pot.
He said that when he asked the company about this discrepancy, he received a voicemail message from the HR department, and it said, “Well, the amount you can pay down your mortgage is dependent on your income.”
The HR department told him he was not eligible for veterans choice if he made less than $80,000 a year.
He said that his wife was a veteran, but that her military deferment had given her an extra month of unemployment benefits.
He also received an automated message saying that because of his military status, he would have a hard time getting the money because he would need to complete the 12-steps program and get two years in active duty before getting the $500,000 he needed.
“I didn’t know what to do,” he told The Atlantic.
He contacted the company and was told the $400,000 would be available for him to make the payment, but he had until July 10, 2019, to do it.
“That’s when my wife and I were able to file a lawsuit to get the money,” he explained.
“Then we got a hearing in front of the court.
The judge said that we were eligible, but we didn’t meet the qualifications to be approved.”
A representative from the company told The Washington Post that the veterans choose program had “received over 20,000 applications