Veteran Opportunities

Job Vacancy

Job Description

 

SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITY:

Assistant Service Officer is responsible for assisting assigned Veterans with compensation, pension, appeals, education, vocational rehabilitation, death benefits, obtaining records, awards and decorations, providing forms for home loans, and answering questions of a general nature pertaining to veteran’s programs. He/she is responsible for acting as the Service Officer in his/her absence. He/she may also conduct “Outreach” programs and may assist with membership recruiting throughout the State. This position is a full-time, Non-Exempt, salaried position (FLSA).

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $40,000.00 per year

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Investigates inquiries that come into the office from Veterans from various forms (e-mail, telephone, written communication) to ascertain claim status.
  • Assists claimants with filing benefits claims, completing various claim forms, reviewing VA disability rating decisions for correctness.
  • May intercede when claim processing problems occur for both general claims or medical issues or provide research or process knowledge to claimant.
  • Advises claimants when appeals are necessary and then assists Claimants with navigating the process of writing appeals. May write appeal briefs for VA Regional Office and Board of Veteran’s Appeals and may go with the clients during VA benefit appeal hearings.
  • Assists veterans with providing forms for filing claims with the Military Corrections and Discharge Review Boards.
  • Other Duties as assigned

Other Functions:

  • Acts as back up for the Service Officer in his absence.
  • Conduct veterans Outreach programs throughout the State.
  • Conducts Service Officer training to all Post Service Officers as assigned.
  • Attends Department Executive Committee meetings in the absence of the Service Officer, and will provide updates on the Service Office at that time

QUALIFICATIONS AND COMPETENCIES:

  • High School Diploma or equivalent Required, Associates Degree or higher, in business administration or other relevant discipline Preferred.
  • Three plus years experience in Veterans/Military type of office environment is required.
  • Must have an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
  • Must be a member of or eligible to join the American Legion
  • Must have a working knowledge of the Veteran’s Affairs, to include veteran’s benefit programs, and the administrative appeals process as well as knowing VA Legal regulations in detail
  • Must attend Bi-annual classes for certification for American Legion, Veteran’s Requirements (TRIPP training), and HIPAA certification.
  • Must have at least an intermediate level of Computer Skills to include MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, and Power Point specifically).
  • Must have working knowledge of or have the ability to learn proprietary V.A. database systems.
  • Must have excellent Verbal, Written and Listening Communication Skills, and the ability to use these skills in a diverse range of settings and audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills required – to include a high degree of Patience, Understanding, Empathy and a method to develop trust in the relationship.
  • Must understand Legal regulations and medical terminology and can express these in common English.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple priorities, assess situations and make sound decisions.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be able to sit for long periods
  • Occasional, walking, lifting, bending, twisting, stooping, and reaching of moderate to heavy weights of material of up to 25 lbs.
  • Must be able to routinely travel within State for Outreach, functions, committee meetings, and training sessions.

COVID-19 considerations:
In order to keep our employee’s safe our Service Officers are currently working from home. They have a schedule in place for when each service officer can visit the physical work place to get mail and other things needed to work from home.

Send Resume To: ctadj@ctlegion.org or visit Indeed.com to apply

 

How to Make Money From Home as a Veteran (Or Non-Veteran)

 

 

Image via Pexels

 

How to Make Money From Home as a Veteran (Or Non-Veteran)

 

There’s no getting around the fact that this is a hard time economically for many people. Fortunately, however, it comes at a time when opportunities abound on the internet. Whether you’re interested in starting a small business or working as an employee from your home, the web has made both of these options more accessible to veterans and the general public alike. Below are some tips to keep in mind as you look for your next money-making opportunity:

 

Take Advantage of Your Experience

In many ways, being a veteran gives you an advantage when it comes to starting a business or finding a good job.

 

  • Starting a new endeavor requires funds; happily, there are plenty of places to secure them.
  • There are many opportunities to secure financing as a veteran, especially if you’re starting a business. So, be sure to research and apply for various assistance programs.
  • Regardless of whether you’re looking to launch a business or get hired, factor in the skills you’ve acquired to help guide you through the process.
  • Also, be sure to look at veteran-friendly employers if you are wanting to work as an employee somewhere.

 

Research Different Ideas

Every new thing starts with an idea, and this applies to your career as well.

 

  • If your goal is to start a business, consider opening an ecommerce store; you can either sell products out of your home or dropship them (which means that you don’t have to keep physical inventory).
  • If you have a passion and expertise in a particular trade or industry, consider making online tutorials and posting them to YouTube. Along with building your reputation as an expert, you can make money from ad revenue and potentially from paid sponsorships.
  • You could also consider becoming a freelancer; as your own boss, you can choose what clients and businesses to provide services to, and you can set your own work hours.

 

Learn to Market Yourself

Whatever you decide to do, marketing yourself is critical.

 

  • Update your resume and cover letter with highlights from your experience.
  • If you’re ex-mil, be sure to include that you are a veteran of the armed services at some level in your marketing. Many clients and customers love to support veterans, and employers everywhere are always on the lookout for candidates with grit, servant leadership, and communication skills, all of which are learned in the military.
  • To increase your chance of success in business ownership and/or significantly help your future job prospects, consider pursuing an online business degree.
  • If you’re starting a business, come up with a marketing plan including how you will brand yourself, who your target audience will be, how you will reach your audience, and so on.
  • Social media is paramount for marketing these days, so invest a good bit of your time and energy into promoting your business on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and other platforms.
  • Of course, you’ll also want to create an engaging and easy-to-use website for your business; it should include product/service information, helpful content, and contact information, among other things.
  • It’s also wise to join a post of the American Legion in Connecticut for networking opportunities, professional development, and local updates.

 

Thanks to the internet, starting your own business or finding a good job that you can do from home is a realistic goal for veterans and non-veterans. If you are a veteran, remember to take advantage of your resources. Also, look into the wide range of business and job ideas out there, and be sure to learn how to effectively market yourself. In no time, you could be getting a new, fulfilling career off the ground.