Program aimed at helping unemployed veterans

We’re still feeling the effects of the 2007 economic crisis.  As many people, continue to deal with a lack of employment or underemployment, veterans are finding themselves increasingly in this situation.  

Of the 2.9 million long term unemployed people who were denied benefits this year – 285,000 of them are veterans. There is a program called, Unemployment Compensation, or UCX Program which provides a weekly income for veterans while they search for work.  

 

Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars marched in the Fourth of July parade in Brownsville, Tex.Credit Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald, via Associated Press
Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars marched in the Fourth of July parade in Brownsville, Tex.Credit Miguel Roberts/The Brownsville Herald, via Associated Press

You can participate in the UCX (Unemployment compensation) program if you meet these requirements: 

  • Were on active duty in the Armed Forces
  • Were honorably discharged.
  • You have earned a certain minimum amount during the State’s “base period.” Your Federal military service and wages count toward this requirement.
  • You are able to work, seeking to work and are available for work.

Depending on the state, some rules may vary, however the above rules are general for eligibility for the UCX program.

To find out more about your veteran rights and also for open job positions please visit:

 

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