This description of benefits for Alaska's Veterans and their spouses and dependents was developed by the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs to make veterans aware of the benefits the state offers and to illustrate that the benefits are from different state departments. The best way to determine if you qualify for a certain benefit is to reach the person or program throughout the contact information provided.
Alaska offered special state employment hiring preference for veterans, Prisoners of War (POW), and National Guard members.
Workplace Alaska in the Division of Personnel in the Department of Administration is the on-line recruitment process for all the state's classified service positions. Every vacancy in the classified service, except those requiring registration with Job Service, are posted on the homepage and are available for on-line application. Vacancies are advertised in the Sunday editions of the Fairbanks News Miner, Juneau Empire, and Anchorage Daily News along with recruitment phone lines.
Veterans who possesses the necessary qualifications for a given state job classification and served on active duty and received an honorable or general discharge during the dates listed on the employment application, are eligible for a state employment hiring preference.
If a numerical rating is used in assessing preference, then Veterans are entitled to 5% or 10% of the points available. If no numerical rating device is used, then Veterans will either be afforded "consideration" or an opportunity to interview. Disabled Veterans and former prisoners of war are entitled to 10% or the opportunity to interview, all other Veterans entitled to preference will receive the 5% or be afforded "consideration".
Veterans Services Section of the Employment Security Division of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development promotes employment, economic stability, and growth by operating a no-fee labor exchange that meets the needs of employers, job seekers, and veterans. The provides job placement, job matching and referral, vocational counseling, and job search assistance.
Job Centers in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Kenai, Juneau, and Eagle River have Local Veteran Employment Representatives and Disabled Veteran Outreach Program specialists who provide the following services to qualified vets:
- Priority Job Referral
- Education Assessment
- Career Counseling
- Job Search Workshops
- Career Assessment
- Special Programs
- Employment Assessment
- Job Development
- Referral to Educational Services
- Labor Market Information
- Resume Assistance
Alaska Veterans Affairs is rolling out a local hotline for veterans that may have issues with the My Choice Healthcare plan in the state. Alaska VA Spokesman, Samuel Hudson, says anybody using the My Choice program is urged to call 907-257-3767 if they have any questions or complaints.