Priority of Service
You may be eligible for priority of service in securing employment, training and placement opportunities free of charge through PA CareerLink®
What is Priority of Service?
Veterans and eligible spouses are given priority over non-covered persons for the receipt of employment, training, and placement services provided under a qualified training program. Depending on the type of service or resource being provided, taking priority may mean:
• Covered person gains access to service or resource earlier than the non-covered persons
• Covered person receives service or resource instead of a non-covered person when resources are limited
What services are available?
Wagner-Peyser Employment Service offers a one-stop delivery system that provides access to an integrated array of labor exchange services for job seekers such as job search assistance, job referral and placement, re-employment services to unemployment insurance claimants and businesses, such as recruitment service to employers with job openings.
Workforce Investment Act Dislocated Worker Services include outreach, job search and placement assistance, labor market information, development of individual employment plans and counseling and career planning. Customers are linked to job opportunities in their communities, including both occupation and basic job skills training to improve marketability.
Workforce Investment Act Adult Services cover programs and initiatives that provide adult workers with workforce preparation and skill development to connect employers with quality workers.
Workforce Investment Act Youth Services assist eligible low-income youth up to age 21, and prepare them to successfully transition into employment, postsecondary education and/or training with youth-related workforce activities, providing leadership, policy directions, program administration, technical assistance and guidance.
Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) provides eligible workers with classroom and on-the-job training, apprenticeship re-employment services, and re-location and transportation allowances. Services are provided to those who lose their jobs or have their hours reduced as a result of increased imports or to those who have been affected by shifts in production or the supply of services to foreign companies.
Am I eligible?
To determine your eligibility as a veteran or spouse of a veteran, contact the PA CareerLink® office near you. Official documentation of your status may be required. You will be required to identify yourself as a covered person in order to receive priority of service.
In addition to receiving priority of service within the PA CareerLink®, certain veterans and eligible spouses may be eligible to receive intensive veteran services under the Jobs for Veterans State Grant, including in-depth needs and vocational assessments, formal action planning, service referrals, and regular progress follow-up. Contact your local PA CareerLink® office for more information.
What is eBenefits?
eBenefits is a joint VA/DoD web portal that provides resources and self-service capabilities to Veterans, Service members, and their families to research, access and manage their VA and military benefits and personal information. eBenefits uses secure credentials to allow access to personal information and gives users the ability to perform numerous self-service functions. It also provides a list of links to other sites that provide information about military and Veteran benefits. It is an essential way for Veterans, Service members, and their families to receive access to and service from VA and DoD.
What can I do in eBenefits?
Some of the features within eBenefits allow Veterans and Service members to access official military personnel documents, view the status of their disability compensation claim, transfer entitlement of Post-9/11 GI Bill to eligible dependents (Service members only), and register for and update direct deposit information for certain benefits. For a full list of features, see the reverse side of this fact sheet. New features are being added regularly.
How do I access eBenefits?
eBenefits is located at www.ebenefits.va.gov. Before Veterans can access and use eBenefits they must be listed in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) and obtain a DS Logon. Service members can access eBenefits with a DS Logon or Common Access Card (CAC). They can choose from two levels of registration, DS Logon Level 1 (Basic) and DS Logon Level 2 (Premium). Note: If Veterans attempt to register and are informed they have no DEERS record, VA will first need to verify their military service and add them to DEERS. All VA Regional Offices have staff familiar with procedures for adding a Veteran to DEERS.
What is a DS Logon?
A DS Logon is a secure identity (username and password) that is used by various DoD and VA websites, including eBenefits. If you are already registered in DEERS, you are eligible for a DS Logon. Once you have a DS Logon, it’s valid for the rest of your life.
How do I register for an eBenefits account?
You can register for an eBenefits account online using the eBenefits DS Logon Account Registration Wizard. There are two types of registration, Basic and Premium. You will be walked through a series of questions to assist you in obtaining a Premium eBenefits Account, which gives you the highest level of access to eBenefits features. With a Premium Account you can view personal data about yourself in VA and DoD systems, apply for benefits online, check the status of your claims, update your address records, and more. To get a Premium eBenefits Account, you must verify your identity. Many people will be able to verify their identity online by answering a few security questions. Service members may verify their identity online by using their CAC. Military retirees may verify their identity online using their Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Logon. For those unable to verify their identity online, you will instantly receive a Basic Account. A Basic eBenefits Account lets you customize the site and access information you enter into eBenefits yourself; however, you cannot see your personal information in VA or DoD systems. However, there are other options available to you. Veterans in receipt of VA benefits via direct deposit may have their identity verified by calling 1-800-827-1000 and selecting option 7. Others may need to visit a VA Regional Office or TriCare Service Center to have their identities verified in person.