St. Joe’s Workshop is the website of the re-employment ministry at St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Troy, Michigan. The ministry is an effort to help those who are in need of work. Information to help your job search includes: prayers and Christian reflections, job listings, educational opportunities, financial management resources, and job search tips.

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by KHouseman on June 25, 2013
Colleagues and Fellow Veterans,
Before this week’s note – our ‘mailing list’ continues to grow and we appreciate all who have responded.  We’ve tried to answer most.  However, we have a host of existing resources to address your questions.  This link,, provides access to a list of toll-free numbers and web based systems available.
Did you know that VA can provide free vocational and educational counseling services for transitioning Servicemembers and individuals eligible for GI Bill benefits (Montgomery, VR&E, Post-9/11, etc.)?  Counseling can take place at a Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office or outbased location, training facility, or military installation.  After receipt of an application, a counseling appointment will be set for eligible Servicemembers and Veterans. Counseling services may include the following:
  • Interest and aptitude testing
  • Occupational exploration
  • Assistance with setting occupational goals
  • Assistance with locating an appropriate academic or training program
  • Academic or adjustment counseling during training to help overcome problems or barriers during school
  • Services to help prepare for a new career
As you might imagine, getting advice for any or all of those can help guide you or a Veteran to your eventual employment goals.  A transitioning Servicemember is defined as a Servicemember within six months of discharge from active duty or a Veteran within one year following discharge from active duty under other than dishonorable conditions.   Servicemembers and Veterans eligible for any VA education benefit may also apply. A service connected disability is not a requirement in order to be eligible for free counseling services.
To apply for counseling benefits, transitioning Servicemembers or Veterans should fill out VA Form 28-8832,Application for Vocational Educational Counseling, or download the application  Counseling services are provided by the VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program’s staff or by contract counselors.  For more information visit
Curtis L. Coy
Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity
Veterans Benefits Administration
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Washington, DC 20420

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