Bureau of Land Management’s Veterans Employment Opportunities

Veterans Employment Opportunities

The BLM hosts eight fire crews that are specifically designed to employ Veterans and provide career opportunities in fire and land management. Employment periods generally run from early May through October. Each link below has specific requirements and processes for employment.

  • The BLM Veteran Crew Information link provides more on the BLM Veterans program:


  • “How to Apply for Wildland Fire Jobs” provides guidance for applying to vacancies:


  • USAJOBS tweet provides information about BLM fire opportunities:


Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)
VEOA is a special hiring authority, which allows Veterans to compete for job opportunities that otherwise may have only been available to current permanent federal employees. A VEOA eligible who is selected will be given a career or career-conditional appointment. To be eligible for VEOA, applicant must be either a preference eligible veteran or a veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. For additional information go to:


Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
This excepted authority allows agencies to appoint eligible veterans without competition if the veteran has received a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition; or is a disabled veteran; or has received an Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation; or is a recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years) and separated under honorable conditions. Appointments under this authority may be made at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent. This is an excepted service appointment, which can be converted to competitive service after 2 years. For additional information go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#vra
Temporary or Term Appointment of 30% or More Disabled Veterans
Under this authority, agencies may, at their discretion, give a non-competitive temporary or term appointment of not less than 60 days to any veteran who has a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more and who meets the qualification requirements of the position. To be eligible, the individual must be a disabled veteran who has a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more officially documented by the Department of Defense or the Department of Veterans Affairs. For additional information go to: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#30

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing

“Healing those who serve”

I have to say as a new member of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing that it is one of the best things that has happened to me in a while. I am an avid largemouth bass guy, I’ve never fly fished before and I haven’t fished for trout since I was 15. Well, fly fishing is a blast, I’m liking it a lot. I have also picked up fly tying. I like tying flies too. My flies look as good as anything you can find!

Fly fishing and tying flies, hanging out with other Veterans that are dealing with the visible and invisible wounds of war. Our time together is fun, often quiet and peaceful, sometimes like a family, a little louder. Like laughing together telling stories at the campfire, or meals. The peace and serenity is amazing. Until you set the hook!

The local chapter of PHWFF meets:

2nd Tuesday of each month at the New Patriot Veterans Outreach, 10 Wachusett St., Fitchburg, MA


4th Monday at 100 West St., Leominster, MA

All Veterans and Active Duty are welcome to come on down. Join us.

Here are a few photos of us. Last summer in Maine and last weekend at Carbelas. And I would like to publicly thank Carbelas in Berlin for being such awesome hosts and sponsors.





10.15.16 Swing with “Hot Fugue Sundae” to Benefit The Wall That Heals

The Wall That Heals

Come out and listen to The Hot Fugue Sundae’s “Spotlight on Swing” show! I have seen this group numerous times, and they absolutely rock. Their show is wicked fun, they always outdo themselves and put on a show that is memorable. I have filmed and recorded them often. I have a few videos up on YouTube, feel free to check them out. You’ll be glad you did.

Veteran Homestead’s MISSION POSSIBLE

VHI Oct postcard front


 Sunday, 4 October 2015
Great Wolf Lodge
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
4 PM – 7 PM
Cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres
and silent auction

Please attend this inspirational early evening of cocktails,
hors d’oeuvres, music and silent auction. All to help support Veteran Homestead’s effort to transition soldiers back to civilian life, so they can reclaim their lives and revitalize their futures.
$10 minimum donation at the door
For more information and to RSVP, please contact:
Cindy Correll
Proceeds from this event will benefit Veteran Homestead, Inc., an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in Central Massachusetts that has been providing housing and care to U.S. Armed Services Veterans since 1993 who are disabled from wars past and present.Created by a veteran and staffed with experts who share the compassion and commitment to treat and accommodate wounded heroes in their transition to civilian life, Veteran Homestead, Inc., operates six unique programs located in Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner, Massachusetts, Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire, and Caguas, Puerto Rico.



For more information about Veteran Homestead, Inc., please visit: