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.





08.23-24.13 Dorchester, MA – Stand Down

Massachusetts Stand Down


August 23 – 24, 2013
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides FREE SERVICES to homeless veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.

Registration Hours: Friday August 23th 8a-4p and Saturday August 24th 8a-12p

Free Services at Stand Down 2013 Include:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Veterans Affairs Benefits
  • VA Boston Healthcare Registration
  • Medical Services
  • Eye Glasses
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Housing Services
  • Oral Health and Dental Screening
  • Employment Services
  • Legal Assistance
  •  Haircuts
  • Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI)
  • RMV – Mass. ID Cards and License Renewals
  • Mass Health
  • Social Work Services
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Foot Care

*This is a partial list of services provided


Volunteers of America Massachusetts continues to provide critical services to homeless veterans while expanding the reach to veterans who are also at-risk and in need of help.

For more information contact:
Volunteers of America Massachusetts at (617) 522-8086

The Veterans Site – FEED OUR VETERANS!

 The Veterans Site

Click Here.  Feed a hungry Veteran.

Click Here. Feed a hungry Veteran.

How does The Veterans Site work?

The Veterans Site is part of the GreaterGood Network, a family of click-to-give sites. When you click on the blue “Click Here to Give – it’s FREE!” button, you are shown advertisements from our sponsors. Sponsors pay an advertising fee, and 100% of that fee goes to our charity partners to provide meals for veterans in need.

Click Here.  Feed a hungry Veteran.

You can click once per day, every single day, 365 days of the year. Want to help even more? Tell your friends about The Veterans Site with an e-card or on Facebook — the more people who click every day, the more meals we can fund together. You can also shop to help at The Veterans Site store.

Please, once a day, visit The Veterans Site.  Just by clicking the Blue Button will provide a homeless Veteran a meal.  Give it a try.  firebase116.org will even provide a Blue Button for you! 

Feed a Hungry Veteran

To the people that will click the Blue Button once a day, Thank you! Click the above Blue Button and Save it as a Bookmark in your browser.  Just hit Ctrl + D at the same time and your browser will ask you to save it.

And to those inclined to do a little shopping?  Need a gift?

Shop the Veteran Site’s Store first.  They have great stuff at a very fair price.

Feed a hungry VeteranEach item you buy pays for at least one meal for a veteran.

While you are on The Veterans Site, please consider clicking on other wonderful charities that support Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animals, Autism, Child Health, Literacy and Rain Forests.  All you have to do is click!  It’s free and painless and a great way to make the World a better place.

11.11.12 St. Mark’s Veterans Service & Appreciation Luncheon

11.11.12 St. Mark’s Veterans Service and Appreciation Luncheon

On Veteran’s Day, Sunday November 11th, at 10:00 AM St. Mark’s Episcopal
Church located at 60 West Street, Leominster will be hosting a Veteran’s
Service followed by an Appreciation Luncheon.
All of us at St. Mark’s feel so blessed by all that God is doing here in the
midst of us and we are profoundly aware that much of what we have as a
church and a community would not be possible if it weren’t for the selfless
service of our men and women who have served in the Armed Forces of our
country. This is just our small way of saying thank you to the veterans and
to God.
This day is open to any and all veterans and their families regardless of your
denomination. All we ask is that you give us a call to let us know you are
attending and who you are bringing with you, so we can make sure we have
enough food to serve everyone. You may call the office at 978-537-3560
any time from now until November 8th. Also, if you need transportation to
and from the church, please let us know when you call.
We are so looking forward to seeing you on Veteran’s Day and appreciate
you allowing us the honor to say thank you.