Unemployment Benefits for Veterans

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Service members who separate from active duty may be eligible to receive unemployment compensation from the Federal government under the Unemployment Compensation for Ex–service members (UCX) program. Eligibility and compensation is dependent on several factors including if you receive other benefits such as separation or retirement pay. Those eligible include:

  • Individuals who were on active duty with a branch of the U.S. military
  • Individuals who were separated from active duty under honorable conditions.
  • Spouses and are also eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

HOW CAN YOU APPLY?

Your state unemployment office handles unemployment compensation benefits and these can vary from state to state. Visit your local state unemployment office and they will help you determine your eligibility status, how much you are eligible to receive and how long the benefits will last. When you visit your unemployment office to apply, you will be directed to a veteran’s employment representative who will assist you in finding a job and your compensation benefits. Be sure to bring the appropriate documentation, including your DD Form 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), Social Security card and your resume.

To find or contact your state workforce agency visit here.

WHEN WILL YOUR BENEFITS RUN OUT?

Benefits vary from state to state; however, veterans can expect to receive weekly benefits for up to 6 months while not employed full–time. These are based on length of service and pay received at the time of separation.