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Where:  Raymond G Murphy VA Medical Center New Mexico VA Healthcare System 1501 San Pedro Drive SE Albuquerque New Mexico 87108; Building #39, Classroom 1&2

When:  Monday, June 26, 2017  3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Community service providers present their programs to Veterans interested in returning to work or various educational opportunities. Information will be presented on Compensated Work Therapy.

Programs/Services Represented for Panel discussion: 

  • Workforce Investment Act (W.I.A.) A Career Development Specialist with the Workforce Investment Act, will provide information on WIA educational programs available that will lead to employment or re-employment.
    • New Mexico Workforce Connections (DWS) John T. Redman, DVOP working in collaboration with the VA and DWS assists veterans in seeking jobs, training and obtaining referrals for various services.  John will also briefly describe the NMVAHCS CWT program below.
    • NMVAHCS Compensated Work Therapy Programs (CWT) The vocational rehabilitation program provides work therapy opportunities for Veterans who are interested in returning to the workforce. Admission criteria to the Compensated Work Therapy program will be provided.
    • New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) Cary Thomas, VRC New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (NMDVR). Cary will provide guidance on the many DVR programs available and contact information.
    • Goodwill Industries of New Mexico Rebekah Pieniadaz, Program Director, Goodwill Industries of New Mexico HVRP, focuses on placing homeless veterans in long term employment as well as housing assistance throughout New Mexico. Learn more about admission criteria and contact information 
    • Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) Ana Patino is an Outreach Specialist representing CNM and promoting the college and other partner programs in job success that compliments the workforce needs of the community, and its employers, while continuing to network CNM’s educational and training opportunities.
    • University of New Mexico (UNM)-Educational Opportunity Center, Sergio Leanos Education Outreach Specialist, EOC Student Program Advisor, UNM-EOC Program Advisor provides counseling and information on GED and post-secondary education to qualified adults. Financial aid options, admissions applications, and academic and career advisement is provided. Veterans Resource Center Director, Patrick Gallegos, advises veterans on educational benefits and academic programs at UNM and CNM.
    • NM Department of Veterans Services-Business Advisor Richard Coffel, Veterans Business Advocate – State of NM, Veterans interested in starting their own business, or expanding/improving their own business will learn about funding resources as well as obtain expert advice. 
    • Mayor Richard J. Berry's Office of Veterans’ Affairs Roger Newall, Constituent Services Liaison, offers a resource center for many different kinds of services for all Veterans in the city. The Mayors office helps Veterans’ and their families and survivors achieve the quality of life they deserve after serving our country. We will direct you towards the appropriate agency to meet your needs.
    • NMVAHCS Clyde Fletcher, Minority Veteran Program Coordinator discusses resources available to Veterans
    • EMPLOYER Annette Griego, NORC Hiring Manager shares Univ of Chicago Research Call Center jobs. 

    Interested in finding community-based job leads? Contact DVOP-John T Redman, (505) 265-1711 ext. 2564 or in one of his community locations call (505) 843-1913.

    Veteran Connections Contact: Rebecca Clark, CRC, LPCC (505) 265-1711


    Office Information

    Albuquerque Regional Benefit Office

    Dennis Chavez Federal Bldg
    500 Gold Ave., SW
    Albuquerque, NM 87102
    Monday–Friday, 8am–4pm

    Now at the Medical Center

    The Albuquerque Regional Office now has a representative posted at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center Monday through Friday, ready to answer your questions. A Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment counselor is available every other Monday (beginning April 17, 2017) from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A representative from our Public Contact team will be there every other Monday, and all Tuesdays through Fridays, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They will be in the main hospital building (Building 41) in room 4A-139, on the fourth floor.

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