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COMPASS: Vocational Materials for Veterans with Barriers to Employment | South Central MIRECC

The About Face logo with the title of the COMPASS job readiness program


The job search process can be, and often is, a stressful experience for Veterans, especially if they have a history of felonies. Concern over rejection, fear of new experiences, feeling unqualified, and explaining their history are just some of the feelings that can occur. COMPASS is a job readiness course for Veterans seeking employment.

  • Includes a manual that covers topics such as skills, job applications, resumes, interviews, networking, and more.
  • Has 21 videos that demonstrate job readiness concepts that are discussed in the manual.
  • The manual will take you step by step through a process of identifying your interests, naming your weaknesses, and exploring options.
  • Particularly useful for Veterans with legal barriers to employment.
  • Published 2020

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Developed By

James P. LePage, PhD, Marva Bluitt, MA, and Pamela Abrams, MSW

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Use of these Materials and Finding VA Health Care

Please note that the health care information provided in these materials is for educational purposes only. It does not replace the role of a medical practitioner for advice on care and treatment. If you are looking for professional medical care, find your local VA healthcare center by using the VA Facilities Locator & Directory. This page may contain links that will take you outside of the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked websites.

Last updated: December 15, 2023