Full-Time Veterans Claims Examining Job for the Veterans Benefits Administration
WARTAC Challenge The Warrior Training Advancement Course (WARTAC) is a pilot program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DoD), to train wounded warriors and transitioning Service members to process VA disability claims.
WARTAC is open to Wounded Warriors and active duty Service members in the transition process (generally within 90 to 120 days of discharge).
This 14-week training program provides participants with an opportunity to learn the skill set of a VA Veteran Service Representative (VSR).
The ultimate goal is to hire participants as Veterans Service Representatives at VBA Regional Offices.
Consequently, participants must meet performance standards, which include production and quality elements.
If you meet one of the following Special Appointment Authorities you may be considered.
However, you must also meet the qualifications for the position.
You are required to select your top three (3) locations for which you wish to be considered for upon graduation.
Ultimate selections will be used on the needs of the agency.
Veteran Recruitment Appointment (VRA) - This authority allows consideration of any Veteran who is service-connected disabled OR separated within the last three (3) years; OR in receipt of a Campaign Badge or Expeditionary Medal; OR in receipt of the Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation AND separated under honorable conditions (honorable or general discharge).
*Service members who are currently on Active Duty and expect to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days are eligible for consideration.
Special Employment Consideration - VOW Act WARTAC is open to Wounded Warriors and active duty Service members in the transition process (within 90 to 120 days of discharge).
In accordance with the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011, transitioning Service members must: Meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements for the job opportunity; submit certification on letterhead on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of service and contain the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date and the character of service; and separate from the armed forces within 120 days after the date of the certification submission.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-07) in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization analyzing evidence (medical, benefit and/or legal documents), interpreting and applying laws, regulations and official guidance sufficient to evaluate the adequacy of collected information to determine claimant eligibility for benefits and services.
Specialized experience is defined as work that involves (1) Interpreting and applying laws, regulations and policies in the management and processing of medical and benefit service claims; (2) Reviewing and analyzing medical and legal evidence to make determinations as to the entitlement and/or eligibility for benefits and services; and (3) Experience developing case file records and reports to support claim decisions.
Or applicants may substitute education for the experience required to qualify at the GS-09 level: A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related may be substituted.
Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work in order to be substitutable.
Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at the GS-09 level.
First identify the percentage of required experience you possess.
Then identify the percentage of required education you have completed.
For example, an applicant who has 27 semester hours of graduate level education would meet 50% of the total qualifications; only graduate education beyond the first 18 credits hours can be combined with experience.
If the applicant then has 6 months of creditable specialized experience (i.e.
50% of the total qualifications) he/she would thus be fully qualified.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social).
Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.
You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week.
Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities.
Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Eligible applicants under VRA and Germany Rating VSR (2018-08) WARTAC Candidates