We are a proud employer and supporter of veterans in Las Vegas.
We Have Ended Veterans Homelessness The city of Las Vegas, Clark County, the local Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Healthcare System and numerous community homeless providers have been recognized for meeting the Mayor’s Challenge To End Veteran Homelessness by ensuring that all homeless veterans in the city have access to housing services.
Mayor’s Challenge To Prevent Veterans Suicide We are one of eight cities to participate in this year’s Mayor’s Challenge to prevent suicide among service members, veterans and their families (SMVF). Mayor Carolyn Goodman appointed Councilman Seroka to spearhead the SMVF initiative. With guidance from Councilman Seroka, the city’s Office of Community Services works in partnership with the State Office of Suicide Prevention, Nellis AFB, Creech AFB, Veterans Administration Healthcare System, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMSHA), Las Vegas Department of Public Safety, Metro, UNLV and numerous other community providers and stakeholders to ensure pre and post-vention services are in place for our community and state.
Veterans Court At Municipal Court Judge Martin Hastings has presided over Veterans Court since 2014. The program offers services to veteran defendants, such as drug and alcohol treatment, mental health and medical services, and employment assistance. Participants in the program must agree and adhere to all requirements set forth for one year.
Currently there are 35 veterans in the program; court is held every Thursday. To take a more active role in the treatment of substance abuse, our Municipal Court team has linked up with the Las Vegas Recovery Center and Freedom House for inpatient treatment. Once a veteran has completed inpatient treatment the veteran is placed in a sober living home where they continue to work on their recovery with a goal for them to live independently without the use of alcohol or mind altering substances. Several participants have done so well in the program that they have graduated up to two months early. To graduate from the program the veteran must be 100 percent compliant with court orders and their treatment plan. Court orders typically include matters such as: having no positive drug test results, no missed court appearances without prior approval, attend all VA and court ordered appointments and complete any and court-ordered classes. Graduations are well attended with a large amount of elected officials, community support groups and individuals presenting each graduate with a gift or certificate.
Partnership with Nellis AFB We are included in all on-base “Employment Assistance Events” and have attended two events so far this year. After successful internships, we have also hired several soon-to-be veterans from Nellis in departments across the city.
UNLV/US Senate Events We participate in the Annual UNLV Veteran Career Fair events sponsored by Senator Cortez Masto.
Hiring Our Heroes We participate in this program to help match soon-to-be veterans with meaningful employment. A veteran from this program currently works in our Planning Department.
Veterans Preference Points On City Applications Veteran’s preference points are awarded on open* examinations at time of initial hire after a final passing score of 70% or higher has been attained. Five (5) points will be added to the veteran’s finals score, not to exceed 100%. For purposes of veteran’s preference, a “veteran” refers to a person who has served on active duty in the armed forces of the United States, and who is able to establish that they have been discharged under an honorable or general discharge. The DD-214 must have the “character of service” to establish the above. For candidates who have a service-related disability or are the recipient of a purple heart, ten (10) preference points will be awarded as outlined above (not to exceed 10 total points.) To receive the ten points, candidates must provide Standard Form SF-15 along with their DD-214.