Veterans Services

CareerSource Heartland is fully prepared to assist veterans in DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands and Okeechobee counties with their employment and training needs. We offer a wealth of resources. Veterans can work with an employment specialist at any of our Centers to find jobs, acquire information on skills and education, career planning, attend workshops and take advantage of many other resources.

Job Seekers - Priority of Service

As a veteran, you are given preference over non-veterans in the provision of services available at CareerSource Heartland.

Eligible veterans may receive but are not limited to the following services:

  • Employment/Career Choice Counseling
  • Job Registration
  • Initial Assessment
  • Vocational and Interest/Aptitude Testing
  • Job Search and Placement Assistance
  • Labor Market Information
  • Resource Referrals

Employers - 10 Reasons to Hire Veterans

  1. Accelerated learning curve
  2. Leadership ability
  3. Teamwork
  4. Diversity and inclusion in action
  5. Efficient performance under pressure
  6. Respect for procedures
  7. Technology and globalization
  8. Integrity
  9. Conscious of health and safety
  10. Triumph over adversity

Returning Heroes Tax Credit is a hiring tax credit to provide incentive to hire unemployed veterans with a possible credit of up to $5,600.

Wounded Warrior Tax Credit provides credits for long-term unemployed veterans with service-connected disabilities. This tax credit may provide up to $9,600.

We encourage veterans to attend one of our many workshops including Resume Preparation, Job Interview skills, and other events to assist in obtaining a career.

Useful Resource/Links

“We highly recommend using the CareerSource Heartland for any hiring events.”


Teresa Aviles
SEB Administrative Coordinator
GulfCoast Supply & Manufacturing

Gult Coast Logo

Teresa Aviles
Gulf Coast

Gult Coast Logo

“… I appreciate all the help from you (CareerSource Heartland) in a time when there was no hope…CareerSource Heartland drove in and fixed it like a superhero!  Thank you for all the hard work… This job fair hit big – our companies in Texas and Florida have been calls all morning asking me how did I make this happen?!  Even though I would like to take credit, it was all the work of our local career center.   I advised them to reach out to their community CareerSources, it is very much worth it. See you all very soon and thank you!”

Sincerely ,  Myesha Smith, Manager, Florida Pop, LLC, DBA Popeyes Chicken

Myesha Smith (Popeyes)
Popeyes Chicken

Anything I do say about the Career Source Heartland in Okeechobee will be very downplayed to the actual experience we encountered. Not only were they exceptional in helping us achieve our results for talented associates, but they were also well organized and on top of everything. Although I felt like I may be a burden they really went the extra mile to make me feel like part of their family and allowed me and my team to be ourselves and work closely together to make sure we were all very comfortable. Nothing I do or can say about them will ever amount to the wonderful experience I have had and will continue to have moving forward. They are the greatest resource in helping find you qualified candidates. With this being another store opening/market opening for me, this has by far been the easiest in terms of finding a staff. They help reduce the stress one may find when trying to find candidates to interview. I could keep going on how wonderful and great they were but it’s an experience and a great resource every business should try, they won’t regret it!!!!


Thank You

Andrew Stephens
TGM Okeechobee FL

Wawa Logo

CareerSource Heartland helped me, I know that they can help you…