Welcome to my “Top 20 Favorite Organizations & Resources”!
I understand how difficult it is for military veterans who are transitioning from their time in service to civilian life to find resources relevant to their needs. Over the past 14 years, I’ve compiled a list of my Top 20 Favorite Organizations & Resources that assist our military veterans who are in transition.
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AMVETS Career Centers
The AMVETS Career Centers powered by Call of Duty Endowment provides free of charge career training and employment assistance for veterans, active duty service members, national guard and reserve plus spouses.
Army Soldier for Life Program
The Army Soldier for Life program supports successful reintegration of our soldiers, veterans and their families in order to keep them Army Strong and instill their values, ethos, and leadership within the communities.
Bunker Labs, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is a national network of veteran entrepreneurs dedicated to helping new veteran entrepreneurs start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the veteran community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business.
GI Bill (VA)
This is the website for all educational benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Did you know that you can use your Post-9/11 GI Bill for on-the-job training, apprenticeships, and non-college degree programs?
25% of transitioning service members want to start a business and they need places inside their community where they can connect with the people, resources, and support they need to start and grow their businesses.
GallantFew, Inc. is a nationwide Veteran mentor network that helps our returning heroes transition successfully from military service to civilian life. GallantFew provides a social network, professional development, emotional support and physical assistance.
Our founder, a veteran, has experienced unemployment. He has fought translating his military skills (Airborne Ranger, infantry company commander and Ranger battalion staff officer) into language appealing to civilian employers. He has experienced the incredible delays in the VA medical system - and he believes we can do better.
GallantFew, Inc., meets these veterans during the process of departing from the military. GallantFew, Inc. coaches them through the transition process, assess their skills, desires and abilities, offer training as necessary, network them professionally and socially back into the community, and will be a source of physical, social, professional and emotional support. Initially we will accomplish this all through volunteers. Ultimately, this program will be funded, staffed, and scaled up to include every veteran of every branch of the military.
Hiring our Heroes (U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with our network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal was to create a movement across America in hundreds of local communities where veterans and military families return every day.
There are four pillars of the Chamber’s Hiring our Heroes program. While the main focus of effort is on conducting 100 hiring fairs for veterans and military spouses in local communities across the country, we have also created strategic partnerships to deal with specific populations of veterans and their unique challenges in three other areas to include: a Wounded Warrior Transition Assistance Program, a Student Veterans Internship and Employment Program, and a Women Veterans and Military Spouses Employment Program. Our aggressive agenda focuses on one measure of success—jobs for the one million unemployed veterans in America.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
IAVA is the country's first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With more than 200,000 member veterans and civilian supporters nationwide, IAVA is building the next greatest generation with a three-pronged model based on advocacy, awareness, and assistance. IAVA programs empower our community online and offline, and include Smart Job Fairs, our signature New GI Bill calculator and Community of Veterans, a veterans only social network.
Marine For Life Network
Marine For Life Network (M4L) connects transitioning Marines and their family members to education resources, employment opportunities, and other Veterans services that aid in their career and life goals outside of military service.
Military.com - Military Transition Center
Features revolutionary personalized checklists to guide a member through transition even before they begin their separation process from the military.
MilitaryVetJobs.com is a vehicle in which employers demonstrate their commitment to our veterans as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives.
MilitaryVetJobs.com respects the men and women of the military and the service they’ve provided to our country. MIlitaryVetJobs.com, a veteran owned organization, offers veteran job seekers a community of support and connections to employers seeking qualified, veteran candidates.
Military Warriors Support Foundation
The Military Warriors Support Foundation offers a number of programs that can assist you in your transition from military to civilian:
CEOs4Heroes (C4H) is a partnership program involving top named companies interested in hiring veterans. C4H provides a link between our partner companies and the veterans seeking employment for which they are qualified. The companies we work with provide a period of training to allow a smooth transition and the utmost of job satisfaction.
The National Archives holds historical U.S. government documents (federal, congressional, and presidential records) that are created or received by the President and his staff, by Congress, by employees of Federal government agencies, and by the Federal courts in the course of their official duties.
National Military Personnel Records Center
The National Personnel Records Center, Military Personnel Records (NPRC-MPR) is the repository of millions of military personnel, health, and medical records of discharged and deceased veterans of all services during the 20th century. (Records prior to WWI are in Washington, DC.) NPRC (MPR) also stores medical treatment records of retirees from all services, as well as records for dependent and other persons treated at naval medical facilities. Information from the records is made available upon written request (with signature and date) to the extent allowed by law. This site is provided for those seeking information regarding military personnel, health and medical records stored at NPRC (MPR).
National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory is a searchable database of resources vetted for Service members, veterans, family members and caregivers.
Operation We Are Here
My friend, Benita started a website that has numerous resources she has vetted for current military as well as military veterans who have served. All of the resources and links are categorized and easy to navigate.
RallyPoint uses patent-pending technology to revolutionize the way US military servicemembers connect, develop, and pursue fulfilling opportunities throughout their careers. Created by veterans at Harvard Business School, we seek to bring the private sector’s best practices to your benefit by modernizing the world’s largest and most complex hierarchical organizations.
Veterans Crisis Hotline
The Veterans Crisis Line is a toll-free, confidential resource that connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders.
Veterans and their loved ones can call or chat online to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care.
- Call: 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1
- Chat Online: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat
The professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances—from Veterans coping with mental health issues that were never addressed to recent Veterans struggling with relationships or the transition back to civilian life.
Building Homes For Heroes
Mortgage Free Homes To Combat Disabled Military Veterans, Post 9/11
Building Homes for Heroes® is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. It’s our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s 5.5 million military caregivers; the spouses, parents, family members, and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill, or injured veterans. Founded by Senator Elizabeth Dole in 2012, the Foundation adopts a comprehensive approach in its advocacy, working with leaders in the public, private, nonprofit and faith communities to recognize military caregivers’ service and promote their well-being.
Tee It Up For The Troops
Tee It Up for the Troops is a national non-profit organization that has donated over $11,000,000 to programs that deliver critical services to help veterans from all eras heal and transition from the battlefront to the home front.
Through our REUNION Outreach Program and other partnering veteran service organizations, Tee It Up for the Troops provides support for six critical areas of need for veterans and their families: Golf and Sports Rehabilitation, Suicide Prevention, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injuries, Employment, Housing/Homelessness, and Family/Caregiver Support.
Wounded Warrior Project
Wounded Warrior Project offers many services to Post 9/11 Military Veterans. Every warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different.
We are here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because we believe that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to. There’s always another goal to achieve, another mission to discover. We are their partner in that mission.
****NOTE - It may be a good idea to have the direct link to The Veterans Crisis Hotline button/link directly on the page that veterans click… Check out this link - maybe we can have some type of button for them to click to go directly here - there are 22 military veteran suicides per day, Veterans Crisis Line: Suicide Prevention Hotline, Text & Chat