NVOP currently serves veterans with employment, housing, and training services in the four general metropolitan areas of Austin, Dallas, Forth Worth, Houston, El Paso, and San Antonio.
They are committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
Bridges helps young adults with disabilities prepare for the workplace and find jobs with companies looking for qualified, entry-level applicants.
Chris Kyle Patriots Hospital was founded to serve first responders, military service members and veterans who have experienced trauma in the line of duty or struggle with substance abuse.
Healthy Homes for Heroes programs assists with modification to ensure veterans, surviving spouses, and their families will be able to remain in a healthy home. Forward Home Program helps veterans, surviving spouses, and their families by providing them with one-time rental/mortgage and utility payments to prevent homelessness.
The Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes was established to ensure that in return for the sacrifices they made for us, these wounded veterans and their families receive all the support needed to restore their hope and rebuild their lives.
CITCI offers support services include education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction, substance abuse, or incarceration.
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To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned – and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.
To ensure that it’s possible for veterans and military families to live their lives to the fullest in every community. We work to break down barriers, engage organizations and communities, and connect veterans and military families with what they need for meaningful employment, education and overall wellness.
To provide comprehensive, effective, and innovative services that encourage growth, allowing people, to build better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Our Vision and Mission
Helping to connect the Sunshine State’s more than 1.5 million veterans and their families with earned services, benefits and support are the more than 1,100 men and women of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. They play a major role in the direct infusion of more than $18.4 billion annually for veterans into Florida’s economy through federal compensation, education and pension benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical services and military retired pay.
Florida offers unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, several layers of property tax exemptions, expanded veterans’ preference, and extensive benefits, licensure and fee waivers for many activities and occupations. We also offer high quality care at our network of seven state veterans’ homes, with two additional homes in development in Port St. Lucie and Orlando.
In 1988, Florida citizens endorsed a constitutional amendment to create the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a separate agency charged with providing advocacy and representation for Florida’s veterans and to intercede on their behalf with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our advocacy increases federal benefits for Florida’s veterans, improves the quality of life for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and provides access to federally funded medical care for eligible veterans.
Florida’s Veteran Service Organizations
The Sunshine State plays host to many congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organizations. These organizations have departments, posts and chapters in Florida, and serve our state’s veterans and their families in a variety of ways. Among the more active organizations in Florida include the following.
American Gold Star Mothers
Disabled American Veterans
County Veterans Services Officers Association of Florida
Military Officers Association of America
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Paralyzed Veterans of America
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Vietnam Veterans of America
Benefits & Services:
State Approving Agency
Veteran Certified Businesses
The following sites provide additional resources for veterans and their families.
Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
National VA Homeless Hotline – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-877-424-3838
Veterans Crisis Line – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
Change Direction: Give An Hour Campaign – Know the Five Signs!
Florida Veterans Support Line
1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or 2-1-1
The Recovery Village
VA Caregiver Support Line
White House VA Hotline – non-emergency, VA inquiries
COVID 19 Vaccine Questions
Ask A VA Doc About The Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccination
Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
GI Bill – COVID-19 Fact Sheet
VA Public Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Florida Department of Corrections
Florida DEO Covid-19 Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide
Florida Department of Health
Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Recovery Bureau FAQ Website
The Florida League of Cities
SOF Missions – COVID-19 Care Kits
If you have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief, please contact Debt Management Center at 1-800-827-0648 or visit their website https://www.va.gov/debtman/ to request assistance.
New VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool
A web-based tool that will provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge.
Employment & Business Services
Employ Florida Vets
Florida State Veterans’ Homes Recruitment
Florida Veterans’ Business Assistance
Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
Salute our Soldiers Military Loan Program
Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011
Veterans Florida Career Services
Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide
Post-9/11 GI Bill and Veteran Education Benefits
Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Guide
VA Claims Information
Florida Military-Friendly Guide
VA Website for Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
Social Security Benefits for Veterans
VA MISSION Act
VA Video Connect
VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool
Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Military and Veterans Assistance Program (MVAP)
Florida Veterans Legal Helpline
Financial Frontlines Program
Small Business Program
Locate Military Records
National Resource Directory
Veterans Health Matters Magazine, Publications and Products
Serve Save Succeed Program
SHINE – Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Military One Source
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Visit Florida Travel Information for Veterans
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Veterans webpage
VA Debt Management Center
Veterans’ Legal Resources
Military Pro Bono Project
Bay Area Legal Services
American Bar Association
Homeless Women Veterans
VA Center for Women Veterans
VA creates National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence in fight against breast cancer
VA Hotline on Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
Women Veterans Health Care
Other Departments and Agencies
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Servicemembers Affairs
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employment Opportunities
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Operation Outdoor Freedom
Florida Defense Alliance
Florida Defense Support Task Force
Florida Department of Military Affairs
Florida Veterans Foundation
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
Returning Service Members
Returning Service Members Mental Health Support
Veterans & Mesothelioma
Hope for Healing Florida, mental health and substance abuse campaign
Florida Military License Plates
Freedom Hunters is a 501c3 military outreach program dedicated to honoring those who protect our Freedoms. Freedom Hunters reflects the outdoor communitys appreciation to our troops by taking select active duty and combat veterans families of fallen heroes children of the deployed as well as those wounded or injured on outdoor adventures. It is with immense pride and enthusiasm that Freedom Hunters carries on the American tradition of hunting fishing and shooting.
Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc. was established for the charitable purpose of: 1) rescuing, raising, and training the highest caliber medical service/assistance dogs, 2) pairing highly trained dogs with individuals afflicted by disabilities, including a focus on veterans with combat wounds, 3) building/restoring independence and improving quality of life, for both the recipient and the dog, while minimizing reliance on government, communities, caregivers, and families 4) advancing successful service dog training practices by promoting appropriate trainer education and contributing to related research studies 5) pursuing increased public awareness and education regarding current disability laws and contributing to new/enhanced laws regarding service dogs.
The Hearing Loss Association of America gives members the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss. The programs and services we offer are designed to focus on you—the person with hearing loss. The program Get in the Hearing Loop is dedicated to providing and promoting community education, advocacy on behalf of people of hearing loss, and consultation services to help venues of all kinds successfully implement hearing loop technology.
Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund, Inc., A 501c3 Non-Profit, Is An Active Duty, Casualty Assistance, Recovery, Transition And Veterans Organization That Provides Financial Support, Beyond What The Government And Veterans Affairs Can Offer, To U.S. Army Rangers And The Families Of Those Who Have Died, Have Been Disabled Or Who Are Currently Serving In Harm’s Way Around The World.
Provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, education and connections to community resources.
Mission: We are here to serve and empower our post-9/11 veterans community.
The Jacqueline Smith Foundation was created to assist individuals and families that are battling Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Homelessness, Veterans, Special Needs Children, Minorities, and Underserved Communities.
Working toward practical solutions that benefit both employer and employee, JAN helps people with disabilites enhance their employability, and shows how to capitalize on the value and talent that people with disabilites add to the workplace.
Hamilton Relay provides telecommunications relay services for the state of Louisiana including TTY, Voice Carry Over (VCO), Hearing Carry Over (HCO), Speech-to-Speech (STS), Visually Assisted Speech-to-Speech (VA STS), and Spanish.
Address may not be exact.
The resources listed in this reference guide are designed to assist disabled veterans, as well as their families or other caregivers.
Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded nonprofit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded military and law enforcement veterans through physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. OEW programs help participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance.
Paralyzed Veterans of America has been a leading advocate for quality health care, spinal cord research, VA benefits and civil rights for veterans and all people with disabilities.
Our Vision and Mission
Our vision is that all service members are able to serve our nation free of financial worry and that every veteran has a strong financial future.
The mission of the PenFed Foundation for Military Heroes is to empower military service members, veterans and their communities with the skills and resources to realize financial stability and opportunity.
The Foundation’s Values
Service: Focus on the mission and giving back to those who gave for us.
Collaboration: Build unity of effort — within the Foundation, with our donors and beneficiaries, with the PenFed Credit Union, through partnerships with other veteran service organizations, and through supporting nonprofits whose work supports or supplements our programs.
Trust: Behave with integrity and in ways that build trust within the Foundation, with our beneficiaries and with our donors.
Empathy: Understand and respect the experience and perspectives of our colleagues, beneficiaries, and donors.
The Military and Veteran Caregiver Network (MVCN) offers peer-based support and services to connect those providing care to service members and veterans living with wounds, illnesses, injuries and or/aging.
The mission of the Texas Veterans Commission is to advocate for and provide superior service to veterans that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.
Website “cheat sheet” with multiple websites listed for transitioning servicemembers, spouses, and veterans.
VetAssist Program helps veterans, or their surviving spouses, apply for a little-known Department of Veterans Affairs benefit to pay for assistance with activities of daily living. They can get home care started before the VA processes the claim and before our clients receive VA funds.
The Texas Veterans Portal connects veterans, their families, and caregivers to the benefits and services earned through their military service.
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At Volunteers of America, we are more than a nonprofit organization. We are a ministry of service that includes nearly 16,000 paid, professional employees dedicated to helping those in need rebuild their lives and reach their full potential.
Volunteers of America embodies President Lincoln’s promise to care for those “who shall have born the battle.” Currently, there are 18.2 million veterans in the United States according to the latest statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. According to the 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, 37,878 veterans experience homelessness each evening. Ninety percent of those experiencing homelessness are men, with an increasing number of women with children now experiencing homelessness.
How We Support Veterans
We proudly serve 27,000 veterans with support services and affordable housing annually, including over 10,000 homeless veterans. More than 50 percent of veterans who live in our transitional housing for six months achieve our target outcome of stable, adequate permanent housing, and half of those are still in permanent housing after 12 months.
Volunteers of America is committed to promoting the well-being of all veterans and their families, whether they are newly transitioning from military to civilian life or have long been returned but are struggling with homelessness, unemployment, mental health and substance use challenges, suicide risks, and the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and sexual trauma. Every veteran deserves dignity and respect.
Our services, from housing and employment support to mental health care, help veterans overcome the barriers that stand between them and long-term stability. Through prevention, rapid rehousing, interim housing, transitional housing, permanent housing, job training and compensated work programs, we make it possible for veterans to have a roof over their heads and the professional opportunities they deserve.
Our housing units provide case management services for veterans and families and many of our offices support outreach centers where veterans can receive treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries and addictions. We ensure veterans connect to the benefits they are entitled to, and we make use of the strong bonds forged between veterans by incorporating mentoring and peer-to-peer support.
We also provide employment services that include assessment, training and placement. Compensated work programs offer a stipend while training veterans for a new career, and help is available with everything from resume preparation to job interviewing, clothing and transportation. Finding work is an important part of building back confidence and pride and sustaining independence.
Volunteers of America’s moral injury repair initiatives have increased our capacity to serve veterans in crisis and at risk of suicide. Engaging staff who are veterans and who are certified mental health specialists (via certification as Veteran Peer Support Specialists, a recognized mental health specialty), our training programs offer critical skills to strengthen veterans against the challenges they face.
VetsNet works with more than 75 agencies throughout Wisconsin counties and beyond to bring critical services to at-risk veterans and their families. Those partner agencies are veteran service organizations, state and federal veteran agencies, other nonprofit veteran and community social service agencies.