Veteran Benefits - Category: Education - Veteran

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Accenture Training

The Accenture Veteran Technology Training Program is a two-month online training program that will equip veterans with the technical skills they need to position themselves for employment as an Entry Level Software Engineering Associate with Accenture.


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Act Now Education

Our Approach:
Reliable Resources
Support & Adding Value
Fostering A Community For Sharing Resources


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Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)

AFSA has partnered together with Columbia Southern University (CSU) to provide a sponsored One-Course Scholarship for all Military Veterans/Retirees and AFSA Family Members; plus all Active Duty, Guard & Reserve Spouses and College-Age Dependents. The One-Course Scholarship is worth over $700, as CSU has also waived the application fee, and will provide free loaner book(s).


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Amazon AWS Educate

AWS Educate supports 10,000 United States veterans, transitioning military personnel, and their spouses with access to the cloud resources needed to pursue jobs in high-demand cloud computing space.


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American Corporate Partners (ACP)

Supports educational institutions within the area of the local chapter’s charter. APICS supports educational activities at the local university and college level through participation of establishing on-campus student APICS chapters, participation in classroom presentations, offer professional mentorship opportunities, and help guide students to be effective young professionals for the industry.


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American Dream U

Who We Are:
We are dedicated to helping our military members and their spouses in the transition so they can find a successful landing after their service; whether that is higher education, a dream job, or the ability to start their own business.

How We Help:
American Dream U offers two main services for transitioning veterans: Online programs and educational workshop events.
American Dream U’s online programs are catered to helping veterans become successful professionals in the world of business, with breadth in courses; everything from entrepreneurship to the intricacies of setting up a LinkedIn profile.
American Dream U’s workshop events are fueled by the same purpose; offering unique, differentiating benefits when paired with the online courses such as networking and connecting with other veterans, as well as hearing personal success stories of post-service careers.

Who We Help:
Military, Veteran and spouses are our mission and the stats below reflect the need. Here at American Dream U, we believe that a smoother transition will go a long way in improving these stats in the future.

– 2 out of 3 new veterans will find it difficult to transition
– About 400,000 veterans remained unemployed at the end of 2017
– 22 – 28 veterans will commit suicide each day.
– Approximately 245,000 Service men and women will transition out of the military in 2018.


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American Red Cross

Provides disaster relief, military family support, health & safety training, and education, blood drive/donations.


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Alaska, Online-Nationwide
Andrew Vernon & Associates

We unite Veterans, organizations, academic institutions, healthcare systems, and leaders across the United States. Our diverse and accomplished team assists with Career Preparation, Veteran Advocacy, Education Programs, and Peer Support.


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Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

AUSA is a non-profit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA provides a voice for the Army, supports the Soldier, and honors those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation.


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Online-Nationwide, Virginia
CareerSource Florida

About Us

CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board of business and government leaders charged with guiding workforce development for the state of Florida. CareerSource Florida provides oversight and policy direction for talent development programs administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards and their 100 career centers. Together, the CareerSource Florida network connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity.

We Connect Businesses with Skilled Talent and Training Solutions

CareerSource Florida is the statewide workforce policy and investment board. Our partners include the Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 local workforce development boards and 100 career centers throughout Florida. Together, we help connect businesses with the talented workforce and training needed to succeed and grow.

Our Professional Team

The CareerSource Florida professional team is here to help Floridians, businesses, our board members and our partners reach goals and achieve successful outcomes.

Policies and Initiatives

The CareerSource Florida Board of Directors advances policies and initiatives to increase the prosperity of workers and employers, reduce welfare dependency, increase economic self-sufficiency, and enhance worker productivity and business competitiveness.

Contracting and Grants

CareerSource Florida contracts with companies, organizations and local boards to optimize our services to Florida businesses and Floridians. Funding opportunities through requests for proposals (RFPs), invitations to negotiate (ITNs) and grant solicitations are available here.

Reports and Publications

CareerSource Florida offers results-driven solutions to drive economic growth for Florida businesses, jobs seekers and workers. Find state, federal and other relevant reports and publications here.

Employment and Internships

Interested in helping shape Florida’s economic future? Employment and internships with CareerSource Florida are often available. See our current available positions and learn how to apply here.


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CBT Nuggets

CBT Nuggets invites U.S. military personnel who are in the process of separating from active service to apply for our Outside the Wire Program. Participants accepted into the program receive a free six-month subscription to CBT Nuggets, including access to all features and services, such as accountability coaching, Kaplan ® IT Training Practice Exams, and access to the CBT Nuggets Learner Community.


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Center for Veteran Transition and Integration at Columbia University

Over the last decade and a half, Columbia University developed the most sophisticated and successful program at an Ivy League or highly selective private college or university for service members transitioning from the military to undergraduate and graduate education, the workforce, and civilian life.

During this time, Columbia has successfully enrolled more student-veterans than all other Ivy League schools combined, while maintaining a graduation rate above 90% and a record of job and graduate school placement that equals Columbia’s non-veteran graduates.

However, during this same period, it became clear that service members in transition continue to face barriers reaching their potential in accessing higher education and beginning meaningful careers, despite the many effective programs offered to this population. By drawing on the lessons and experiences gained working with service members in transition over the past fifteen years, the Center will be a national center of excellence, focused on ensuring transitioning veterans receive access to world class programming and support designed to maximize their potential in education and the workforce.

Columbia University launched the Center for Veteran Transition and Integration to have a direct and lasting impact on the issue of veteran transition and upward mobility by creating and providing access to the best-in-class tools and programming veterans need as they transition from active service to college and the workforce.

Content Creation
Utilizing a team of educational technologists and instructional designers, the Center creates robust online educational programming that facilitates transition from service to academia and the workforce.

Program Delivery
The Center identifies and partners with universities, employers, and veteran support organizations that are capable of delivering the Center’s research and content directly to transitioning veterans nationally.

National Impact
The Center provides national program management of all educational content and delivery platforms as well as ensures quality control, provide measures of effectiveness, and collects data for follow-on research, program refinement, and additional educational modules.


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New York
Cisco Veterans Program

The Cisco Veterans Program partners to scale positive, inclusive social and economic impact for U.S. veterans. These initiatives are focused on raising the awareness of the value of hiring a veteran and creating IT training and employment programs that leverage scalable training and technology aligned to their needs.


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Combined Arms

Combined Arms is a one-stop resource for veterans in transition in the Houston, Texas area. Through a combined effort with our 40+ member organizations, we offer holistic support in a customized and efficient way.


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Connect Vets

Connect Vets enables the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, vocational skills development, and comprehensive support in South Central Alaska.


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Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITCI)

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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Coursera provides universal access to the world’s best education, partnering with top universities and organizations to offer courses online.


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Creative Healing Connections

Creative Healing Connections offers arts retreats for people who are in need of opportunities to heal. We provide guided, creative activities that encourage self-expression, new awareness and re-connection with our healthy selves.


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New York

Welcome to CyberVetsUSA, an industry-led initiative that provides FREE online training, certification and employment opportunities to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and military spouses looking to enter the cyber workforce! Offering the latest cyber courses (see offerings below) and certifications from industry-leading tech companies, CyberVetsUSA is a skills-to-jobs pathway that aims to fast-track veterans into high-demand cyber careers.

NOTE: CyberVetsUSA is currently offering priority access to veterans seeking employment in the following targeted states: Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia. Candidates outside of these target locations will be accepted based on availability.

How Does It Work?

Explore Course Offerings

IT/Cyber courses are available primarily as self-paced, online trainings to be completed within a 12-14 week time frame. Depending on current skills, personal learning preference, and available time commitment, participants can pick the course that best suits them.

Training consists of the following six tracks:

Cybersecurity Operations
Security Infrastructure
Software Engineering
Operations/Technical Support
Security Management
Network Security

Participants who successfully complete the program will be prepared for an industry certification and entry level cyber positions. The following is a list of the current CyberVets course offerings aligned to the respective job path:

Software/System QA
Systems/Network Administrator
Technical Support
Security Engineer
Network Engineer
Systems Engineer
Software Developer
Data Analysts

Industry Certifications

Once the course is completed, a free voucher is offered to the participant to obtain an industry certification for the related cyber course. Participants are highly encourage to complete the relevant certifications offered as these credentials are highly valued by employers.

Mentoring & Career Resources

During training, participants will gain access to academic advisers, mentors, and virtual communities to enhance their learning experience. In addition, career resources (including resume writing, interview techniques, and career exploration) will be made available to those who achieve a 30% course completion milestone. Additional support may be provided to those who successfully complete the industry training, including career coaching and job placement.

Employment Connection

Employment is a key success metric for CyberVetsUSA, and we want to ensure veterans have direct access to meaningful employment opportunities. Therefore, participants will be invited to join the Talent Bridge for Veterans job-matching engine, sponsored by Cisco, to build their professional profile and explore real-time job openings from hundreds of employers looking for qualified tech talent.

Our Partners

CyberVetsUSA is a public/private partnership between tech employers, local and state government agencies, institutions of higher education, nonprofit and Veteran Service Organizations (VSOs) all working together to minimize barriers to entry and increase the available pool of qualified cyber talent.

Industry Partners

Palo Alto Networks


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An industry-led initiative that provides FREE online training, certification and employment opportunities to transitioning service members, veterans, National Guard and Reservists, and military spouses looking to enter the cyber workforce!


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Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Virginia
Deloitte CORE Leadership Program

The Career Opportunity Redefinition & Exploration (CORE) Leadership Program at Deloitte University, in Westlake, TX helps armed forces members and veterans translate their skills, knowledge, and experiences into a business environment.

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Department of Education Veterans Upward Bound Program

Veterans Upward Bound is designed to motivate and assist veterans in the development of academic and other requisite skills necessary for acceptance and success in a program of post-secondary education. The program provides assessment and enhancement of basic skills through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction in the core subject areas.


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Department of Veteran Affairs

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.


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edX Find Your Calling

edX Find Your Calling: Career Transition Principles for returning veterans – This course provides military veterans with a useful roadmap to transition more smoothly from military service to a new and meaningful civilian career.


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Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination, offering high-quality courses from the world’s best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.


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Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV)

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans.


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Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE)

Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) offers free online cybersecurity training to federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government employees, federal contractors, and U.S. military veterans. FedVTE courses are:

Categorized by skill level from beginner to advanced
Linked to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Framework Categories and Specialty Areas
Certification preparation courses are available for select certifications.


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Feds Hire Vets

For specific information on Federal employment for veterans, please visit our homepage at

Additional Information
Welcome to the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Feds Hire Vets official Facebook fan page for Federal employment information for veterans. We will post the most recent news, videos, photos and other information relative to assisting veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and their families seeking employment with the Federal Government. Additionally, we will post information for Federal hiring officials and HR personnel on the value, experience, and training our veterans bring to the table as they seek to align their skills with Federal jobs. For more information, please visit

Veteran Employment Program Offices (VEPO) Directory
The following is a list of Veteran Employment Program Offices responsible for promoting veterans’ recruitment, employment, training and development, and retention within their respective agencies. Veterans are encouraged to contact these individuals for specific information on employment opportunities in those agencies. For more information, please visit


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Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

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

American Legion




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:
Health Care
Veterans’ Preference
State Approving Agency
Burial Benefits
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 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


Veterans’ Benefits

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

Veterans’ Resources

VA Video Connect

VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Military and Veterans Assistance Program (MVAP)

Florida Veterans Legal Helpline
(866) 486-6161

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
Women Veterans

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
1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)

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

No Florida Veteran Left Behind

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Veterans Florida



National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs

Returning Service Members

Returning Service Members Mental Health Support

Veterans & Mesothelioma

Veterans and Mesothelioma

Hope for Healing Florida, mental health and substance abuse campaign

Florida Military License Plates


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Foundation for Women Warriors

Foundation for Women Warriors is a unique support organization created exclusively for the women veteran community of Southern California. We provide essential programs to empower the resiliency and professional development of Women Warriors.


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The GeoOwl military transition guide will provide assistance on how to shift to civilian life, make your resume more attractive to our recruiters for career opportunities, and is packed with resources for you and your loved ones to make your next mission as smooth as possible.


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Google Academy

A variety of Google training programs to grow your skills. All free when you sign up.


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HER Foundation

The HER Foundation is committed to providing meals, lodging, access to medical care and job placement services for identified women veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless.


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Heroes Make America Program

Heroes MAKE America is The Manufacturing Institute’s initiative to build a pipeline between the military and manufacturing.   Their signature program arms transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses with the skills and certifications to find – and excel – in careers in manufacturing.


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Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas
Hope for the Warriors

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.


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New York, North Carolina, Online-Nationwide, Texas
Illinois Veterans Grant

Tuition and Benefits for Illinois Veterans.


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Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF)

IVMF is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families.


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New York, Online-Nationwide
International Institute for Learning (IIL)

IIL is a global leader in training, consulting, coaching and customized course development, and is proud to be the educational provider of choice for many top global companies. Online conferences are free, but must contact directly for promo code. Also two free classes – see FAQ for more information.


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New York, Online-Nationwide
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Mission: We are here to serve and empower our post-9/11 veterans community.


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Khan Academy

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empowers learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.


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Leave No Veteran Behind

Invests in Veterans to build better communities through employment training, transitional jobs, and our veteran educational debt relief scholarship. Leave No Veteran Behind invests in heroes who have served their country honorably and who seek to continue their service as assets in communities across America.


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Illinois, Online-Nationwide
Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT)

Operation Next is an innovative, manufacturing-focused training and credentialing initiative. Operation Next provides a blended learning program to soldiers within their last six months of service, but while still on active duty, resulting in the individual earning one or more nationally portable, standards-based, industry recognized credentials.


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LinkedIn for Veterans

As part of LinkedIn’s commitment to help veterans and military spouses connect with available jobs across America, LinkedIn offers U.S. veterans and military spouses a free one-year Premium Careers subscription, including access to LinkedIn Learning.


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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.


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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseware

MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content – open and available to the world.


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Microsoft Software & Systems Academy (MSSA)

MSSA provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry.


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California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Kentucky, North Carolina, Online-Nationwide, Texas, Virginia, Washington
Military Assistance Mission (MAM)

MAM was founded to provide financial support and morale aid to our current Arizona actively serving military, their families, and post 9/11 purple heart recipients regardless of overseas deployment status, including reserve components.


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Military Connection features thousands of pages of resources and information, and is one of the most comprehensive directories of military and Veteran resources on the web. takes great pride in using its significant reach to assist, provide resources and facilitate win/win partnerships with wonderful non-profits, associations and government agencies serving those who serve. There is something for everyone, including a Job Board, Virtual Job Fair, Post 9/11 GI Bill information, scholarship directory, and school directory. There is also news, events, pay charts, benefits, service directories, commissaries & exchanges, golf courses, and much more.


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Modern States

Modern States Education Alliance is a non-profit dedicated to making a high quality college education free of cost and accessible to any person who seeks one. Modern States’ initial program, Freshman Year for Free™, is intended to let students earn up to one year of college credit without tuition or textbook expense.


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MyAccess for all Veteran DOD Sites

Multiple DoD veteran sites with a single sign-on.


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Onward to Opportunity (O2O)

O2O is a free, comprehensive career skills program that provides civilian career training, professional certifications, and job placement support to transitioning service members, members of the selected reserves, veterans, and military spouses.


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Open Cloud Academy

OCA has partnered with several Military focused groups to broaden our students’ opportunities as they enter into the IT workforce.


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Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE)

PAVE is a peer support program that connects incoming student veterans on college campuses with student veterans who are trained as Peer Advisors who can help them navigate college life, address challenges they may face, refer them to appropriate resources on and off campus, and provide ongoing support.


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A self-paced study system to help you pass the PMP Exam, based on the PMBOK Guide 6th Edition, with a full suite of on-demand, expert resources accessible from laptop, tablet, or phone anytime from anywhere with an internet connection.

40% off for Military, Veterans, & their immediate families paying out of pocket! See the link for more details.


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Power4Vets Veteran Job Training Placement Program

Veteran Training & Placement Program

Our Mission: To help veterans start new careers in the exciting and evolving energy sector. The men and women who monitor and control the North American electric power grid are a highly specialized and highly trained group of operators who shoulder a huge responsibility. The quality of their decisions affects (1) the reliable delivery of electricity to millions of customers (2) the safety and lives of field crews and (3) the protection of multi-million dollar equipment.

At IncSys we are convinced that these important roles can and should be filled by some of the most qualified members of this country – United States Military Veterans. This conviction gave rise to the Power4Vets™ training program in 2009. This multi-faceted program is designed to match the human talent needs of America’s electric power organizations with the unique skills, experience, and knowledge of United States Military Veterans.

The Power4Vets™ helps vets find the best job openings, and we also help facilitate them for those jobs by providing relevant online coursework, online simulator training, online certification prep work, personal coaching, and individualized job placement assistance.

To date we have helped over 300 veterans start or advance their careers in the power industry.

Power4Vets graduates work at 90+ different employers nationwide. The Power4Vets network of employers is growing as companies are eager to hire our students because they have applicable military experience, world-class simulator training, and the valuable NERC RC certification.


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Reveille Foundation

The Reveille Foundation supports under-served populations with holistic, case management that create individual plans for success and brings the community of resources together to execute these plans. Their primary audiences are: Transitioning military, veterans and families, The formerly incarcerated and families, and Native Americans.


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Service to School

Provides free application counseling to military veterans. Mission is to prepare transitioning military veterans for their next chapter of leadership by helping them gain admission to the best college or graduate school possible.


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Service to School

Who We Are
Service to School (S2S) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides free college and grad school application counseling to military veterans and servicemembers.

Our goal is to help veterans gain admission to the best college for them while empowering each veteran to make informed decisions about their education.

Our Story
In 2011, S2S was founded by Gus Giacoman, Tim Hsia, Khalil Tawil, and Anna Ivey — three veterans and an admissions expert who believe that all veterans should have the opportunity and access to a great education. Through grassroots efforts and thousands of hours of volunteer time, S2S grew into a national non-profit that connects military veterans and servicemembers with mentors to ensure veterans are being admitted to and attending our nation’s best colleges and graduate schools.

Since then, we have stayed laser-focused on our mission of supporting veterans into higher-ed and have worked with thousands of veterans during different points of the college and graduate school application process. You can find S2S Alums on hundreds of Undergraduate, MBA, Law School, Policy, and Medical School campuses where they are studying and forging new paths for their future.

Our Method
Test Preparation
Resume and Transcript Reviews
Application and Essay Reviews
Interview Preparation
Networking Assistance

To gain admission, you must TRAIN. S2S pairs veterans with mentors, called Ambassadors, to work together on areas of the college or graduate school application. These include reviewing transcripts, editing and reviewing essays and personal statements, preparing for school interviews, helping with networking opportunities, direct connection with Admissions Officers and much more. Currently, S2S has over 400 Ambassadors working with the next generation of veteran college and graduate school applicants.

Our results give compelling testimony to our impact and effectiveness. S2S has worked with thousands of transitioning veterans to achieve, “admission accomplished!”. S2S undergraduates comprise over half of the veterans at the most selective private colleges in the country. S2S has also helped veterans gain admission to top business, law, public policy, and medical schools- from Harvard to Wharton, Yale Law School and beyond, S2S has ensured veterans are attending the best college and graduate schools possible.

Our Core Values
Lead From the Front
Our volunteers, called Ambassadors, give their free time to support veterans who are seeking higher-education.

Build Solutions, Not Organizations
We focus our efforts on solving problems. We do not engage in empire-building or self-aggrandizement. Titles do not matter; only results.

Empower Everyone
Ambassadors, applicants, and leadership are empowered to work on any initiative or project that fulfills our fundamental mission of helping transitioning veterans.

We Have No Ego
Everyone is a leader. Service to School does not exist to build ourselves up, but to help veterans.

We Have Fun
We maintain the same light-hearted atmosphere we found with our military friends on active duty and the reserves. We enjoy working together because we all care about the same thing: helping veterans.

We Enrich Others, Not Ourselves
We exist solely to benefit transitioning veterans. Whenever we spend donor money, we look for the most efficient way to do so.

We Are a Flat Organization
Our best ideas and biggest accomplishments have come from the bottom-up.

We Are Honest with Ourselves
We provide each other thoughtful, honest, critical and substantive feedback. We quickly determine what is working and what is not working. Constructive feedback is always accompanied by proposed solutions.


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Sheep Dog Impact Assistance

We provide continued service opportunities and outdoor adventures which offer physical challenges and the camaraderie that is often missing after a shift or tour of duty ends.


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Soldiers to Sidelines


Soldiers To Sidelines provides training and opportunities for military members to be excellent coaches in various sports so they will inspire, motivate, and encourage athletes.


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District of Columbia