Veteran Benefits - Category: Education

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Agile for Patriots

Our Mission
Preparing military Veterans and their spouses for Agile careers through training, coaching, certification and practical experience using the Scrum framework

Our Vision
All graduates of the Agile for Patriots program are employed with fulfilling roles in Agile Value Delivery

Who We Are
Agile for Patriots is a Dallas-based non-profit that provides military veterans and their spouses with focused Agile training, practical experience, and Professional Scrum Master certification. Co-founders Greg Gomel of the Gomel Group and Ravi Verma, CEO of SmoothApps, are Agile professionals who recognized a need in the veteran community and created the program as a way to give back to those who served.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Alderleaf Wilderness College

Alderleaf Wilderness College is a nature education and wilderness survival school. Alderleaf offers courses on wilderness survival permaculture sustainable living skills wild edible medicinal plants wildlife tracking and outdoor leadership in the Pacific Northwest. Led by a staff of experienced instructors our wilderness courses provide you with valuable nature skills.

 

Service Area:
Washington
Blinded Veterans Association

BVA continually strives to better the lives of all who served in the Armed Forces living with sight loss through expert advocacy engaged membership clear communication and peer inspired self reliance. Our BVA family epitomizes respect honor dedication and commitment to sustain a thriving informed patriotic and connected community.

 

Service Area:
Virginia
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

We are mothers stepmothers grandmothers foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military guard or reserves or children who are veterans. We support each other and our children while promoting patriotism. Our organization focuses on our mission every single day and will never ever forsake our troops our veterans or the families of our Fallen Heroes

 

Service Area:
California
Bob Woodruff Foundation

Todays service members return with injuries that would have been fatal in earlier times. We are funding programs that heal both the physical and hidden wounds of war with a focus on long term effects of living with injury. With a quarter million service members transitioning from service annually we work tirelessly to make sure education and employment enables and enriches the next chapter of their lives. Ensuring impacted veterans and their families have access to meaningful opportunities and experiences that enhance their quality of life is at the heart of our mission. Programs we shape provide service members with senses of purpose places to live healthy family relationships and outlets for socialization.

 

Service Area:
New York
CalVET
About Us

​The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) works to serve California veterans and their families. With nearly 1.6​ million veterans living in the State, CalVet strives to ensure that its veterans of every era and their families get the state and federal benefits and services they have earned and deserve as a result of selfless and honorable military service. CalVet strives to serve veterans and their families with dignity and compassion and to help them achieve their highest quality of life.

Mission

To serve and honor all California veterans by connecting them and their families with their earned benefits through education, advocacy, and direct services.

Vision

CalVet provides innovative leadership in veteran advocacy and veteran services in California and sets the national standard for connecting veterans and their families with the rights and benefits they have earned through their military service.

Goals

  1. Provide the highest quality care and services for our veterans and their families.
  2. Enhance operational effectiveness to maximize service to California veterans.
  3. Invest in our workforce to enhance services to veterans over the long term.
  4. Provide excellent customer service to our veterans, colleagues, and partners.

Learn about CalVet Executive Staff

Executive Staff Bios

Discover the Boards and Committees associated with CalVet

Boards and Committees

View CalVet and other veteran-related publications

Publications

Review the laws, regulations, and public records procedures that guide CalVet

Public Records
Laws and Regulations

Explore CalVet employment eligibility exams and job opportunities

Jobs/Exams

View veteran-related events statewide on the CalVet community calendar

Calendar of Events

Contact CalVet if you have questions or concerns

Contact Us

 

Service Area:
California
Career One Stop

Source for career exploration, training, and jobs.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Claim Academy

Become a software engineer in 12 weeks. Start a new career secure a job as a Full Stack Java Full Stack C#/.Net Full Stack Javascript or in Cybersecurity. Study at the top ranked coding bootcamp in the U.S. Our students get hired by companies like: IBM Boeing Mastercard WellsFargo Fedex Bayer

 

Service Area:
Missouri
Coast Guard Foundation

The Coast Guard Foundation is committed to ensuring all Coast Guard members and families have the resources they need to build resilience throughout their lives.

 

Service Area:
Connecticut
Code Fellows

We guide people from all backgrounds to change their lives through fast-paced career focused education. We shape passionate learners with immersive training to meet industry needs and improve diversity. We focus on technology skills for a better life for a better community and for a better world.

 

Service Area:
Washington
Code Immersives

The Code Immersive Web Development Intensive program helps students develop the technical skills required to pursue the opportunities that exist in the fast-growing web programming and software development industry. Web development is one of the fastest growing career tracks, with a projected 27% annual growth rate by 2024, accounting to U.S.

 

Service Area:
New York
Code Platoon

Code Platoon is a 501c 3 non-profit that helps veterans and military spouses transition into the civilian workforce by providing technical training and career placement. For 14 weeks the students are immersed in learning the full web development stack including Python Django JavaScript HTML and CSS. No previous programming skills are required. After completing the program the veteran or military spouse will be hireable as a junior full stack web developer and eligible for an internship.

 

Service Area:
Illinois
Code Works Boise

Empower individuals to embrace creativity and analytical rigor by teaching how to build applications that are functional and emphasize best practices designs. We aim to enable life-changing outcomes for graduates and elevate the developer community.

 

Service Area:
Idaho
Codeacademy

We want to create a world where anyone can build something meaningful with technology and everyone has the learning tools resources and opportunities to do so. Code contains a world of possibilities all that’s required is the curiosity and drive to learn. At Codecademy we are committed to empowering all people regardless of where they are in their coding journeys to continue to learn grow and make an impact on the world around them.

 

Service Area:
Missouri
Codeup

Codeup was born in November of 2013 in San Antonio, Texas after Michael Girdley, Chris Turner, and Jason Straughan realized that there was a shortage of developers available for hire. They took matters into their own hands by creating Codeup, a 22-week accelerator bootcamp. Since then, we’ve helped numerous students transform into Full Stack Web Developers and Data Scientists.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Coding Dojo

Lots of bootcamps say you don’t need any coding experience and then require a coding challenge technical assessments, and other hurdles to enroll. We’re different. After teaching over 6000 students we have learned that the #1 indicator for success is not your technical ability it is your determination. That’s why our admissions process assesses your drive not your coding ability. If you have the will our instruction team can teach you the skills.

 

Service Area:
California
CT Vet Benefits

Find Connecticut state and local veterans benefits including education employment healthcare tax breaks exemptions recreation and much more below. The Nutmeg State has more than 200000 veterans residing there.

 

Service Area:
Connecticut
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)

Who is ESGR

ESGR, a Department of Defense program, was established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment. ESGR is supported by a network of more than 3,000 volunteers in 54 committees located across all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam-CNMI (Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands), Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers, hailing from small business and industry, government, education, and prior military service bring a vast wealth of experience to assist in serving employers, Service members, and their families. Together with Headquarters ESGR staff and a small cadre of support staff for each State Committee, volunteers work to promote and enhance employer support for military service in the Guard and Reserve.

ESGR has served our country for more than 45 years, fostering a culture in which all employers support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States. These citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment for themselves and their families. ESGR has continued to adapt to meet the needs of Reserve Component members, their families, and America’s employers by joining forces with a network of other national, state, and local government and professional trade organizations. Together, We All Serve!

Learn more about us here: https://www.dvidshub.net/video/766889/esgr-mission-video

Mission and End State

 

Mission Statement

 

 

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense program that develops and promotes supportive work environments for Service members in the Reserve Components through outreach, recognition, and educational opportunities that increase awareness of applicable laws.  It also provides assistance in resolving conflicts between the Service members and their employers.

End State

 

 

All employers support and value the employment of members of the National Guard and Reserve in the United States and Territories, thereby increasing the readiness of the Reserve Components.

 

Customers  

All employers

All uniformed Service members

Families of affected Service members

 

 

Stakeholders 

Congress

State and Territory governors

Department of Defense

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Labor

Department of Veterans Affairs

Uniformed Services

 

Employees

 

ESGR volunteers and staff

Goals

1.  Gain and maintain support from employers for National Guard and Reserve service

2.  Increase attention/focus on employer outreach and military outreach missions, to support the readiness of the RC.

3.  Improve ESGR brand awareness to inspire customer/stakeholder confidence and trust, and renew the relevancy of ESGR.

4.  Streamline planning processes, increase state-wide collaboration/communication, and establish a consistent feedback loop on all ESGR plans and activities.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Federally Employed Women (FEW)

What Is FEW?

FEW is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1968 shortly after government issued Executive Order 11375 which added sex-discrimination to the list of prohibited discrimination within the Federal Government. Although E.O. 11375 was an important milestone, several women were concerned that the Civil Service Commission and individual agencies may not put forth the vigorous effort necessary to ensure compliance with E.O. 11375. Although the Federal Women’s Program (FWP) had been established, the early organizers of FEW realized that the government could dismantle FWP, and they wanted to ensure that there would always be an organization dedicated to promoting equality for women and addressing concerns of women in the Federal workforce. Additionally, because FWP is a government function, it is limited in its political scope, and cannot lobby Congress. As a private organization, FEW is not restricted in that area.

As a private organization, FEW works as an advocacy group to improve the status of women employed by the Federal government. This includes contact with Congress to encourage progressive legislation. FEW national officers meet with management officials at all levels of agencies to demonstrate support of the FWP, encourage officials to support the program and to obtain insight on the effectiveness of the FWP at agency and local levels

WHAT FEW IS NOT

FEW is not a labor organization, and therefore does not “represent” employees. However, FEW officers can meet with management officials to discuss matters that fall within their field of interest. Managers and EEO officials may join FEW, and hold local or national office. There is no conflict between being an employee of the FWP and joining FEW. In fact, persons officially charged with FWP responsibilities often work with FEW officers and members to develop goals and objectives for agency programs designed to meet the agency’s needs and to ensure the equality of opportunity for women in the Federal workforce.

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

FEW is a three-tiered organization that consist of a National Board, Regions and Chapters. All three tiers work together to fulfill the mission and sets annual goals for FEW including FEW’s four major program areas.

FEW’s membership is open to those who subscribe to the purposes of the organization and carry out its mission. As a grassroots organization, FEW’s vitality and effectiveness are linked to membership. FEW has a specifically defined membership. Members must join, pay dues and support the governing policies and procedures. FEW has a National governing board, a regional governing board and local chapters all around the world. Participation in FEW is not limited to women. Anyone who is concerned about discrimination based on sex and employment opportunities for women in the Federal government is welcome to join FEW.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Grace After Fire

Grace After Fire was first started as The Women’s Heart by Stephanie Moles in 2002, with a focus on increasing access to healthcare services for women Veterans, especially those who struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.

Over time, the leadership of the organization transitioned from Stephanie Moles to retired Air Force Colonel Kim Olson, then to US Navy Veteran Mea Williams.

As Grace After Fire matured, the focus of the organization shifted from the challenges of the woman Veterans to the empowerment of the woman Veteran.  Grace After Fire’s mission became centered on helping the woman Veteran help herself by connecting her with the resources and the tools she needs to be a productive citizen in her community, her work and her home after transitioning from the military.

Ever since 2008, Grace After Fire has been serving the Veteran community by providing community resource navigation services, social events, and annual retreats to women Veterans and their families.  In 2012, Grace After Fire launched the Table Talk Color Me Camo peer-to-peer support group programming designed specifically for women Veterans, and in 2017, Grace After Fire began providing financial basic needs assistance to women Veterans and her family.

Our Mission

The mission of Grace After Fire is to provide the means for women Veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal.

Our Vision

To help women Veterans help themselves.

Our Motto

We serve to protect the Veteran, connect the resource and renew the women.

  • We value and respect all women Veterans seeking support.

  • We demonstrate visionary leadership.

  • We create an environment that fosters committed community integration, belonging and social connectedness, for the women we serve, our employees, key stakeholders and partners.

  • We engage in and promote the access of resources to all women Veterans and improve their quality of life.

  • We practice the highest ethical behavior and personal integrity.

  • We implement responsible financial management in the development of resources and programs.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans.

Our Core Values
Mission First
Integrity Always
Everyone Is Welcome
Respect Must Be Paid
Lead in Service
Attitude + Effort = Victory
Make the Juice Worth the Squeeze
We Are the Changemakers
Keep It Fun (Don’t Be an Asshole)
Think of the Children
Win the Day

Programs
Quick Reaction Force – A concierge veteran empowerment program helping veterans navigate an often complex road map to quality free services.

The Vote Hub – Voting is important! Regardless of political views, it is your duty to vote. The Vote Hub is a resource to help you find registration information for your state and your local polling location.

Advocacy – IAVA fights and wins battles for the post 9/11 generation of veterans. IAVA gets results. Our members tell us what’s important, and we engage policy makers and the media to bring about positive change.

Big 6 – IAVA’s members have identified 6 priority issues that matter most to them (combat suicide, burn pits & toxic exposures, modernize VA, women veterans, alternative therapies, and education benefits)

Take Action – IAVA cannot do our work without your help. Please let your representatives know how important these issues are to you and to the veteran community.

Policy Agenda – IAVA has recommended specific policy priorities to address the issues that matter most to post-9/11 veterans.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. MVAA was created by Executive Order 2013-2 and began operations on March 20, 2013, the 10th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MVAA is a state government agency and is housed within Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. Unlike the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides health care, educational, compensation and pension benefits, and more, the MVAA assists veterans and their families by connecting them to their federal resources and benefits, as well as those state benefits they have earned. The agency does this by working with various state departments and agencies, as well as hundreds of community-based veteran programs to create a no-wrong-door access to benefits and services.

Services provided by MVAA include:

The Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center (800-MICH-VET) and MichiganVeterans.com website provide one-stop access for veterans and their families seeking information, resources and staff support.

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund grants help combat-era veterans and their families weather unforeseen, temporary financial emergencies.

MVAA’s Discharge Document Retrieval Service provides veterans copies of DD-214 discharge documents.

MVAA’s Vision:

For Michigan to be the place veterans choose to live, raise a family, work and retire.

 

Service Area:
Michigan
Soldiers to Sidelines

WE ARE ON A MISSION

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.

 

Service Area:
District of Columbia
South Texas Afghanistan Iraq Veterans Association

The South Texas Afghanistan Iraq Veterans Association is a non-profit organization which helps ease the transition for military members of all branches and their families from military to civilian life. Our goal is to help, advocate, educate, assist veterans to any needed resources, funding, medical care and emotional support.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Texas Alliance of Military Women

Worklife Institute’s

Texas Alliance of Military Women

​Faith ~ Hope ~ Valor ~ Wisdom
Life Beyond Our Service

​​
 Texas Alliance of Military Women (TAMW)

is a program within the Worklife Institute’s Texas Veterans Program.
We are a community of woman veterans, spouses, caregivers, and survivors, united by the shared

experiences and challenges of military life.

In addition to the programs offered by the Institute, TAMW provides valuable ongoing resources, encouragement, and mentorship.

Our Services

When you walk through our door we offer you the hospitality of a caring, experienced staff, a full refrigerator, computers, office equipment, and the comfort of your own work environment. The Institute Resource Center is a woman-and family-friendly place.

Our staff is dedicated to a long-term partnership with veterans and their families.
We have 28 years of experience and a wide range of services at your disposal, including career transition, personal and family counseling, legal and financial advisement, training in mediation and
entrepreneurship, outreach events and more.

We welcome all women veterans, spouses, caregivers and survivors in the Southeast Texas (Houston) region to join our community. We will be hosting a variety of workshops and events in an effort to provide relevant bridges of support and encouragement. We are a community coordinated by a Leadership Circle of Women.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Texas Veterans Commission

OUR MISSION

Since 1927, the mission of the Texas Veterans Commission has been 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.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

The Texas Veterans Commission will aggressively advocate for Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.

The Texas Veterans Commission will provide quality service through eight program areas: Claims Representation and Counseling, Veterans Employment Services, Veterans Education, Veteran Entrepreneur Program, Health Care Advocacy, Veterans Mental Health Program, Women Veterans Program, and the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

The Texas Veterans Commission will provide quality service through a dedicated, professional, and well trained workforce.

The Texas Veterans Commission will connect with all veterans across the state, and tailor its service to meet their needs and the needs of their families and survivors.

The Texas Veterans Commission will take the lead in coordinating efforts between our eight programs and with federal, state, and local governmental offices and private organizations that provide services and assistance to veterans.

The Texas Veterans Commission will ensure that Texas veterans maintain the highest quality of life and well-being through its advocacy and dedication to veterans’ services.

We hold ourselves personally and professionally accountable to provide exemplary customer service to veterans, their families, and survivors through our core values.

PROFESSIONALISM

Perform your duties to the highest standard and providing excellent customer service in every program area.

INTEGRITY

Provide fair, honest and objective advocacy in an ethical manner while displaying the highest standard of conduct both on and off duty.

COMPASSION

Consistently demonstrate care, concern and understanding in every encounter with Veterans, family members and stakeholders.

COMMITMENT

Fully dedicated to develop yourself to become the best you can be in carrying out the mission of the TVC.

TEAMWORK

Working together in a positive and productive manner to accomplish the mission and goals of the agency.

The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. Our purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation’s armed forces.

We are able to do this through our eight program areas:

  • Claims Representation and Counseling serves veterans, their dependents and survivors, in all matters pertaining to veterans’ disability benefits and rights. It is the designated agency of the state of Texas to represent the State and its veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
  • Veterans Education Program approves all programs for Chapter 30, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 federal educational benefits. Through an approval process, the Texas Veterans Commission ensures that institutions and employers are in compliance with federal guidelines and are qualified to provide the type of training offered.
  • Veterans Employment Services offers employment services to Texas veterans and helps employers find qualified veteran job applicants. The goal of these services is to match veteran job seekers with the best employment opportunities available.
  • The purpose of the Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP) is to foster and promote veteran entrepreneurship throughout the state of Texas.  The Texas Veterans Commission, with the help of the Governor’s office and several prominent Legislators, passed Senate Bill 1476 in 2013. This allowed for the funding of a team of experienced business consultants to be available for any veteran in the state of Texas to consult with, free of charge to the veteran.
  • Fund for Veterans’ Assistance is a program that makes grants to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families.
  • The Health Care Advocacy Department is a team of highly-trained Texas Veteran Commission staff, strategically positioned across the state to act as liaisons for Texas veterans in addressing issues involving Veterans Administration health care related services.
  • In collaboration with the Department of State Health Services, the Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans Mental Health Program consists of multiple initiatives focusing on peer support, clinical mental health care access, and community collaboration.
  • The Women Veterans Program serves women veterans by helping them to obtain their benefits and services. We strive to raise awareness of women veteran contributions and services to our country and state, as well as inform and educate women veterans and their resource providers about the benefits and services to women veterans.

Through these program areas, the Texas Veterans Commission provides excellent service so that each veteran receives every benefit that they deserve. As a veteran works with our counselors, the quality of life for that veteran and their family significantly increases.

Today, Texas is leading the country by making sure each veteran is represented and cared for. The people of Texas have sent a clear message that the sacrifices made by veterans and their families are deeply appreciated, and that there is an agency that will stand by them and take care of them: the Texas Veterans Commission.

 

Service Area:
Texas
That Others May Live Foundation

Serving our Rescue Warriors, Veterans, and Families

Mission Statement
That Others May Live Foundation (TOMLF) provides support to the U.S. Air Force Rescue community and their families. We provide full post-secondary education funding to surviving children of fallen Rescue Heroes and merit-based scholarships for children of current and past warriors. In addition, we deliver immediate tragedy assistance funds to aid families and provide visible & invisible wound support to our active duty, veteran warriors, and their families.

Vision
USAF Rescue warfighters and families receive superior support from TOMLF so they can continue to confidently execute their high-risk missions “That Others May Live”.

Programs
Tragedy Assistance
Scholarship Program
Warfighter Support
Visible & Invisible Wounds Support

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
The Blind Guide Resources for People who are Blind or Visually-impaired Search site

This list is only intended to get you started with some resources for the blind I’ve found useful. Descriptions are generally from their websites, which will explain some of the inconsistency in content.

 

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Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
United Service Organizations (USO) Pathfinder Program

USO Pathfinder® Transition Program

USO COVID-19 Response: In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our USO Pathfinder® Transition Program locations are strictly adhering to guidance from military installation commands and abiding by CDC guidance on health safety practices regarding center operations.

We remain steadfast in our mission to support transitioning service members and military spouses. There have been minimal disruptions to one-on-one USO Pathfinder services, as we have shifted Transition Specialist meetings to virtual delivery. Program registration remains open with no disruptions to that process.

The USO Pathfinder® Transition Program extends the USO experience to active duty, Reserve, National Guard and military spouses by offering professional development services throughout the duration of the service member or military spouse’s career, as well as when they transition out of the military and settle into their new communities.

Want to be better prepared for future success before transitioning from the military? Are you a military spouse looking for new opportunities?

CONNECT WITH A USO TRANSITION SPECIALIST

USO Transition Specialists can help develop a personalized Action Plan and help you take full advantage of services and resources that are the best fit for you and your spouse in your new community.

How It Works
The USO Pathfinder Transition Program works with strategic partners to connect service members and military spouses to resources through a holistic approach, focusing on:

Employment
Education – Including leading online learning platforms like Skillsoft, IBM SkillsBuild and Coursera as well as the new 8-week course “Making Your Military Transition a Transformation”
Financial readiness
Mentorship
Increased access to relevant veterans’ benefits in their communities
Through the creation of an individualized action plan, USO Transition Specialists collaborate with individuals to identify their personal and professional goals and build a roadmap to achieving them, while also identifying services and resources that are the best fit for their needs. This program offers support to service members up to 6 months after they have officially left service, providing them with resources well along their journey to civilian life.

USO Transition Specialists provide these free services through one on-one support (either virtually, or in person) and help military families create a plan for success now – and for the future.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Breaking into IT/Cyber

Veterans Breaking Into IT/Cybersecurity Mentorship

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Center of North Texas

The Veterans Center of North Texas connects Veterans with qualified service providers that can address each Veteran’s specific needs.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County

The Mission of the Veterans Coalition of Tarrant County (VETCO) is to improve the quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Veterans Education Success

Veterans Education Success works on a bipartisan basis to advance higher education success for veterans, service members, and military families, and to protect the integrity and promise of the GI Bill and other federal postsecondary education programs

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Service Alliance of Central Texas

Our mission is to measurably improve the quality of life for Veterans by increasing awareness among our member organizations of all the resources available in our community.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Vets - Beyond the Uniform

The VETS Beyond the Uniform program (see Resources below) has been developed by military veterans with the specific goal of helping veterans make a successful journey from the military into the civilian workforce. They also help employers that hire veterans become “Veteran Friendly”. VETS is an acronym representing Veterans Educational Transformation Solutions. As its name suggests, it’s about preparing veterans as they enter the workforce. It’s also about preparing employers for a veteran workforce, especially understanding how to welcome and integrate them.

 

Veteran Employee Retention Services

VETS – Beyond the Uniform’s mission is to build upon the veteran’s military skills and the skills taught by military transition programs. Their goal is to improve the veteran’s chances for successful long term careers. They provide veterans with one-on-one coaching & mentoring, and access to workshops & training that cover the skills-sets used in the civilian workforce.

VETS – BTU provides veterans transitioning from the military service over 200 free soft-skills training workshops, webinars, and self-paced online training. These programs empower them to successfully integrate and become effective in the business world and civilian workforce. They support each veteran’s transformation with workshops, webinars, group training, self-paced learning, and 1 on 1 mentoring and coaching.

Listen to the conversation I had with the Founders about helping veterans with disabilities thrive (see Resources below).

Employer Support Services

Their mission to support veterans doesn’t end with the veteran. They also support the long term success for employers that hire veterans. VETS – BTU coaches and mentors will work with your team to help you understand them all. They’ll work with you to strengthen your veteran hiring & retention programs as well.

Hiring a veteran brings you a candidate possessing natural leadership, strong work ethic, education & training, and tax credits. There are 6 retention-focused components to the support services:

  • Defined Hiring
  • Successful Integration
  • Mentorship Programs
  • Culture Training
  • Skills Training & Utilization
  • Retention Planning

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
We2AreVets

We2AreVets 501(c)(3) purpose is to honor, empower, and recognize women veterans as they enter and reintegrate into the civilian workforce. Through our efforts, we will promote the merits of these female service members to civilian employers. To achieve our mission, We2AreVets will collaborate with coaches, mentors, leaders, organizations, and universities, to aid in the successful efforts of women veterans reentering the civilian workforce through inclusion and empowerment opportunities

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
WorkSource

Veterans

You may qualify for special services if you served in the military

Here in Washington state, WorkSource helps thousands of military veterans – including disabled veterans – find jobs each year.

As a veteran, you can get priority access to WorkSource services. This includes priority referrals to jobs that are listed with WorkSource, as well as other employment services.

WorkSource centers offer veterans and their military spouses:

Job listings, job referrals and hiring events
Resume, application and interviewing assistance
Use of computers, photocopiers and phones
Skill assessments and referrals to training and other resources

On the WorkSource website, you also can identify yourself as a veteran to make it easier for vet-friendly employers to find you, and you can search for job openings where employers are giving veterans priority over other applicants.

Most WorkSource centers have veteran employment specialists whose sole job is to help military veterans with disabilities and other employment barriers. They’ll assess your skills and interests and help you put together an employment plan that’s right for you.

Employment resources

Veterans can enter their prior military experience and explore comparable civilian careers at My Next Move.

We’re proud to partner with the Department of Defense’s Military OneSource, which provides 24/7 access to support for military personnel and their spouses throughout their service and for up to 12 months after separation. Scroll through the site to view different categories of resources, including Education & Employment, Family & Relationships and more!

Washington’s Veterans Military Crosswalk is an easy-to-use tool for translating your military skills to job openings in Washington state. Service men and women simply enter their current Military Occupation Code and the website finds jobs that match their skills and experience. The website also works on mobile devices.

Explore career opportunities working for Washington state as a civil servant. Additionally, you can link your military specialty experience to current Washington state civil service positions with the convenient military skills translator tool.

Find out if an apprenticeship is right for you.

Veterans who think their employment opportunities under the Uniformed Service Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) have been violated can contact Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.

For military spouses:

The Department of Labor website highlights available resources for military spouses, including licensure and credentialing laws, small business opportunities and much more.

The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs provides details on spouse and family member resources within Washington.

The Washington State Military Family Leave Act allows spouses special leave consideration when their military member is tasked to deploy.

Washington’s major military installations also offer transition services for spouses and transitioning military:

Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM)
Fairchild AFB
Naval Station Kitsap
Naval Station Everett
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Veteran programs and benefits

POS REP is a mobile, proximity-based social network made expressly for the military veteran community. Short for Position Report, POS REP connects veterans who served together but more importantly allows veterans to discover local peers and resources in the palm of their hand. Download on the App Store.

Veterans facing financial challenges due to military deployments in Iraq or Afghanistan can find help through the Department of Veterans Affairs – Olympia Veterans Service Center.

Washington state Department of Veterans Affairs offers benefits, services and programs for veterans. For Puget Sound-area veterans, visit WAServes to access a wide array of community resources.

Get information about the educational benefits available through the GI Bill and other Veterans Administration programs.

Use this form to request military service records or proof of military service.

Credentials/Licenses
Washington state has actively engaged credential and licensing entities to promote transferability of skills and qualifications for veterans and military spouses. Learn more about these efforts at the links below:

Department of License Military Assistance for Business and Professional Licenses
Department of Health Credentialing and Licensure Resources for Military Spouses and Registered Domestic Partners
Department of Health Military Resources and Health Profession Crosswalk
Commercial Drivers Licensing for Recently Separated Military
Expedited E-certification for Teachers, Paraeducators, Administrators, and Education Staff Associates (Upon completing your application, contact Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 360-725-6400, for expedited processing)

Both the US Army and the US Air Force are authorizing up to $500 in reimbursement for qualifying licensing costs to military spouses who must obtain state occupational relicensures or recertifications during a permanent change of station.

Air Force Spouse Licensure Reimbursement Program
Army reimbursement for state licensure and certification costs for spouse of a soldier
Coast Guard Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy
Marine Corps Reimbursement for Spouse Professional Licensing after PCS Moves
Navy Spouses Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy

 

Service Area:
Washington