A nationwide network of small business development centers providing free consulting to businesses of all types at all stages.
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.
Boots to Business (B2B) is an entrepreneurial education and training program offered by SBA as part of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). B2B provides participants with an overview of business ownership and is open to transitioning service members (including National Guard and Reserve) and their spouses.
Begin your journey
Introduction to Entrepreneurship: The foundational two-day, in-person course provides you with an introductory understanding of business ownership.
Continue your journey
Optional Follow-on Courses: “B2B: Revenue Readiness” is an online course delivered through a partnership with Mississippi State University. Receive sign-up information once you complete the in-person introductory course. B2B and B2BR participants are also encouraged to take advantage of the many resources offered by the SBA and its partner network.
If you don’t have access to a military installation, read about Boots to Business Reboot (https://sbavets.force.com/s/reboot-course-information).
Boots to Business is delivered in partnership with SBA’s Resource Partners, SCORE Mentors, Small Business Development Centers, Women’s Business Centers, and Veterans Business Outreach Centers and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University. It is available free of charge at participating installations to service members and their dependents transitioning or retiring from the U.S. military.
To learn more information about Boots to Business, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-205-VET1 (202-205-8381).
For more SBA resources for veterans, visit SBA.gov/vets.
Bunker Labs helps veteran entrepreneurs and military spouses find the quickest route to a successful business.
A national initiative that supports the success of veteran, service member, and military spouse-owned businesses by connecting them with entrepreneurial education and training, small business resources and solutions, and commerce and supplier opportunities.
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.
About DoD TAP
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information and training to ensure Service members transitioning from active-duty are prepared for their next step in life – whether pursuing additional education, finding a job in the public or private sector or starting their own business.
TAP is a cohesive, modular, outcome-based program that bolsters and standardizes the opportunities, services and training that Service members receive to better prepare them to pursue their post-military career goals.
The TAP curriculum is an outcome-based curriculum that transforms the way the military prepares Service members for transition back to civilian life. The curriculum is designed to provide Service members with the resources, tools, services and skill-building training needed to meet Career Readiness Standards (CRS). Shortly before departing the military, Service members demonstrate achievement of these standards to their command through a verification process called Capstone. This process includes an opportunity to connect Service members who may need additional assistance to agency partners who provide them with additional support.
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 (FY19 NDAA) authorized many changes to the TAP, to be implemented late 2019. The purpose of the program will remain the same, but the TAP process will be updated to reflect the requirements in the NDAA.
About the Military-Civilian Transition Office
The DoD Military-Civilian Transition Office (MCTO) formed as a result of a merger between two DoD programs under the Defense Human Resources Activity’s Defense Personnel and Family Support Center to provide streamlined services to members of the armed forces and their families.
The Office for Reintegration Programs (ORP) combined with the Department of Defense (DoD) Transition to Veterans Program Office (TVPO) to efficiently deliver resources to transitioning Service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve, their families and communities worldwide in January 2020.
The DoD Military-Civilian Transition Office (MCTO) is responsible for designing, overseeing, and evaluating TAP. MCTO provides transition assistance policy and program oversight to promote, advance, and instill a culture of career-ready Service members.
Transition Assistance Curriculum
The TAP curriculum for Service members transitioning to civilian life.
Online Transition Assistance Curriculum
The Transition Assistance Program Curriculum has moved from Joint Knowledge Online.
Service members looking to receive official credit/certification for TAP courses, can take the courses online via the new Transition Training Portal (https://tapevents.org/courses).
Veterans, Family Members, and Caregivers can also access the curriculum online.
Select ‘Get Started’ to start a course. If you want to resume a course you previously started, use the link that was sent in your registration confirmation email, or complete the registration form with the same information.
Managing Your Transition Timeline (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Managing_Your_Transition_Timeline.pdf)
Download your VMET (https://www.dodtap.mil/login.html)
Veterans Administration Careers and Employment (VEC) (https://www.va.gov/careers-employment/)
Veterans’ Employment and Training Services (VETS) (https://www.dol.gov/vets)
The following Resources and Tools provide additional information and planning assistance for transitioning Service members and their spouses.
he following links to external sources provide additional information and resources to transitioning Service members, their spouses, and Veterans.
Service-specific Transition Assistance Program Sites
Army TAP (https://www.sfl-tap.army.mil/)
Navy TAP (https://www.cnic.navy.mil/ffr/family_readiness/fleet_and_family_support_program/work-and-family-life/transition_assistance.html)
Air Force TAP (http://www.afpc.af.mil/Transition-Assistance-Program)
Marines TAP (http://www.usmc-mccs.org/services/career/transition-readiness/)
Coast Guard TAP (http://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Human-Resources-CG-1/Health-Safety-and-Work-Life-CG-11/Office-of-Work-Life-CG-111/Transition-Assistance-Program/)
Resources for Veterans
Veterans Education and Training (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/)
Submit feedback (http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/feedback.asp) on problems with schools when using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits and the Military Tuition Assistance Program
Department of Veterans Affairs (http://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/tap.asp)
Department of Labor (http://www.dol.gov/vets)
Office of Personnel Management (https://www.opm.gov/)
Department of Education (http://www.ed.gov/veterans-and-military-families)
Small Business Administration, Boots to Business Entrepreneurship Track (http://www.sba.gov/bootstobusiness)
Department of Defense Resources
Department of Reserve Affairs (http://www.people.mil/)
Military OneSource (http://www.militaryonesource.mil/)
Military Crisis Line (http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ActiveDuty.aspx) (1-800-273-8255, Press 1)
DoD’s Compensation and Benefits Handbook (http://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/benefits/compensation-and-benefits/)
DoD SkillBridge (https://dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov/)
TAP Events (https://tapevents.org/)
Transition Assistance Program Curriculum Overview (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=TAP_Curriculum_Overview.pdf)
Managing Your Transition Timeline (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Managing_Your_Transition_Timeline.pdf)
Statement of Benefits for Military Members (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Statement_of_Benefits.pdf)
Benefits Guide for Reserve Component Military Members (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Benefits_Guide_Reserve_Component.docx)
Career Readiness Standards (CRS) Overview Info Sheet (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=CRS_and_Capstone.pdf)
DoDI 1332.35 (https://www.esd.whs.mil/Portals/54/Documents/DD/issuances/dodi/133235p.pdf?ver=2018-11-08-133557-850)
TAP/CRS Compliance (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=VOW-CRS_Compliance_Info_Sheet–DoDTAP_Perf_Meas.pdf)
Financial Planning Worksheet (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Transition_GPS_Financial_Planning_Worksheet.xlsx)
DoD Self-Assessment Worksheet (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=DoD_Self-Assessment_Worksheet.pdf)
TAP Counselor Tool_Locked_Updated Scoring 10_3 (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=TAP_Counselor_Tool_Locked_Updated_Scoring_10_3.xlsx)
Military Career Fields and Civilian Equivalents – A Primer (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Intangible_Skills_and_Military_Fields_Primer_Handout.pdf)
The following forms are used by TAP staff to document Service members’ separations.
DD eForm 2648 (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Blank_eForm_PDF_Print_Out.pdf)- Service Member Pre-Separation / Transition Counseling and Career Readiness Standards eForm for Service Members Separating, Retiring, Released from Active Duty (REFRAD)
The following forms have been superseded by the above DD eForm 2648, and are no longer utilized to document a Service member’s separation.
DD Form 2648 – Active Duty Pre-Separation Checklist
DD Form 2648-1 – National Guard and Reserve Pre-Separation Checklist
DD Form 2958 – Individual Transition Plan (ITP) Checklist
In addition to the military departments, the Transition Assistance Program is the result of an interagency partnership between the Department of Defense (DoD), Department of Labor (DOL), Department of Education (ED), Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in conjunction with the Small Business Administration (SBA), and the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
U.S. Department of Labor:
• The DOL conducts a one day employment overview that teaches Service members vital skills such as how to build a resume and prepare for an interview. Their contribution to the curriculum also includes the DOL Employment Track and the DOL Vocational Track. After transition, DOL’s local One-Stop Career Centers located across the nation continue to assist veterans in meeting their employment goals through a range of services including job placement, career counseling, and occupational training.
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:
• The VA is responsible for educating transitioning Service members on the wide range of veterans’ benefits available to them and assisting with the process of applying for benefits during the transition process. The VA contributions to the TAP curriculum includes the VA Benefits and Services brief. After separation, the VA continues to provide educational and vocational counseling to Service members.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management:
• OPM provides Service members with an overview of Federal employment, the careers offered within the Federal government and a linkage to the kinds of occupations and competencies transitioning Service members and veterans have. It also acquaints transitioning Service members and veterans with resources to support them in obtaining work with the Federal Government, including the Veterans Employment Program Office, which offers career tools such as a Military Skills Translator, a Resume Builder and a federal job search database.
U.S. Small Business Administration:
• The SBA’s “Boots to Business” is the Entrepreneurship Track that helps Service members understand the dynamics involved in developing and sustaining a business. It includes discussion of the key components of a business plan and has information on identifying required resources. It also provides the opportunity for Service members to learn from other business owners. Service members can continue their education with an eight-week online course covering the principles of accounting, finance, market analysis, planning, business operations, sales, and more. SBA’s support for veteran entrepreneurs continues after TAP, providing veterans with counseling and training services, access to capital and preparing them to compete for government contracts.
U.S. Department of Education:
• The ED promotes the success of TAP for Service members and their families by communicating available information and expertise regarding college access, success, and affordability, financial aid and programs specifically sponsored or overseen by ED for the benefit of Service members.
The Dog Tag Fellowship program combines education with hands-on experience to create a living business school, building a bridge to employment and helping veterans and military families find fulfillment in their professional and personal lives.
Dog Tag Inc. seeks to build a bridge to employment and a productive civilian life for veterans and military families that have served our country so well. We provide a transformative opportunity for veterans with service-connected disabilities, military spouses, and caregivers through a five-month fellowship, offering an education at Georgetown University and real life work experience in our small business, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of our program, our fellows are business ready, competitive and employable.
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans.
We help people and businesses move money and information every minute of every day. Our solutions connect financial institutions, corporations, merchants and consumers to one another, millions of times a day, behind the scenes, reliably and securely.
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
Re-imagining career readiness for a new generation of veterans. We go beyond traditional transition programs and support veterans in discovering their new calling.
Addresses are not exact.
An America that is fully committed to our active Military, Veterans and First Responders. Establishing a sense of honor, respect, and support for those who have served, are currently serving and those who will serve in the future.
G.I. Jobs® serves the needs of the nation’s service members who leave the military every year and enter the civilian workforce. These new veterans look to us for advice and tools to help them find the right jobs, education, and vocational training during and after leaving the military.
IVMF is higher education’s first interdisciplinary academic institute, singularly focused on advancing the lives of the nation’s military veterans and their families.
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.
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.
For Michigan to be the place veterans choose to live, raise a family, work and retire.
Military spouses serving in professions with occupational license requirements face special challenges. They experience gaps in employment and costly interruptions in their career trajectory due to frequent relocations. It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Labor to reduce employment barriers and enhance career opportunities for military spouses.
A third party Veteran Owned Business Certification program to provide a credible and reliable certifying authority.
NaVOBA provides a direct link for contracting between corporate America and Certified Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBE) and Certified Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (SDVBE).
Patriot Boot Camp is a worthwhile and powerful investment in making your business successful. Whether you are in the idea stage or have a company that’s up and running, PBC will leave you with far more than you came with.
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.
Our Mission and Vision
Re4ormed, LLC provides a place for veteran and military-spouse entrepreneurs to connect with a community and business services they can trust.
Our vision is to create a nationwide ecosystem that connects veteran-owned and military-spouse-owned businesses, corporate partners, veteran-support organizations, and government resources to deliver mutual support, development assistance, and affordable, core tools to those entrepreneurs, enabling them to succeed.
Discover what it means to be a SDVOSB and get up to speed on the various contracting assistance programs.
SWVBRC IS AN ALL VOLUNTEER PUBLIC BENEFIT NATIONAL NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
The Southwest Veterans’ Business Resource Center, Inc., Fallbrook, California in concert with the support of communities was established May 21, 2008 in honor of Memorial Day and its doors first opened November 1, 2008 in honor of Veterans Day. To assist veterans and active duty military members that have served in any military component, and with exception, spouses through outreach and education programs.
Empower communities with knowledge and best practices to serve Veterans
Provide a means to communities to learn about Veteran benefits and services available
Shape the future of communities serving Veterans
Be the nations’ premier Veterans’ Business Resource Center, providing world-class services; anytime, anywhere
Communities are our most important resource
Veterans are our focus
Success is judged by those we serve
Service, professionalism, respect, teamwork, safety and compassion are valued
Building a veteran force, preventing homelessness, and harvesting knowledge are the cornerstones of our service
Quality service is centered on families and communities
Structured and disciplined resource decisions lead to sound business practices
Communication, coordination, and cooperation are critical to our success
Continuous improvement is essential to quality service and veterans’ success
Who we are
We are a national public benefit nonprofit organization that educates American Communities about best practices to serve Veterans. We honor their service by empowering Veterans to apply their training and skills to successfully transition to productive careers and enterprises.
We provide free vocational training 24/7 to all of our members through our website, in addition to local events. We believe the tenet that American Communities are the ultimate beneficiaries when Veterans claim their benefits and invest in productive endeavors.
The SWVBRC enlists the support of members of local Communities like you to increase Veteran awareness of the value of obtaining a VA card and receiving earned benefits.
Sponsorships, donations, volunteers and support from communities like yours enable us to reach out to Veterans and empower them to transition back into successful, productive enterprises that ultimately benefit all Americans and support future generations.
Stanford Ignite Post-9/11 Veterans is tailored to recent U.S. veterans who want to bolster their know-how about innovation and entrepreneurship. This full-time program is exclusively for post-9/11 veterans and uses the same curriculum as our on-campus Stanford Ignite offerings.
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.
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.
Perform your duties to the highest standard and providing excellent customer service in every program area.
Provide fair, honest and objective advocacy in an ethical manner while displaying the highest standard of conduct both on and off duty.
Consistently demonstrate care, concern and understanding in every encounter with Veterans, family members and stakeholders.
Fully dedicated to develop yourself to become the best you can be in carrying out the mission of the TVC.
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.
Rosie Chapters provide military spouse business owners and budding entrepreneurs around the country with a supportive online learning environment and facilitated group meetings.
Website “cheat sheet” with multiple websites listed for transitioning servicemembers, spouses, and veterans.
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE) is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management operated by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center Region IV, representing the State of Florida, has twice been honored as the VBOC of the year, in 2014 and 2018.
Under the leadership of Brenton Peacock, the staff strives to continuously meet the needs of its clients. We consider it an honor and a privilege to serve you and provide the necessary skills to start or grow your own business.
Following a 1999 law to promote veteran participation in the entrepreneurship and small business field, the Small Business Association created and established a number of VBOCs. The Florida program, which is one of twenty-two in the country, finds that success is reflected in many start-ups throughout the State. Our clients have cumulatively received millions of dollars in contract awards, the bulk of which is through federal government contracting and loans. We help strengthen our clients’ business by providing education and resources, with the understanding that military service has set-up veterans to be fine entrepreneurs.
Consulting services are free, and we offer one-on-one communications with clients. Our consultants have been entrepreneurs, were in the military or closely related to the military, have worked in various industries, and have a wide range of education and skills to assist with almost any type of business venture.
The Veterans Business Outreach Center at Gulf Coast State College
Proudly Empowering Veteran Entrepreneurship in Florida
Our Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) serves active duty personnel, veterans, and military spouses who want to learn more about, then start and grow a small business of their own in the State of Florida. We serve the entire State of Florida, from our headquarters in Panama City at Gulf Coast State College.
WHAT CAN THE VBOC DO FOR YOU?
We are your tax dollars at work. The VBOC is funded in part by the US Small Business Administration (SBA). We stand ready to help with FREE business counseling and assistance to Florida’s veterans and military spouses to help you.
Test the feasibility and potential profitability of your start-up idea or expansion of an existing business.
Write a solid business plan before you spend any money.
Take the right steps to start and successfully manage a small business in Florida.
Identify funding sources (banks, credit unions, non-traditional business lenders) and SBA loan programs. VBOC is not a lender nor do we represent any lenders.
Understand business taxes and your financial statements.
Develop marketing and customer acquisition strategies to grow your business.
Consider government contracting and take advantage of your veteran-owned small business status in procurement at all levels (federal, state and local).
To holistically enrich the lives of our nation’s transitioning military, veteran, and their families across a wide spectrum of needs under our five pillars of support: Business, Employment, Education, Wellness, and Family.
Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida provides powerful tools for veterans to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in the Sunshine State.
Through our Career Services Program, we connect veterans with employers who are eager to hire veterans for jobs that put their particular military skills to use. We also assist veterans in creating a winning resume and preparing for job interviews. Employers receive veteran recruiting assistance and may apply for our Workforce Training Grant.
The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides all the knowledge needed to successfully launch and operate a business. As soon as their business is up and running we keep them connected with mentors and resources.
Veterans Florida’s mission can be summed up in our theme – Your Pursuit. Our Power. – because we recognize military veterans are incredibly focused and will succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals when they take advantage of our tools and resources.
Through a combination of educational initiatives, mentoring, outreach to the military, employee affinity groups, and an annual conference, VOWS promotes career development, support, and retention of veterans throughout the global financial services industry.
VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!
Veterans and military spouses may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.
Warrior Rising empowers U.S. military veterans and their immediate family members by providing them opportunities to create sustainable businesses, perpetuate the hiring of fellow U.S. military veterans, and earn their future.
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