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.
IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans.
Our Core Values
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
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.
MilGears is a customized career-building tool developed to assist you — our military members — while you serve, as they transition, and beyond. Whether you are committed to completing a single enlistment term/obligation or plan to build a career within the military, understanding the pathways towards reaching your personal and professional goals can be daunting. MilGears exists to help you plan and achieve your goals by highlighting career possibilities and helping you visualize how to reach those goals.
MilGears analyzes your unique history—your military duties and training, civilian education and credentialing, and apprenticeships—to provide customized results. Key features include:
- Auto-fill based on your uploaded service history document (ETJ, JST, or VMET).
- Ability to return to where you left off at any time – your progress is saved, but your personal identifying information is not.
- Easy-to-read summary of your military history that you can keep as a reference.
- Customized output that includes:
- Civilian occupations that may be attainable or nearly attainable.
- Mariner Tool which calculates sea time and displays credentials that may be attainable or nearly attainable.
- Apprenticeships, certifications, and education that can help you fill training gaps or that could make you more competitive in the job market.
- “How You Stack Up” – a detailed view of how your credentials compare to those typically required for civilian occupations.
- “Next Steps” – recommendations to fill gaps to enter an occupational field.
The process is straight forward. EMC looks at what you’ve done to date in the military by guiding you through a series of questions that collect information such as: your rating, pay grade, duty station history, training, qualifications (applicable to Mariner careers), and civilian education or credentials. EMC then takes this information and helps you determine your best path forward by showing you the possible occupation options for which you may be eligible based on your current experience.
M2M analyzes your entries and uploaded service records for creditable sea service, training, and assessments that you completed during your military service and compares your results against the standard for an original or upgraded Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). The results section details which credentials you may be able to pursue based on your specific military experience.
CSWF guides you through a series of questions that allow you to view how closely your qualifications align with the requirements for specific CSWF work roles within the Navy, highlighting any gaps that need to be filled to become qualified for a role. Additionally, it lets you view related civilian occupations so you can plan for post-service employment that will use the skills you have honed during your time in service.
CSWF is based on the qualification matrices found on Navy COOL, which were developed to ensure that Sailors working in Cyber IT and Cybersecurity meet defined qualification requirements to serve in those roles. The DON model is consistent with the DOD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF), both are based on cybersecurity work roles outlined in the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework. The NICE framework is a result of a partnership between government, academic institutions, and the private sector working to develop a common language to describe cybersecurity work regardless of where the work is performed.
Use the Quick Explorer to investigate career pathways based on a specific credential, career goal, or military occupation, or take a brief interest inventory to research careers that align to your interests.
- Military Occupational Classification Explorer (MOCE) – View ‘best-fit’ pathways based your military occupation. Pathways include academic, industry, apprenticeship, cross-rate opportunities, and post-service employment opportunities.
- Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (CSWF) – Research Cyberspace IT / CSWF work roles in which you are interested and find out the qualification requirements for Defense Cyber Workforce (DCWF) roles.
- Credential Explorer (CE) – Explore career pathways for selected credentials including academic and certifications, US Military Apprenticeship Programs (USMAP), as well as federal licenses.
- Career Goals Explorer (CGE) – View occupations based on job family, industry, cluster, or pathway.
- Interests Explorer (IE) – Complete a brief Interest Profiler to view occupational options based on your likes and dislikes.
PRJKT (Project) VET is a Black, Disabled Veteran-owned company, with a focus on helping veterans in their new ventures after the military. We strive to assist Veterans in making their transition from the military as smooth as possible, by giving them the tools necessary to successfully enter the job market.
Today, there are over 350,000 service women and 2 million women veterans in the United States – the highest number ever in history. Their voices must be heard. Women have served and fought in every conflict since the American Revolution. Despite their critical contributions to our national security, women continue to face barriers. These barriers exist both in the military and when they leave military service when accessing the VA benefits and services they have earned.
The Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) is the voice of all military women – past, present, and future. We are a member-driven community network advocating for the individual and collective needs of service women. SWAN’s priorities are guided by our members, who include thousands of women and men, service members, and civilians alike.
We are committed to seeing that all service women receive the opportunities, protections, benefits, and respect they deserve. Our goal is to ensure all service women and women veterans have access to the information, tools, and support they need to reach their personal and professional goals.
Since our founding in 2007, SWAN has been the only organization that advocates for and supports the needs of both service women and women veterans, regardless of rank, military branch, or years of experience. With over 40,000 nonprofits in America working to serve the needs of veterans and military personnel, this is an important distinction. While women service members and veterans have benefited from many support programs, the majority of them are still designed, by default, to meet the needs of men. We’re making sure that changes.
SWAN has played a significant role in shaping the outcome of many important issues affecting military women. Our efforts include opening all military jobs to service women, expanding access to services for a broad range of reproductive healthcare services, working to hold sex offenders accountable in the military justice system and eliminating barriers to disability claims for those who have experienced military sexual trauma. But our work is not done.
SWAN has developed a network of vetted resources that are uniquely qualified to address challenges service women face including access to healthcare, housing, workplace discrimination, caseworkers, family and financial services, employment and transition, legal services and alternative therapies.
SWAN brings together military women and organizations across the country to amplify the voices of service women on a national scale through media, networking events, and by founding the Military Women’s Coalition an organization that has united local women veteran organizations around the country.
SWAN is the driving force behind laws and policies that seek to change military culture, increase opportunities for women, eliminate sexual violence, and adequately address the needs of women veterans.
To decrease and eliminate veteran and first responder suicide. By providing a community of support from fellow warriors who have found their way out of the darkness by a healing process they are now prepared and ready to teach and provide to others.
What does The K.E.Y stand for?
Keep Elevating Yourself
What is The K.E.Y?
Our intent is to bring everyone together, in hopes that we can help & continue to elevate others – as we are stronger together. The K.E.Y is purely a volunteer endeavor – we DO NOT charge any of the participants who join us. We plan & facilitate events for FREE that we feel our community can benefit from.
We provide/host workshops, presentations & panels for multiple entities that support our milcommunity. We aim to raise awareness & connect our community to one another globally.
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