Veteran Benefits - Category: Veteran Organizations

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America's Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership’s mission is to empower communities to empower veterans. Their approach to accomplishing this mission takes many forms, but it always starts with connecting community organizations with local veterans to understand their unique situations. Their ultimate goal is to create a better quality of life for all veterans by empowering local communities to proactively and holistically serve them.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
American Legion

The Legion is recognized as a leader in transition assistance from military to civilian life, providing resources for careers, education, child care and more.

 

Service Area:
South Dakota
Arizona Coalition for Military Families

The Arizona Coalition for Military Families (the Coalition) is a nationally recognized public/private partnership focused on building Arizona’s statewide capacity to care for, serve and support all service members, veterans, their families and communities.

 

Service Area:
Arizona
CalVET
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.

 

Service Area:
California
Department of Veteran Affairs

To provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned – and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
EOD Warrior Foundation

The EOD Warrior Foundation (EODWF) serves the EOD community by providing financial assistance and support to Active-Duty, Reserve and National Guard, Retired and Veteran EOD technicians and their families.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs

Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Our Vision and Mission

Helping to connect the Sunshine State’s more than 1.5 million veterans and their families with earned services, benefits and support are the more than 1,100 men and women of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. They play a major role in the direct infusion of more than $18.4 billion annually for veterans into Florida’s economy through federal compensation, education and pension benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ medical services and military retired pay.

Florida offers unique benefits such as in-state tuition rates for veterans and their families using the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, several layers of property tax exemptions, expanded veterans’ preference, and extensive benefits, licensure and fee waivers for many activities and occupations. We also offer high quality care at our network of seven state veterans’ homes, with two additional homes in development in Port St. Lucie and Orlando.

In 1988, Florida citizens endorsed a constitutional amendment to create the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs as a separate agency charged with providing advocacy and representation for Florida’s veterans and to intercede on their behalf with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Our advocacy increases federal benefits for Florida’s veterans, improves the quality of life for veterans with service-connected disabilities, and provides access to federally funded medical care for eligible veterans.

Florida’s Veteran Service Organizations

The Sunshine State plays host to many congressionally chartered Veteran Service Organizations. These organizations have departments, posts and chapters in Florida, and serve our state’s veterans and their families in a variety of ways. Among the more active organizations in Florida include the following.

American Gold Star Mothers
https://www.goldstarmoms.com

American Legion

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AMVETS

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Disabled American Veterans
http://www.davmembersportal.org/fl/

County Veterans Services Officers Association of Florida
https://www.facebook.com/CVSOAFL/

Military Officers Association of America
https://www.moaafl.org/

Military Order of the Purple Heart
https://www.purpleheartflorida.org/

Paralyzed Veterans of America
https://www.pva.org/

Veterans of Foreign Wars
https://vfwfl.org

Vietnam Veterans of America
https://www.vvafsc.org/

Benefits & Services:
Health Care
Claims
Education
Employment
Veterans’ Preference
State Approving Agency
Housing
Burial Benefits
Forms
Veteran Certified Businesses

The following sites provide additional resources for veterans and their families.

Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
www.floridavets.org/homeboundveterans
Crisis/Hotlines

National VA Homeless Hotline – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-877-424-3838
http://www.va.gov/homeless/

Veterans Crisis Line – 24 Hour
Toll Free at 1-800-273-8255, Press 1
www.mentalhealth.va.gov

Change Direction: Give An Hour Campaign – Know the Five Signs!
http://www.changedirection.org/give-an-hour/

Florida Veterans Support Line
1-844-MyFLVet (693-5838) or 2-1-1

The Recovery Village
https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/treatment-program/online-counseling/telehealth-app/

VA Caregiver Support Line
1-855-260-3274
https://www.caregiver.va.gov

White House VA Hotline – non-emergency, VA inquiries
1-855-948-2311
https://www.va.gov/ve/whvahotline.asp

COVID 19 Vaccine Questions
Ask A VA Doc About The Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccination

Homebound Veterans and COVID-19
www.floridavets.org/homeboundveterans

GI Bill – COVID-19 Fact Sheet
https://floridavets.org/wp-content/uploads/covid-19_Factsheet.pdf

VA Public Health
www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/index.asp

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Florida Department of Corrections
www.dc.state.fl.us/comm/covid-19.html

Florida DEO Covid-19 Reemployment Assistance Resource Guide
http://floridajobs.org/docs/default-source/reemployment-assistance-center/new-individual-faq-includes-cares-act-final.pdf?sfvrsn=5f2547b0_14

Florida Department of Health

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Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) Recovery Bureau FAQ Website
https://fdemgrantsmanagement.force.com/fdemcovid

The Florida League of Cities
http://flcities.com/coronavirus-resources

SOF Missions – COVID-19 Care Kits

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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.
https://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions
Employment & Business Services

Employ Florida Vets
https://veteran.employflorida.com/

Florida State Veterans’ Homes Recruitment
https://floridavets.org/were-looking-for-you/
https://floridavets.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Were-looking-for-you-tri-fold-brochure.pdf

Florida Veterans’ Business Assistance
www.floridasbdc.org
www.fptac.org

Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses
www.osd.dms.state.fl.us

Salute our Soldiers Military Loan Program
https://www.floridahousing.org/

Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
https://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.asp

VOW to Hire Heroes Act 2011
https://benefits.va.gov/vow

Veterans Florida Career Services

Careers


Veterans’ Benefits

Florida Veterans’ Benefits Guide
https://floridavets.org/resources/va-benefits-guide/

Post-9/11 GI Bill and Veteran Education Benefits
https://benefits.va.gov/gibill

Federal Benefits for Veterans & Dependents Guide
https://www.va.gov/opa/publications/benefits_book.asp

VA Claims Information
https://www.va.gov
https://www.ebenefits.va.gov

Florida Military-Friendly Guide
https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/Florida-Military-Friendly-Guide-2021.pdf

VA Website for Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry
https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/registry.asp

Social Security Benefits for Veterans
https://www.ssa.gov/people/veterans/

VA MISSION Act
https://floridavets.org/va-implements-mission-act/
Veterans’ Resources

VA Video Connect
https://mobile.va.gov/app/va-video-connect

VA Online Discharge Upgrade Tool
https://www.vets.gov/discharge-upgrade-instructions

Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Military and Veterans Assistance Program (MVAP)
www.myfloridalegal.com/MVAP

Florida Veterans Legal Helpline
(866) 486-6161
https://bals.org/veterans-legal-helpline

Financial Frontlines Program
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/YMM/FinancialFrontlines/

Small Business Program
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/YMM/smallBusiness/Default.aspx

Locate Military Records
http://www.archives.gov/veterans/

National Resource Directory
https://nrd.gov/

Veterans Health Matters Magazine, Publications and Products
https://www.visn8.va.gov/VISN8/news/publications.asp

Serve Save Succeed Program
http://www.myfloridacfo.com/servesavesucceed/

SHINE – Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
http://www.floridashine.org/

Military One Source
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/

The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Information
https://www.vetsprobono.org/

Visit Florida Travel Information for Veterans
https://www.visitflorida.com/military

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Veterans webpage
https://www.fdacs.gov/Consumer-Resources/Veterans

VA Debt Management Center
https://www.va.gov/manage-va-debt/
Veterans’ Legal Resources

Military Pro Bono Project
https://www.militaryprobono.org/

Bay Area Legal Services
https://bals.org/

American Bar Association
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/committees/veterans-benefits-and-services/initiatives/
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/milvets/
Women Veterans

Homeless Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/homeless/for_women_veterans.asp

VA Center for Women Veterans
http://www.va.gov/womenvet/

VA creates National Women Veterans Oncology System of Excellence in fight against breast cancer
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5549

VA Hotline on Health Care and Benefits for Women Veterans
1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)

Women Veterans Health Care
http://www.womenshealth.va.gov/
Other Departments and Agencies

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office of Servicemembers Affairs
https://www.consumerfinance.gov/practitioner-resources/servicemembers/

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employment Opportunities
www.FDACS.gov

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Operation Outdoor Freedom
www.operationoutdoorfreedom.com

Florida Defense Alliance
https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/military-defense/florida-defense-alliance/

Florida Defense Support Task Force
https://www.enterpriseflorida.com/military-defense/florida-defense-support-task/

Florida Department of Military Affairs
http://dma.myflorida.com/

Florida Veterans Foundation

No Florida Veteran Left Behind

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
www.va.gov

Veterans Florida

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Other

National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs

MyFlorida.com
http://www.myflorida.com/

Returning Service Members
http://www.oefoif.va.gov/

Returning Service Members Mental Health Support
http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/returningservicevets.asp

Veterans & Mesothelioma

Veterans and Mesothelioma

Hope for Healing Florida, mental health and substance abuse campaign
http://HopeforHealingFL.com

Florida Military License Plates
https://www.flhsmv.gov/motor-vehicles-tags-titles/personalized-specialty-license-plates/specialty-license-plates/

 

Service Area:
Florida
Florida Veterans Foundation

Mission Statement

To serve, support, and advocate for Florida veterans to improve their quality of Life!

The Florida Veterans Foundation serves as the statewide lead organization for Florida veterans and their families by providing direct services and partnering with state and local governments, veteran service organizations, and educational institutions to improve their physical, financial, mental, emotional, and social well-being.

Supports the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs’ mission of advocacy; and,

Advocates for Florida veterans through local and statewide outreach to educate the public and governmental entities, increasing awareness on veteran-related issues.
Teamwork

The Florida Veterans Foundation team is one of the hardest working veteran advocate teams in the state of Florida. We are composed of a volunteer Chairman and Board of Directors.

The majority of the Foundation Directors are retired, military disabled veterans who donate over 40 hours per week of their time to assist and help guide Florida’s veterans through a myriad of issues veterans face today. Whether it’s access to healthcare, education, jobs, VA benefits or the like, our Directors are here to help.

Several Directors are trained Veteran Service Officers who know the extent, the meaning and the application of laws that have been passed by Congress in the interests of veterans and their dependents. Our Directors know the rules and regulations adopted by the Department of Veterans Affairs to clarify and implement those laws.

President – Lew Wilson
USMC Veteran
financials

The Florida Veterans Foundation was founded in 2008 by the Florida Legislature and is supported by individual and corporate donations, grants, fundraisers and direct public support to help us faithfully execute our mission of providing emergency and support services and programs for Veterans and their families across the state of Florida.

 

Service Area:
Florida
Free for All Military
Free for All Military mission is to develop a national network of businesses, services and organizations that recognize America’s defenders by honoring and offering discounts and other promotional offerings on products, services, and opportunities that will support and enhance the lives of our Active Military, Veterans, First Responders and their families. An Android and iPhone app, Defenders Gateway, for users to access all our resources.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Freedom Foundation

The Freedom Foundation provides numerous programs and services to our Veterans.These programs and services includes a Food Pantry, administration of a Employment Placement Program entitled “Ready To Serve”, the operation of the “Veterans Temporary Housing/Shelter Program” for our homeless and displaced Veterans, a Veterans Emergency Financial Assistance Fund and our hosting of a free weekly Thursday luncheon, serving our Veterans a well deserved “home cooked meal”.

 

Service Area:
Iowa
Green Beret Foundation

The Green Beret Foundation serves the Army Special Forces our nations most elite soldiers. We believe Green Berets are our nations greatest assets. Every day we honor our commitment to Green Berets past and present as well as their families by connecting them with the right resources to prosper and thrive. Because when these soldiers meet powerful opportunities, our nation’s most elite soldiers become our nation’s best leaders.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Hunting with Heroes
Partnering with the Wyoming Game and Fish, and using their big game donated license program – a program that allows anyone to donate a big game license to be reissued to a disabled veteran – Hunting with Heroes Wyoming matches veterans with a license, provides guide services, rifles and other gear, game processing and room and board if required.

 

Service Area:
Wyoming
Iowa Military Veterans Band

Iowa Military Veterans Band’s mission is to support Iowa military veterans, their organizations, the state of Iowa and to honor national holidays.

 

Service Area:
Iowa
Iowa Veterans Foundation

The Iowa Veterans Foundation is devoted to helping veteran organizations, veterans and their dependents. The Iowa Veterans Foundation was formed as a 501(c)(3) in 1995 and was modified in 2014 to encompass a wider range of goals and the needs of veterans and their families in the State of Iowa.

 

Service Area:
Iowa
Military Women's Memorial

We are the leading memorial and education center honoring women’s contributions to the service of our nation.  

As the only historical repository documenting all military women’s service, we educate and inspire through innovative and interactive exhibitions, our world-class collections, and engaging programs and events for all generations. We honor the commitment, contributions and experiences of every woman who serves in, or with, the Armed Forces.

 

Service Area:
Virginia
Mission Rollcall

Veterans lack a partner that proactively seeks their input on issues impacting their lives and effectively communicating their views to stakeholders. Right now, nearly half of veterans are unaffiliated with the Department of Veterans Affairs or any veteran serving organization. Mission Roll Call is the first ever of its kind: a movement to give every single veteran a voice in policy and advocacy on the issues that are important to them. A community where veterans, their spouses, families, and caregivers can share their stories, concerns, hopes, wins and voice their issues.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
National Association for Black Veterans (NABVETS)

National Association for Black Veterans, Inc. (NABVETS) will provide strategic advocacy on behalf of its membership with Congress and the federal administration; state administrations; county and city legislators; and other agencies and organizations.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
National Association of Black Military Women

NABMW’s mission is to seek out, record, maintain and tell the history and heritage of African-American Military Women who served and are serving in the United States Armed Forces.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Navy Seal Foundation
Established in 2000 to serve U.S. Navy SEALs, Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, Naval Special Warfare support personnel and their families, the Navy SEAL Foundation’s programs are focused on the preservation of the Naval Special Warfare force and their families. They provide a comprehensive set of programs specifically designed to improve health and welfare, build and enhance resiliency, empower and educate families and provide critical support during times of illness, injury, loss and transition.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Operation Second Chance

Mission: They are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill veterans. They support Veterans and their families by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. They are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

 

Service Area:
Maryland
Operation Stand Down Tennessee
OSDTN provides and connects Veterans and their families with comprehensive resources focused on transition, employment, housing, benefits, peer engagement, volunteerism and connection to the community.

 

Service Area:
Tennessee
Operation Supply Drop

Since 2010, OSD Veteran Support Ecosystem has impacted over 1,000,000 veterans, active military, and family members through programs emphasizing Social Connectivity Professional Development and Community Service. Working together with community members OSD creates and nurtures an environment with the goal to improve local communities and assist veterans as they transition to civilian life.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Paralyzed Veterans of America 

Paralyzed Veterans of America has been a leading advocate for quality health care, spinal cord research, VA benefits and civil rights for veterans and all people with disabilities.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
South Dakota Military Heritage Alliance, Inc

The purpose of this corporation is to provide support services, encouragement, camaraderie, entertainment and esprit de corps for military veterans, active duty service members, actively-serving Reserve Component (i.e. Reserve and National Guard) service members, their families and all who support them, to preserve South Dakota and American military heritage, and to provide historic and current military educational opportunities to civilians of all ages.

 

Service Area:
South Dakota
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation honors the sacrifice of firefighter Stephen Siller who laid down his life to save others on September 11, 2001. They also honor our military and first responders who continue to make the supreme sacrifice of life and limb for our country.

 

Service Area:
New York
Team Red, White and Blue
Team Red, White and Blue chapters deliver local, consistent, and inclusive opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. Volunteers host regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and community service events, and facilitate building strong local connections with members and organizations within the community. See website and chapter locator for point of contact.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Texas Veterans Commission

The mission of the Texas Veterans Commission is to advocate for and provide superior service to veterans that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.

 

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 Maine Military & Community Network
The Maine Military and Community Network is a community effort to understand, prevent, and help address the challenges faced by current and former military members and their families, as well as their communities. MMCN is Maine’s official Joining Community Forces organization and works in partnership with MyVA Community. Together, they work to raise awareness about: Challenges faced by service members and their families, Resources that exist to help them, How they can help connect service members and their families to their Maine communities.

 

Service Area:
Maine
Tribute to the Troops

Tribute To The Troops® is an organization of dedicated volunteers, supporters and participants that have joined together to raise awareness to the sacrifices made by America’s fallen heroes and their families. Their Mission Statement guides their efforts and continually reminds them of the importance of what they do. They invite you to explore their website, support their efforts, participate on their rides and family visits, and to help them convey their thanks to those who have sacrificed and all those who have served.

 

Service Area:
Florida, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon
Upstate Warrior Solution
If you are an Upstate warrior or family member, Upstate Warrior Solution wants to connect with you and help you thrive in the community. Whatever your current need may be – employment, navigating VA benefits, or simply meeting other warriors and military families in the Upstate – they want to support you. Their work is built on face-to-face outreach and case coordination. Their warrior advocates will help assess your current areas of need, connect you to their network of community resources, and help you generate goals and actionable steps towards your next mission in life.

 

Service Area:
South Carolina
USO Warrior and Family Care

Through USO Warrior and Family Care programs, the USO is building a continuum of care from the battlefield to the community to provide our wounded, ill and injured troops, and their families and caregivers a broad array of programs to help them throughout each stage of their recovery. In addition, USO Transition Services offers comprehensive support for service members and their families who are transitioning from military service. Transition Services offers a concierge approach, connecting individuals with specific resources and organizations within their new community that will support them on their path forward.

 

Service Area:
Maryland, Virginia
USS Iowa Veterans Association

USS IOWA VETERANS ASSOCIATION is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring our brotherhood lives on.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Affairs Offices by State

Veterans Affairs Offices by State

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Campaign
Veterans Campaign’s goal is to demystify the process of running for office, and make it accessible to veterans who are interested in continuing their service as elected officials.

 

Service Area:
District of Columbia
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Dept of Arizona

To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

 

Service Area:
Arizona
Wisconsin Veteran Network

VetsNet works with more than 75 agencies throughout Wisconsin counties and beyond to bring critical services to at-risk veterans and their families. Those partner agencies are  veteran service organizations, state and federal veteran  agencies, other nonprofit  veteran and community social  service agencies.

 

Service Area:
Wisconsin