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.
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
Our virtual assistants are military spouses who, due to their association with the military, understand how to be flexible and deliver top-notch service.
Strengthening and growing businesses by providing excellent, customized support while providing meaningful, flexible work for military spouses around the globe.
We help small business owners and entrepreneurs focus on what matters most — growing their business — by providing reliable, highly skilled, and trustworthy virtual assistants.
What Sets Freedom Makers Apart?
Freedom Makers is composed of highly experienced and capable military spouses stationed all over the world. They are passionate about their work and assisting their clients.
Freedom Makers has three principles that guide everything we do:
3. Strive for Excellence
Freedom Makers offers freedom to both our clients and our Freedom Makers. We do not ask our clients to sign contracts that commit them to a minimum amount of hours or payment. We understand the cash flow of small business and want to be the help you need when you need it. We offer freedom in that our clients can hire a Freedom Maker for as many hours per week as they need.
Transparency guides Freedom Makers as we ensure that everything we do is communicated honestly to our clients. Our timesheets are shared openly with our clients so they can know what their Freedom Maker is working on and when. We require our virtual assistants to report to their client if they are moving or require extra time with a task. Being honest is of the utmost importance to Freedom Makers and our goal is to be transparent in all that we do.
Our Strive for Excellence is our promise that in everything we do, our ultimate goal is excellence. Freedom Makers is not here to be a hindrance for your company but rather a help. We have our Success Manager who follows our Freedom Maker/client relationships to ensure they are a success. If something arises, we will make it right. This not only goes for our client relationships but in everything we do as a company. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and make your experience as a client stronger.
All of our guiding principles are carried out through Freedom Makers’ core values. We deliver FREEDOM through PROFESSIONALISM which includes: reliability, accuracy, availability, decision making, and communication. It is our goal for every client/ Freedom Maker relationship to be a success. We go the extra mile to ensure that our Freedom Makers complete their work accurately, on time and in a professional manner.
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.
Purepost is a Veteran owned and operated public benefits corporation and was born out of a desire to help veterans transition to civilian life. As Purepost grew it’s skills taxonomy, we leveraged our technology to apply not only to civilian jobs, but college course work as well.
We created the first cloud-based software that fully translates previous work experience, military or civilian, into transferable hard, soft, technical skills and easy to understand job kits. We’re here to advance careers, and help companies quickly and easily bring the best talent into their workforce.
Purepost aims to reduce under-employment and churn by helping everyone understand an applicant’s capabilities through high resolution translation, while advancing the them on a path toward optimal job fit through connections to key resources in the employment ecosystem: Employers, Veteran Service Orgs, Universities and Colleges, and Job Boards.
For Jobseekers (Purepost Passport)
Receive interview prep questions, view your accumulated skills, obtain a professional work profile/resume
For Career Service Professionals (Purepost Compass)
Instantly communicate with jobseekers, quickly assemble resume books, manage support requests, and more
For Employers (Purepost Sonar)
Find skilled professionals, expedite the hiring process ,identify internal talent, reduce the potential for human bias
The Grit Institute is the culmination of years of research into grit, including most notably the lessons, stories and candid recommendations from general officers, military aviators over three generations, submariners, rescue swimmers and other outstanding leaders. The Grit Institute recognizes recent studies pinpointing GRIT as the most critical skill for success in today’s world, and focuses on whole-leader development, understanding grit as a part of a larger and more complex system.
In The Grit Institute, this invaluable wisdom has been collected into one location. The Grit Institute focuses on ways its members can develop their own GRIT, through offering keynotes, writing, and training online and in person. The capstone of The Grit Institute is Going for GRIT, an exclusive course to identify and develop GRIT.
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