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4 PAWS 4 PATRIOTS

4 Paws 4 Patriots trains medical/psychiatric service dogs to change the lives of disabled veterans and their families.

 

Service Area:
California
Act Now Education

Our Approach:
Reliable Resources
Support & Adding Value
Fostering A Community For Sharing Resources

 

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Online-Nationwide
Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs

To promote awareness, assist eligible veterans, their families, and survivors to receive from the U. S. and State Governments any and all benefits to which they may be entitled under existing or future laws to be enacted.

 

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Alabama
Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families (AKCVMF)

The Alaska Coalition for Veterans and Military Families is a network of organizations throughout Alaska who work together to assess and meet the needs of our Service members, Veterans and their Families.

Address is not exact.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Alaska Housing Finance Corporation

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation (AHFC) provides several programs for Alaskans needing financial assistance moving into homes or apartments.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP)

The Alaska Temporary Assistance Program (ATAP) provides cash assistance and work services to low-income families with children to help them with basic needs while they work toward becoming self-sufficient.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Allies in Service

Allies in Service prepares job-seeking veterans and spouses for success by coaching, connecting and advocating. Allies in Service prepares job-seeking veterans and spouses in the DFW area for success by coaching them on vital employment search techniques, mentoring on military to civilian cultural differences, advocating on their behalf and connecting them with employers.

Address is not exact.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide, Texas
American Corporate Partners (ACP)

Supports educational institutions within the area of the local chapter’s charter. APICS supports educational activities at the local university and college level through participation of establishing on-campus student APICS chapters, participation in classroom presentations, offer professional mentorship opportunities, and help guide students to be effective young professionals for the industry.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Anchorage Veterans Court

The Anchorage Veterans Court is a specialized court designed to facilitate the rehabilitation of eligible veterans who are charged with criminal offenses.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Angel Wings for Veterans

Mission is to ensure that no veteran in need is denied clinical care because of a lack of transportation.

 

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Online-Nationwide, Virginia
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
Army OneSource

This site is dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of Army Soldiers and their family members. It includes comprehensive links to information on family programs and services, health care, housing, children’s services, education, careers, recreation, and community support. A new feature is a virtual resiliency campus – an effective tool for geographically dispersed soldiers to keep in touch with family members and friends, and the programs within their army community.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Association for Financial Counseling & Planning

At AFCPE our mission is to ensure the highest level of knowledge, skill and integrity of the personal finance profession by certifying, connecting and supporting diverse and capable professionals who serve communities worldwide.

 

Association of the United States Army (AUSA)

AUSA is a non-profit educational and professional development association serving America’s Army and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA provides a voice for the Army, supports the Soldier, and honors those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide, Virginia
Athletes of Valor

Athletes of Valor recruits veterans who have what it takes to play college sports. The program will work with you to get recruited by a college sports team.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Atlanta Center for Self Sufficiency (ACSS)

ACSS provides workforce readiness, job placement, and life stabilization services to homeless and financially vulnerable men and women, including veterans, in Atlanta to empower them to reach their goals for self-sufficiency.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
Battle Buddy Info

An online directory of military resources for active duty, veterans, and their caregivers.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Beyond the Uniform

Free resources to help military Veterans identify, evaluate, pursue and succeed at their ideal civilian career.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Blue Star Families

Founded in 2009 by military spouses with you in mind, Blue Star Families empower military families to thrive by connecting them with their civilian neighbors – both people and organizations – to create strong communities of support.

 

Service Area:
California, Online-Nationwide
Boots to Business

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 boots-to-business@sba.gov or call 202-205-VET1 (202-205-8381).

For more SBA resources for veterans, visit SBA.gov/vets.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Boots to Suits

Boots to Suits is a clothing program for all male and female Virginia veterans who have or will be transitioning from military life to civilian careers.

 

Service Area:
Virginia
Bread Line, Inc.

The Bread Line is an inclusive and accessible anti-hunger organization.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Breakline

BreakLine is an immersive educational program for veterans transitioning into new careers.

Addresses are not exact.

 

Service Area:
California, Colorado, District of Columbia, New York, Online-Nationwide, Texas, Washington
Bridges from School to Work Program

Bridges helps young adults with disabilities prepare for the workplace and find jobs with companies looking for qualified, entry-level applicants.

 

Service Area:
California, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Online-Nationwide, Pennsylvania, Texas
Bugles Across America

Volunteer buglers will play Taps at military funerals.

 

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Illinois, Online-Nationwide
Camaraderie Foundation

Camaraderie Foundation provides access to mental health counseling services, at no expense, to Post-9/11 Veterans, Service Members and their families.

 

Service Area:
Florida, Online-Nationwide
Career One Stop – License Finder

Find information about licenses required for different occupations by searching below. License requirements vary by state. You can search in any state for an occupation or job title, a license name, or a state agency that oversees licensing.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Caregiver Resource Directory

The Caregiver Resource Directory is designed to help empower military caregivers with information about national-level resources and programs specifically for them. Topics include: helplines, advocacy and benefit information, career transitions and employment, military caregiver support, children’s needs, education and training, financial support, rest and relaxation, and others.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services and emergency funding to active-duty military members and veterans.

 

Service Area:
Georgia, Online-Nationwide
Centurion Military Alliance (CMA)

CMA provides a robust transition assistance program, and has directly facilitated successful transition of over 7000 service-members, veterans, spouses, dependents, and/or caregivers.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Combined Arms

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.

 

Service Area:
Texas
Companions for Heroes

Companions for Heroes (C4H) provides companion animals, companion dogs, and on a case-by-case basis, service dogs, obtained from shelters, rescues and humane societies, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, first responders, military spouses and children, and Gold Star Families recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Connect Vets

Connect Vets enables the successful transition of military veterans and their families through the provision of housing, counseling, vocational skills development, and comprehensive support in South Central Alaska.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITCI)

CITCI offers support services include education, employment and training services, workforce development, family preservation, and support for individuals recovering from addiction, substance abuse, or incarceration.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Corte Bella Vets

The Corte Bella Vets mission is to foster camaraderie among Veterans of the United States and her Allies, to undertake charitable and other projects on a state and local level, to promote patriotism, and most importantly, to provide service to all Veterans and their families.

Address is not exact.

 

Service Area:
Arizona
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
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.

 

Service Area:
District of Columbia, Kentucky, Online-Nationwide
DoDTAP - Transition Assistance Program

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.

Transition Services

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)
milConnect (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect)
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
eBenefits (https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/ebenefits.portal)
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
FedsHireVets.gov (https://www.fedshirevets.gov/)

Partnering Agencies
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/)
milConnect (https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/milconnect)
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/)

Resources
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)

Tools
Military Career Fields and Civilian Equivalents – A Primer (https://www.dodtap.mil/rest/docs?filename=Intangible_Skills_and_Military_Fields_Primer_Handout.pdf)

Transition Forms

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

Partnering Agencies
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.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Dog Tag Inc.

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.

 

Service Area:
District of Columbia
E-Benefits for Veterans

A gateway to veteran benefit information and VA support.

 

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Employ Florida VETS

The Employ Florida web site is a powerful online tool designed to assist job seekers and students of all ages in search for the right job, and to help employers identify the best job candidates. The site serves as a hub for the state’s workforce services while focusing on job openings and job candidates. The site is also a valuable resource for policy makers, researchers, and others seeking to explore and analyze local labor markets in Florida.

With thousands of job listings extracted from nearly every employer in Florida, finding job opportunities that fit an individual’s needs and skills is achievable with a few mouse clicks. Employers searching for suitable candidates will benefit from the convenience of one web site for potential candidate searches and for review of job market trends. This dynamic information is contained in a statewide database to expand the job selection and recruitment process for every individual and employer.

Current data available on Employ Florida includes a strategic mix of job openings, career exploration, employer information, education and labor market research information. Job seekers, students and employers may click on the site whenever they need accurate data to make informed decisions on careers, training, wages, occupation searches and resource recruitment.

Take the time to discover new career opportunities and job candidates using the Employ Florida site. There are twenty-four workforce regions in Florida. Each of these regions is accessible on the site. Updated information for the geographic area will display, whether your search ranges from a city in the Panhandle to a county in Central Florida; from the I-4 High Tech Corridor to Naples; or from Jacksonville to the Keys. Additionally, services offered on the Employ Florida site are free of charge (https://www.employflorida.com/).

 

Service Area:
Florida
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.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Fairbanks Community Food Bank

The primary purpose of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank Service, Inc. is to provide food for hungry people and to distribute surplus food that would ordinarily be discarded.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Fairbanks Rescue Mission

The Mission operates an emergency shelter for men, women, and children in Interior Alaska.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Fairbanks Youth Advocates

The Door is a 24-7 shelter for homeless youth aged 12-18. The shelter provides a safe place to sleep, home cooked meals, clothing, supplies, and connections to community resources to help youth find stability.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
FamilyOfaVet

Helps veterans and their families learn how to cope with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), TBI (traumatic brain injury) and life after combat.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Florida Department of Veterans Affairs (FVDA) Benefits Guide

The FVDA publishes an annual guide to help connect Florida’s veterans and their families with earned federal and state benefits, services and support. It also contains useful phone numbers and website addresses for additional information.

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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 Health - Licensing for Military Members and Spouses

A TRIBUTE FROM THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

The Florida Department of Health is committed to serving members and veterans of the United States Armed Forces and their families. It is important that we recognize and honor their service to our nation. The Department is proud that over 1.5 million veterans call Florida home, and our continued goal is to make Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.

Military veterans and their families face many challenges. The Department is committed to supporting our military veterans by offering several licensure support services to qualified military families. One service the Department offers is the Florida Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response (VALOR) process, which provides expedited licensing for honorably discharged veterans and their spouses seeking licensure in all health care professions. Veterans and spouses who apply through the VALOR process receive a waiver of most licensing fees.

The Department offers additional armed forces licensure support, including opportunities for physicians to receive a temporary certificate to practice in areas of critical need, renewal exemptions for active duty service members holding a health care license in Florida, and temporary licensure for spouses of active duty service members who possess a valid license in another state, the District of Columbia, or any possession or territory of the United States. Through these programs, we are creating a veteran-friendly regulatory environment that encourages veterans and their spouses to choose Florida for their health care practice after their discharge from active duty.

We are thankful for all who serve the people of Florida and the United States.

Florida Veteran Health Heroes

The Florida Department of Health honors veterans, active duty service members and their families by recognizing the 2018 Florida Veteran Health Heroes and highlighting the department’s veterans support services. Over 1.5 million veterans call Florida home and our continued goal is to help make Florida the most veteran-friendly state in the nation.

The 2018 Florida Veteran Health Heroes publication highlights health care practitioners who have served in the United States Armed Forces and the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. This year, we recognize John H. Armstrong, MD, FACS; Paul B. Arthur, PhD, OTR/L, OTA; Paula Clark, MSW, LCSW, USAF (Retired); Derrick C. Glymph, DNAP, CRNA, AN, USAR; Stuart I. Kaplan, O.D.; Cathlene “Cathy” McGinnis, CLS(ASCP); and Carl H. Spear, O.D.

For more information about these exceptional individuals, please visit Florida Veteran Health Heroes.

The department also offers several licensure support services to qualified military families. The Veterans Application for Licensure Online Response (VALOR) System expedites licensing for military veterans who apply six months before or after honorable discharge from active duty, as well as fee waiver eligibility for military veterans and their spouses for health care practitioner licenses up to 60 months after honorable discharge. The department also offers additional armed forces licensure support including an opportunity to receive a temporary certificate to practice in areas of critical need, renewal exemptions and professional examination fee reimbursements.

 

Service Area:
Florida
Forgotten Families Foundation

They will place a cross of remembrance for their loved one on the special days our country and communities choose to honor their sacrifice. The Forgotten Families Foundation will especially help the children in this time of grief. When most children grieve in silence, we promise to give them some music and fun to fill the silence, if only for a day at a movie, or an evening at a baseball game, or a couple of days at summer camp.

 

Service Area:
Washington
Freedom Fidos

Freedom Fidos trains shelter dogs to be task-trained service dogs for heroes at no cost to the veterans.

 

Service Area:
Georgia, 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
Freedom Learning Group

America’s leading educational courseware and services provider. Powered by a global instructional design team of Military Spouses and Veterans with advanced subject matter expertise.

 

GallantFew

GallantFew’s mission is to prevent veteran isolation by connecting new veterans with hometown veteran mentors, thereby facilitating a peaceful, successful transition from military service to a civilian life filled with hope and purpose.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide, Texas
Gary Sinise Foundation

The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. The Foundation does this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.

 

Service Area:
California, Online-Nationwide
GeoOwl

The GeoOwl military transition guide will provide assistance on how to shift to civilian life, make your resume more attractive to our recruiters for career opportunities, and is packed with resources for you and your loved ones to make your next mission as smooth as possible.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Gizmos Gift

Offers free medical care to any active duty or retired working dog; as well as facilitates adoption or retired working dogs.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Global SOF Foundation℠

Mission
The Global Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation (GSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that aims to build and grow an international network of military, government, commercial, and educational stakeholders in order to advance SOF capabilities and partnerships to confront global and networked threats.

FY21 Areas of Focus
With our opportunities to engage in person limited for FY2021 due to the Coronavirus, we are doubling our efforts on digital engagement and educating policymakers on SOF issues.

We’ve released our Areas of Focus to keep our Network active, strong, and connected!

Plus, don’t miss our “home” video where the whole staff shares each Area of Focus:

FOCUS #1 – EDUCATE STAKEHOLDERS
We will continue to educate policymakers on the SOF issues highlighted in our annual SOF Imperatives document
We will move forward with the planning impactful events for our Members, Partners, and Advisors–whether virtually or in-person

FOCUS #2 – SHARE SOF STORIES
We will continue to publish episodes of our SOFspot Podcast
We have launched “SOF Stories from Quarantine”–video interviews about SOF events in history

FOCUS #3 – ENGAGE VIRTUALLY
We will execute Virtual Learning Opportunities & Capabilities Demonstrations for our Corporate Partners & Members
We will host Virtual Huddles for our Partners and Members to network in a time of social distancing

FOCUS #4 – SUPPORT SOF TRANSITION
We are supporting The Honor Foundation’s Virtual Transition Course and working to plan more SOF for Life Seminars virtually
We have relaunched the SOF for Life Job Board with civilian careers well-suited for military Veterans

FOCUS #5 – STRENGTHEN THE NETWORK
We will participate in at-home fitness events and challenges, inviting our network to join in and compete
We will continue to build our community by adding new individual Members and Corporate Partners

Why is the Global SOF Foundation necessary?
The world is growing more volatile, unpredictable, and threatening. The conduct of war continues to shift: from large-scale clashes between nations to those characterized by unconventional methods, as well as long-term engagements with and against non-state transnational groups. Countering these globally networked threats requires a global “good-guy” network that can innovate and operate at speeds that traditional governments cannot. The Global SOF Foundation (GSF), a non-profi t organization, is forging this “good-guy” network among the world’s special operations forces (SOF). It brings together military, government, industry, and intellectual leaders from around the world for the purpose of advancing the capability and efficacy of SOF.

What does the Global SOF Foundation do?
The GSF fills a critical gap in the national security discourse: leading an effort to link like-minded public and private entities and to increase understanding of the role that Special Operations can play in addressing global security challenges, especially those emanating from unconventional and transnational sources. The GSF is not a traditional charity but a professional association for SOF dedicated to advocating for SOF globally.
Specifically, the GSF:

Convenes a diverse set of stakeholders interested in the future of global SOF and security through unique networking opportunities and strategic, thought-provoking forums as well distributed media:

Regular networking events in the U.S. and overseas
Annual Global SOF Forums and Symposia held in the U.S. and overseas
Regular newsletters, unique website content, and other distributed media
Educates global policymakers in order to ensure SOF maintain a comparative advantage and are resourced for success
Serves as the “go to” SOF organization outside of military and government, with a plan to establish a “think team” (as opposed to a think tank) in Washington, D.C. focused on the study of SOF and asymmetric warfare

Works to identify cutting-edge technologies; future concepts; and innovations in training and education in order to advance the current and future force, and support international SOF partners

 

Service Area:
Florida
Hands on Banking

The Hands on Banking® online learning center offers resources for anyone who wants to learn more about money management. Our financial articles can help you find answers to your questions, from budgeting tips to buying a home, to improving your credit.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide