Alderleaf Wilderness College is a nature education and wilderness survival school. Alderleaf offers courses on wilderness survival permaculture sustainable living skills wild edible medicinal plants wildlife tracking and outdoor leadership in the Pacific Northwest. Led by a staff of experienced instructors our wilderness courses provide you with valuable nature skills.
The Armed Services YMCA enhances the lives of military members and their families in spirit, mind and body through programs relevant to the unique challenges of military life.
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BreakLine is an immersive educational program for veterans transitioning into new careers.
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Bunker Labs helps veteran entrepreneurs and military spouses find the quickest route to a successful business.
We guide people from all backgrounds to change their lives through fast-paced career focused education. We shape passionate learners with immersive training to meet industry needs and improve diversity. We focus on technology skills for a better life for a better community and for a better world.
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.
Re-imagining career readiness for a new generation of veterans. We go beyond traditional transition programs and support veterans in discovering their new calling.
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MSSA provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry.
Microsoft Military Spouse Technology Academy (MSTA) provides an intensive 22-week onsite training program designed to empower military spouses with in-demand digital skills leading to well-paying and meaningful careers.
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The mission of a Community Living Center is to restore each Veteran to his or her highest level of well being. It is also to prevent declines in health and to provide comfort at the end of life.
Suits for Service Members provides two complimentary suits for service members who are transitioning from the military to civilian employment. All branches of the military qualify, including National Guard and Reserve service members currently on active duty orders.
Suits for Service Members provides business clothing for men and women.
Suits for Service Members was established in 2011 and over 10,000 articles of clothing have been distributed to over 6,000 service members since the program’s inception.
Suits for Service Members accepts clothing donations.
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.
Rosie Chapters provide military spouse business owners and budding entrepreneurs around the country with a supportive online learning environment and facilitated group meetings.
Cohen Military Family Clinics provide specialized therapy for depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other transitional challenges. They also provide marriage counseling, relationship counseling and help with children’s behavioral issues to support the entire military family. The Cohen Clinics provide veterans and their families with high-quality, accessible care, regardless of discharge status or role in service.
The Travis Manion Foundation empowers veterans and families of the fallen to lead the charge and to improve America’s national character. Engage with this group to strengthen your local community.
The VCP was created to process at-risk archaeological collections belonging to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many of these collections require rehabilitation in order to meet federal standards, and the VCP employs veterans as laboratory technicians to perform this work. This includes cataloging and photographing artifacts, and cleaning, scanning, and re-housing photographs and documents, providing veterans with a valuable bridging experience from the military into the public sector.
VetsinTech supports our current and returning veterans with re-integration services, and by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. VIT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s!
VetsWork: Environment is an eleven month career development internship program for military veterans interested in the natural resources management, public lands, and environment sector.
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You may qualify for special services if you served in the military
Here in Washington state, WorkSource helps thousands of military veterans – including disabled veterans – find jobs each year.
As a veteran, you can get priority access to WorkSource services. This includes priority referrals to jobs that are listed with WorkSource, as well as other employment services.
WorkSource centers offer veterans and their military spouses:
Job listings, job referrals and hiring events
Resume, application and interviewing assistance
Use of computers, photocopiers and phones
Skill assessments and referrals to training and other resources
On the WorkSource website, you also can identify yourself as a veteran to make it easier for vet-friendly employers to find you, and you can search for job openings where employers are giving veterans priority over other applicants.
Most WorkSource centers have veteran employment specialists whose sole job is to help military veterans with disabilities and other employment barriers. They’ll assess your skills and interests and help you put together an employment plan that’s right for you.
Veterans can enter their prior military experience and explore comparable civilian careers at My Next Move.
We’re proud to partner with the Department of Defense’s Military OneSource, which provides 24/7 access to support for military personnel and their spouses throughout their service and for up to 12 months after separation. Scroll through the site to view different categories of resources, including Education & Employment, Family & Relationships and more!
Washington’s Veterans Military Crosswalk is an easy-to-use tool for translating your military skills to job openings in Washington state. Service men and women simply enter their current Military Occupation Code and the website finds jobs that match their skills and experience. The website also works on mobile devices.
Explore career opportunities working for Washington state as a civil servant. Additionally, you can link your military specialty experience to current Washington state civil service positions with the convenient military skills translator tool.
Find out if an apprenticeship is right for you.
Veterans who think their employment opportunities under the Uniformed Service Employment & Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) have been violated can contact Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
For military spouses:
The Department of Labor website highlights available resources for military spouses, including licensure and credentialing laws, small business opportunities and much more.
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs provides details on spouse and family member resources within Washington.
The Washington State Military Family Leave Act allows spouses special leave consideration when their military member is tasked to deploy.
Washington’s major military installations also offer transition services for spouses and transitioning military:
Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM)
Naval Station Kitsap
Naval Station Everett
Naval Air Station Whidbey Island
Veteran programs and benefits
POS REP is a mobile, proximity-based social network made expressly for the military veteran community. Short for Position Report, POS REP connects veterans who served together but more importantly allows veterans to discover local peers and resources in the palm of their hand. Download on the App Store.
Veterans facing financial challenges due to military deployments in Iraq or Afghanistan can find help through the Department of Veterans Affairs – Olympia Veterans Service Center.
Washington state Department of Veterans Affairs offers benefits, services and programs for veterans. For Puget Sound-area veterans, visit WAServes to access a wide array of community resources.
Get information about the educational benefits available through the GI Bill and other Veterans Administration programs.
Use this form to request military service records or proof of military service.
Washington state has actively engaged credential and licensing entities to promote transferability of skills and qualifications for veterans and military spouses. Learn more about these efforts at the links below:
Department of License Military Assistance for Business and Professional Licenses
Department of Health Credentialing and Licensure Resources for Military Spouses and Registered Domestic Partners
Department of Health Military Resources and Health Profession Crosswalk
Commercial Drivers Licensing for Recently Separated Military
Expedited E-certification for Teachers, Paraeducators, Administrators, and Education Staff Associates (Upon completing your application, contact Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 360-725-6400, for expedited processing)
Both the US Army and the US Air Force are authorizing up to $500 in reimbursement for qualifying licensing costs to military spouses who must obtain state occupational relicensures or recertifications during a permanent change of station.
Air Force Spouse Licensure Reimbursement Program
Army reimbursement for state licensure and certification costs for spouse of a soldier
Coast Guard Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy
Marine Corps Reimbursement for Spouse Professional Licensing after PCS Moves
Navy Spouses Licensure and Certification Reimbursement Policy