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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.

Address is not exact.

 

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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
http://www.amvetsfl.org/

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

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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

Teletherapy 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
https://sofmissions.org/

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

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

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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/

 

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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.

 

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Florida
Freedom Fidos

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

 

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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”.

 

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Iowa
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.

 

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Texas, Online-Nationwide
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
Goodwill Training Program

Career readiness training that better prepares individuals to enter the workforce to in-depth programs in areas like culinary, barista, advanced manufacturing and warehouse and computer technology.

 

Service Area:
Washington
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.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Healing4Heroes

OUR MISSION

Healing4Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our military service members and veterans lead healthy, productive lives. Our objective is to connect wounded service members, as well as those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, with A.D.A. compliant service dogs.

OUR PURPOSE

Healing4Heroes™ has dual purposes in that it serves the community by helping military personnel and veterans as well as local animal shelters by rescuing suitable dogs.

Our military personnel and veterans, after being wounded both physically and mentally, are able to move forward and live more productive lives with the assistance of service animals.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
Healing4Heroes

OUR MISSION

Healing4Heroes™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to assisting our military service members and veterans lead healthy, productive lives. Our objective is to connect wounded service members, as well as those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, with A.D.A. compliant service dogs.

OUR PURPOSE

Healing4Heroes™ has dual purposes in that it serves the community by helping military personnel and veterans as well as local animal shelters by rescuing suitable dogs.

Our military personnel and veterans, after being wounded both physically and mentally, are able to move forward and live more productive lives with the assistance of service animals.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA)

The Hearing Loss Association of America gives members the tools they need to live more successfully with hearing loss. The programs and services we offer are designed to focus on you—the person with hearing loss. The program Get in the Hearing Loop is dedicated to providing and promoting community education, advocacy on behalf of people of hearing loss, and consultation services to help venues of all kinds successfully implement hearing loop technology.

 

Service Area:
Maryland, Online-Nationwide
Hiring Our Heroes

Hiring Our Heroes

Since our launch in March 2011, HOH has worked to connect the military community with meaningful employment opportunities.

Hiring Our Heroes’ Mission
We connect the military community with civilian companies to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.
Hiring Our Heroes’ Vision
Bridging the civilian-military divide
Hiring Our Heroes works with the U.S. Chamber’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to bridge the civilian-military divide within the business community.
Hiring Our Heroes’ Values
How we operate
– People first
– Grassroots engagement
– Public-private partnerships
Hiring Our Heroes’ Impact
Our goal is to ensure veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses are able to utilize our resources to connect with employers no matter where they are in the world.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Honor Flight

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Hope for the Warriors

Provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, education and connections to community resources.

 

Service Area:
New York, North Carolina, Texas, Online-Nationwide
Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen

To provide the tools necessary to assist someone to become productive and self supportive.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living

Provides programs to intervene and prevent domestic violence, sexual assault, suicide, and other violent crimes that negatively impact our community and the surrounding interior villages.

Address is not exact.

 

Service Area:
Alaska
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
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

Mission: We are here to serve and empower our post-9/11 veterans community.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans.

Our Core Values
Mission First
Integrity Always
Everyone Is Welcome
Respect Must Be Paid
Lead in Service
Attitude + Effort = Victory
Make the Juice Worth the Squeeze
We Are the Changemakers
Keep It Fun (Don’t Be an Asshole)
Think of the Children
Win the Day

Programs
Quick Reaction Force – A concierge veteran empowerment program helping veterans navigate an often complex road map to quality free services.

The Vote Hub – Voting is important! Regardless of political views, it is your duty to vote. The Vote Hub is a resource to help you find registration information for your state and your local polling location.

Advocacy – IAVA fights and wins battles for the post 9/11 generation of veterans. IAVA gets results. Our members tell us what’s important, and we engage policy makers and the media to bring about positive change.

Big 6 – IAVA’s members have identified 6 priority issues that matter most to them (combat suicide, burn pits & toxic exposures, modernize VA, women veterans, alternative therapies, and education benefits)

Take Action – IAVA cannot do our work without your help. Please let your representatives know how important these issues are to you and to the veteran community.

Policy Agenda – IAVA has recommended specific policy priorities to address the issues that matter most to post-9/11 veterans.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Joining Pets & Warriors (J-PAW)

Any veteran or AD member can adopt a pet for free from the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Center. Must provide military ID or DD214.

 

Service Area:
Florida
Just Our Soldiers Helpers

The mission of Just Our Soldiers Helpers is to increase the morale of deployed service members from all branches of the military.  We do this by providing to them care packages containing name brand items that are not readily available during deployment.

 

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Service Area:
Florida
K9 Partners for Patriots

Mission is to give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog.

 

Service Area:
Florida
K9 Partners for Patriots

Mission is to give veterans and active military a second chance at life by honoring and empowering those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma through the experience of training and caring for their own service dog.

 

Service Area:
Florida
LaVetCorps Campus Site Navigators

LaVetCorp Navigators work with student Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors on college and university campuses across Louisiana to personally help them access the benefits they have earned.

Address may not be exact.

 

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Service Area:
Louisiana
LinkedIn for Veterans

As part of LinkedIn’s commitment to help veterans and military spouses connect with available jobs across America, LinkedIn offers U.S. veterans and military spouses a free one-year Premium Careers subscription, including access to LinkedIn Learning.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Louisiana Relay

Hamilton Relay provides telecommunications relay services for the state of Louisiana including TTY, Voice Carry Over (VCO), Hearing Carry Over (HCO), Speech-to-Speech (STS), Visually Assisted Speech-to-Speech (VA STS), and Spanish.

Address may not be exact.

 

Service Area:
Louisiana
Love, INC (In the Name of Christ)

A local Love INC is a partnership of local Christian churches working in a coordinated way to address and respond to the needs of their neighbors – In the Name of Christ. This collaboration is facilitated by the local Love INC office in practical, productive, and trans-formative ways.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Mary Hall Freedom House

A support organization focused on women in the Metro-Atlanta area. Provides services for women veteran, including employment search/placement, career coaching, financial literacy, and housing referrals.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
Mentors for Military

The Mentors for Military Podcast brings real talk from people who want YOU to grow. Grab a chair and your favorite beverage and join in on an awesome topic. The hosts are military veterans and the guests are real people with a message to share.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. MVAA was created by Executive Order 2013-2 and began operations on March 20, 2013, the 10th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MVAA is a state government agency and is housed within Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.

The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. Unlike the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides health care, educational, compensation and pension benefits, and more, the MVAA assists veterans and their families by connecting them to their federal resources and benefits, as well as those state benefits they have earned. The agency does this by working with various state departments and agencies, as well as hundreds of community-based veteran programs to create a no-wrong-door access to benefits and services.

Services provided by MVAA include:

The Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center (800-MICH-VET) and MichiganVeterans.com website provide one-stop access for veterans and their families seeking information, resources and staff support.

Michigan Veterans Trust Fund grants help combat-era veterans and their families weather unforeseen, temporary financial emergencies.

MVAA’s Discharge Document Retrieval Service provides veterans copies of DD-214 discharge documents.

MVAA’s Vision:

For Michigan to be the place veterans choose to live, raise a family, work and retire.

 

Service Area:
Michigan
Middle Georgia Honor Flight

Middle Georgia Honor Flight’s mission is to enable United States veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and Vietnam era wars – as well as any terminally ill veteran – to visit the memorials of armed conflict in Washington DC – at no cost to the veterans.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
MilGears - Put Your Future in Gears

MilGears is a customized career-building tool developed to assist you — our military members — while you serve, as they transition, and beyond. Whether you are committed to completing a single enlistment term/obligation or plan to build a career within the military, understanding the pathways towards reaching your personal and professional goals can be daunting. MilGears exists to help you plan and achieve your goals by highlighting career possibilities and helping you visualize how to reach those goals.

MilGears analyzes your unique history—your military duties and training, civilian education and credentialing, and apprenticeships—to provide customized results. Key features include:

  • Auto-fill based on your uploaded service history document (ETJ, JST, or VMET).
  • Ability to return to where you left off at any time – your progress is saved, but your personal identifying information is not.
  • Easy-to-read summary of your military history that you can keep as a reference.
  • Customized output that includes:
    • Civilian occupations that may be attainable or nearly attainable.
    • Mariner Tool which calculates sea time and displays credentials that may be attainable or nearly attainable.
    • Apprenticeships, certifications, and education that can help you fill training gaps or that could make you more competitive in the job market.
    • “How You Stack Up” – a detailed view of how your credentials compare to those typically required for civilian occupations.
    • “Next Steps” – recommendations to fill gaps to enter an occupational field.

The process is straight forward. EMC looks at what you’ve done to date in the military by guiding you through a series of questions that collect information such as: your rating, pay grade, duty station history, training, qualifications (applicable to Mariner careers), and civilian education or credentials. EMC then takes this information and helps you determine your best path forward by showing you the possible occupation options for which you may be eligible based on your current experience.

M2M analyzes your entries and uploaded service records for creditable sea service, training, and assessments that you completed during your military service and compares your results against the standard for an original or upgraded Merchant Mariner Credential (MMC). The results section details which credentials you may be able to pursue based on your specific military experience.

CSWF guides you through a series of questions that allow you to view how closely your qualifications align with the requirements for specific CSWF work roles within the Navy, highlighting any gaps that need to be filled to become qualified for a role. Additionally, it lets you view related civilian occupations so you can plan for post-service employment that will use the skills you have honed during your time in service.

CSWF is based on the qualification matrices found on Navy COOL, which were developed to ensure that Sailors working in Cyber IT and Cybersecurity meet defined qualification requirements to serve in those roles. The DON model is consistent with the DOD Cyber Workforce Framework (DCWF), both are based on cybersecurity work roles outlined in the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) framework. The NICE framework is a result of a partnership between government, academic institutions, and the private sector working to develop a common language to describe cybersecurity work regardless of where the work is performed.

Use the Quick Explorer to investigate career pathways based on a specific credential, career goal, or military occupation, or take a brief interest inventory to research careers that align to your interests.

  • Military Occupational Classification Explorer (MOCE) – View ‘best-fit’ pathways based your military occupation. Pathways include academic, industry, apprenticeship, cross-rate opportunities, and post-service employment opportunities.
  • Cyber IT/Cybersecurity Workforce (CSWF) – Research Cyberspace IT / CSWF work roles in which you are interested and find out the qualification requirements for Defense Cyber Workforce (DCWF) roles.
  • Credential Explorer (CE) – Explore career pathways for selected credentials including academic and certifications, US Military Apprenticeship Programs (USMAP), as well as federal licenses.
  • Career Goals Explorer (CGE) – View occupations based on job family, industry, cluster, or pathway.
  • Interests Explorer (IE) – Complete a brief Interest Profiler to view occupational options based on your likes and dislikes.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Military Assistance Foundation (MAF)

MAF is a nonprofit that provides a plethora of resources for the active duty service member and transitioning veteran.

 

Military Disability Made Easy

To provide all the resources needed to navigate the waters of the military disability system with as little angst as possible.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Military Family Assistance Fund

The Military Family Assistance Fund (MFA) can provide financial support to Louisiana Veterans and their families when they experience financial hardships.

Address may not be exact.

 

Service Area:
Louisiana
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)

The nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. Includes a full spectrum of career and financial resources, MOAA-exclusive publications, college scholarships for dependents, and countless discounts on products and travel.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide, District of Columbia
Military OneSource

Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, guard and reserve service members, and their families. Information includes deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more.

 

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Online-Nationwide
Military Spouse Interstate License Recognition Options

Military spouses serving in professions with occupational license requirements face special challenges. They experience gaps in employment and costly interruptions in their career trajectory due to frequent relocations. It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Labor to reduce employment barriers and enhance career opportunities for military spouses.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Military Talent Partners

For years, veterans and military spouses have struggled to find meaningful employment. All while companies have struggled with retaining top talent and attracting the right fit. Military Talent have been misled, overlooked and misrepresented by staffing firms and agencies looking for easy ways to line their pockets. Companies have been taken advantage of while struggling with poor performing talent solutions. Veterans and Military Spouses have been rejected, passed over, and ignored by companies who didn’t understand their worth. Companies have settled for the wrong fit to hire at the right time. We have experienced both sides to these problems and knew we could do better. We wanted to do more for our military community, and our nation’s workforce. Military Talent Partners was created to solves these problems.

 

Military Times Rebootcamp

The premiere source for information and entertainment for service members transitioning out of the military, veterans and military families.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Military Transition

Military Transition works to help service members, veterans, spouses and employers better understand and prepare for the military-to-civilian transition process and civilian employment. They provide relevant data and insights through interactive databases, infographics, and reports that help guide decisions about the transition and civilian employment.

 

Service Area:
Ohio, Online-Nationwide
MilitaryOneSource – State Licensing

The state licensing and career credentials initiative is designed to help make it easier to transition your credentials to a new state. Whether you’re already a licensed or certified professional, or are planning to become one, the process will now be easier for service members and their spouses when relocating.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
MilitaryOneSource – State Policy

Explore the map to see and learn what states are making progress on the key issues.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Minority Veterans of America (MVA)

Founded to change the narrative of the American military veteran. The MVA team works to build a community around the unique identities that veterans hold, outside of their identity as a military service member.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
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
Mission Wisconsin

OUR MISSION:
For Transitioning Service Members:
We are dedicated to serving all military veterans including their spouses and families by connecting them to professional opportunities, resources, and benefits throughout the State of Wisconsin.
For Businesses and Employers in Wisconsin:
We aim to assist Wisconsin businesses in attracting, retaining, and developing veteran and spouse talent and relations within their companies and the communities they live in.

OUR VISION:
The vision of Mission Wisconsin is to help employers connect with service members transitioning out of the military, spouses/life partners, and veterans through direct engagement.
Connecting service members and families to Wisconsin employers and communities by consulting with Wisconsin businesses on building sustainable transitioning service members and spouses’ programs.

VALUES:
Mission Wisconsin is defined by the same values that are instilled in all of us who have served this great nation: leave no brother or sister behind.
Taking the sea of goodwill that exists for those who have served and building connections for them within Wisconsin.
Helping them maintain camaraderie in our communities and businesses through collaboration with our nationally leading resources here in Wisconsin.

 

Service Area:
Wisconsin
Mission43

Mission43 is designed to provide Idaho’s post-9/11 servicemen, women, and their spouses with the resources to excel academically, in their next career, and in the community.

 

Service Area:
Idaho
Mississippi Veteran's Affairs

Provides Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors information on state Benefits, Homes, Cemeteries, Veteran Service Organizations, and etc.

 

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Service Area:
Mississippi
Modern Military Family Association

The Modern Military Association of America is the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ service members, military spouses, veterans, their families and allies. Formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe SLDN, we are a united voice for the LBGTQ military and veteran community.

 

My HealtheVet

About My HealtheVet
About My HealtheVet offers you tips and tools to help you partner with your health care team, so together you may work to manage your health. Here you may find useful resources when you need them. The support tools on this page are designed to enrich your experience with My HealtheVet and help you make informed decisions.

FAQs
Find answers to frequently asked questions about My HealtheVet’s online tools and features.

Learn More
Learn how to use your VA health record, or your self-reported information to partner with your health care team.

How to Use MHV
Learn how to use My HealtheVet and better manage your health care online.

User Guides
Step-by-Step guides on how to use specific features offered.

Metrics
Discover the usage metrics behind My HealtheVet. View how many Veterans are using Secure Messaging, downloading Blue Button reports, requesting prescription refills, and more.

 

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
National Veterans Foundation

NVF’s mission is to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. veterans and their families through: Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free, vet-to-vet helpline, for all veterans and their families; public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans; outreach services that provide veterans and their families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment and other essential resources.

 

Service Area:
California
Nine Line Foundation

About Us

Nine Line Apparel was co-founded in 2012 by two brothers and US Army Veterans; CPT Tyler Merritt, CPT Daniel Merritt and Myles Burke. Their vision was simple, to create a high quality clothing brand to be enjoyed by Patriotic Americans around the globe. In the past few years, their brand has grown exponentially and they have decided to give back to the community they once served thus forming the Nine Line Foundation. Nine Line represents the grit and commitment of all Patriotic Americans. The term itself is iconic within the Armed Forces to represent a distress call to aid service members wounded in battle. The Nine Line brand has a similar call to action. Founded on the principles similar to other value based organizations, Nine Line aims to promote the issues faced by all those who have served their country. Nine Line encourages a conversation between those who serve and those who support them by creating a lifestyle brand that brings the two communities together. Nine Line is committed to creating Jobs here in America. We have made a conscious decision to move away from foreign made materials wherever possible. In 2017, Nine Line opened a 60,000 sqft facility in Savannah, GA. Although remaining profitable is the tenant of all successful business, we have innovative ways to ensure this occurs while returning manufacturing to the US. We are perfecting our skills in the apparel industry and are always looking to expand to other markets.

Mission

Our mission is two fold. 1. Raise awareness of the harsh circumstances our severely injured service members and their families face once their life threatening injuries are stabilized. 2. Greatly improve the quality of life of our wounded heroes, focusing our efforts on the each individual candidate’s needs.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
No Longer Bound
No Longer Bound offers a 12-month long, residential, regeneration process to rescue addicts, regenerate men, and reconcile families. They believe addiction to be a symptom of a life fragmented by relational wounds, broken beliefs, and the resulting disintegration of meaningful intimate relationships. The regeneration process at No Longer Bound focuses on resolving relational wounds of the past, repairing broken belief systems, and restoring relational health through lasting intimacy with God, Self and Others. They believe this process of regeneration is the prescription for beginning a new life with lasting freedom from addiction.

 

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Service Area:
Georgia
One Tribe Foundation

MISSION STATEMENT
To create a community that raises awareness and combats suicide by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families through traditional and non-traditional therapies.

History of 22KILL
In 2012, the Veterans’ Administration (VA) released a Suicide Data Report that found an average of 22 veterans die by suicide everyday. The 22KILL initiative started in 2013, at first just as a social media movement to raise awareness, and later became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in July of 2015.

In 2016, as our push-up initiative (later known as the #22pushupchallenge) swept social media, 22KILL began its transformation from awareness to suicide prevention. By the end of that year, the viral campaign, and the fundraising that accompanied it, allowed us to donate over half a million dollars to sponsor other veteran service organizations.

In 2017, 22KILL began to acquire and develop traditional and non-traditional mental wellness programs, and now offers a myriad of services through Stay The Course, Tribal Council, Forge, Wind Therapy, WATCH, and White Star Families.

Our Purpose
Restore the value of life by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families

Prevention begins with awareness. This means educating ourselves and the general public, opening up the conversation, and learning to become comfortable with the uncomfortability and fear of being vulnerable. By doing this, we can identify the often avoided or unaddressed issues that can lead someone to thoughts of suicide, and confront those issues as they come, rather than letting them accumulate into something much worse.

The next step is empowerment. One of the biggest challenges veterans and first responders face is finding a sense of purpose after service. 22KILL has built a vast network of organizations and resources across the country, and whether through its own programs, or through external sources, veterans, first responders, and family members can find services for mental wellness and empowerment programs to help them find or rediscover that sense of purpose. The other side of this is engagement. Often times one may come to realize that all they really needed was the brotherhood and camaraderie that may have been absent from their lives since leaving service. The 22KILL “Tribe” allows service members to connect with like-minded individuals and gives them the opportunity to get involved with community events and projects, and be a part of something great.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide