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United Service Organizations (USO) Pathfinder Program

USO Pathfinder® Transition Program

USO COVID-19 Response: In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, our USO Pathfinder® Transition Program locations are strictly adhering to guidance from military installation commands and abiding by CDC guidance on health safety practices regarding center operations.

We remain steadfast in our mission to support transitioning service members and military spouses. There have been minimal disruptions to one-on-one USO Pathfinder services, as we have shifted Transition Specialist meetings to virtual delivery. Program registration remains open with no disruptions to that process.

The USO Pathfinder® Transition Program extends the USO experience to active duty, Reserve, National Guard and military spouses by offering professional development services throughout the duration of the service member or military spouse’s career, as well as when they transition out of the military and settle into their new communities.

Want to be better prepared for future success before transitioning from the military? Are you a military spouse looking for new opportunities?

CONNECT WITH A USO TRANSITION SPECIALIST

USO Transition Specialists can help develop a personalized Action Plan and help you take full advantage of services and resources that are the best fit for you and your spouse in your new community.

How It Works
The USO Pathfinder Transition Program works with strategic partners to connect service members and military spouses to resources through a holistic approach, focusing on:

Employment
Education – Including leading online learning platforms like Skillsoft, IBM SkillsBuild and Coursera as well as the new 8-week course “Making Your Military Transition a Transformation”
Financial readiness
Mentorship
Increased access to relevant veterans’ benefits in their communities
Through the creation of an individualized action plan, USO Transition Specialists collaborate with individuals to identify their personal and professional goals and build a roadmap to achieving them, while also identifying services and resources that are the best fit for their needs. This program offers support to service members up to 6 months after they have officially left service, providing them with resources well along their journey to civilian life.

USO Transition Specialists provide these free services through one on-one support (either virtually, or in person) and help military families create a plan for success now – and for the future.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
UNSUNG HEROES LIVING HISTORY PROJECT

Unsung Heroes Living History Project salutes and preserves the legacy of African Americans in the military in multiple ways – including collecting life stories, documents, recordings and pictures of veterans and their families.

 

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Service Area:
California
USA Cares

USA Cares’ mission is to provide post-9/11 military veterans, service members and their families with emergency financial assistance and post-service skills training that will create a foundation for long-term stability. Their services improve the quality of life for veterans and their families and reduce potential factors that contribute to veteran suicide.

 

Service Area:
Kentucky, Online-Nationwide
Valor for Veterans

We provide immediate assistance to “Veterans in need” in order to help situations (based on life matters that have become out of control) that have taken a turn for the worse.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Vet Journey

Today, we help active-duty service members across the globe build their next career using our cutting edge platform. We offer a personalized experience complete with a curated collection of resources from the world’s largest single veterans transition resource library. Our culminating goal is to equip service members for their next big transition, whether that is in academia, as an entrepreneur, or begin their role in the private sector.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veteran Affairs Women's Health Transition Training

Female specific health care including reproductive services, maternity care, mental health services, newborn care, and gynecological care and musculoskeletal care.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veteran Mentor Network (VMN)

Achieve your goals in job search, career, and life. VMN is a community of military members, spouses, and veterans to share advice, stories, and support for veterans in all walks of life.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Affairs - Coaching Into Care

Coaching Into Care is a national telephone service of the VA which aims to educate, support, and empower family members and friends who are seeking care or services for a Veteran. Our goal is to help Veterans, their family members, and other loved ones find the appropriate services at their local VA facilities and/or in their community.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Affairs Offices by State

Veterans Affairs Offices by State

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Veterans Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities

 

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Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Airlift Command

The VAC provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

 

Service Area:
Minnesota, Online-Nationwide
Veterans Bridge Home

Veterans Bridge Home is a Charlotte-based nonprofit organization that bridges the gap between Veterans and their community.

 

Service Area:
North Carolina, Online-Nationwide
Veterans Chamber of Commerce

To holistically enrich the lives of our nation’s transitioning military, veteran, and their families across a wide spectrum of needs under our five pillars of support: Business, Employment, Education, Wellness, and Family.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO)

America’s heroes deserve a second chance – VEO’s ultimate goal is to provide a caring, supportive environment that allows veterans to rebuild their lives by returning the dignity lost to the circumstances that left them homeless.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
Veterans Expeditions

They are a veteran led, 501c3 chartered non-profit, organization in the State of Colorado that began in 2010, to enhance the lives of our nation’s Veterans. They understand the issues and struggles Veterans deal with every day. They are a community oriented and outdoor focused organization.

 

Service Area:
Colorado
Veterans Florida

Veterans Florida is a non-profit created by the State of Florida to help military veterans transition to civilian life and to promote Florida’s status as the nation’s most veteran-friendly state. Veterans Florida provides powerful tools for veterans to take advantage of the benefits of living and working in the Sunshine State.

Through our Career Services Program, we connect veterans with employers who are eager to hire veterans for jobs that put their particular military skills to use. We also assist veterans in creating a winning resume and preparing for job interviews. Employers receive veteran recruiting assistance and may apply for our Workforce Training Grant.

The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program provides all the knowledge needed to successfully launch and operate a business. As soon as their business is up and running we keep them connected with mentors and resources.

Veterans Florida’s mission can be summed up in our theme – Your Pursuit. Our Power. – because we recognize military veterans are incredibly focused and will succeed in achieving their personal and professional goals when they take advantage of our tools and resources.

 

Service Area:
Florida
Veterans Inc.

Veterans Inc.’s mission is to help veterans re-gain control of their lives so we can eliminate homelessness among veterans. We strive to remain a leading provider of services that improve the lives of veterans and their families by providing the highest quality services; and continuing to create new opportunities in the areas of health, employment and housing.

 

Service Area:
Massachusetts, Online-Nationwide
Veterans Justice Outreach Initiative

The Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Initiative – created by the VA – links eligible veterans involved with the local justice systems to the needed mental-health and substance-abuse treatment services and other VA services and benefits as required.

 

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Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)

The VFW is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members. The VFW and its Auxiliary are dedicated to veterans service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service programs.

 

Service Area:
Missouri, Online-Nationwide, District of Columbia
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Dept of Arizona

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

 

Service Area:
Arizona
Veterans Outdoor Adventures North Dakota

Veterans Outdoors Adventures North Dakota is a 501c3 100% Non-Profit Organization & 100% Volunteer, Dedicated to YOU The Veteran & 911 Responder. They offer All-Inclusive Hunting, Fishing, Camping Trips, and Expeditions here locally in North Dakota as well as all over the United States when opportunity’s arise!

 

Service Area:
North Dakota
Veterans Warrior Foundation

To promote charitable giving to support to Veterans and actively serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces. To provide assistance in any way possible to fellow Veterans and actively serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces who may find themselves down on their luck and in need. To assist in the education of others in how to assist and help Veterans and actively serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces who need help, but are unsure how ask for help or assistance. Provide an opportunity to give back to North Dakota communities as well as provide assistance to Veterans and actively serving members of the U.S. Armed Forces suffering from PTSD or other combat related injuries via charities, benefits, and donations.

 

Service Area:
North Dakota
Veterans Yoga Project

Valuable videos and other resources to begin experimenting with the Five Tools of Mindful Resilience: Breathing, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest and Gratitude.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
VETLANTA

VETLANTA is a club operated in Atlanta exclusively for veteran social and business networking and community service purposes.

 

Service Area:
Georgia
Vetlign

Vetlign gets Veterans, transitioning military, and their spouses to the right job opportunities automatically, without the language, cultural, and word search barriers that plague present job searches.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
VETSports

Helping veterans better achieve their physical, mental, and emotional health through sports, physical activity, and community involvement. VETSports provides thousands of Veterans with continuous opportunities to reintegrate into their communities through sports, community Service, events, and partnership.

 

Service Area:
Connecticut
Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP)

By providing peer-to-peer support through the transition process, VTAP works alongside the transitioning service member or spouse to make referrals that include, but is not limited to resume review, introduction to the Virginia Labor Market index, connection with the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) certified companies for employment, and other DVS programs as applicable.

 

Service Area:
Virginia
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)

Veterans and military spouses may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
WA Career Paths

VIE-25 is a joint project under direction of the governor’s office between the State Board of Community and Technical colleges and the Garrison Command to support pathways to employment for transitioning service members.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Welcome Home Guide

Comprehensive guide to Alabama veteran resources.

 

Service Area:
Alabama
Whole Health Library

Veteran handouts to support the Whole Health journey.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Wisconsin Veteran Network

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

 

Service Area:
Wisconsin
Wish For Our Heroes (W4OH)

The priority is to always grant basic needs or emergencies first – anything from putting food on the table to assisting with car repairs, home repairs, baby supplies, clothing, etc. When basic needs are met, W4OH also enjoys providing fun things like sending the troops to athletic events, sending them on vacation to get re-acquainted after deployments, meeting celebrities and more.

 

Service Area:
Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Texas, Virginia
Women Elevated

Women Elevated is a nonprofit organization and the primary mission is to assist women veterans in acute crisis BEFORE they become homeless and/or jobless. Provides assistance ranging from temporary housing to couponing and smart shopping. Is a viable link between women veterans and other resources in the community.

 

Service Area:
Tennessee, Online-Nationwide
Women Veterans Interactive (WVI)

WVI is dedicated to improving the lives of our women veterans. Veterans have always faced unique and daunting challenges when returning to civilian life, but the truth is that the nation’s 1.8 million women veterans face an even steeper uphill battle when it comes to living successfully outside of the uniform.

 

Service Area:
Maryland, Online-Nationwide
Women Veterans Resources (CALVET)

Resources for female veterans in California.

 

Service Area:
California
Working Dogs for Vets

The No Veteran Left Behind Program allows disabled heroes who are able to help train their own service dog. They are matched with a dog from a local shelter or if they own a dog, after an evaluation, they might be able to train their own dog.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Working Dogs for Vets

The No Veteran Left Behind Program allows disabled heroes who are able to help train their own service dog. They are matched with a dog from a local shelter or if they own a dog, after an evaluation, they might be able to train their own dog.

 

Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
WorkSource

Veterans

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.

Employment resources

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)
Fairchild AFB
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.

Credentials/Licenses
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

 

Service Area:
Washington
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP)

Every warrior has a next mission. WWP knows that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. WWP is here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because WWP believes that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to.

 

Service Area:
Florida, Online-Nationwide
Wounded Warriors Family Support
Wounded Warriors Family Support’s mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of casualties suffer in many ways: some financially, some psychologically.

 

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Service Area:
Nebraska
Wyoming Wildlife Federation Wounded Veteran Hunts
Wyoming Wildlife Federation participates in the Wounded Veteran Hunt program, which is intended to honor wounded servicemen and women for their duty and service by providing them with a complementary hunting experience in Wyoming’s beautiful backcountry.

 

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Service Area:
Wyoming
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program

The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Commanders and leaders play a critical role in ensuring that National Guard and Reserve Service members and their families attend Yellow Ribbon Events where they can access information on healthcare, education, employment, and financial and legal benefits.

 

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Service Area:
Online-Nationwide
Zero8Hundred

Zero8hundred provides a one-stop resource hub to transitioning service members, recent veterans and their spouses (including Gold Star spouses) to help them navigate through and connect to the local non-profits and community agencies who can best support all their specific post-service needs – eliminating the necessity to figure out their transition plan all on their own.

 

Service Area:
California, Online-Nationwide