Serving Younger Veterans
American Corporate Partners (ACP)
American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a free mentoring program that connects post-9/11 veterans, active-duty spouses, and eligible military spouses with corporate professionals for customized mentorships. ACP assists veterans and eligible spouses on their path toward fulfilling, long-term careers, whether the veteran is job searching or newly employed.
Bob Woodruff Foundation – Got Your 6
Bob Woodruff Foundation – Got Your 6 provides a network of grantees and national network of locally-based collaboratives of community veterans’ organizations to support millions of veterans, service members, and their families in their communities.
Continuum of Care (CoC)
The Continuum of Care (CoC) program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness. The CoC program:
- Provides funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness
- Promotes access to and effects utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families
- Optimizes self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The mission of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is to enhance the health and well-being of all Americans by providing for effective health and human services by fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services. HHS offers a variety of resources and programs specifically designed to support military families.
- MedlinePlus for Veterans and Military Health: This National Institutes of Health (NIH) site serves as a resource center for veterans seeking information on health issues resulting from
- FEDShireVETS: Provides a list of Veteran Employment Program Offices responsible for promoting veterans’ recruitment, employment, training and development, and retention within their respective agencies. Guidelines for special hiring authorities for veterans are also available.
HHS also provides a number of resources for aging Americans, including healthy aging, resources for caregivers and long-term care, steps to protecting oneself physically, mentally, and financially, and planning for retirement.
For more information about HHS programs, visit: https://www.hhs.gov/programs/social-services/supporting-military-families/index.html
Department of Labor (DOL)
The Department of Labor (DOL) offers the following programs:
- Transition Assistance Program (TAP): This program provides information, tools, and training to ensure service members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life.
- Jobs for Veterans State Grants (JVSG): This program provides federal funding, through a formula grant, to 54 SWAs to hire dedicated staff to provide individualized career and training-related services to veterans and eligible persons with significant barriers to employment and to assist employers in filling their workforce needs to with job-seeking veterans.
- Employment and Training Administration (ETA): The ETA administers federal government job training, apprenticeship and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits. These services are primarily provided through state and local workforce development systems.
- American Jobs Centers (AJCs) and Career One Stops: Located in all states and territories, the network of nearly 2,500 AJCs provides a wide array of employment-related services.
- Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program (HVRP): Employment-focused competitive grant program of the DOL Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), the only federal grant to focus exclusively on competitive employment for homeless veterans.
Department of Veteran Affairs (VA)
There are the baseline U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) programs that we visit in each of our NVTI Career Coaching courses, which address employment preparation, housing, supportive services, and incarceration transition. DVOP specialists and career coaches will leverage these available resources, in addition to identifying supplemental assets that are applicable to their older veteran clients.
Older veterans may be eligible for a wide variety of benefits available to all U.S. military veterans. VA benefits include disability compensation, pension, education and training, health care, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment, and burial. The VA offers the following programs:
- Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E): The VR&E helps with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist veterans and service members in starting their own business or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
- Department of Housing and Urban Development—VA Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) Program: The HUD-VASH is a collaboration between the VA and HUD and combines housing vouchers with VA supportive services to help veterans who are homeless and their families find and sustain permanent housing. Additionally, HUD’s Fair Housing ACT protects people from discrimination when they are renting or buying a home, getting a mortgage, seeking housing assistance, or engaging in other housing-related activities.
- VA Benefits Administration: The VA Benefits Administration provides a variety of benefits services for veterans.
For more information about VA programs, visit: https://www.benefits.va.gov/persona/veteran-elderly.asp. In addition:
- For more information about the GI Bill and other education benefits, visit: https://www.va.gov/education/
- For more information about food insecurity, visit: https://www.nutrition.va.gov/Food_Insecurity.asp.
- For more information about the VA’s PTS-related services, visit: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/gethelp/help_for_veterans.asp
Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families. DAV is dedicated to empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They ensure veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them, fighting for the interests of American’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill, and educating the public about the great sacrifice and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
GallantFew is an organization whose entire team is comprised of military-affiliated professionals, including veterans, military spouses, and active-duty volunteers. The organization’s mission is to prevent the incidence of veteran isolation during transition by providing tailored, one-on-one mentorship to new veterans with veteran mentors in their town.
Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities.
Individual Placement and Support (IPS)
VA Medical Centers (VMAC) offer Individual Placement and Support (IPS) services, a type of supported employment, for veterans with mental illness including PTS and traumatic brain injury. IPS has been shown to be more effective than other vocational interventions for this population. Veterans can be co-enrolled in IPS and AJC services simultaneously.
To access information about IPS, visit: https://ipsworks.org/index.php/what-is-ips/
International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) offers returning combat veterans an opportunity of employment as police officers. Their mission is to advance the policing profession through advocacy, research, outreach, and education.
Lone Survivor Foundation
The Lone Survivor Foundation was established by retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who was the only survivor of his 2005 mission. Luttrell founded Lone Survivor Foundation in 2010 to provide an opportunity to other military families to step out of their daily routines and come to a place of peace where they can obtain tools for healing while being surrounded by other people who understand them.
Military.com has compiled a link on their website titled Your 2022 State Veterans Benefits. State benefits range from free college and employment resources to free hunting and fishing licenses for veterans. Most states also offer tax breaks for their veterans and specialized license plates. Some states even provide their veterans with cash bonuses just for serving in the military. Each summary page also has a link directly to the specific State Department of Veterans Affairs.
National Archives and Records Administration
Veterans can request military service records, research military records, and replace lost medals and awards through the National Archives and Records Administration.
National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA)
The National Association of State Workforce Agencies (NASWA) is the national organization representing all 50 state workforce agencies, D.C., and U.S. territories. These agencies deliver training, employment, career, and business services, in addition to administering unemployment insurance, veteran re-employment, and labor market information programs. NASWA provides policy expertise, shares promising state practices, and promotes state innovation and leadership in workforce development.
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Veterans who are homeless or at imminent risk of homelessness are strongly encouraged to contact the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at (877) 4AID-VET (877-424-3838) for assistance. If veterans do not have access to a phone or the internet, they can visit their closest VA medical center without calling in advance.
National Resource Directory
The National Resource Directory is a searchable database of resources vetted for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers. By creating a keyword search on younger veterans, then selecting employment under the Search Filter function, career coaches will discover national, state, and local resources for younger veterans.
National Veterans’ Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC)
The National Veterans’ Technical Assistance Center (NVTAC) provides training and technical assistance to its grantees and other organizations who are committed to helping to find employment for veterans experiencing homelessness. NVTAC is funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS).
National Veterans Foundation (NVF)
The mission of the National Veterans Foundation (NVF) is to serve the crisis management, information, and referral needs of all veterans and their families through management and operation of the nation’s oldest toll-free, vet-to-vet helpline; public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of veterans; and outreach services that provide veterans and their families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.
The NS2 Serves program is a free, three-month intensive training course that equips veterans with valuable skills for today’s high-tech, in-demand careers.
Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE)
Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE) offers a peer support system for veterans entering college and uses trained student veterans to help with challenges they may face acclimating to campus, guide them to resources on and off-campus, and provide a sense of community.
Point-in-Time (PIT) Count
The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an annual effort led by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to estimate the number of Americans (including veterans) without safe, stable housing. It is one of the tools used to assess progress each year toward VA’s priority goal of ending homelessness among veterans.
Save A Suit
Save A Suit offers veterans and transitioning service members a free suit. They strive to outfit veterans with confidence so they can put their best selves forward as they navigate their new normal.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
The Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes the impact that veterans have on the American economy. High-performing entrepreneurs tend to demonstrate good decision-making skills in chaotic environments, confidence, independence, and high self-worth and achievement—all traits commonly found in service members and veterans.
- The Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) facilitates the use of all SBA programs by service members, veterans, the National Guard, Reserve members, and military spouses. The Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) program is an OVBD initiative that oversees individual VBOCs across the country, with each VBOC offering resources for veterans who are interested in starting or growing a business. These centers provide business plan workshops, concept assessments, mentorship, and training for eligible military and veteran entrepreneurs.
- Boots to Business (B2B) is a two-step entrepreneurial training program offered by the SBA as a training track within DoD’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The curriculum provides assistance to those interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities.
Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL)
Warrior Care also provides access to the DoD Special Compensation for Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (SCAADL) program, which provides special compensation to eligible permanent catastrophically ill and/or injured service members who need caregiver assistance with activities for daily living or for supervision or protection.
To access Warrior Care, visit: https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/. To access SCAADL, visit: https://warriorcare.dodlive.mil/Benefits/Special-Compensation-for-Assistance-with-Activities-of-Daily-Living-SCAADL/.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
The HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s) Service Members, Veterans, and their Families Technical Assistance (SMVF TA) Center provides technical assistance support to state and territory, military and civilian interagency teams working to strengthen behavioral health systems that assist service members, veterans, and their families.
Technical assistance (TA) is also provided to SAMHSA stakeholders and grantees on issues and resources related to the behavioral health needs of service members, veterans, and their families. Some of the specific support the SMVF TA Center provides include:
- Behavioral health–focused prevention, treatment, and recovery support needs for both mental health and substance use in service members, veterans, and their families
- TA, training tools, and consultation to teams within states and territories in ways that promote coordination among civilian, military, and veteran service systems
- Identifying, sharing, and encouraging the adoption of evidence-based practices that support the resilience and emotional health of service members, veterans, and their families
- Identifying experts and resources to meet the evolving needs of states and territories related to strengthening behavioral health care systems and services for service members, veterans, and their families
State Departments of Veterans Affairs Locator
For more information on state agency departments of veterans affairs, the National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs (NASDVA)–sponsored State Departments of Veterans Affairs Locator may be used to search by state or territory. NASDVA is composed of the state directors and, in some cases, commissioners of veterans affairs in each U.S. state as well as the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Although each state is unique, with its own traditions, programs, and resources, they are united by a common goal to make a difference in the lives of our veterans.
Transition Assistance Program (TAP) program
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) program was developed as a joint effort amongst the Department of Labor, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Small Business Administration, and the Office of Personnel Management. The TAP workshop was developed to provide veterans with an overview of available tools and resources they can use to evaluate career options and to learn more about the civilian employment process. The additional workshops focus on resume development, using technology in a job search, and developing a career assessment based on skills, training, and education.
USAA offers benefits, products, and discounts for U.S. military members and their spouses, as well as children of USAA members. In addition, USAA provides veterans and their families with mentoring tools and information to assist with the transition to civilian life.
Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) Program
The VTC model is based on the drug and mental health courts that have existed for nearly 30 years. Unlike traditional criminal courts, the primary purpose of a VTC is not to determine whether a defendant is guilty of an offense, but rather to ensure that the defendant receives treatment to address unmet clinical needs. Several factors distinguish VTCs from drug and mental health courts, most notably their focus on veteran defendants, and the involvement of volunteer veteran mentors who provide non-clinical support to veteran participants. VTCs reflect the jurisdictions that choose to start them, and there is considerable variation among the courts in both participant eligibility criteria and operational processes.
Veterati is a mentorship platform that pairs mentors with newly separated service members and their spouses to provide and facilitate individualized connection and guidance from successful professionals.
Warrior Care, a recovery coordination program, proactively supports wounded, ill, and injured service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life. They offer the Disability Evaluation System (DES), which combines the DoD and VA disability processes and allows the departments to simultaneously complete the disability determinations of seriously ill or injured service members before they separate from military service. Warrior Care also has the Recovery Coordination Program (RCP), miliary caregiver support resources, an Education and Employment Initiative (E2I), a Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP), and a National Resource Directory (NRD).
WorkforceGPS’ LMI Central
WorkforceGPS’ LMI Central is a portal to innovative and relevant sources of workforce and labor market information for data-driven planning. It allows you to paint a picture of your labor market, helping you to improve employment, training programs, and policies.
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project looks to honor and empower wounded warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001.