Monday, April 25, 2011

Veterans Resources

Veterans Resources
Veterans Resources


The future of education is online. Enrollment rates at accredited online colleges continue to dwarf those at traditional colleges and in response, traditional public and private universities are now adopting online programs. The reason being: online education is more accessible and as effective – if not more so – than traditional avenues of college education. One can earn a respected degree while juggling multiple responsibilities such as parenting, a 9-5 job or obligations to the military. Indeed, accredited online education is a wonderfully effective place for returning veterans – or anyone for that matter – to acquire or sharpen the tools necessary to succeed in today’s hyper competitive economy.
UPDATED 12/04/2012: NEW RESOURCES........ 

  • Dogs Helping Wounded Veterans -- Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide independence and improved quality of life to our nation's veterans by raising, training, and placing service dogs (Hero Dogs) with injured or disabled military veterans who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.
Compensated Work Therapy (CWT)
  • Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) program that supports work-ready veterans in competitive jobs and consults with business and industry regarding their specific employment needs. Services include job matching and employment supports, vocational case management, work site and job analysis, assistive technology, reasonable accommodations, and ADA regulations compliance.

National Resource Directory
  • The National Resource Directory provides resources for employers on recruitment of veterans, including sourcing job candidates and assistance on workplace accommodations and supports.

OPM Federal Hiring Flexibility Resource Center
  • The Office of Personnel Management Flexible Hiring Resource Center provides information on hiring priorities and agency protocol for human resources and hiring managers within the federal government. OPM can provide information for federal employers on flexible hiring authorities, appointing veterans, hiring students, and other topics within federal hiring.

Hire Potential
  • HirePotential is a national, woman-owned firm offering staffing and consulting services to corporations and government agencies. The firm helps corporations in recruiting, hiring, and retaining people with disabilities and veterans to meet OFCCP and ADA Compliance, Diversity Initiative Solutions, and Website Accessibility.

One Stop Career Centers
  • CareerOneStop is a source for employment information sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor and includes tools to help job seekers, students, businesses and career professionals. If you are an employer looking to hire people with disabilities and/or veterans with disabilities, use this service locator website to find your local One Stop by entering your zip code. Once you have found your local branch, ask for the the Disability Program Navigator (DPN) or the Local Veterans Employment Representative (LVER) to speak to them directly about qualified applicants with disabilities.

Wounded Warrior Project


  • The Wounded Warrior Project aims to honor and empower wounded warriors who incur service-connected wounds, injuries and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after September 11, 2001. The Wounded Warrior Project’s Warriors to Work program assists veterans with the transition back into the civilian workforce. Employers interested in this program can post jobs and review the resumes of qualified veterans with disabilities.

National Resource Directory on
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  • The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for connecting wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, and their families with those who support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Recruit Military
  • Recruit Military is a veteran-owned and-operated firm specializing in military-to-civilian recruiting and provides resume search and job posting resources for employers. Recruit Military uses online and offline products to connect employers, franchisers, and educational institutions with men and women who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, veterans who already have civilian work experience, members of the National Guard and reserve forces, and military spouses.
  • Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) -- Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) works with corporate partners to provide career placement services to veterans from all branches of the military, especially those injured or disabled in Iraq or Afghanistan. HHUSA will match the required skills and location of each position with those of veterans in their database and present qualified candidates for companies' consideration.
  • Vet Success -- A service of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs's (VA), VetSuccess provides resources that allow employers to find veterans with (and without) disabilities by posting available positions and by working with Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment staff (VR + E) to find qualified candidates.
  • America's Heroes at Work -- America's Heroes at Work provides information to support employers of returning veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Resources available on the web site include answers to Common Employer Questions, Presentations and Training Tools, Fact Sheets, and other Helpful Links.
  • Veterans and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A Guide for Employers
    Each year, thousands of military personnel stationed around the world leave active duty and return to jobs they held before entering the service, or begin the search for new jobs. Recent veterans report high rates of service-connected disabilities (i.e., disabilities that were incurred in, or aggravated during, military service).[1] About twenty-five percent of recent veterans report having a service-connected disability, as compared to about thirteen percent of all veterans.[2] Common injuries incurred by these veterans include missing limbs, burns, spinal cord injuries, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), hearing loss, traumatic brain injuries, and other impairments.

America's Veteran - Feds Hire Vets dot gov

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) Information
  • This resource provides information from the Department of Labor’s Veterans Employment And Training Service, including an introduction to rules and regulations related to employing veterans, fact sheets and access to the USERRA elaws Advisor, an interactive-tool that answers questions about the rights and responsibilities for employers.

Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974
  • This resource provides information on the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) of 1974, explaining affirmative action requirements for outreach, recruitment and advancement in the employment of veterans and specified categories protected by the Act. This page is Federal Compliance Programs information for Veterans.

Veterans Resource Page, Provided by NAMI
  • From its inception in 1979, NAMI has been dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. For three decades, NAMI has established itself as the most formidable grassroots mental health advocacy organization in the country. Dedication, steadfast commitment and unceasing belief in NAMI's mission by grassroots advocates have produced profound changes. NAMI's greatest strength is the dedication of our grassroots leaders and members. We are the families, friends and individuals that serve to strengthen communities across the country.

Aging With Grace -- Veterans Services
  • Helping veterans' families nationwide understand long term care benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Most veterans are not aware of the eldercare benefits available through veterans health care, through state veterans homes, through home renovation grants (HISA Grants), or for two disability income programs called Compensation and Pension. One particular program called Veterans Pension or more commonly known as the "Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit," can provide money to pay for home care for veterans. Aid and attendance can also be used to pay for assisted living for a veteran or the veteran's spouse and for nursing home care for a veteran or the veteran's spouse. This site provides VA consulting.

Veterans In Christ
  • THE VIC MISSION: VETERANS HELPING VETERANS in rebuilding their lives through transitional housing, education, employment opportunities, and counseling with positive support, love and prayer. VETERANS HELPING VETERANS by providing Emergency Housing, Food, Clothing, Education, Employment and Training Services, Case Management Services and Referral to Supportive Services, Work Programs, Technical Assistance, Job Skill Training, Vocational and On the Job Training, and more. The VIC offices are located at: 534 Academy Avenue, Dublin, Georgia 31021 -- Our mailing address is: P.O. Box 4014 Dublin, Georgia 31040 -- Our phone number is: (478) 285-6234 VIC Website

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans
  • A group seeking to end homelessness of Veterans. "NCHV will end homelessness among veterans by shaping public policy, educating the public, and building the capacity of service providers." Information on policy and legislation, media, and guides for employment service providers.

More Resources

  • About PTSD -- This fact sheet from NAMI contains an explanation of PTSD and general resources that are available.
  • Joining Forces -- Joining Forces initiative is a four-part series developed by HealthPartners in Minneapolis, in cooperation with the local public television station and partnering with the AHA. The series is designed to orient people in community hospitals to the kinds of challenges—medical, social and emotional—that veterans and their families face as they return home.
  • NAMI FaithNet -- NAMI FaithNet was established for as a nonthreatening, supportive environment within the faith community for people living with serious mental illness and their families.
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Real Illness -- An easy-to-read booklet on posttraumatic stress disorder created by the National Institute on Mental Health (NIMH). It explains what PTSD is, when it starts, how long it lasts and how to get help. There is also a self-test.
  • Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute -- The Sidran Traumatic Stress Institute offers extensive information online about PTSD, geographic lists of therapists with experience treating people with PTSD and books, articles and referrals to support groups. They also have information about self-injury. The free help desk service is useful for locating trauma resources in your area.
  • What is PTSD? -- This fact sheet from the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) is part of a larger educational resource for veterans, mental health practitioners, researchers and the general public.
  • The American Tinnitus Association -- Tinnitus is basically "ringing in the ears" or "head noise." The American Tinnitus Association exists to cure tinnitus through the development of resources that advance tinnitus research. Since 1980, ATA has awarded more than $5 million providing researchers with “seed” money to launch their work. Some of these researchers have gone on to receive large grants from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and more recently the U.S. Department of Defense based on their early, ATA-funded work. Read about our newly funded research, and past ATA-funded research. Tinnitus is basically "ringing in the ears" or "head noise." You may be new to the experience of tinnitus, or you may have been suffering with it for a long time. Perhaps you know someone with the problem. For all of you, we have plenty of information that will help you understand and cope with this condition that affects 1 in 5 people.

  • SAMSA - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) -- SAMHSA provides referrals to outpatient, inpatient and residential treatment facilities, including affordable mental health services. Their website has a Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator to help find substance abuse and dual diagnosis treatment.
  • Service Dogs For Wounded Veterans -- Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide independence and improved quality of life to our nation's veterans by raising, training, and placing service dogs (Hero Dogs) with injured or disabled military veterans who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA) -- The APA has information about a broad range of mental health topics. To locate a psychiatrist in your area, you can contact APA's Answer Center using their toll-free number:1 (888) 357-7924.
  • Virtual Iraq -- Defense Update magazine's website describes a treatment currently in development for PTSD called Virtual Iraq, an exposure therapy treatment using virtual simulation of events in Iraq.
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing - The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Institute offers information on EMDR, an emerging treatment for PTSD. NAMI recommends reviewing this option with a psychiatrist who is familiar with it before proceeding. 
  • Dogs Helping Wounded Veterans -- Hero Dogs, Inc. is a Maryland 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide independence and improved quality of life to our nation's veterans by raising, training, and placing service dogs (Hero Dogs) with injured or disabled military veterans who have served honorably in the United States Armed Forces.

For Families and Children
  • NCPTSD Fact Sheet for Children and Families - This fact sheet prepared by the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) discusses issues commonly experienced by children of veterans living with PTSD.
  • PTSD And Wives - writing about wives who are living with their husbands’ PTSD, but since we now have women in combat, I imagine this will also apply to their husbands. Provided by The Veterans’ Voice.
  • PTSD Alliance - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, a serious and common health condition. The Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Alliance is a group of professional and advocacy organizations that have joined forces to provide educational resources to individuals diagnosed with PTSD and their loved ones; those at risk for developing PTSD; and medical, healthcare and other frontline professionals. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder is a complex health condition that can develop in response to a traumatic experience – a life-threatening or extremely distressing situation that causes a person to feel intense fear, horror or a sense of helplessness. PTSD can cause severe problems at home or at work. Anyone can develop PTSD – men, women, children, young and old alike. Learn more about PTSD.

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