Monday, April 25, 2011

Veterans Resources

Resources for USA Veterans

  • The VFW (Veterans Of Foreign Wars) offers a wide range of assistance programs aimed at helping veterans of every generation. Whether that means providing free, professional help filing or appealing a VA claim, offering scholarships for post-secondary education or providing emergency financial relief when times get tough, the VFW is there for America's veterans.
  • Filing a VA Claim   Learn More.
  • SEPARATION BENEFITS. The VFW's nationwide network of service officers are experts at navigating the VA system. These trained professionals assist veterans filing for their VA claims and help these veterans get the benefits they deserve. Learn More.
  • Separation Benefits . The VFW's Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program assists separating and retiring active-duty personnel in obtaining VA entitlements and benefits upon discharge. BDD representatives are ready to answer questions regarding education and medical benefits and VA home loans. Learn More.
  • Using Education Benefits.  Veterans can face any number of obstacles while furthering their education. Taking advantage of benefits they've earned shouldn't be one of them. The VFW's 1 Student Veteran program offers assistance to student veterans who have questions or encounter problems accessing their VA benefits. Learn More.
  • Veterans' Scholarships.  The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. Learn More.
  • Emergency Financial Aid .  Veterans and military families can face unexpected challenges that leave you in a bind. The VFW Unmet Needs program is there to provide veterans and service members dealing with financial crises with grants to keep them on their feet. Learn More.

The Veterans Crisis Line Website

The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

More about the Veterans Crisis Line

If you or a Veteran you know is in crisis, find a facility near you.

  • 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. Service Dogs for Wounded Veterans.

The Salvation Army Veterans Affairs Services
    Every year, The Salvation Army serves hundreds of thousands of veterans in need. The ministry of The Salvation Army for veterans has grown from serving coffee and doughnuts in World War I, to providing various programs of comfort and cheer. Services rendered to the veterans are as unique as the communities they live in. It can range from lending assistance with wheelchairs to get veterans outside for some fresh air to experiencing a weekend at camp. Some are provided phone cards and large print Bibles. From coast to coast, Salvation Army programs recognize the sacrifices our veterans have made for their country. For services in your area, please contact your local Salvation Army by using the location search on this page

Veterans And Family Center -- Offered by the Salvation Army
  • RICK STOLLER -- DIRECTOR.  FRONT DESK: (503) 239-1259


The St. Cloud Salvation Army and the Department of Veteran Affairs have partnered to provide hope and help to homeless veterans since 2009 through the Veterans Grant and Per Diem (VGPD) program.  The goal-oriented program operated at The Salvation Army has warm beds available for up to seven veterans.  The program promotes sustained wellness and ultimately strives to find veterans permanent housing. Goals, which are determined by the veteran and an assigned Salvation Army case worker, may include:
  • Recovery from addiction with 60 days of continuous sobriety
  • Securing employment that adequately provides for basic needs
  • Pursuing further education
  • Participating in volunteerism
  • Receiving ongoing outpatient care at the local Veteran Affairs Medical Center
  • Reintegrating into society
While in the program, veterans must meet with their assigned case worker and follow the designated Salvation Army guidelines.
To request assistance, stop by our office at 400 U.S. Highway 10 S. in St. Cloud during normal business hours.  Or, call 320-257-7429 to speak with the veterans’ case manager.

Online Discussion Groups
Veterans Program At Rutgers University, New Jersey
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a center of excellence for veteran and military students among the nation's military services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and institutions of higher education nationwide. The Office of Veteran and Military Programs and Service's goal is to ensure that veteran and military students are fully integrated into campus life and can participate fully in the broad range of intellectual and cultural activities offered by Rutgers, while having veteran and military students share their diverse experiences with the university community. Our team coordinates one of the most comprehensive range services for veteran and military students found at any college or university in the country. Our mission is your smooth transition on to our campus and ultimately your academic success here an Rutgers and in your years beyond the university. As the result of Rutgers'’ extraordinary commitment to its veterans, the VA has designated Rutgers as a VetSuccess On Campus University. And, the VA has assigned fulltime VA employees to work out of Rutgers' Veterans House.

eBenefits directory for Veterans

National Resources Directory for Veterans
  • This website offers information on eBenefits directory for Vets.

Veterans Health Administration
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • We Know What's Important

  • OUR MISSION: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. 
  • OUR VISION: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. 

  • Always put the interests of our members first
  • Treat donors as partners in our cause 
  • Promote patriotism
  • Honor military service
  • Ensure the care of veterans and their families 
  • Serve our communities
  • Promote a positive image of the VFW
  • Respect the diversity of veteran opinions 

        Learn more about us:

       Our Mission: To combat Post Traumatic Stress
  •     Bring healing to our military community (Active duty, Reserves and National Guard, veterans, and their families) through pastoral counseling, and peer mentoring, both on an individual basis, and in group settings.
  •     Raise awareness of the increasing needs of the military community through public events, media outlets, social media, service organizations, and churches.
  •     Networking government agencies, service organizations, churches and private sector businesses into a united “Corps of Compassion”, to bring their combined resources together to meet the needs of the military community on a personal and individual/family level.
  • Our brave men and women in uniform understand duty, honor, and sacrifice. Many have returned home with both the visible scars, and the unseen wounds of war.
  • To give back to those who have given of themselves so selflessly
  •     PTSD Foundation of America is a non-profit organization dedicated to mentoring to our combat veterans and their families with post traumatic stress. Many warriors are coming home with visible wounds; countless others are coming home with scars we cannot see, wounded souls from witnessing the horrors of war over and over again – PTSD. We feel it is our duty as Americans to help these mighty warriors and their families adjust and find their new normal.
  •     It is our turn to step up with other excellent existing community organizations and help those that have fought and sacrificed so much for us. We are faith-based in our approach and have a great history of providing hope and healing to those experiencing the unseen wounds of war. We offer a safe place where no one is judged, everyone is supported, and everything a warrior says or is revealed is confidential within the group.
  •     We would like the opportunity to train and/or help form groups within your community for warriors & their families to reach out to. Our teams consist of Veterans, Active and Reserve Service Members as well as civilians that have a heart for the military and their families. We have active, reserve and/or veterans from every war up to World War II that are coming to our groups. Warriors that we have worked with have learned how to heal and cope with PTSD to find their “new normal” and are now are reaching out to other warriors to let them know that there is hope in the darkness and they are NOT alone.
  • Please give us the opportunity to show you what we can do to provide hope for the warriors in darkness and the families who love and support them.


National Resource Directory on (LOGIN REQUIRED)
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  • 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.

    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.

    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.
  • 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.

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.

America's Veteran

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.
  • 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. Veterans And Military Resource Page

  • 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. National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

George W. Bush launches program to help veterans transition from war
February 24, 2014 - The Chicago Tribune

  • The onetime commander-in-chief, who led the United States into war in Afghanistan in 2001 and Iraq in 2003, said he wants to highlight the challenges facing service members returning from war zones, as well as their families.
  • "I have a duty," Bush said in an interview that aired on Sunday on ABC's This Week.  "Obviously I get slightly emotional talking about our vets because I have an emotional...," Bush said, trailing off.   "I'm in there with them," he added.
  • About 2.5 million U.S. service members have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001, according to the Department of Defense. Troops have since left Iraq and are expected to wind down their involvement in Afghanistan within the year.
  • More than 50,000 U.S. and coalition service members have been wounded in more than a decade of war.
  • The Dallas-based Bush Institute, a public policy center founded in 2009 by the former president and his wife Laura, is working with a coalition of government, nonprofits, private companies and universities on the initiative, which also target ways to encourage employers to recruit and retain veterans.


More Resources
  • 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 post-traumatic 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.

    Psychiatric Treatment And The Military
    Helping our Troops and their Families at Home
    • It’s important to remember that the mental health challenges that service members experience can have a ripple effect throughout their immediate family while they are serving -- and upon their return home.
    • There are a variety of things military members and spouses can do to understand the warning signs of and treatment options for mental health issues including:
    • --Talking with someone in their network of care (for example: primary care physician, religious leader, or friends and family) about what they are going through.
    • -- Utilizing online resources to learn about common mental health issues associated with serving in a war zone and their symptoms.
    • -- Discussing their concerns with a psychiatrist or other mental health care professional.
    • -- The American Psychiatric Foundation is a proud partner of Give an Hour, a volunteer organization that provides professional mental health and substance use disorder services through a network of professionals who volunteer their services for an hour a week to active and returning military, National Guard, veterans, and their families. 
  • 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
  • PTSD And Wives - By Susan Barrera. 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 - Post-traumatic 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. What are the symptoms of PTSD? How is PTSD treated?

News and Media

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a real illness. You can get PTSD after living through or seeing a traumatic event, such as war, a hurricane, sexual assault, physical abuse, or a bad accident. PTSD makes you feel stressed and afraid after the danger is over. It affects your life and the people around you.
PTSD can cause problems like
  • Flashbacks, or feeling like the event is happening again
  • Trouble sleeping or nightmares
  • Feeling alone
  • Angry outbursts
  • Feeling worried, guilty, or sad
  • PTSD starts at different times for different people. Signs of PTSD may start soon after a frightening event and then continue. Other people develop new or more severe signs months or even years later. PTSD can happen to anyone, even children.
  • Treatment may include talk therapy, medicines, or both. Treatment might take 6 to 12 weeks. For some people, it takes longer.

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            El Monte Veterans Village is a landmark achievement between Mercy Housing California and New Directions in an effort to create affordable, service enriched, supportive living for homeless Veterans in the Los Angeles area. The new three-story development in the City of El Monte will mean 40 studio apartments and 2,400 square feet of common and recreational space for service delivery targeting homeless Veterans.
            As the first permanent supportive community for homeless Veterans in the area, El Monte VeteransVillage addresses the growing rate of homelessness in a community that struggles with uniquely high rates of unemployment and special needs by:
            • Partnering with New Directions, a well-established nonprofit with 20 years of experience serving homeless veterans, who will provide on-site services in partnership with the VA and 10 local agencies. Services will include case management, health & wellness programs, benefits claims assistance & legal services, substance abuse recovery support and social & recreational activities;
            • Developing affordable living opportunities near downtown areas, employment opportunities, parks, services, businesses, transit and the local Veterans of Foreign Wars facility;
            • Collaborating with service providers, community partners, and the Department of Veterans Affairs to inform the design of the energy-efficient building, programming space and Resident Services.


            • 40 affordable homes for Veterans
            • On-site management
            • On-site resident services
            • Community garden
            • Barbecue area
            • Community centers
            • Community room with kitchen
            • Lounge area
            • Computer center
            • On-site laundry facility
            • Energy efficient design and appliances
            • Elevator
            • Close proximity to public parking (Bus Routes 76, 190/194, 178 and 488 operatedby MTA or Foothill Transit)

            El Monte Veterans VILLAGE

            11254 Ramona Boulevard
            El Monte, California 91731
            Phone: 626-377-9454
            [TTY 800-855-2880]
            Property Type: Veterans/Special Needs
            Units: 40
            Applications will be available beginning November 25, 2013
            at the temporary Leasing Office (11126 Ramona Blvd c/o VFW)
            during regular office hours: Monday - Friday: 10am - 3pm or online.
            Completed applications will be accepted beginning December 4, 2013 and will be accepted in person or via standard mail. All applications will be date and time stamped & processed in the order they are received.

            Print application for Mercy Housing


            You may qualify if Head of Household is:
            • A Veteran with a Discharge Status of Honorable or Other-than-Honorable and eligible to receive VA Health Benefits
            • Chronically Homeless

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