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External Resources for Veterans

Forms

Download VA forms [http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_BILL_Info/education_forms.htm]

Apply for GI Bill Benefits [http://vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-22_1990.pdf]

Veterans Online Application(VONAPP) [http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp]

Program Information

New GI Bill [http://www.newgibill.org/post_911_gi_bill] -- includes benefit calculator

My GI Bill [http://www.mygibill.org/]

Need a Lift [http://www.needalift.org/]

DANTE [http://www.dantes.doded.mil/Dantes_web/DANTESHOME.asp]

Veterans Administration [http://www.va.gov/]

GI Bill [http://www.gibill.va.gov/]

GI Bill Case Studies [http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/CH33/CH33-CH30_Case_Studies.htm]

Yellow Ribbon [http://www.gibill.va.gov/School_Info/yellow_ribbon/index.htm] 

Chapter 33 [http://www.gibill.va.gov/pamphlets/ch33/ch33_pamphlet.pdf]

NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs [http://www.nj.gov/military/]

VA Healthcare Benefits [http://www.va.gov/healtheligibility/]

Discharge Papers (DD 214) [http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/dd-214.html]

Support Your Vet (assistance with transition) [http://supportyourvet.org/]

NY/NJ Veterans Centers listing [http://www1.va.gov/visns/visn03/vetctrs.asp]

Wounded Warrior Outreach Program [http://www.veteransforamerica.org/woundedwarrior/about/]

National Center for PTSD [http://ncptsd.va.gov]

Military.com Education Blog [http://military-education.military.com/2009/05/plan-to-switch-to-the-post911-gi-bill-not-so-fast.html?ESRC=education.nl]

NJ Governor's Council Resource Guide for Veterans [http://www.state.nj.us/treasury/gcada/pdf/Veterans-Guide.pdf.pdf]

GI Bill WAVE [https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/]

American Council on Education sponsored site  [http://www.todaysgibill.org/]

VA Hiring – Student Programs [http://www.va.gov/JOBS/hiring_programs.asp#5]

VA Medical Centers [http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp]

VA Compensation & Pension [http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/]

Referral Clearinghouse for OEF/OIF vets/active duty

http://www.militaryonesource.com: This organization will work with all generations of veterans. The veteran must be wounded, injured or ill (these conditions do not have to be from war or service injuries). This organization will first try to see if the VA will resolve the issue and if they can't, they can offer short term counseling (EAP model) or refer the vet to a wide variety of resources. This organization is especially helpful with active duty service members. If a vet is not injured, ill or wounded, they can provide OEF/OIF veterans assistance within one year of their separation date from active duty.

http://www.americasupportsyou.mil:

The America Supports You website, www.AmericaSupportsYou.mil, provides a one-stop location for citizens and service members to connect with hundreds organizations eager to help.

Employment, Career Advisement, Job Skills Training

http://www.careeronestop.org/militarytransition: The Key to Career Success campaign connects veterans and transitioning service members with high quality career planning, training, and job search resources available at local One-Stop Career Centers.

http://www.sba.gov/aboutsba/sbaprograms/ovbd/index.html:

The mission of the Office of Veterans Business Development is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.   

http://www.dol.gov/vets/grants/main.htm:

This site provides links for grants for veterans (not specific to OEF/OIF)

http://www.purpleheartfoundation.org/job_training.asp

Vets do not have to have a purple heart to apply but I believe have to be at least 10% service-connected.

Mission:Train qualified disabled veterans in career positions such as market researchers, data managers, emergency hotline responders, website order processors, help desk managers, customer care and customer service coordinators, virtual administration and other data management services.

The Course:Call Center Management, a rigorous 15-week, web based on-line classroom and practical training in the Call Center industry. At the conclusion of the training program, each veteran trainee will have a thorough understanding of Microsoft Suite business applications and a complex, VOIP predictive dialing system that is utilized world-wide. The actual instruction is based on the EST zone standard.

http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/

This site provides resources for employers wanting to hire  vets with PTSD and TBI and also has a link to a training resource.

http://www.dol.gov/vets/REALifelines/index.htm

This federal agency assists wounded combat vets or their family members with transitioning to civilian employment.

Emergency Financial Assistance

http://www.unmetneeds.com: This organization is part of the Veterans of Foreign Wars; they offer financial assistance to active duty service members and OEF/OIF veterans within three years from release from active duty and whose financial crisis is due to military service.

http://www.operationhomefront.net/Chapter_root/chapter_contact.asp?Chapter_ID=1:

Operation Home Front primarily focuses on financial needs/emergencies for active duty service members and their family and May, on a case by case basis, assist OEF/OIF veterans.  The link above is to the Florida chapter.

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org:

The Wounded Warrior Project is a national resource with their HQ in JAX. They have a unique program called Track, in which wounded OEF/OIF soldiers attend readjustment classes on site and also attend FCCJ. They pay the vet $2000/month and make them save $500/month, which is given back to them at the end of the year. They house them in apartments in JAX and have their own dedicated facility with a small gym. They currently have about 18 students and will enroll another 18-20 in January, 2009. They provide emergency financial assistance, funds available, to OEF/OIF combat veterans. 

http://www.veteranlove.com/:

Provide financial assistance to severely wounded OEF/OIF service members and veterans.

Training Resources

http://archive.sesameworkshop.org/tlc/:

This site provides links to obtain free DVDs and literature/posters to help children adjust to deployment or the return of an injured warrior. MilitaryOneSource.com also has links to this information.

http://www.avbi.org/index.html:

American Veterans with Brain Injuries provides resources, links and support to fellow vets with TBI.

http://www.usuhs.mil/psy/RFSMC.pdf:

A handout for couples who are experiencing relationship adjustment issues.

https://www.battlemind.army.mil: This web site has a wealth of brochures and videos for family member and combat vets to help with readjustment issues.

http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org:

The Wounded Warrior Project is a national resource with their HQ in JAX. They have a unique program called Track, in which wounded OEF/OIF soldiers attend readjustment classes on site and also attend FCCJ. They pay the vet $2000/month and make them save $500/month, which is given back to them at the end of the year. They house them in apartments in JAX and have their own dedicated facility with a small gym. They currently have about 18 students and will enroll another 18-20 in January, 2009. They provide emergency financial assistance, funds available, to OEF/OIF combat veterans. 

http://www.veteransairlift.org/page/1/about_vac.jsp:

This organization provides free air transport to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. Their priority is OEF/OIF vets.

http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer:

Homes for our Troops assists in building specially adapted homes for severely wounded veterans.

http://www..org/section/initiatives/veteran_housing/programs

Rebuilding together provides financial assistance to repair and modify homes for family members of deceased combat vets, active duty and low income OEF/OIF combat veterans.

http://www.ncptsd.va.gov/ncmain/index.jsp

This VA site provides educational material for veterans and providers about PTSD, treatment of PTSD and help for families.

http://www.floridavets.org/:

This site provides general information about vetrerans benefits and has a locator for each county's office.

General Veteran Information

http://usmilitary.about.com/od/theorderlyroom/l/blcode1.htm:

This site will translate numeric  and alphabetical separation codes from DD-214s.

Vacation/Recreational Opportunities

http://www.vacationsforveterans.org/

This organization provides a week of free lodging for recently wounded warriors. I learned of this from a vet who planned to vacation in one of their properties.

 

Service Organizations

American Legion [http://www.legion.org/homepage.php]

AMVETS [http://www.amvets.org/]

Disabled American Veterans [http://www.dav.org/]

National Veterans Foundation [http://www.nvf.org/]

Paralyzed Veterans of America [http://www.pva.org/site/PageServer]

VFW [http://www.vfw.org/]

Vietnam Veterans of America [http://www.vva.org/]

Student Veterans of America [http://www.studentveterans.org]