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Financial Aid for Veterans

Resources for Veterans

Local Resources

On Campus, Counseling Services invites you to take advantage of their services, including the Hope for Heroes program, at any time while you’re enrolled. Schedule a visit or contact them for more information. 

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 VET CENTERS: If you have served in any combat zone, Vet Centers are in your community to help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services. You’ve earned these benefits and there is no cost to you or your family members. There are 300 Vet Centers across the US and surrounding territories (US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam,and American Samoa) Call during normal business hours at 1-800-905-4675 (Eastern)or 1-866-496-8838 (Pacific)

Other Resources

The VOW To Hire Heroes Act 2011
The Veterans Administration and the Department of Labor are dedicated to outreach efforts to ensure information about Veteran Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) reaches qualified Veterans and provide information on eligibility and how to apply. On April 17, 2012, the VOW website was launched, providing individuals with a wealth of information, including details about VRAP, tax credits for employers, vocational rehabilitation services, transition assistance program, and DOL resources.  For the VRAP program, qualified Veterans will be able to apply for the program directly from the site starting on and after May 15, 2012.

 

VA for Vets facilitates the reintegration, retention and hiring of Veteran employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  They offer career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. VA for Vets is your gateway to a rewarding career serving our nation’s Veterans.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness in five years.  All Veterans at risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness must have easy access to programs and services.  Learn more.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (“IAVA”) - IAVA is the country’s first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. With more than 200,000 Member Veterans and civilian supporters nationwide, IAVA is building the next greatest generation with a three-pronged model based on advocacy, awareness, and assistance. IAVA programs empower our community online and offline, and include Smart Job Fairs, our signature New GI Bill calculator and Community of Veterans, a veterans only social network.

The National Resource Directory is a comprehensive, free, online tool for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services.The law creating TAP established a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Transportation and the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS), to give employment and training information to armed forces members within 180 days of separation or retirement.

Military OneSource is provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families. It is a virtual extension of installation services. Visit Military OneSource today or call 1-800-342-9647.

The Warrior Gateway Program has been designed to promote easier reintegration into home communities. It establishes a single capability that serves as a trusted and reliable resource for the military community to quickly locate service organizations that satisfy their needs, identify academic programs they are interested in and easily find employers seeking their valuable skills, while enabling improvements in the service provider sector through metrics and collaboration.

The Veteran Gold Card provides post-9/11 veterans with extra support as they transition out of the military. Once a veteran has downloaded the Veteran Gold Card, he or she can access six months of personalized case management, assessments and counseling at the roughly 3,000 One-Stop Career Centers located across the country

Military Pathways provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. The self-assessments are a series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling and whether they could benefit from talking to a health professional.

Money Management Resources

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Staff at the Office of Service-member Affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau are there to see that military personnel and their families have a voice at the “CFPB”. They understand that military life can have some extra challenges, such as deployment and frequent moves, and that those challenges can sometimes have powerful financial repercussions. They also know that there are businesses and scammers that target servicemembers with bad deals and outright rip-offs, and that there are other businesses that treat them well. Learn more about their programs and services.

360 Degrees of Financial Literacy (American Institute of CPAs ) - Members of our nation’s Armed Forces are trained to defend our country in a moment’s notice. But like non-Service members, they have to take care of the homefront too. Understanding budgeting, saving and investing is a first step toward financial freedom.

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