VETERAN WORKPLACE RESOURCE GUIDE

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Over 1.5 million veterans are living in poverty. Transitioning from the military to the civilian workplace can be challenging. From knowing your rights to finding the right company, here is a resource guide to help you navigate the workplace as a veteran.

Veterans living in the U.S.

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Best Colleges For Veterans

An increasing number of careers require you to have a college education. A higher education degree can also increase your salary and make you more appealing to employers. Choosing a college as a Veteran can be difficult. Here are the top 10 Colleges and Universities that are most popular among veterans.

Best Online Colleges For Veterans

Here are the top 10 online colleges for veterans.

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What things do recruiters look for in Veterans?

Recruiters look for upward mobility in the service: starting as a private, becoming a sergeant, and then a sergeant major. Or you were a first lieutenant, later became a major and then a colonel. Recruiters also look for several attributes. One is diversity and inclusion. In the military we don’t see black, we don’t see Hispanic. You put us in a foxhole we get the mission done. We can work with almost anybody. Also, Veterans have probably been global. So, if you hire someone in Charlotte and they are a Veteran, there is a good chance that they have been outside of Charlotte. You have these national companies that ask you if you mind moving or traveling. Many Veterans do not since they are used to it.

Veterans will write down crazy acronyms that they knew in the Army, Air Force, or Navy and think that everyone knows what they are talking about. I was an operations specialist, which is radar and weapon systems, and can talk all day about missile systems, velocities, and fuel. If you are a recruiter, you have no idea what I’m talking about. Instead, you can write in your resume: I lead people, I saved a company in the military x amount of dollars, or I trained and mentored x amount of people. Some Veterans can do this on a resume and others need a little more umf to pull it out of them. It’s about bringing out what you have been taught and what you have learned whether that be 4, 8, or 10 years of a career and putting it into civilian lingo rather than military lingo on paper.

Even though you are out of or are transitioning out of the military, there are Veterans you can go to and ask questions about what you can do on your resume that is attractive to civilians. On the flip side, you can go to civilians and ask them the same thing. When I got out, I was a recruiter for many years. I attended a Hire Heroes events and a gentleman told me that I was in talent acquisition which is a recruiter but civilianized. It’s about taking the same thing and making it different. It’s about reaching out to professionals or subject matter experts in a field and asking professional questions about how you can best utilize your background and make it more resume friendly.

Best Companies for Veterans

Finding a job can be difficult. We have a great tool to make your search easier. Select your military title and see a list of where other veterans that have similar skills and experiences as you work.

Find Your Job Title

If you are still overwhelmed by the job searching process, finding what job title suits you, can make things much easier. Zippia has a tool that can help you do this. Select your military title and see what job titles other veterans that have similar skills and experiences as you work

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For a resume, don’t just throw up on a piece of paper. I’ve seen Veterans who have resumes that are five pages and one full-page is all of their awards and accolades. Get rid of that section and incorporate it in some part of what you did when you were in whatever branch. I don’t need to know that you were a rifle expert unless you are applying for a job at a gun range. Keep your resume down to two pages. I would encourage folks who are writing a resume to use the STAR method. “S” and “T” are the situational task, “A” is the actions, and “R” is the results. I am going to give you less than 40 seconds to look at the resume, and that’s all the time I have. You better intrigue me in the top tier of your resume. Remember, you need to have different resumes for different industries.

The STAR method is also popular on the interview side. Say an interviewer asks you, “tell me a time where you struggled with a co-worker; what did you do?” You would set up the situational task, so my co-worker and I didn’t see eye to eye on something. You would then say the action, I took him aside, talked with him, and spoke to the supervisor. And then the result: we were able to figure out where the challenges were, established a process to communicate and enhanced the communication on the shop floor.

For interviews, I use three simple letters: PDR. (Practice, Drill, Rehearse). Practice interviewing, by going on informal coffees, drill it in by talking to yourself, and rehearse your elevator speech. Don’t wait until you are in an elevator with a senior VP of talent acquisition, and they say, “tell me about yourself.” Be ready for some of those tough questions like, “well we just interviewed five candidates, and you are our last one, why should we hire you?” If you don’t practice that question, you’re going to sit there going “uh, I don’t know, cause.” Instead, you should be prepared and say, “because I studied the role and I have these two, three attributes that can be a game-changer to your company.”

There are a lot of nonprofits that help Veterans post 9/11 with their resumes. Hire Heroes is a big one. They are based out of Atlanta but have a lot of national offices. Their staff will talk to you and critique your resume. There is also American Corporate Partners (ACP) based out of Manhattan who match you with a professional. I did a 12-month mentorship with ACP and was matched with the vice president of human resources at UPS who was in charge of 400,000 to 500,000 people. He gave me two hours of his time once a month to talk to him.

As far as preparing for an interview, in the military you are always preparing for the next maneuver or inspection. The amount of preparation that we always use in the military, have that same mindset when going into an interview. Do your due diligence to learn more about the company and find out who the hiring manager is and their background. There is no excuse with the number of tools that are available out there to not be prepared for an interview.

Veteran Affairs – Programs

The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs offers several programs and benefits to Veterans. They have a comprehensive list of benefits that you can browse through and representatives to help you find and apply for benefits. Here are 7 programs that you should know about.

  1. Transition Assistance Program (TAP): This program helps veterans transition to civilian life after the military by providing them with training and other services. The program helps veterans bring their military experience into the civilian workplace. It is a cooperative effort between VETS, DoD, DHS, and the VA.

  2. VA’s Backed Veteran Home Loans: This loan helps veterans and their spouses buy, build, improve, or refinance a home. You can get a certificate of eligibility for a home loan and calculate your VA Home Loan benefit at eBenefits. You can also download an eligibility form here and mail it to the address on the form that corresponds to your state.

  3. VA Health Care Coverage: This coverage provides health care to veterans who did not receive a dishonorable discharge and who served a certain number of months. The VA makes exceptions if you were discharged due to a disability, hardship, or served before September 7, 1980. You can apply online here. The VA also has a personal health record for Veterans and their dependents.

  4. VA Life Insurance: The VA provides life insurance options for Veterans. They can help you manage your policies, file claims for benefits, and access numerous other resources online and browse through different insurance options.

  5. VA Mental Health Services: The VA provides Veterans with free mental health services. They offer free mental health care for a year after separation. You can call the VA at 877-222.8387, call or visit your nearest Vet Center or VA health facility. To speak to someone at any time, you can call 800-273-8255 and select 1, text 838255 or call 800-799-4889 if you have hearing loss.

  6. VA Native American Direct Loan (NADL) Program: This program provides eligible Native American Veterans with direct home loans. To be eligible, you must be a Native American Veteran, have a valid Certificate of Eligibility, own a home on federally recognized land, and have a sufficient income to meet mortgage payments.

  7. VA Pension Benefits: These benefits provide monthly payments to some wartime Veterans with limited or no income who meet certain age and disability requirements. Find out if you are eligible here.

  8. eBenefits Portal: This portal allows Veterans to apply for, research, access, and manage their VA and military benefits.

GI Bill Benefits

GI benefits are created to help eligible Veterans cover costs associated with getting an education or receiving training. The GI bill refers to education benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. You can apply online for these benefits. Here are 5 benefits that you should know about.

  • GI Comparison Tool: This VA tool allows Veterans to learn about education programs and compare benefits by school.

  • Post-9/11 GI Bill: This Bill helps Veterans pay for school or job training who have served on active duty after September 10, 2001.

  • Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty: This Bill provides Veterans with at least two years of active duty education benefits.

  • Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve: This Bill provides eligible members of the Selected Reserve with up to 36 months of education and training benefits.

  • Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E): This program helps you return to the job you had before you deployed. To qualify for VR&E benefits, you need to be a Veteran with a service-related disability. Learn how to apply for VR&E benefits here.

Population Stat

There are 18.2% veterans living in the United States, according to the US Census Bureau.

Veteran Disability

Veterans with disabilities have numerous rights and protections. You can take a look at Zippia’s Disability Resource Guide to learn more about all aspects of navigating the corporate landscape as a veteran with a disability. Here are 3 benefits specifically for veterans with disabilities.

  1. VA Disability Compensation: The VA provides eligible Veterans monthly tax-free payments. To be eligible, you need to have gotten sick or injured while serving, have an existing condition that was made worse through serving, have a chronic illness or injury, or have a mental health condition like PTSD. You can file a disability compensation claim on the VA’s website or fill out this application and bring it to your nearest VA regional benefit office.

  2. VA Disability Housing Grants: The VA offers several grants to veterans with service-related disabilities. The grant can be used to buy a more accessible home or modify one to make it easier to live in. VA offers three grants. A Temporary Residence Adaptation (TRA) grant can be used to make a family member’s home more accommodating. A Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) Grant or Special Housing Adaptation Grant (SHA) can be used to buy, build, or alter your permanent home. You can apply for these grants online using eBenefits.

  3. Working While Receiving VA Disability: Veterans can work while receiving VA disability unless they receive Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU). To be eligible for TDIU, you need to prove that your service-related disability does not allow you to maintain substantially gainful employment.

Veteran Statistics

According to DoSomething.org.

Veterans rights

Unfortunately, not everyone is understanding and accommodating of Veterans. Fortunately, legislation exists that prohibits discrimination against Veterans. Here are a few key laws.

  • Disabled Veterans: The Americans with Disabilities Act protects disabled veterans. This act prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals with disabilities and requires employers to provide Veterans who are disabled with reasonable accommodations. Disabled Veterans have many rights that they should know about.

  • Title 5 USC, Section 2108: This law gives Veterans preference over people who are not Veterans in the Federal hiring process and during layoffs. To be eligible, you need to be a veteran with a disability, served during specified periods or served in military campaigns.

  • Treatment: It is illegal for an employer to refuse to interview, hire, promote, or fire you because of your status as a protected Veteran.

  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA): This act protects Veterans’ civilian re-employment rights and prohibits discrimination in the workplace based on their status as a protected Veteran. This act applies to all public, private, and Federal employers and makes it so that:

    1. Veterans can return to their jobs with the same seniority, status, pay, and benefits that they had before their military service.
    2. Employers are required to provide Veterans with disabilities with reasonable accommodations.
    3. An employer is required to pay Veterans what they would be making if they had not left on active duty. They are also required to provide Veterans with any additional training that they may need.
    4. It protects Veterans against harassment in the workplace.
  • VA Benefit Letter: To receive benefits, Veterans need documentation that proves their status. You can find a VA Benefit Summary Letter here.

  • Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (VEVRAA): This act requires contractors to take affirmative action to employ qualified covered

What To Do If Your Rights Were Violated

If your rights were violated at work and you want to take action, here is a list of legal resources that you can use.

File a complaint with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP):

If you feel as though someone discriminated against you because of your status as a protected veteran by an employer doing business with the Federal Government, you can file a discrimination complaint with the OFCCP. You can file a complaint within 300 days from the alleged discrimination by using OFCCP’s online form. You can file this complaint online with your OFCCP Regional Office or in person with your OFCCP District or Area Office.

File a USERRA Complaint:

If you feel as though someone violated your USERRA rights, you can file a USERRA complaint electronically with the Department of Labor. You can contact the Department of Labor by calling 1-866-487-2365.

File a complaint with the Department of Labor:

The Department of Labor enforces numerous worker protection laws. You can contact the Department of Labor by calling 1-866-487-9243. You can also go to or contact your local office.

File a complaint with the Department of Labor:

The Department of Labor enforces numerous worker protection laws. You can contact the Department of Labor by calling 1-866-487-9243. You can also go to or contact your local office.

Document everything:

It is important to document incidents of harassment or mistreatment that you experience because of your status as a protected Veteran when they occur. If you want to take action in the future, you must be able to prove what happened.

Talk to the HR department:

If you feel as though you have been discriminated against because of your status as a protected Veteran in the workplace, you can speak with or file a complaint with your employer’s human resource department.

Get a lawyer:

If you feel as though someone discriminated against you because of your status as a protected Veteran outside of or at work, you can talk to a lawyer who can help you take the necessary steps to protect your rights. You can search for accredited attorneys and claim agents on the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

Female Veterans, on average, earn 30% more than non-Veteran women, according to Statista.
Income By Gender

Veteran Groups

It is important to remember that you are never alone. Numerous groups support, advocate for, and bring together Veterans no matter where they are in their military career. There are many benefits to joining these groups. People in these groups often share personal experiences and can offer each other emotional support that they cannot get in other places. Here is a list of some of the most popular nationwide disability organizations.

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What obstacles or traps can Veterans encounter and how can they overcome those?

One obstacle is when Veterans get out, they want the same pay they had when they were in. They have to realize that they often have to start a little bit back, take a lower position, and learn the ropes. If I was in front of a vet right now and they were saying, “Hey Paul I made $85,000 as a sergeant major and I need at least that,” I’d ask them, “Do you see that director over there at Wells Fargo? He might be making $80,000 so let’s take him and put him in charge of your tank battalion. Do you think he could do that?” The veteran would say, “Nah, he can’t do that.” Well exactly, and you can’t take his job at Wells Fargo right away.

Veterans have to remember that we are less than 1% of the population. You get 100 people in a room from Charlotte, maybe one is a Veteran. There are probably 99 people in that room who have no clue what you went through. One obstacle is that you think people know you, you think people owe you, you think people understand how much you made or what you’re worth and they don’t.

The last obstacle is that veterans often start too late. You don’t think that it’s a big deal. You think you got this made and can figure out the civilian life because you spent 6, 8 or 15 years in the service, and went to war and back. Ask for help and check your ego at the door. You are not in the military anymore. It’s time to figure out this civilian way of doing things and get with the program because there aren’t a lot of people around you that know yours.

The reality is that you may have been in charge of say 25 people and you enter the civilian workforce and are not. Don’t be afraid to swallow your pride a little bit and take one or two steps back to more of an entry level position. You might have to do that to get inside a company and get your career on track

Not everyone knows what you have been through, where you have traveled to, and sacrifices that you made. A lot of people pick up what they see in newspapers and on TV. If you poll let’s say 90% of the military, everyone joins for different reasons. So take the time and educate people. Something will come up about my military career and someone will ask me, “So you really been to Europe, the Caribbean and Canada, and the Middle east?” They are curious and it is important to educate them that it is not just what you see on TV. It’s travel, it’s comradery. For Veterans it’s about not being in total shock when civilians don’t know exactly what you do and why you do it.

Veteran Education Benefits

There are numerous programs that help Veterans pursue their education and career aspirations. Here are 15 that you should know about.

Dependent Education Assistance Program:

This program provides Veterans who have service-related disabilities with education and training opportunities.

Independent Living Track:

This track is for Veterans who cannot return to work at first due to limitations in performing daily tasks due to their service-related disabilities.

Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) program:

This program provides Veterans with training and job experience. It is great for Veterans who are not finding employment due to lack of work experience and do well in a hands-on environment. These employees are entitled to a monthly subsistence allowance.

Self-Employment Track:

This program helps motivated Veterans start their own business. It helps them with things like developing and implementing a business plan.

Special Employer Incentive (SEI) program:

This program provides training and work experience to veterans in the VR&E program who have difficulty getting a job. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) determines if you are eligible. You can find your local VA regional office here or can call 800-827-1000.

Training Program Subsistence Allowance:

This program provides a monthly allowance that veterans in the VR&E program can receive while pursuing an educational or training program. The amount of money an individual can receive depends on their rate of attendance, number of dependents and type of training. This document outlines how much money you can potentially receive.

Military Tuition Assistance Program:

Veterans can use tuition assistance for undergraduate, graduate, vocational, distance-learning programs and independent study. This program funds up to 100% of your college tuition and certain fees if they do not, exceed $250 per semester credit hour, $166 per quarter credit hour, or $4,500 per fiscal year. To be eligible for this program, you must be an active-duty National Guard or Reserve Component service member. You can find out more about tuition assistance for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force.

Navy College:

This site is a resource for sailors who are seeking to further their education. It helps them navigate finding the best school for them and learn about funding options.

The VA has several programs on bills that help Veterans. The VA has an online form where you can apply for education benefits.

VA — VetSuccess On Campus (VSOC):
VSOC provides support to Veterans who are transitioning from military to college life. This program provides VSOC schools with counselors who help Veterans pursue their educational and employment goals. Find out if your College has a VSOC counselor here.

VA — Post-9/11 GI Bill:
This bill provides education benefits to Veterans who served for at least 90 days after Sept. 10, 2001. It provides tuition and fees, a relocation allowance,a monthly living stipend, and funding for non-college programs like vocational training and national testing programs. VA has a GI Bill Comparison Tool that compares educational programs and school benefits.

VA — Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD):
MGIB-AD helps you pay for education and training programs. This bill provides you with up to 36 months of educational benefits. If you have served on active duty for at least two-years, check to see if you are eligible here. For additional questions, you can call 888-442-4551 or call TTY: 711 if you have hearing loss.

VA — Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR):
This bill helps members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps or Coast Guard Reserve, Army National Guard and Air National Guard pay for training programs and up to 36 months of educational benefits. To be eligible, you must agree to be an officer for or serve 6-years in the Selected Reserve.

VA Top-up program:
This is a tuition assistance program that is available for up to 36 months. It can pay for college expenses that are not covered by other types of financial aid.

VA: Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP):
VEAP helps Veterans use part of their military pay to help pay for education expenses. To be eligible, you need to have entered the service between Jan 1, 1977 and June 30, 1985, put money into a VEAP account before April 1, 1987, and completed service without receiving a dishonorable discharge.

VA –National Call to Service Program:
This program allows you to select an educational benefit instead of the Montgomery GI Bill. Some benefits include repayment of student loans under $18,000, a cash bonus of $5,000, and educational assistance. VA created a pamphlet that outlines the program in more detail.

Veteran Government Jobs

Federal jobs can be great for Veterans. Federal agencies often hire many Veterans because their skills are transferable to those agencies. Federal jobs provide Veterans with Veteran’s preference, which gives them preference over other applicants. While this does not guarantee you a job, it gives you a leg up. Here are 5 common questions about Federal jobs.

Who is eligible for Veterans’ preference?

  • Veterans who were not dishonorably discharged from active duty in the armed forces are eligible. They usually need to have served on active duty for at least two years during a period of war or be disabled. The United States Department of Labor has a short questionnaire that helps you determine your eligibility for hiring preference.

Do private employers need to give preference to Veterans when hiring?

  • Private employers do not have to provide Veterans with a preference when hiring.

Are Federal contractors required to give Veterans priority in recruitment under The Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA)?

  • VEVRAA requires Federal contractors to post job openings with specific job centers which give veterans priority referrals. VEVRAA also requires Federal contractors and subcontractors to report the number of their employees who are Veterans protected under VEVRAA and the number of them hired during the priority period.

Where can I find federal jobs?

  • USAJOBS: All federal jobs get posted on USAJOBS. You can email a Veteran Employment Program Manager at hiringvets@dol.gov or call one at 1-888-206-3528 to get further assistance in finding employment opportunities on USAJOBS.

  • Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA): Hiring managers use VRA to appoint eligible veterans, without competition, to short term positions not exceeding 4 years.

  • 30% or More Disabled Veteran: This allows hiring managers to appoint veterans with a 30% or more service-related disability to short term position not exceeding 4 years without competition. There is no grade-level limitation.

What should I include in my Federal resume?

  • Federal resumes are different from resumes in the private sector. The U.S. Department of labor has a great list of various tips for writing a Federal resume.

ASK THE EXPERTS

What are your suggestions for Veterans struggling to find jobs?

People like to put us all in a box and say, “you are a Veteran, so here are our suggestions.” Instead, I believe you should give a Veteran who spent three years in and one that spent 28 years in different suggestions. You should give different advice to a Veteran that is fully disabled and one that is not disabled. And different advice to a Veteran with TBI, a Veteran with PTSD, and one who has not experienced those challenges.

Veterans have common threads that they struggle with. They get out of the military where everything was taken care of for them and land in city “x” where they don’t know anyone. My suggestion is that no matter what box you fit into, develop a relationship with your industry and your comrades. See if there is an organization like Veteran’s Bridge Home that can connect you to Veteran-friendly realtors, employers, etc. These folks are going to know us a little better. They probably know a Veteran who owns a business or have Veterans in their business.

Lastly, it is never too early to create a resume and start networking. 85-90% of the roles people get in companies are through relationships and networking. Let people know that you are looking and more importantly, what you want to do. Do a behavioral/personality assessment and find out the kind of job climate and culture that you fit in with.

Networking is important. I always challenge Veterans to start networking with professionals in the area that they are planning to move to. You might have to get outside of your comfort zone, shake a hand, and get involved in some networking groups in your area. A lot of groups have monthly breakfasts, lunches, and after hour networking events. You never know who you are going to run into or who your resume will get passed along to.

5 Reasons To Hire Veterans

There are many benefits to hiring Veterans. Veterans are team players and can be a great asset to your company or organization. Here are 5 reasons why you should hire Veterans.

  1. Teamwork: Veterans are great at working in teams and understand how important teamwork is in reaching an overarching goal. They are trained to think about how they can improve and support the team that they are on.

  2. Goal-Oriented: Veterans are used to assessing a problem and tackling it. If things do not work, they go back and find ways to change and improve things until they get the results they need. They do not give up easily.

  3. Leadership: Veterans are incredible leaders. They learn how to be a leader through higher-ranking officers and with hard work and training, they rise in ranks. They are constantly taking the initiative and bring this important attribute to the workplace.

  4. Perform well under pressure: Veterans can work well and complete tasks effectively and quickly when they are in stressful situations. They are good at staying calm and getting the job at hand done. They know how to make quick decisions in environments that are constantly changing, which translates well into the fast-paced and ever-changing work environment with tight deadlines.

  5. Tax credit: There are multiple tax credits available when you hire Veterans. Returning Heroes Tax Credit provides employers with tax credits up to $5,600 for hiring unemployed veterans, and the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit provides credits up to $9,600 for veterans with service-related disabilities.

  6. Save money:

    • Non-Paid Work Experience (NPWE) Program: This VA program provides employers with qualified Veterans who are vetted by the VA and allows eligible Veterans to get hands-on work experience. Employers do not pay these Veteran since the VA provides them with a monthly subsistence allowance. To find out more information, you can contact an employment coordinator at 202-461-9600. You can also set up a free NPWE program by following this list of steps outlined by the VA. NPWE participants do not count towards your number of full-time employees.

    • Special Employer Incentive (SEI) program: This program is an initiative from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program. If you join this program, you can get reimbursed for up to 50% of a Veteran’s salary and get the cost of instruction and loss production due to that training covered. For more information, visit your local VA regional office and speak to a representative or call 800-827-1000.

California State

More veterans live in California than any other state, according to Statista.

Show Your Support – Donate

Many organizations that support Veterans rely on the generosity of others. You can show your support by donating to the following organizations.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ vision is to provide veterans the world-class benefits and services they have earned and to do so by adhering to the highest standards of compassion, commitment, excellence, professionalism, integrity, accountability, and stewardship.

Student Veterans of America (SVA)

Student Veterans of America is a 501(c)(3) coalition of student-veteran groups on college campuses across the globe. Their mission is to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

Team Red, White, and Blue

Team Red, White, and Blue’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. They define enrichment as creating quality relationships and experiences that contribute to life satisfaction and overall well-being.

The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues is a national, nonpartisan nonprofit that empowers veterans to continue their service, and empowers communities with veteran talent, skills and preparedness to generate visible impact.

Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.

United Service Organizations (USO)

The USO strengthens America’s military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation. For over 77 years, the USO has been the nation’s leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform.

American Veterans (AMVETS)

AMVETS is the nation’s most inclusive Congressionally-chartered veterans service organization, representing the interests of 20 million veterans. AMVETS is open to and fighting for all who honorably served in the United States military, including the Reserve and Guard. With more than 250,000 members nationwide, we are veterans serving veterans.

American Legion

American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in their communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to their fellow servicemembers and veterans.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Founded in 1920, DAV is a leading nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families. The organization helps more than a million veterans each year in positive, life-changing ways.

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Since 1946, Paralyzed Veterans of America has been a leading advocate for quality health care, spinal cord research and education, veterans benefits, and civil rights for veterans and all people with disabilities.

National Veterans Foundation

The National Veterans Foundation’s mission is to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. veterans and their families through management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families. They provide outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

ASK THE EXPERTS

Do you have any other advice for veterans in the workplace and transitioning service members?

Other than getting connected and starting early, when you do get employed, or you are considering employers, ask a lot of questions. I see a lot of veterans fall on their face because they get hired and take the baton and run with it when they don’t know which direction to run. My advice would be to ask a lot of questions early on. If you’re not in war, it’s not life or death. I would say there are no life or death decisions for 97% of your month. Take your time and ask a lot of questions. There are people there to help you, particularly in the workplace and while you are transitioning.

The military usually sends you through a weeklong Transition Assistance Program (TAPS) course where you learn things like how to get to the VA and how to look for jobs. I still keep in touch with the gentleman who lead my course 4 years ago. One of the big things he recommended for us to do was to find someone in the area that works either in your field or with the company you are trying to get into and reach out to them.

He challenged us to make 5-10 contacts a week. If you go to someone and ask them for 20 minutes of their time to talk about how they got to where they are, whether that be with a company or a job, 9 times out of 10 they are going to help you out. You never know who your resume or name will get passed onto.

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