Transitioning from active military duty to civilian life can be understandably challenging for a number of veterans.
Fortunately, there are an abundant number of resources that are available to help the veteran in your life, whether it’s assistance with their health, career, insurance, housing or other issues.
Below is a list of organizations, companies and more that are all outstanding resources for veterans.
USAA offers benefits, products and discounts for U.S. military members, as well as their spouses and children. For instance, veterans who are in need of life insurance will find a number of affordable options through USAA, as well as flexible coverage that allows vets to make updates to their policies as they get older and their lives change. USAA also offers other types of insurance to U.S. military members and their families, as well as banking services, cash back credit cards and more.
The National Veterans Foundation (NVF)
This organization is a one-stop shop of sorts when it comes to resources for veterans. They have created a massive list of resources that veterans might want to bookmark on their smartphone and/or computer. In some cases, the NVF has had a direct experience with working with the programs; in other cases, they have recommended them based on their reputation and available information. The list is divided into a number of categories, including Crisis help like the NVF Lifeline for Vets and the VA Suicide Hotline, as well as a link to the State Veterans Service Offices, which will offer help with housing, employment, education and VA health benefits.
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Home
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is also an outstanding resource for veterans. For instance, their Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program offers a number of services to help with things like job training, employment accommodations, working on resumes and coaching. In addition, the VA’s Education and Career Counseling program offers veterans personalized coaching and support to help them find a great career.
The Mission Continues
Veterans may sometimes find it difficult to re-enter civilian life, in part because they feel they no longer have a “mission.” The Mission Continues is a national and nonpartisan non-profit organization that helps veterans to continue their service in their own communities. Veterans can have new missions, projects and/or volunteer opportunities that allow them to use the skills and strengths they learned during their time in the military and feel a sense of self-worth and accomplishment.
Help With Housing Through USA.gov
For veterans who could use some assistance with their housing options, including buying, refinancing or fixing up a home, USA.gov is a great resource. The Housing Help for Veterans section on the website provides information, links and more on veterans housing assistance, including VA loans, and how the Department of Veterans Affairs offers home loans and grants. Veterans can also learn if they are eligible for a VA home loan as well as apply for a VA home loan or other housing assistance, all by checking out a number of links within the USA.gov site.
The Help Is Out There
Veterans who need assistance and are feeling overwhelmed do not have to suffer on their own. Thanks to a wide number of resources that are tailor-made for veterans, they can get the help that they need and deserve.