Other Programs and Services
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)
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.
Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation - Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation (LAFF) was established in 2011 by veterans and business professionals who value Louisiana's Armed Forces community. Their mission is simple: LAFF eases the transition home for Louisiana veterans returning from war theater operations who may require employment or who may wish to start their own business.
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 at http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/index.asp
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 offliine, 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 at http://www.militaryonesource.mil/ 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
Support Our War Heroes is a New Orleans area based 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization that assists service members with life-altering injuries, with any unmet needs. Outreach from Support Our War Heroes extends to service men and women from all branches of the United States military. In the Company of Heroes is the major fundraiser for the year, which helps to fund hero grant programs and scholarship programs for the dependent children of our heroes.
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.
www.servicemembers.gov - The Department of Justice, in partnership with other federal agencies, is committed to enforcing the federal laws that protect the civil rights of servicemembers. The Civil Rights Division protects a servicemember's civilian employment rights by enforcing the Uniformed Services Emplovment and Reemployment Rights Act ("USERRA"), voting rights by enforcing the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act of 1986 ("UOCAVA"), and financial security through the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act ("SCRA").
Updated November 12, 2012