Selected Links to Organizations and Programs Serving Veterans and Military Families

Federal Veterans Initiatives

Follow the links in this section to gain information and project ideas you can pitch to potential veteran-serving partners, recruitment sites, and grantees, as well as educate yourself about the different types of support federal agencies provide to veterans.

Corporation for National and Community Service

United We Serve Veterans and Military Families Initiative—The Corporation-managed website highlights service opportunities and initiatives aimed at ameliorating the effects of the recent economic downturn. The “Veterans and Military Families Initiative” highlights national service efforts focused specifically on the needs of current and former servicemen and women and their families.

Other Federal Agencies/Initiatives

HUD Veteran Information—This website details support for veterans provided by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

National Resource Directory—This website provides links to resources for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families and caretakers.

Troops to Teachers—This Department of Defense and Department of Education program helps eligible military personnel begin new careers as teachers in public schools.—This Department of Defense website provides information for servicemen and women transitioning from military service, with links to resources related to post-service employment, education, health and other insurance, and veterans benefits.

Veterans Benefits Administration Home Page—This website provides overviews of, detailed descriptions for, and forms to claim federal veterans benefits.

National and State Agencies and Organizations Serving Veterans and Military Families

Use these directories to locate military units and veteran-serving government agencies and organizations in your local area that can help spread the word about your veterans programs, recruitment initiatives, and grant opportunities.

Directory of Veterans Service Organizations—The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs maintains this list of both congressionally chartered and non-chartered veteran-serving organizations, which can refer you to chapters in your area.

National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs—The website of this national organization provides links to state veterans affairs offices.

National Guard Unit Finder—This online tool helps you identify Army and Air National Guard units and offices in your city or region.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Facility Locator—Use this online tool to find federal Veterans Affairs hospitals, clinics, and benefits offices.

Resources for Families of Servicemen and Women

These resources can help you identify base personnel and service providers that could assist in recruiting members and identifying potential veteran-serving grantees or service sites.

MilitaryHOMEFRONT—This Department of Defense website offers a search tool that lets you look up military installations in your state and region and the programs and resources they offer to service members and their families.

National Military Family Association—This nonprofit serves the families of the seven uniformed services through education, information, and advocacy.

Resources for Reaching Veterans on College Campuses

These organizations may help you identify and communicate with veterans on college and university campuses.

Best Online Colleges for Military Veterans—Find top military-friendly colleges and universities with the Best Online Programs for Veterans 2015 rankings from U.S. News & World Report. All ranked programs are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. They also belong to an institution that has joined the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and provide a credit-granting course in the Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) catalog.—This organization maintains a list of veterans organizations on college campuses. Although not exhaustive, it identifies and provides links to known organizations in many states.

Campus Compact—This organization is a coalition of more than 1,100 college and university presidents dedicated to promoting community service, civic engagement, and service-learning in higher education. It has had a long partnership with AmeriCorps VISTA. If your state has a Compact, you can seek them out for ideas, contacts, and resources for engaging veterans in service.


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