Veteran Web Resources
Have you ever wondered where to turn for help getting out of the military? You’re probably concerned that the Career Counselor won’t give you the correct information since the Navy wants you to stay in (and why wouldn’t they!).
This is exactly I experienced when I was transitioning from Active Duty. So, I had to undertake a Do-It-Yourself approach. There are several sites out there that give some great tips about how to navigate the transition process… like this one from Transitioning Veteran, or this one from USAA, or this one from VetsFirst.
So, while you’re working your checklist, don’t forget to check out the following sites to become a resourceful and informed veteran.
- www.gijobs.com – A guide to post-military success, which includes sections on everything from education and resumes to wardrobes and body language.
- www.military.com – A subsidiary of Monster provides a variety of military-related content, including a “buddy finder” and information about VA loans.
- www.moaa.org – Military Officers Association of America, serving active, former and retired military officers. Provides networking opportunities and other transition services.
- www.taonline.com – Transition Assistance Online offers transition assistance information and tools to help veterans and service members find civilian employment.
- www.dol.gov/vets – Helps veterans transition from military to civilian life
- www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/resources/militaryBasesTap.htm – Guide for locating Military bases and Transition Assistance Programs
- www.careeronestop.org – Careers and Career site information
- www.onetonline.org/ – Excellent site for translating military experience into civilian terms
- www.servicelocator.org – Provides guidance to find Disabled Veterans Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP’s) and Local Veterans’ Employment Representatives (LEVR) in a specific area
Career Assessment Resources
- www.ncda.org – National Career Development Association- The oldest career association in America offering resources and recommended counselors.
- www.mbti.us – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator- One of the most recognized interest and abilities test available. This site will educate you on where to go to take this exam and how to interpret the results.
- www.humanmetrics.com/cgi-win/jtypes2.asp – Human Metrics Typology Test- A FREE assessment tool that is quick but will provide you with a basic analysis.
- www.keirsey.com – Keirsey-Temperament Sorter II- A FREE assessment of your personality type. Provides a basic analysis.
- www.self-directed-search.com – Holland Typology- Probably the most recognized researched theorist on career behavior. It lists six types of vocational identities and corresponding environments.
- www.vetnethq.com – To make things easier and provide structure, a few of the leading organizations in veteran career development have combined forces to create one, easy place to start.
- www.doleta.gov – Department of Labor website that describes options for finding a job, unemployment Insurance, and Grants available Through the DOL
- benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm – Veterans Administration site explaining the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
- www.dol.gov/elaws/evets.htm – Assists veterans preparing to enter the job market with information on career assessment, training, benefits and special services available to veterans
- www.fastweb.com/ – Search for available scholarships, school matching, and financial aid information
- www.fafsa.ed.gov/ – U. S. Department of Education site explaining available financial aid programs
- www.vetsuccess.gov/about_the_vre_program – Information on the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program
- www.va.gov – Primary site for all information on the Veterans Administration
- www.nvti.ucdenver.edu/TapFacilitator/home/index.htm – Created by NVTI with resources and links for Transition Assistance Program facilitators
- www.careeronestop.org – Describes employment, education and training services available at local,, state, and national levels
- www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp – Describes Healthcare benefits program for dependents and survivors of veterans
- www.va.gov/homeless – VA programs that are specifically designed to assist the homeless
- www.benefits.gov – Explanation of government benefits available to veterans and where to find information on them
- www.afpc.af.mil – Air Force Personnel Center to assist Air Force Veterans in transitioning
- www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/ – Online transcripts for Air Force personnel
- aarts.army.mil – Online transcripts for Army personnel
- www.marinecorpstimes.com/benefits/education/Online_hbgr06_education_militaryedpersonal8/ – Online transcripts for Navy and Marine personnel
- www.military.com/veteran-jobs/skills-translator – Skills translator for military personnel
- www.taonline.com – Excellent site containing resume information, transition locators, job hunting advice and relocation information
- www.turbotap.org/register.tpp – A complete transition site for active duty and Guard/Reserve members. Download guides; learn to write a resume, etc.
- www.militaryonesource.mil/ – Information on transitioning, budgeting, relocation, benefits, etc
- www.militarytimes.com/ – Links to all branches and advice on transitioning, job search, and news
- www.sba.gov – Small Business Administration website to help individuals understand the SBA and how to start a small business
- www.vetbiz.gov – A federal portal for veteransconsidering starting a Veteran-Owned Small Business
- www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/1/2985 – Site dedicated specifically to Veterans Business Development
Post Traumatic Stress Resources
- www.workplacementalhealth.org/Topics/PTSD.aspx – Site to help employers and veterans understand PTS, its symptoms and treatment options
- www.americasheroesatwork.gov – Supports employers and employees returning with TBI and PTS injuries
Veterans Service Organizations
- www.legion.org/ – The American Legion
- www.amvets.org/ – American Veterans
- www.bva.org/ – Blind Veterans Association
- www.dav.org/ – Disabled American Veterans
- www.moaa.org/ – Military Officers Association of America
- www.nasdva.us/ – National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs
- www.ncoausa.org/ – Non-Commissioned Officers Association of America
- www.pva.org – Paralyzed Veterans of America
- www.trea.org/ – The Retired Enlisted Association
- www.vfw.org/ – The Veterans of Foreign Wars
- www.vva.org/ – Vietnam Veterans of America
Did we miss something? What resources have been the greatest help for you?
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