In fact, both private and public organizations across the nation offer support to vets and their families. Some provide extra benefits and services at low or no cost to active and former service members; others provide locations where vets can meet with each other or take part in professionally led support groups. Here are five sites you can count on to help with everything from job training to healthcare to emergency aid.
Military.com is one of the leading websites for military members, veterans and their families. They provide daily defense news, benefits information, veteran employment resources, spouse and family resources and tools to support veterans throughout the life cycle of their military service and post-service life.
About 10 million people have registered on the site, according to the company. The site offers a dozen newsletters, seven military blogs, and 11 content channels, including Benefits, News, Veteran Jobs, Military Life, Videos, and Discounts. Other sub-channels include information for spouses, resources to use the GI Bill, and entertainment and fitness. Military.com also offers three apps on iOS and Android: Military News App, Military Pay App and Transition App to help servicemembers move to civilian life.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a federal Cabinet-level agency that provides near-comprehensive healthcare services to eligible military veterans at VA medical centers and outpatient clinics located throughout the country; several non-healthcare benefits including disability compensation, vocational rehabilitation, education assistance, home loans, and life insurance; and provides burial and memorial benefits to eligible veterans and family members at 135 national cemeteries.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.
Operated by the VA, the Veterans Crisis Line is there to help those who need it the most. Those needing emergency help with PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts, and other life crises can call 1-800-273-8255 (option 1), text 838255, or chat online through the site.
The Veterans Crisis Line also contains a number of resources for self-treatment and information on how to recognize the signs of a crisis in loved ones. It’s an excellent resource for those suffering and those who care for them.
The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) is a San Antonio-based financial services group of companies offering banking, investing, and insurance to people and families who serve, or served, in the United States Armed Forces. At the end of 2017, there were 12.4 million members.
If you haven’t at least looked into USAA’s offerings you need to do so: It could change your entire financial situation for the better!
Employment assistance is the #1 requested service from transitioning military members, and Hire Heroes USA provides that service to thousands each year. They help veterans and military spouses get hired. The site offers a wide variety of training resources, job postings, and everything else vets need to find a new career after leaving the service of their country.
No veteran should go without work after ETS, and Hire Heroes USA wants to make sure that happens. Check them out if you find yourself lost on the path to a rewarding career.