Resources

Military Veterans Resources

Assistance with VA and Military Benefits

We started Military.com in 1999 to revolutionize the way the 30 million Americans with military affinity stay connected and informed. Today, we're the largest military and veteran membership organization — 10 million members strong.

Military.com's free membership connects service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.

We believe that the benefits earned in the service should be easier to access and written in plain English. We're passionate about helping members make the most of military experience throughout life. Military.com's members are sharing stories, insider tips, news from the front lines, and unique slices of military life including the tough stuff of war.

Military.com provides headline news and technology updates since our community answers the call and makes news. We also cover the rest of the military experience — from great content like our user-generated videos in our popular "Shock and Awe" feature to our military equipment guide we present what makes the military unique (and fun).

In 2004, Military.com joined forces with Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) to accelerate our growth and change the playing field for career and educational opportunities for servicemembers, veterans and military spouses. Monster's vision is bringing people together to advance their lives, which is a great fit with Military.com's "members first" ethos and goal of connecting the military community to all the benefits of service.

National Veterans Foundation

(888) 777-4443

The National Veterans Foundation offers an impressive range of free services to vets.

Call to speak to a NVF staff member about your situation.

NVF will help you if you're in crisis, need legal help, assistance with a disability claim, help finding a job, treatment for PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury, or simply want to connect with other vets. The organization also helps military families who are having a hard time affording groceries.

Vietnam Veterans of America
Veterans Benefits Administration
Wounded Warrior Project

(877) 832-6997

The Wounded Warrior Project offers assistance for post 9/11 military veterans who have been honorably discharged. It can help with collecting disability benefits, continuing education and other services.   If you call the organization's phone number and explain your situation, the advisor will tell you about the WWP programs that you may be eligible for, with acceptable proof of service and discharge status.

Career Assistance

Farmer Veteran Coalition

(530) 756-1395 
FVC's mission is to mobilize veterans to feed America. It's goal is to cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, to develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC offers veterans training in becoming farmers. For many vets, training on the organization's Sacramento Valley farm is a pathway to a new career in agriculture. For others who just need some peace after the chaos of war, the organization's weekend retreats offer some much needed calm. There are farms across the nation that are offering apprenticeships to military veterans who want to learn to farm.

IAVA Career Path

Resume Builder with Built-In Skills Translator

Translate your military skills into commonly used business terms for the civilian world.

Career Mapping Tool

Browse career paths and see what sort of education, experience and training is required to obtain certain jobs.

Veteran Friendly Employers

Browse listings from employers that value your military experience, including JPMorgan Chase, Cisco, AT&T, United Health Group, Target and more.

IAVA's Programs 

Visit Community of Veterans, a vets-only social network

Get exclusive rewards in The Rucksack

Calculate your New GI Bill benefits

Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles - Veterans First

(877) 832-6997

Program Coordinator: Jessica Cheng, (323) 904-4900 x3904

JVS of LA's Veterans First program provides career coaching to veterans, helping you assess your skills and build upon them. The organization's Battle Buddy Groups will give you a chance to network and receive support from people who understand. The program is free. And if you're eligible, JVS can provide you with funding for additional education and job training as well.

JVS' Veterans First program is available to all veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and who live in the Los Angeles area.

NextGen Vets

(424) 259-3803

NextGenVets is a job placement organization. Go to their contact page, fill out their form, and answer questions about your education and military rank. You'll be placing your profile in the organization's database. A case worker at NextGenVets will then contact you and reach out to companies that are hiring so that they can match the right vet with the right company.

Wall Street WarFighters

(888) 439-3935

If you're interested in pursuing a career in finance, Wall Street WarFighters can help. The organization provides education and training to wounded vets, so they can make the transition from the battlefield to Wall Street. Even if you don't have a college degree, you can still call them.

The organization is designed to assist wounded soldiers. Veterans interested in the program need at least a 10 percent disability rating from the VA to participate.

Trauma Therapy - For Children

Defense Department Website for Military Children

Website for children experiencing the challenges of military deployments.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

A good resource for parents concerned about their children, with many printable articles.

Trauma Therapy - Locate a Therapist

EMDR Institute

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

EMDRIA

EMDR International Association

ISSTD

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

SE

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute 
(formerly The Foundation for Human Enrichment)

SPI

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

Thought Field Therapy

Thought Field Therapy

Trauma Therapy - Research

David Baldwin's Trauma Pages

Lots of articles on trauma, and resources for adults and children.

ISTSS

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Articles and resources.

The Trauma Center

Articles on trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and others. Information for first responders and civilians.

The VA/DoD Clinical Guidelines for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress

Recommendations on the best therapies including medication.

Warrior Resources

Allied Forces Foundation
DSTRESS Line USMC

A service of the Marine Corps 
1-877-476-7734 
Completely Anonymous

From the everyday stressors of life to the stressors related to combat, stress can affect even the strongest Marine. The DSTRESS Line was developed by the Corps to provide professional, anonymous counseling for Marines, attached Sailors, and families when it's needed most.

Call today to speak with one of your own.

IAVA

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America   
(212) 982-9699 or (202) 544-7692

IAVA is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. With over 200,000 Member Veterans and supporters nationwide, IAVA strives to build the New Greatest Generation. Our programs empower our community online and offline, and include health, employment, education and community (HEEC) resources.

But don't just take our word for it.

Legal Services: National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force

(877) 832-6997

The National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force includes attorneys, legal workers, law students and “Barracks lawyers” interested in draft, military and veterans issues. It is a standing project of the National Lawyers Guild.

MLTF assists those working on military law issues as well as military law counselors working directly with GIs. It trains and mentors counselors and beginning military law attorneys in all aspects of military law through training materials and direct communication. It tracks changes in military law and policy.

Hope for the Warriors

http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org

(877) 246-7349

Hope for the Warriors provides many services, both clinical and recreational to post 9/11 veterans and their families.

NYC Veterans Alliance
Stop Soldier Suicide
Team Red White and Blue
The Mission Continues

(314) 588 8805

The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues.

Each Fellow works to achieve a post-fellowship goal of full time employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service. Each Fellow is also empowered to share their story and model of service in their community. Through veteran-led service projects, The Mission Continues brings veterans and civilians together in days of service nationwide. These projects are bridging the military-civilian divide, allowing veterans to feel more connected to their communities and helping civilians gain a better understanding of and appreciation for our men and women in uniform.

Driven by the deep belief that veterans are civic assets and leaders, The Mission Continues is built around challenging them to continue to serve here at home.A Mission Continues Fellow is a post-9/11 veteran who has accepted the challenge to continue serving at home through our Fellowship Program.

What does a Fellowship entail?

A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions. Current and Alumni Fellows have worked at organizations addressing issues ranging from disaster preparedness to education for low-income youth to training service dogs for wounded veterans. These host organizations include Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Before beginning the fellowship, Fellows attend a three-day Fellowship Orientation, joining other post-9/11 veterans from their Fellowship Class for a weekend of training, service and camaraderie. Upon returning home from orientation, Fellows officially begin their fellowships at their host organizations.

Throughout the fellowship, each Fellow will have the opportunity to lead a community service project, share their story with others, and inspire their community to take action.

The Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC

(212) 614-5753

Important Disclaimer: The Resources in this Guide have not been independently verified either by the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC, or by TRR.

Wounded Warrior Project

877.TEAM.WWP (877) 832-6997

To honor and empower wounded warriors. Everyone’s recovery process is different. Depending where you are in your own rehabilitative and transitional process, we hope you find a program that fits you and/or your family’s needs.

Veterans and Mesothelioma

Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of active duty are entitled to benefits from the federal government.

Asbestos Exposure and VA Claim Help

(800) 615-2270

Our Veterans Assistance Department is available to help with your asbestos-related VA Claims as well as assist you with questions about other forms of financial compensation.

Veterans & Asbestos Exposure

Widely used by every military branch, asbestos was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities. In fact, asbestos was so valued that the military even mandated widespread usage before eventually phasing out the material in the 1970s. As a result, veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have a risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses. Additionally, Navy personnel and workers employed in shipyards from the 1930s through the 1970s hold a greater risk of developing a disease caused by asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma and Veterans

(800) 615-2270

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently about 21.5 million living individuals who have served in the United States' Armed Forces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service. This has resulted in an elevated rate of asbestos-related diseases in veterans.

Mesothelioma Guide

1.888.572.9011

Veterans who develop mesothelioma as a result of their service in the military are entitled to benefits and assistance from the U.S. government.

Wellness Practices

Combat Paper Project

Drew Cameron, project co-director 
(802) 316-1124

The Combat Paper Project conducts hands-on workshops across the country where veterans take their uniforms, cut them up, process them into pulp, and use that pulp to create art. While molding their old uniforms into something new, veterans get a chance to talk about their battlefield experiences with other vets who have been there and understand.

For many soldiers, these workshops have been transformative experiences, helping them process the pain lingering from their war-time tours while reshaping their identity: from warrior to artist.

Exalted Warrior Foundation

Yoga Instruction for Wounded Warriors 
(813) 251-9668

The Exalted Warrior Foundation facilitates a yoga instruction program that is designed for wounded warriors in military and veteran hospital facilities.

Faced with the demands of both a physical and emotional recovery, yoga allows newly disabled veterans to reconnect both with themselves and their loved ones. Warriors with amputations, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries have benefited greatly since the program began.

The gentle movements of a yoga practice support the restoration of the body-mind connection. Practice varies from subtle breath work, accompanied with gentle stretching postures, for beginners to intense exertions, as the patients’ comfort with these healing techniques increases. Through practice, the warrior will begin to release the “issues from the tissues.” While strengthening the body, a warrior is provided new pathways to release tension and frustration. By the use of tools learned from their yoga practice, the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are also addressed. For example, forward bends and inversions deliver great benefits to those suffering from insomnia & depression. Breath work helps alleviate the PTSD sufferer’s hyper vigilance by slowing the heart rate and giving them a tool to regain a sense of control from a seemingly uncontrollable situation. These methods of yoga exercises, relaxation, and meditation are keys to wellness that the warrior can practice for a lifetime.

These keys of wellness will help the warrior reintegrate into their community after leaving the care of the military – returning home to a potentially fuller and more productive life.

There and Back Again
War Writers' Campaign

(347) 875-0091 

To promote social change surrounding veteran’s issues through written awareness.

The War Writers’ Campaign aims to maintain a long-term and historic platform that facilitates the consolidated efforts of service members and veterans to promote mental therapy through the literary word. Its continued purpose of affecting advocacy and assistance will shape and direct the programs of best in class veterans organizations for years to come.

Warrior Writers Project

Lovella Calica, project director 
(267) 281-4325

The Warrior Writers Project brings together recent veterans and current soldiers to express themselves through art. The organization holds workshops across the country, where soldiers write stories, create poetry, and develop art projects through photography, drawing and music.

Like the Combat Paper Project, the Warrior Writers workshops have proved to be powerful experiences for many soldiers who, through art, find a way to express their feelings about their time at war.

Warriors At Ease

(512) 516-5031

Warriors at Ease brings the healing power of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world, especially those affected by combat-stress, PTSD, and trauma. We do this by training and deploying certified mind-body professionals to settings where they can enhance the health and well-being of servicemembers, veterans, families, and healthcare staff.

Yoga International
Yoga Warriors International

Crisis Lines

Click on each Logo to go to Crisis Lines websites.

Readjustment Counseling Centers - Vet Centers

What is Readjustment Counseling?

Readjustment counseling is a wide range of psycho social services offered to eligible Veterans and their families in the effort to make a successful transition from military to civilian life. They include:

  • Individual and group counseling for Veterans and their families
  • Family counseling for military related issues
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral
  • Outreach and education including PDHRA, community events, etc.
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral
  • Employment assessment & referral
  • VBA benefits explanation and referral
  • Screening & referral for medical issues including TBI, depression, etc.

Does VA have readjustment counseling for family members?

Family members of combat veterans have been eligible for Vet Center readjustment counseling services for military related issues since 1979.

Am I eligible for Vet Center readjustment counseling?

If you, or a family member, served in any combat zone and received a military campaign ribbon (Vietnam, Southwest Asia, OEF, OIF, etc.) than your family is eligible for Vet Center services.

Where is counseling offered?

VA's readjustment counseling is provided at community-based Vet Centers located near veterans and their families. All Vet Center services are prepaid through military service. Contact your nearest Vet Center through information provided in the Vet Center Directory or listings in your local blue pages. Vet Center staff are available toll free during normal business hours at 1-800-905-4675 (Eastern) and 1-866-496-8838 (Pacific).

NEW YORK CITY VET CENTERS

Brooklyn Vet Center
25 Chapel St, Suite 604
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 630-2830 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (718) 624-3323

Bronx Vet Center
2471 Morris Ave., Suite 1A
Bronx, NY 10468
(718) 367-3500 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (718) 364-6867

Harlem Vet Center
55 West 125 th St, 11th Floor,
New York, NY 10027
(212) 426-2200 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (212) 426-8273

Manhattan Vet Center
32 Broadway, Suite 200
(between Morris St and Exchange St)
New York, NY 10004
(212) 742-9591 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (212) 742-9593

Queens Vet Center
75-10B 91 Ave
Woodhaven, NY 11421
(718) 296-2871 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (718) 296-4660

Staten Island Vet Center
150 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY 10301

718) 816-4499 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (718) 816-6899

NEW YORK STATE VET CENTERS

Albany Vet Center
17 Computer Drive West
Albany, NY 12205
(518) 626-5130 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (518) 458-8613

Babylon Vet Center
116 West Main Street
Babylon, NY 11702
(631) 661-3930 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (631) 422-5677

Binghamton Vet Center
53 Chenango Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 722-2393 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (607) 722-0143

Buffalo Vet Center
2372 Sweet Home Road, Suite 1
Buffalo, NY 14228
(716) 862-7350 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (716) 691-6450

Middletown Vet Center
726 E Main St, Suite 203
Middletown, NY 10940
(845) 342-9917 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (845) 343-8655

Nassau Vet Center
970 South Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801
(516) 348-0088 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (516) 348-0266

Rochester Vet Center
2000 S. Winton Road, Bldg 5, Ste. 201
Rochester, NY 14618
(585) 232-5040 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (585) 232-5072

Syracuse Vet Center
109 Pine Street, Suite 101
Syracuse, NY 13210
(315) 478-7127 or (315) 478-7127
Fax: (315) 478-7209

Watertown Vet Center
210 Court Street, Suie 20
Watertown, NY 13601
(315) 782-5479 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (315) 782-0491

White Plains Vet Center
300 Hamilton Ave
White Plains, NY 10601
(914) 682-6250 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (914) 682-6263

NEW JERSEY VET CENTERS

Bloomfield Vet Center
2 Broad St. Suite 703
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 748-0980 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (973) 743-0380

Lakewood Vet Center
1255 Rt. 70
Parkway 70 Plaza, Unit 32N
Lakewood, NJ 08701
(908) 607-6364 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (732) 905-0329

Jersey City Vet Center
115 Christopher Columbus Dr
Suite 200
Jersey City, NJ 07302
(201) 748-4467 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (201) 748-4472

Newark Vet Center
2 Broad St., Suite 703
Bloomfield, NJ 07003
(973) 748-0980 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (973) 748-0380

Secaucus Vet Center
110A Meadowlands Parkway, Suite 102
Secaucus, NJ 07094
(201) 223-7787 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (201) 223-7707

Trenton Vet Center
934 Parkway Ave, 2nd Floor
Ewing, NJ 08618
(609) 882-5744 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (609) 882-5243

Ventnor Vet Center
6601 Ventnor Ave. Suite 105, Ventnor Bldg.
Ventnor, NJ 08406
(609) 487-8387 or (877) 927-8387
Fax: (609) 487-8910

Services Offered by the Vet Centers

Vet Centers offer broad readjustment services to military veterans. Counseling for military traumas, employment and family problems is our main focus, but we also provide referral services for VA benefits and medical assistance and liaisons with community agencies.

Individual and group counseling is available for veterans and significant others. Marital, family, and sexual trauma counseling often is provided on site or is available through referral to local VAMC's. We help veterans by providing substance abuse information and referrals, along with job counseling.

History of the Vet Centers: Vet Centers first opened in late 1979, providing services to Vietnam era veterans. Congress and the president later opened Vet Center doors to veterans of ALL wars and conflicts. Wars are different. Attitudes and homecomings change. Vet Centers offer common ground for men and women who served our country during war.

Vet Centers Staff: Vet Center counselors offer 20 years of wisdom about veterans concerns. Many Vet Center counselors served themselves in combat zones. You can take advantage of our experience, service and community networking. We are ready to help bring you and your loved ones home from war.