Resources to Assist Our Veterans
Campus Action Referral and Evaluation System (CARES) (http://www.usm.edu/cares)
USM CARES are a team of campus professionals who respond to reports of concern regarding the academic progress and well-being of students.
HOW CARES CAN HELP?
By using the portal (usm.edu/cares), you enable CARES to proactively respond to concerns about any disruption to a safe and productive living and learning community. We reach out to students quickly and make sure they connect with the resources useful in their situation. We address issues including (but not limited to) situations of self-harm, family difficulties, stress management, mental health concerns, academic performance problems, addictions, Code of Conduct violations, Title IX issues, Clery Act related issues and/or issues of academic integrity (e.g. plagiarism).
2016 Guide to Veteran Education Benefits
Military Veteran Personal Development
You entered the military as a civilian and left a veteran. The following Personal Development self-study guides and Quick Reference Cards will assist in your transition back to civilian life. The first step is to spend some time developing or updating your resume. Your resume offers you a chance to market your skills, abilities, accomplishments and experience. A good resume defines your qualifications as a job candidate and provides the hiring manager with a favorable first impression of you. You’ll explore information about the four different types of interviews and how to prepare for each. Get tips on dressing for success and how to put your best self forward during networking opportunities. Let’s get started.
Select a Personal Development Self-Study Guide to begin:
- Career Exploration and Completing a Job Application
- Writing a Resume
- Writing a Cover Letter
- Managing Personal Finances During Your Job Transition
The following Quick Reference Cards provide additional information to support your job search and should be utilized in tandem with the above education materials:
- Qualities Hiring Managers Are Looking For
- Resume Writing
- Cover Letter Writing
- Managing Your Online Presence
- Dress for Success
- Writing Your Elevator Speech
COMPANIES WITH VETERANS HIRING PROGRAMS
Coca Cola: http://enjoycareers.com/en/military
Delaware North: http://www.delawarenorth.com/
DDL OMNI Engineering: http://www.ddlomni.com/careers
Engility Corp: http://www.engilitycorp.com/
Enterprise Car Rental: http://bit.ly/1oQmLFZ
La Quinta: http://www.laquinta.com/lq/about/careers/search.jsp
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission: http://www.nrc.gov/
Waste Management: http://www.wm.com/careers/index.jsp
Wells Fargo: http://bit.ly/1stmPNc
RESOURCES AND TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
Free online education and training for veterans, dependents and spouses: http://vets.syr.edu/education/employment-programs/
Free Entrepreneurship and Training for Veterans at Northeastern University: http://www.vetrn.org/.
Interested in franchising? VetJobs.commVeteran Franchise Webinar will be on Tuesday, July 22. To register, visit http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EA57D98181463A
Searching for an applying for FEMA Jobs:http://www.fema.gov/careers/programs-veterans-and-disabled-veterans.
Food services technician training: http://vet2tech.org/.
Resources for training, education, apprenticeships, financial aid: http://bit.ly/1bIXLU2
Training and Scholarships for Florida Unemployed Veterans: http://bit.ly/1bCDJxI
Free resume help for veterans: Cyndee at http://cyndeetpg.wix.com/resumes-for-vets
Free Legal help for veterans with VA claims:http://www.legalhelp4veterans.info/
Training in Cyber Security: http://w2cw.org/index.html.
Training in Piping (HVRAC): http://w2cw.org/index.html
Free Legal Services for Veterans: http://bit.ly/1cWx6YA
Free Project Management Professional (PMP) Training: http://bit.ly/19GPuQD
Veterans Job Bank: https://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/home/job_search_widget
CDL training and hiring assistance with C. R. England: https://www.crengland.com/
Free Training on Computer-aided Design: (CAD), Computer-aided Manufacturing (CAM) and PLM Software: http://sie.ag/103ueQa.
Training for careers in radio broadcasting: http://bit.ly/18pJP6t
Free training in tradecrafts: http://nexstarfoundation.org/programs/scholarships-veterans-
Wireless technician training and placement: http://www.warriors4wireless.com/
Free renewable energy job training program: http://bit.ly/18By5bM
Free training with SAP in IT: http://www.sap.com/ms/veterans-to-work.html.
Medical Technology for Veterans training: http://www.medtechvets.org/#!
Syracuse University "Veterans Career Transition Program" http://vets.syr.edu/vctpapp/
Becoming a teacher is a great opportunity for veterans. An excellent teacher's program is Teach for America: http://teachforamerica.org/
VA opportunities: http://1.usa.gov/1fmyUrq.
Assistance for California veterans: http://www.swords-to-plowshares.org/
Funding for veteran start-up businesses: http://www.brothersfund.org/
Program for veterans who want to start their own business: http://fasttrac.org/en/Entrepreneurs/Veterans
The SBA's website has a section aimed at veterans who are business owners or planning to start businesses: http://www.sba.gov/veterans.
Veteran Resources in your area: http://bit.ly/1fbdmnu
www.vetjobs.com provides another excellent resource at: https://vetjobs.com/vetEmpAssistance.htm
You may be eligible for retraining programs such as the Vocational Rehabilitation Program go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/
For information on your VA benefits, go to http://www.benefits.va.gov/benefits/.
For information on state veteran benefits go to http://mil-com.me/19FUBC3.
Veteran benefits website: http://www.vets101.org/
If you know a vet in crisis, convince them to call the veteran crisis line. The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their loved ones with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. For free, confidential support call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255.
One phone call can be the difference in the life of a Veteran who is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Make the Call to 877-4AID-VET (424-3838) to be connected 24/7 with VA's services to overcome or prevent homelessness for yourself or a Veteran you know.
Federal and State Educational Benefits
- Online Military Personnel Records Request System
- Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF)
- Reserve Education Information
- Veterans Benefits Administration
- GI Bill Website
- GI BILL Rate Tables
- Veterans Online Application (VONAPP) for benefits
- Mississippi National Guard Education Office
- Mississippi Veterans Affairs Services
- Educational Forms
- AKO (Army Knowledge Online) - Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard information pertaining to military records, tuition assistance, federal tuition assistance, IPERMS, CAC registration and more.
- The Post-9/11 GI Bill - GI Bill information for those who have served in the Armed Forces since September 11, 2001.
- Transferability of Benefits (TEB) - Procedures for soldiers to transfer GI Bill benefits to their spouse or dependent children.
- The Fry Scholarship - Scholarship information for children of active duty members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
- The Yellow Ribbon Program - Provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill that provides funding for tuition and fees above the maximum in-state tuition and fee rates.
Military and Veterans Federal Resources
- America's Heroes at Work - Addressing the employment challenges of returning service members and veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Department of Defense
- Department of Health and Human Services
- National Personnel Records Center (Military Records – DD214)
- National Resource Directory - Connecting wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them
- Veterans Administration
- Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS)
- American Bar Association Home Front - Providing publications and resources on a variety of legal topics that military families may encounter.
- Armed Forces Foundation - Offering assistance to active-duty and retired military personnel, National Guard, Reserve Components and military families through direct financial assistance, therapeutic recreational and outreach programs, hospital dinners and national education initiatives
- Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve - Promoting cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers
- National Veterans Legal Services - Advocating for benefits for veterans and active duty personnel with disabilities resulting from their military service.
- Native American Veterans Association
- Veterans Corp - Facilitating collaboration between veteran-owned small businesses
- Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) - Free federal program helping veternas refresh academic skills needed to successfully complete college degrees.
- VFW National Military Services - Providing services such as free phone time and emergency financial assistance, farewell and welcome home ceremonies, and college scholarships