As we recall the sacrifices that those who have served and their families have made to solidify and defend the freedoms that we enjoy in the United States, SMART-TD wanted to provide this list of services available to military veterans.
Those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces were placed in harm’s way in a commitment to a higher calling — that of our country. I am proud not only to serve the membership of SMART Transportation Division who are among the ranks of U.S. military veterans as SMART-TD president but I am proud to stand with them as an Army veteran myself, having served in the early 1990s.
The bonds formed in service of any kind to others are among the strongest of all. Collectively, working toward a common goal, those in our armed forces exemplify the epitome of strength, focus and sacrifice, shielding the United States and preserving our American way of life through the country’s 243 years of existence.
The bond of military service has lifted the country to triumph in times of conflict, reshaped the course of world history and has shielded the constitutionally protected freedoms we all enjoy. Each and every veteran has had a role in the preservation of our country. Each and every veteran deserves to feel a sense of appreciation.
On behalf of SMART Transportation Division, to all U.S. military veterans, we thank you for your service.
President — Transportation Division
U.S. Army, 1988-1991
Veterans Administration Resources
The purpose of this federal agency is to oversee the benefits to which the men and women who have served our country in the armed forces are entitled.
- VA Crisis hotline: This crisis line links people to caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs and is available 24/7 via telephone, web or text. Many of the counselors are veterans themselves. Call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1.
- Veteran Military Mental Health
- GI Bill and education benefits
- Home loan benefits for veterans
Veterans Groups and Associations
- Korean War Veterans Association: An association for benevolent and charitable purposes to benefit persons who have seen honorable service during the Korean War.
- Vietnam Veterans of America: VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Nonpartisan organization that has connected more than 1.2 million veterans with resources and community, and provided thousands of veterans of all generations with life-saving and life-changing personalized support.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars: A nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.
- Disabled American Veterans: A nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.
- The Military Order of the Purple Heart: The order’s mission is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among combat wounded veterans, promote patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families.
- Military Officers Association of America: The association, with more than 350,000 members from every branch of service is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization and the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers.
- The American Legion: Chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness, it is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization.
Advocacy and Information
- VoteVets.org: An action fund that focuses on getting veterans’ voices heard in the top issues of the day.
- Military.com: Source for news and information for military members, veterans and their families that provides daily defense news, benefits information, veteran employment resources, spouse and family resources and tools
- Military Health System and Defense Health Agency: Official website of one of America’s largest and most complex health care institutions, and the world’s preeminent military health care delivery operation.
- Make the Connection: This online resource is designed to connect veterans, family members and friends and other supporters with information, resources and solutions to issues affecting the lives of veterans.
- Mission 22: This nonprofit’s focus is to combat the veteran suicide rate through veteran treatment programs. It also organizes events and builds memorials while engaging people with an an ambassador volunteer program to create social impact and awareness for these issues.
- Wounded Warrior Project: The program serves alumni — those men and women who have experienced a physical or mental injury while in service to the United States since Sept. 11, 2001. All services offered by the Wounded Warrior Project are free.
- Hope for the Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.
- Save A Warrior provides an alternative holistic services that equip veterans, military personnel, police, firefighters and other first responders with a community of support and effective techniques to overcome symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress.
- Give An Hour: This organization provides care for those who otherwise might not receive it by harnessing the skill, expertise and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals.
- Vets 4 Warriors: A 24/7 confidential peer support network — call 855-838-8255 — for veteran and military communities to provide peer support through confidential phone, chat, text, and email conversations to serve anyone who has ever worn the uniform, as well as the family members and the caregivers who love and support them.
Labor & employment
- Job Opportunities for Veterans: The U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Government-wide Veterans Employment website.
- Union Veterans Council: Issues surrounding veterans and union employees are not independent of each other, this AFL-CIO affiliated organization brings working-class veterans together to speak out on the issues such as the need for good jobs and a strong, fully funded and staffed VA.
- Vet Roadmap: This guide is to help veterans return to civilian life and was created by the coordination of the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative (MSI) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.
- Show Your Stripes, sponsored by Iheartradio, links veterans to potential employment opportunities.
- Silent Professionals, links veterans to potential employment opportunities in the security sector.
- Union Plus Mortgage veterans grant: The Union Plus Mortgage Program offers a $1,000 grant to veterans and their family members who obtain a mortgage through this Union Plus program.
- Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP): This non-profit, HUD-approved housing counseling organization seeks to increase sustainable homeownership, financial-literacy education, VA loan awareness and economic opportunity for the active-military and veteran communities.
- Homes for Heroes: This large nationwide network of affiliate real estate, mortgage, and local business specialists intends to provide easy ways for veterans to save on a home. The organization connects veterans with specialists who can answer specific real estate and/or mortgage questions, and provide helpful tips.
- Team RWB: The goal of this organization is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
- K9 Warriors: This is the nation’s largest provider of service dogs for disabled American veterans, which rescues dogs and trains them to become service dogs for veterans.
- USA Cares: This group provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active-duty U.S. military service personnel, veterans and their families.