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Find out more about other resources and programs offered by other organizations that are useful for veterans. These will be updated frequently so make sure to check back often!
Wells Fargo ApprenticeshipUSA Program
Wells Fargo's ApprenticeshipUSA Program allows veterans to develop skills pertinent to today's civilian economy while earning wages. It is currently being piloted in Wells Fargo's Community Bank, Consumer Lending, Payment, Virtual Solutions and Innovations groups. For each month of the apprenticeship veterans receive payment from the government in addition to their wages earned as an apprentice. After 6-9 months payment from the government reduces gradually as the veterans receives wage increases from the apprenticeship.
Veterans on Wall Street
Veterans on Wall Street provides educational initiatives, mentoring, conferences and more to support career development and retain veterans in the global financial services industry. They work to help veterans translate the skills they have to the world of wall street.
U.S. Small Business Administration: Boots to Business
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a two step entrepreneurial training program called Boots to Business as a training track within the Department of Defense's Transition Assistance Program (TAP).
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB)
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) is for veterans seeking to get a solid start on their education or certificates. They are part of the national TRiO programs and can support veterans getting prepared to successfully enter into their program of choice. VUB is designed to help veterans develop the skills needed for professional and educational success. They have several services that provides FREE for veterans including financial aid/GI Bill guidance, tutoring, mentoring and more. Learn more about the program through the link below.
NYC Small Business Services
NYC Small Business Services helps unlock economic potential and create economic security for all New Yorkers by connecting New Yorkers to good jobs, creating stronger businesses, and building thriving neighborhoods across the five boroughs. You can learn what it takes to create a business plan, finance your business, prepare to open and more!
Workforce1 is a service provided by the NYC Department of Small Business Services that prepares and connects qualified candidates to job opportunities in New York City. They make strong connection between candidates and employers using industry knowledge, skill-building workshops and recruitment expertise. Workforce1 also has Individual Training Grants available for those who want to develop occupational skills needed to pursue careers in healthcare, finance, computer technology and protective service. Check out their NewVenture Entrepreneurship Program for Veterans as well. Use the links below to get more information and apply to one of these fantastic programs!
Wells Fargo and Scholarship America partnered to create a veteran scholarship and emergency grant program. Wells Fargo has committed $2 million over a four year period to fund the programs and help veterans and their families to successfully integrate back into civilian life. Since both programs launched in 2016, Wells Fargo and Scholarship America have awarded 22 scholarships and 25 emergency grants to support education and vocational training for veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans. While the 2017 program is now closed it will reopen in 2018.
The American Legion
The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence that works to advocate for veterans and their needs. They provide various services concerning benefits, career, health and more as well as various social programs for veterans and their families.
Student Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America is a coalition of student-veteran groups located on college campuses around the globe. They provide military veterans with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and post-graduation.
V-WISE Program is a premier training program in entrepreneurship and small business management. V-WISE helps women veterans and female military spouses/partners find their passion and learn the business savvy skills necessary to turn an idea or start-up into a growing venture. The three-phases of the program include a 15-day online course (Phase I), 3-day entrepreneurship training event (Phase II), and ongoing mentorship, training and support opportunities for graduates launching or growing their business (Phase III). There is a one time $75 registration fee.
Bunker Labs is a not-for-profit organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other veterans as leaders. They provide educational programming, access to resources and a thriving network to help military veterans and their spouses start and grow a small business.
Veteran’s Guide to Starting a Business
Many veterans transitioning back into civilian life consider starting a business. Whether veterans are pondering a specific concept for a small business or are just toying around with the thought of working for solo, there are plenty of resources for veterans to help. This guide is meant to help vets looking to start their own business. It offers business resources, funding possibilities, and covers a lot of frequently asked questions.
NS2 Serves® is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization established to give back to the community it serves by training and employing veterans in high-tech careers. The course is open to post-9/11 U.S. military service veterans and reservists (including disabled veterans), service members with orders to leave active duty, and Gold Star spouses who meet eligibility requirements. The full-time course provides training in world-class software solutions that support U.S. national security needs and commercial enterprises.
Sharp Decisions is focused on finding the right fit between people and technology for some of the world's most recognized companies. Their V.E.T.S. Program hires, train and deploys veterans to their many Fortune 1000 client sites. The veterans undergo platoon-based, client specific training in the Sharp University. Some skill categories include Block Chain, Cloud Security, Project/Program Management and Quality Assurance.
NPower is a national non-profit that provides pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans from underserved communities. They provide free technology training and career development for veterans and their spouses. Their programs include free technology training, social services, paid internships, professional development and job assistance that help prepare students for their first or second-chance at a career.
GI Bill Benefit Help
Veterans of Foreign Wars
1Student Veteran is a program created by the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and SVA (Student Veterans of America). Any student veteran who is has difficulty accessing their GI Bill or other VA benefits, or believes he/she has been wrongfully denied these benefits should email (see below) the VFW. The staff will either intervene with the VA on behalf of the student veteran or recommend any other course of action.
How to Get Certified as a Veteran Owned Business
This article gives an outline about everything you need to know about getting started as a Veteran Owned Business. First, you need to be registered with the VetBiz Registry provided by The Center for Veteran Enterprise. Then you need to go through the VA verification process. Find links to everything you need below!
Accredited Online Schools & Colleges
Accredited Online Schools and Colleges provides information about the post-9/11 G.I. Bill and how to obtain benefits through the program for continuing education. It will tell you what the G.I. Bill will pay for, such as institutions of higher learning, national standardized testing programs like the SAT, GMAT, etc. The site also provides information about which online schools and colleges are accredited.
The Prior-Service Entrepreneur
written by Michael Kaplan
The Prior-Service Entrepreneur reveals Kaplan's strategies for the employment process. His book attempts to prepare veterans for both the process of seeking employment and the next steps of successful retention and development over the long term.
Understanding a Veteran with PTSD
written by Maryville University
Servicemen and women oftentimes face unique challenges when leaving active duty and readjusting to civilian life. However, sometimes soldiers also return home with challenges related to their mental wellbeing as a result of what they've witnessed while on active duty. And one of the most common mental challenges is post-traumatic stress disorder (commonly known as PTSD).