REGISTER & GET CHECKED OUT
- Register with the Veterans Administration for a post-exit
medical exam. This will help veterans receive care if needed and get
them “on the radar screen” for the VA benefits system. Visit www.va.gov for more.
JOBS & EMPLOYMENT
- Veterans Preference for Federal Jobs.
Veterans are given special priority for federal government jobs because
of their training and service to their country. This preference applies
to all federal agencies, and veterans should ensure that their service
record is taken into account when applying to these jobs. You can find
more information on the “Feds Hire Vets” program at www.fedshirevets.com.
- Businesses Get Tax Credits for Hiring Vets. The Vow to Hire Heroes
Act was signed into law, meaning that businesses can now receive up to
$9,600 in tax credits for hiring an unemployed veteran, depending on how
long the veteran has been unemployed. Because the program is new, make
sure prospective employers know they can apply for this tax credit if
they hire you.
- Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess Program.
This program offers comprehensive assistance at each step of the job
search process, from adjusting military skills to the civilian world to
applying to locating a suitable job. Go to http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/ to learn more.
- Helmets to Hardhats. This program helps connect veterans with careers in construction. Visit www.helmetstohardhats.org to learn more.
- USAJOBS.gov. This online database of government jobs has special features for helping veterans find employment. Visit http://www.usajobs.gov/Veterans to find out more.
- H2H. A Yellow Ribbon-funded jobs database that connects veterans with military-friendly companies.
- GI Bill. The Veterans
Administration has two options to help veterans pay for college: the new
“Post-9/11 GI Bill” and the original “Montgomery GI Bill.” This
assistance can save vets thousands of dollars on tuition, depending on
their circumstances. Go to www.gibill.va.gov to learn which bill works for you.
- Medical Benefits. Medical treatment and benefits are available for veterans through the Veterans Administration (visit www.vba.va.gov
for more information). If you have problems receiving benefits and need
help negotiating with the VA, you can contact Rep. Napolitano about
your problem by visiting the "Help with a Federal Agency" web page and a caseworker from her office may be able to help.
- eBenefits. For veterans already registered with the VA, visit www.ebenefits.va.gov
to conduct your VA business online and save time. You can file claims,
appeal, get military documents, and check the status of your claims and
see what stage of the process you're in.
- VA Home Loan Program. The VA can help vets buy a new home or refinance their existing mortgage at a lower rate to save money. Visit www.homeloans.va.gov for more information.
- Helping the Homeless. Housing and job training are available to help homeless veterans get back on their feet. Visit www.va.gov/homeless to see what programs are available.
- Vet Hunters. This local
anti-homelessness group believes leaving a veteran on the streets is no
better than leaving him on the battlefield. They work to locate homeless
veterans and get them back on their feet. Visit http://vethunters.org/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.