Resources for Veterans
There are many resources available to veterans and their families. If you or a loved one are having physical, mental or emotional problems, look for help! Here are some starting points:
militaryonesource.mil – This is a web site offering a wide menu of services. Click on ‘counseling options’ for access to services. Or, you can call for help as well:
- 1-800-342-9647 (counseling)
- 1-800-273-8255 (crisis hotline)
- 1-877-995-5247 (sexual assault)
Air Force Crossroads
Offers information for Airmen and their families preparing for an upcoming deployment. More Info: Website
American Bar Association
Provides Legal Assistance for Military Personnel. More Info: Website
The ABA also connects active duty Servicemembers and their families to free legal assistance for civil legal issues beyond the scope of services provided by a military legal assistance office. More Info: Website
Army Chaplain Corps
Army Family Readiness Group (FRG)
Online home of the Army FRG. Hosts individual unit’s Virtual FRGs, allowing a secure environment in which information, resources and support are available to Servicemembers and their family members 24 hours a day. More Info: Website
The current website partner to Military Spouse Magazine that features editorials on managing Permanent Change of Station, finances, deployment and raising a family. The website acts as a base directory for spouses and provides information about the duty station and surrounding area. Baseguide.com will soon expand to include information for spouses of reserve Servicemembers. More Info: Website
Books on Deployment
A list of readings for those going through the deployment process. More Info: List
Building Family Rituals
Learn how to build family rituals before your Servicemember deploys. More Info: Website
Provides support for children with a deployed parent. Includes several applications and games to help children understand their parent’s deployment, as well as tips on how to “Keep in Touch.” More Info: Website
Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V)
Education, relocation, parenting, stress – you name it – Military OneSource is here to help you with just about any need. Available by phone or online, the free service is provided by the Department of Defense for active duty, Guard and Reserve Servicemembers and their families. The service is completely private and confidential, with few exceptions. More Info: Website
Minnesota Operation: Military Kids
Provides support for military kids through Hero Packs, Mobile Technology Lab, Youth Activities, Ready Set Go Training, Kissing Hands Kits and various other elements. More Info: Website
Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs
Military Kids Connect
An online community of military children ages 6 to 17 years old that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children from predeployment through a parent or caregiver’s return. More Info: Website
Spouse Battlemind Brochure
This brochure helps give military spouses the ability to face deployments with resilience and strength, allowing easier separations and smoother reunions. More Info: Brochure
Guide for helping children and youth cope with the deployment and return of a parent in the National Guard and other Reserve components. More Info: Website
A resource for parents with a deployed child. More Info: Website
Transition Assistance Program
USO and RocketLife Photo Book Program
Your Soldier Your Army Guide
A parent’s guide to the deployment process and the Army. More Info: Guide
Back-to-School Tools for Military Families
If you transferred to a new duty area this summer, or your spouse is deployed, you know that back-to-school means more than the usual challenges for your family. Your kids need to make new friends, adjust to a new home, and new school if they’re not home schooled. You may also have to find new tutors, begin home-schooling or re-advocate for your child’s needs. But you are not alone. Get information and support with these back-to-school tools for military families at http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2015/08/back-to-school-tools-for-military-families/. You’ll find a wealth of online resources, and connections to school liaison officers, special needs consultants, family life counselors and more.
Veteran Employee Resources
Avenues for Hiring a Vet: A comprehensive set of resources at the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs website, including:
- Hire Vets First
- Minnesota Works
- Veterans Employment Representatives
- America’s Heroes at Work
- Helmets to Hardhats
- Troops to Truckers
- And many more
College Credit for Military Experience: Inver Hills Community College has a grant to pilot this effort.
Minnesota Workforce Center: Job placement services.
Networking Group: There is a Networking Job Club for Veterans at the Burnsville WorkForce Center held every Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Veterans – Why Hire a Vet?: The Department of Employment and Economic Development’s “Top Ten” list.
Yellow Ribbon Entrepreneur Program: Find information on this and other services for Veterans through Dakota County Technical College.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve 1-800-336-4590 www.esgr.com
Dakota County Resources
Dakota County Veteran Services: Veteran Services provides advice and assistance for veterans or their family members filing claims for state and/or federal benefits, social security supplemental income benefits and other public and private programs.
- Dakota County Veteran Assistance: Available County resources.
- Dakota County Veteran Services Newsletter: Veterans interested in receving an electronic copy of the newsletter can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Eagan/Lakeville Resource Centers: Food shelf, resource center and Garden to Table gardening program.
Minnesota State Resources
Beyond the Yellow Ribbon of Minnesota: Connect to the State of Minnesota Beyond the Yellow Ribbon network.
Military Family Care Initiative: A web-based program designed to help military families in Minnesota during times of deployment. Resources for volunteer services and discounted services for military families.
St. Paul Vet Center: Readjustment counseling services. 651-644-4022
MilitaryOneSource.com – This site is for active duty, guard, and reserve members and their
families regardless of activation status. It will connect you to options for:
– Interactive web services
– Educational materials
– Health & Wellness
– Research, consultations and referrals
Readjustment Counseling Services
National Center for PTSD
DoD Post Deployment Health
US Army Health and Wellness
Support for Troops
Tricare Health Insurance
Tricare Dental Insurance
Military One Source 24/7 Helpline
MN National Guard Family Programs
Ameriforce Deployment Guide
National Guard Family and Youth Support
Military Child Education Coalition
Operation Military Kids
Family Policy Council
US Welcome Home
All expense paid marriage retreat
GI Bill Benefits for Vets not in College
On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship
This program allows working veterans and their dependents to receive GI Bill benefits while learning a trade or skill via on-the-job training through their current employer, rather than attending college classes.
In addition to providing an opportunity for veterans, the program benefits employers who are able to bring a veteran on as a trainee. The trainee undergoes the employer-prescribed training program and, at the end of the training, the employer has a fully-trained journeyman employee.
Examples of on-the-job training in which veterans are eligible to receive benefits include:
- Police Officer
- Highway Patrol Office
Examples of apprenticeships include:
- Power Line Worker
Learn more about the On-the-Job Training and Apprenticeship program by calling LinkVet at 1-888-546-5838, or visit the Department of Veterans Affairs OJT & Apprenticeship Training page.
Find this resource and more on Beyond the Yellow Ribbon’s Jobs for Veterans page. We are a 501 3 (c) nonprofit organization.