Retiree and Veteran Resources 

The following links provide information about programs and organizations providing ongoing support to veterans and retirees and their families in the form of transition assistance, benefits, and advocacy.

Resources for Locating Military Contacts

Military.com's Buddy Finder
Over 20 million military records. Find a buddy assists in locating and reconnecting military friends.
Vietnam War casualties listed by Home of Record
The state index pages are based on each casualty's Official Home of Record. The home of record may be the place the person entered military service or that person's residence at that time. The home of record is not always that person's birthplace, home town, or place of high school graduation.

Retiree and Veterans Resources

ACAP
The Army Career and Alumni Program provides transition services and employment assistance training to separating and retiring Soldiers and their spouses.

Aid & Attendance and House Bound Benefits
is a benefit paid in addition to monthly veteran pension and disability compensation. This benefit may not be paid without eligibility to pension. A & A can be used to pay for adult day care, skilled nursing care and home care. It also can be used to pay a family member other than a spouse to care for the veteran at home.

Air Compassion for Veterans
ACV ensures that no financially-stressed wounded warrior / veteran / active duty military person or their family member(s) is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation. ACV provides air transportation to Wounded Warriors.

American Corporate Partners
American Corporate Partners is a nationwide mentoring program which is matching employees from some of the largest corporations and universities in the country with Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for the purpose of mentoring, networking and career counseling.  ACP is dedicated to helping veterans transition from the armed services to private enterprise


American Military Retirees Association
An advocacy organization for military retirees and veterans and their families.

Army Retirement Services
Army Retirement Services provides information on benefits and entitlements to active duty Soldiers and families preparing for retirement and to retired Soldiers and families.

Career Center for the Military Severely Injured Center
Military.com, in partnership with the DoD, has information and resources for injured veterans looking for employment. There is also a job search available online.

Combat Related Special Compensation
Information about a compensation program for disabled military retirees administered by the Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
The mission of the DVBIC is to serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with traumatic brain injury (TBI) through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs.

Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA is the federal agency responsible for overseeing the interests of veterans and their family members. Some of its programs and offices include:

    • CHAMPVA (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs)
    CHAMPVA is a federal health benefits program administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The NCPTSD website offers information about the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of PTSD. The GI Bill provides education benefits to veterans. A gateway to VA health benefits. The site also provides tools for veterans to track their health concerns and check medical records online. Information on services and benefits for returning Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. A comprehensive online guide to veterans’ organizations in the United States.

DisabilityInfo.gov (Federal and State Resources for Individuals with Disabilities)
This website is a collaborative effort between 22 federal agencies to provide a one-stop information and referal service for individuals with disabilities. The website has also has state map feature to make it easier to find disability-related information in your community. To browse through state information, just select one of the nine subject tabs — benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, health, housing, technology or transportation — at the top of any DisabilityInfo.gov page. Then click on the State and Local Resources map on the right-hand side bar to find information on that subject in your state.

Helmets to Hard Hats
Helmets to Hard Hats is a construction job placement website which allows military personnel to post their resume online and review construction jobs in their area for employment opportunities. An account is created on the website in order to upload a resume and contact future employers.

Hire A Hero
This non-profit organization is a professional networking site that helps military members transition from the service back into civilian life. This organization is now accepting donations for a Social Net Worker position which councils and guides veterans to the resources they need to reintegrate back into civilian life. The organization's goal is to reach out to 500,000 people to donate $1.00 to the cause. This donation will assist Hire A Hero to employ 10 people to fill this new position that the organization has created.

Hire Vets First
The Hire Vets First website is provided by the Department of Labor to assist veterans and returning reservists find jobs.

Hope 4 Heroes
Founded by OIF/OEF veterans, this organization provides support to disabled veterans and their families who suffer from PTSD, TBI, depression, loss of limbs and other veteran topics.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Founded in 2004, IVAC is dedicated to providing advocacy and other resources for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Knollwood/Army Distaff Foundation
Knollwood is a continuing care retirement community located in Washington, DC, for regular and reserve component male and female military officers of all uniform services, their spouses, sisters, daughters, mothers and mothers-in-law are eligible for residency at Knollwood regardless of race, religion, age, sex, handicap or disability.

Military Audiology Association -- Retiree at Cost Hearing Aid Program
List of Army facilities that provide hearing aids at cost to U.S. military retirees.

Military Records from the National Archives Records Administration (NARA)
Veterans and the next of kin of deceased veterans can order copies of military records online through NARA.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Veterans Resource Center
NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.  NAMI focuses on three cornerstones of activity that offer hope, reform and health: Support, Education and Advocacy.

National Association of County Veterans Service Officers (NACVSO)
NACVSO officers serve as liaisons between the Department of Veterans Affairs and Servicemembers, family members and survivors.

The National Veterans Upward Bound Program
The Veterans Upward Bound Program is a free U.S. Department of Education program designed to help veterans refresh their academic skills and receive a college degree. The program focuses on basic skill development to help veterans complete a high school equivalency test and apply to college, short-term remedial or refresher classes for high school graduates, assistance with college and financial aid applications, along with academic advice and career counseling.
Connect And Join™ is a secure online communications and activities site that connects families around the world who are separated by military deployment while serving our country, or have family members living away from home due to job-related responsibilities.

Office of Personnel Management Veterans Employment Information
The OPM website can provide veterans with information about veterans preference in federal hiring.

Purple Heart Homes
Purple Heart Homes' mission is to provide housing assistance for qualified veterans who have sustained mobility limiting injuries during their service to the American people.

"Returning Veterans" (VA)
The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched its new "Returning Veterans" website, www.oefoif.va.gov, to welcome home veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

Small Business Administration Office of Veterans Business Development
The mission of the Office of Veterans Business Development is to maximize the availability, applicability and usability of all administration small business programs for Veterans, Service-Disabled Veterans, Reserve Component Members, and their Dependents or Survivors.

State Veterans Benefits Directory
Military.com offers a state-by-state guide to services and benefits available to veterans and their family members.

Still Serving Veterans
To empower wounded Veterans, and their families, by helping them reintegrate into the workforce and community via counseling, coaching, guiding, job transition, and assistance in obtaining all Veterans Administration (VA) benefits to which they are entitled.

Student Veterans of America
The Student Veterans of America helps veterans acheive a smooth transition into institutions of higher education and advocates on behalf of student veterans.

TurboTAP
The Transition Assistance Program offers a one -stop shop for Servicemembers transitioning out of the military at any point in their career.

US Government Benefits
This Federal Government web site contains links to many Federal and State benefits programs.

Veterans and Families Coming Home
Veterans and Families Coming Home is a non-profit organization founded by veterans, community members and military families and seeks to make the transition easier for Soldiers and their families and build healthy relationships upon their return.

Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Hotline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
The VA's hot line is staffed by mental health professionals who take toll-free calls, from across the country 24 hours a day, seven days a week and work closely with local VA mental-health providers to help callers.

Veterans Airlift Command
The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.  Veterans of Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) is VAC's top priority. As capacity allows, their mission will expand to serve veterans of other conflicts.

Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission
The Commission is an independent organization established by Congress to study the benefits provided to assist veterans and their survivors.

Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania
The Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania provides essential housing, employment, and other vital supportive services to eligible veterans, Servicemembers and their families to improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life.

The Association of the United States Army Family Programs Directorate does not endorse any of the the organizations listed nor the information about services provided on their websites.