Veteran

An outline of the resources that are available for the various libraries that are serving active duty and veteran students.

The military forces have invested in the well being of their service members. Often the best course of action is to point the vet or active duty student back to their branch of service as there is so much that is available to them.  Many of the social type services that public libraries and some of the academic libraries are trying to provide are already addressed by specialized offices in the military branches.

Family Services has tried to be comprehensive in providing material, support and services to military members and their families.  Examples of this service may include: family counseling, resumes, tips on career change, retiring or separating, career search process, JIST publications and resource classes. They also provide a program called TAP, a three day  counseling session put on by the Department of Labor to help the transitioning airman/soldier.

Family Services

Airman and Family Readiness Centers (Air Force)
http://www.afcommunity.af.mil/familycenterlist.asp#

Army Community Service (Army)
Visit your local branch for more information.

Fleet and Family Services (Navy and Marine)
http://www.cnic.navy.mil/CNIC_HQ_Site/WhatWeDo/FleetAndFamilyReadiness/FamilyReadiness/FleetAndFamilySupportProgram/index.htm

Military OneSource
http://www.militaryonesource.com/
Provides an online resource for all the services that can direct them to various military social services offices or resources.

Educational Services
http://www.gibill.va.gov/support/counseling-services/
Provides support and guidance in education, training and leadership school for the active duty member and has recently provided educational support to spouses as well with scholarships as high as $6K.

Career Resources for Veterans
http://www.jobhero.com/veteran-career-guide/

VA Services

This service provides medical, dental, emotional well-being, behavioral health services, and other benefits to Soldiers/Airmen, including Guardsmen and Reserves.  It is recommended that veterans fill out a 10-10EZ to sign up for health care services even if they think they will never use them.

VA has three sections:

  1. Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
    1 (877) 222-VETS (8387)
    https://www.va.gov/health/
    To find a nearby community based outpatient clinics (CBOC) log on to https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp
  2. Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA)
    1 (800) 827-1000
    http://www.vba.va.gov
    Benefits include: Death pension, dependency indemnity compensation, disability pension, education, home loan guaranty, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation and employment.
  3. Veterans Cemetery
    1 (800) 697-6947
    http://www.cem.va.gov

VA Seamless Transition:
http://www.sbcc.edu/veteranssupport/
Point of Contact: Magdalena Torres

VA Seamless Transition:
http://www.seamlesstransition.va.gov
Office is now called VA/DoD Outreach Office for returning Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserve Service members of Operationas Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

VetSuccess.gov:
http://vetsuccess.symplicity.com
Presents information about the services that the vocational rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program provides to veterans with service connected disabilities.