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Resources for Transitions of Military Veterans

This page is dedicated to the numerous resources available to members of the military and their families. The following websites are full of various information about all kinds of services: financial, employment, mental health, networking and even mentorships.
Developing a Risk Model to Target High-Risk Preventive Interventions for Sexual Assault Victimization Among Female U.S. Army Soldiers.Clinical Psychological Science 1–18. © The Author(s) 2016 .Sexual violence victimization is a significant problem among female U.S. military personnel. Preventive interventionsfor high-risk individuals might reduce prevalence but would require accurate targeting.

Sleep Deprivation in the Military: Resources for Seeking Help

 Sleep deprivation is one of the steepest problems facing our veterans. Up to 89% are classified as poor sleepers. With more than 9.7 million U.S. military veterans surveyed, a study found that the age-adjusted prevalence of disorders had increased from less than 1 percent in 2000 to nearly 6 percent in 2010.

National Center for PTSD: We are the world's leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress. PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault. It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. I symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments. 


Mayo Clinic Overview Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. 

Pentagon report shows sharp rise in military sexual assaults ...

May 3, 2019According to the Pentagon data, the military received a total of 7,623 reports of sexual assault in 2018, though not all of the victims were service members, and some reports reflected incidents 

US military plagued by sexual assault: #MeToo in the ... - CNN  Feb 7, 2018. Many survivors describe a broken system in the US military that they say perpetuates a culture that suppresses the reporting of sexually violent crimes.

Embattled : Retaliation against Sexual Assault Survivors in the US Military. Human Rights Watch, May, 2015. It is no secret that the US military has a sexual assault problem: the Department of Defense estimates that 18,900 US service members were sexually assaulted in fiscal year (FY) 2014.1 But the slurs, sanctions, and scorn described above are not the punishments that soldiers and their superiors have meted out to those who have perpetrated sexual assault in the

Gulf War Vets: The Richest of Resources  Kathleen O. Beauchesne  (2012).This research focuses on the importance of using an integrated change management approach to bring together the civilian, corporate, and military communities to support veterans of the Global War on Terror, specifically those veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Using force field analysis methodology and original survey research, the study includes a review of the current literature on Gulf War Era veterans in the areas of the labor market, diversity, employee assistance, human resources (HR), behavioral health, disability, and career management.

US Department of Labor – VETS USERRA Fact Sheet 3 – Veterans Employment and Training Services – Job Rights for Veterans and Reserve Component Members:


A report on a conference held June 7, 2013 at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Prepared by:USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families Best Practices for Behavioral Health Practitioners:

Understanding Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Explore this link  to find resources for vets who want to find or regain their place in the workforce. Get help with writing your resume, learn how to impress hiring managers, and browse job listings.

Career Resources for Veterans

Whether you’ve been retired for years or have just finished your service, rejoining the workforce can be tough. You should have access to adequate guidance and support. There are actually a lot of places you can turn to for assistance in your transition from service to career if you know where to look. This guide recommends pages only from trusted organizations and will connect you to all kinds of information, advice, tools, and programs that offer real-world help.

Department of Veteran’s Affair Website on Military Sexual Trauma: Military sexual trauma (MST) is the term that the Department of Veterans Affairs uses to refer to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will.

The Invisible War A 2012 Documentary film written and directed by Kirby Dick.  It is about sexual assault in the US military and won the award at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 85th Academy Awards.


The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office (SAPRO) Department of Defense Office is responsible for oversight of the Department's sexual assault policy. SAPRO works hand-in-hand with the Services and the civilian community to develop and implement innovative prevention and response programs.

IRETA  Blog Understanding the relationship between military culture and substance use can improve prevention and treatment

3 Reasons to Hire Veterans Three Reasons to Hire Veterans – EBN

Military Online Colleges 

A Website dedicated to issues around finding a school that works closely with veterans or active military personnel. Military Online is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information on accredited degree programs for military service members. In addition there are useful articles and blog posts related to finding the correct education environment for returning veterans as well as all military service members

What’s the Link Between the Military and Mesothelioma?
Asbestos was commonly used in military structures from the 1930s to 1970s. Because mesothelioma can lie dormant for decades, many veterans are now experiencing symptoms from exposure that happened during their years of service. Learn what kind of compensation veterans may be able to receive.

 Veterans of Foreign Wars 

Website devoted to issues regarding veterans. Their mission is to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts and to serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. One of their visions is to ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. 

Returning Veterans

The  Veterans Administration’s Mental Health Services and National Center for PTSD unveiled their Veterans Employment Toolkit ( in January 2013 and a new EAP section of that toolkit ( in December 2013. In addition, Patricia Herlihy along with Boston College colleagues published in March: MST: A Silent Syndrome in a peer-reviewed nursing journal which was the most viewed article in the EAP Archive for last 6 months of 2013.

 Veterans Employment Toolkit The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a new online Veterans Employment Toolkit  aimed at helping employers, managers and supervisors, and human resource professionals support employees who are Veterans or members of the Reserve or National Guard.  Given the many efforts in this country to increase the hiring of Veterans, the Veterans Employment Toolkit was designed to help employers, managers and supervisors, and human resource professionals support Veterans in the workplace to increase Veterans’ retention of employment and facilitate their success in the workplace.  The online toolkit provides information about the value Veterans bring to the workplace, material describing the military experience and culture, common challenges Veterans may experience in readjusting to civilian life and how to support individuals in that transition, general communication tips for managers and supervisors, and how to support members in the Reserve and National Guard. The Veterans Employment Toolkit also includes resources for Veterans looking to obtain employment and how they can make important career decisions and excel in the workplace.  If you have any questions or feedback about the toolkit, please contact Sara Landes (

 US Department of Veteran Affairs  Welcome to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and thank you for your service to our country. The VA was established  for one purpose “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan…” Abraham Lincoln

Department of Defense  Offers news, background information, a database for military systems and equipment used, multimedia, photo gallery   and links to other government and military sites  

Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury   The DCoE leads a collaborative effort toward optimizing psychological health and traumatic brain injury treatment for    the Department of Defense. DCoE also establishes quality standards for: clinical care; education and training; prevention; patient, family and community outreach; and program excellence. DCoE's mission is "to maximize opportunities for warriors and families to thrive through a collaborative global network promoting resilience, recovery, and reintegration  for PH and TBI.


National Resource Directory  The National Resource Directory ( is a website for Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families and those who support them. It provides access to thousands of services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.


Wounded Warrior Program  Provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition  to civilian life. 


Joining Forces  Dedicated to connecting our servicemen and women, veterans and military spouses with the resources  they need to find jobs 


Returning Veterans Project  Treating Military Sexual Trauma - Understanding the specific aspects of military culture and circumstances unique to military sexual trauma are necessary components of programs helping survivors begin the healing process. This workshop explores unique characteristics of MST, military cultural competency, symptoms, diagnosis and co-morbidity as well as best practice in treatment and advocacy. 3.75 CEUs available.

Investing in Power  Empowering Veterans with Business and Franchise Startups provides veterans with the resources, training, networking, mentorship, and support needed for new business success. This begins with a self-administered assessment of the Veterans interests, abilities and financial needs, supplying them with the foundation for personal decisions related to available opportunities.

VA’s National Center on PTSD   Provides education, conducts research on the prevention, understanding and treatment of PTSD and other reactions to trauma. 

Veterans Administration Research  For more information about VA Research, research specifically addressing women’s health, videos, and other women’s health information,


Trauma-Informed Care for Women Veterans Experiencing Homelessness: A Guide for Service Providers  Also known as the “Trauma Guide,” was created to address the psychological and mental health needs of women veterans. The guide is also a compilation of best practices aimed at improving effectiveness in engaging female veterans. Written for service providers, the guide offers observational knowledge and concrete guidelines for modifying practices with the goal of increasing re-entry outcomes.

Triservice  Nursing Research Program TNRP is the only program funding and supporting rigorous scientific research in the field of military nursing. We seek to advance military nursing science and optimize the health of military members and their families.  An online resource supporting Service Members, their Families, and Veterans, with common post-deployment concerns. The website provides self-care solutions targeting post-traumatic stress, depression, anger, sleep, relationship concerns, and other mental health challenges.


MyNextMove for Veterans Designed for U.S. veterans who are current job seekers. The interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers. Veterans can find careers through keyword search; by browsing industries that employ different types of workers; or by discovering civilian careers that are similar to their job in the military. Veterans can also take advantage of the O*NET Interest Profiler, a tool that offers personalized career suggestions based on a person's interests and level of work experience.


American Corporate Partners – Mentoring Program ACP’s Mentoring Program connects veterans (Protégés) with corporate professionals (Mentors) for a yearlong mentorship. Paired based on their career objectives and professional experience, Mentors and Protégés define the goals of the mentorship together, and create and implement an action plan to achieve them through monthly discussions.

Military Spouse Employment Partnership   MSEP is part of DoD’s broader Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) initiative, which seeks to strengthen the education and career opportunities of military spouses by providing career exploration opportunities to help them understand their skills, interests, and goals; education and training to help them identify academic, licensing, or credentialing requirements that can help them reach their career goals; employment readiness assistance to optimize their self-marketing skills; and employment connections that help them find and maintain a rewarding career.

Hero2Hired  Hero2Hired is a ellow Ribbon-funded project that provides resources for finding a job:  job postings, a military skills translator, career assessment survey, advice and training and information on hiring events.