You served our country—now let us help connect you to the civilian career opportunities you’ve earned!
We know the transition from military service to civilian work can be challenging. Fortunately, Goodwill has a long history of helping veterans and their families obtain training to join the civilian workforce.
Goodwill’s Operation: GoodJobs program, funded through the Walmart Foundation, is dedicated to empowering military veterans to find employment, advance in their careers, and achieve long-term financial stability. Program services are available in:
- Texas (Houston and San Antonio)
- California (Los Angeles,San Diego, and Oxnard regions)
- Washington (Tacoma)
- North Carolina (Charlotte, Winston-Salem)
- South Carolina (Charleston, Greenville)
Find out about Operation: GoodJobs and other programs for veterans in your region by contacting your nearest Goodwill.
WORK RESOURCES FOR VETERANS
The resources below can help you find a career path and get the education and job training you need. Some of these resources can help you identify how your military service translates into civilian credentials or certifications and learn what benefits you’ve earned as a veteran.
- The Army and Navy Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL): Helps veterans determine their eligibility for civilian credentials related to their military occupational specialty and find available programs that will help pay credentialing fees.
- Department of Labor Veterans Education and Training Service (VETS) Program: Resources and services to help veterans maximize their employment opportunities, protect their employment rights, and qualify for highly sought-after jobs.
- Military.com Veterans Job Search: The largest online job board of its kind, with more than 100,000 jobs available nationwide.
- Military Spouse Employment Partnership: Connects spouses from all military services with Fortune 500 companies and other employers who hire members of military families.
- The Transition Assistance Program: Mandatory pre-separation counseling, employment workshops, and veterans benefit activities. An additional program, the Disabled Transition Assistance Program (DTAP), is available for service members with disabilities.
- Veterans Affairs Seamless Transition Program: Benefits for returning veterans, including job training, health care, and insurance. Links to other federal agencies and organizations offer related benefits and services.
- Veterans Job Bank: A central source for identifying employment opportunities posted by employers who are committed to hiring veterans.
- The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program: A Chapter 31 program that helps veterans with service-related disabilities prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs.
EDUCATION PROGRAMS FOR VETERANS
The GI Bill and other programs are designed to help you get the education you need. The following links will help you determine which program is right for you.
- Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (for members of the military earnng degrees either during or after their service)
- Education Assistance for Military Families
- GI Bill
- Reserve and Guard GI Bill
- Servicemembers Opportunities Colleges
- Tuition Assistance for Active Members of the Military
- Veterans Educational Assistance Program
- Vocational Rehabilitation for Veterans with Disabilities
HOUSING FOR VETERANS
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- HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing: Combines Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance for homeless veterans with case management and VA clinical services. Services are provided at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
- VA Home Loan Guaranty Service: Helps veterans and active duty personnel purchase and retain homes.
- VA Homeless Programs: Helps homeless veterans and their families live as independently as possible. The largest integrated network of homeless treatment and assistance services.
- Veterans Assistance Foundation: Operates transitional housing programs for veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
HEALTH CARE FOR VETERANS
Here are some resources that can help you find services for primary care, treatment of physical disabilities and psychological trauma, substance abuse treatment, individual and family counseling, and more. Services in some areas are free.
- TRICARE (formerly CHAMPUS): A health insurance plan that offers comprehensive, affordable health coverage, a pharmacy benefit, dental coverage, and other special programs for service members, veterans, and their families.
- VA Vet Center: A network of community-based centers that provide a wide range of services to combat veterans transitioning from military to civilian life and their families. Services include individual counseling, group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, medical referrals, assistance in applying for VA benefits, employment counseling, alcohol/drug assessments, military sexual trauma counseling and referral, and guidance and referrals to community resources.
- Veterans Health Administration: The nation’s largest integrated health care system, consisting of 152 medical centers, nearly 1,400 community-based outpatient clinics, community living centers, vet centers, and domiciliaries.