Some of the best resources available to your success after military service might be right outside your front door. Even if the door is attached to the place you call "home", help is available now. If you're reading this, chances are you have better access to learning more about several programs designed to help you. However, if you know a Veteran who's unable to get access to what you're about to read, please print this out and share it!
Help For Homeless Veterans
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides help for Veterans under a program known as HUDVET. They maintain a database of State and Local resources available to assist the planning and delivery of community-based Continuum of Care services for veterans who are homeless. Making the transition from "boots-to-suits" is tough enough. Add the challenges of homelessness to the mix, and this means support in getting back into the mainstream is most welcomed by anyone on the streets.
Welcome to Our State! How Can We Help You?
Each State in the U.S.A provides Veterans access to helpful resources. A simple internet search gives you instant access to an abundance of programs, people, and possibilities. In the State of Texas for example, lists several non-profit and other businesses dedicated to the support and well-being of Veterans. According to the Texas Veterans Commission website, the program called TexVet: Partners Across Texas is the collaborative effort of federal, state, and local organizations, that focuses on bringing our military members and those that care about them a wealth of resources.
Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow
You'll definitely want to pause to check out the Career One Stop though. Here you'll find links to lots of local and state programs ranging from; job search resources, educational resources, National Guard and Reserve resources, and plenty of other must-haves.
Available To All Veterans, Including You Sarah!
All kidding aside, there's one piece of legislation written in the early 90s that you need to make sure you're aware of! The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (a.k.a. USERRA) provides legal rights for people in uniform.
USERRA is a federal law intended to ensure that persons who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, Reserves, National Guard or other "uniformed services:" get protection under the law.
Specifically, this law makes sure those who served;
(1) are not disadvantaged in their civilian careers because of their service;
(2) are promptly reemployed in their civilian jobs upon their return from duty; and
(3) are not discriminated against in employment based on past, present, or future military service. The federal government is to be a "model employer" under USERRA. See 38 U.S.C. 4301.
Just yesterday, I spotted two things related to this. First, while visiting a business, I noticed a huge USERRA poster hanging on the wall for all to see. Hopefully, this and other businesses will abide by the law and play by the rules. Second, a story published in USA Today outlined the perils of Veterans who returned from deployment to unemployment.
This is a situation we need to get a handle on. Feel free to share any helpful information in the Comments Section of this blog post.
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