25 Organizations That Help Veterans
By Elizabeth Crain
25 Organizations That Help Veterans with Jobs, Injuries, and More
No one mistakes military service as easy, but not everyone recognizes just how greatly Veterans have sacrificed during their time in the service. Fortunately, there are organizations out there that recognize the sacrifices our soldiers have made and they are working to give Veterans the support they need in their lives post-discharge.
Our team at Telemedica has gathered 25 trustworthy non-profit organizations that help veterans obtain a home, get a job, deal with substance use disorders, and heal both mentally and physically from injury and illness. We believe in putting Veterans first, so here’s a list of organizations that do just that.
Housing Support for Veterans
Veterans, especially those returning injured or ill, may need immediate, transitional, or permanent housing. These organizations help veterans receive, keep, or maintain their homes.
- Habitat for Humanity Veterans Build works to build strength, stability, and self-reliance in partnership with Veterans who need decent and affordable housing.
- Homes for Our Troops builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for severely injured Veterans.
- Operation Homefront offers rent-free transitional housing for wounded service members and gives financial assistance for critical home repairs and rent/mortgage payments.
Job Support for Veterans
Most Veterans don’t have a job lined up when they discharge. These organizations help veterans who are unemployed get back to work.
- Hire Heroes USA gives personalized service to help Veterans get hired and aids companies with hiring and retaining Veterans.
- Hiring Our Heroes connects veterans with American businesses to create economic opportunity and a strong and diversified workforce.
- Jobs Opportunities for DisABLED Veterans has a job board and free courses in productivity, computer science, IT infrastructure, and data science.
Education Support for Veterans
Getting scholarships, grants, and other financial assistance for education is a big benefit for Veterans. These organizations give educational help to Veteran students.
- The American Legion Education Services lists Veteran education assistance opportunities and encourages Veterans to use their college search engine to find the best school for them.
- Military OneSource can help Veterans find education benefits, including grants, scholarships, tax credits and deductions, and specialized programs.
- Veterans Education Success helps Veteran students with education issues and works on a bipartisan basis to advance higher education success for Veterans.
Substance Use Disorder Support for Veterans
The reasons behind substance use are complex, but these organizations know what is required to support Veterans overcome and begin the healing process.
- DrugRehab provides information, resources, and treatment for people battling addiction and its underlying causes.
- RehabSpot helps addicted veterans get their life back by educating on specific types of drugs and what rehab patients can expect during their journey to recovery.
- Start Your Recovery understands how some elements of military culture, along with the stress of returning to the civilian world, can lead to substance use disorder, and provides helpful resources for coping.
Mental Illness Support for Veterans
These organizations know that taking care of a Veteran’s mental health can drastically improve mood, reduce suicide ideation, and improve quality of life.
- HeadStrong offers cost-free, barrier-free, and stigma-free mental health treatment for military Veterans and their families.
- K9s for Warriors provides Veterans with trained service dogs in an effort to end Veteran suicide.
- NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has a mission to advocate, educate, support, and make aware of how mental illness affects Veterans and their families.
- Veterans Crisis Line confidentially connects Veterans in crisis with caring, qualified responders 24/7.
Injury and Physical Illness Support for Veterans
Unfortunately, some Veterans return home with an injury or illness. For physical support, look to these non-profit organizations that help Veterans.
- Fisher House Foundation builds “comfort homes” where Veterans and their families can stay free of charge while they or a loved one is in the hospital.
- Freedom Service Dogs of America raises the next generation of service dogs, and even lets Veterans watch the puppies learn and grow in real time.
- Semper Fi Fund makes it easier for wounded Veterans to start new and productive lives using critical tools and skills.
- Nursing Home Abuse Justice helps elderly Veterans in nursing homes who suffer from physical harm, financial exploitation, and even sexual battery.
Community Support for Veterans
To feel fully transitioned and reintegrated, Veterans must be part of and supported by a community. Here’s a list of organizations that connect Veterans with others just like them.
- Black Veterans Project secures the legacy of black Veterans and fights for equity.
- DAV helps LGBT Veterans with their set of unique challenges.
- National Association of Minority Veterans of America is the leading resource for recognition and advocacy for America’s 5.5 million Veterans of color.
- NVF Women Veteran Support provides a positive starting point for navigating the transition into civilian life for female Veterans.
- Salute Vets supports and advocates for incarcerated Veterans.
- Veterans of Foreign Wars fosters camaraderie among US Veterans and ensures they are respected for their service.