Category Archives: Resources

Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund

Are you interested in building your company’s net worth? Are you looking to help your community?

The Chicagoland Business Opportunity Fund can help you create or retain permanent jobs in your area when 75% of the jobs employ low to moderate income residents and operations take place in the low and moderate income communities.

VEDC (Valley Economic Development Center) is a leading non-profit small business lender that has a 40 year history of changing the way small business lending is done by making it more available and impactful. With a growing footprint, VEDC has lent $400 million in direct and guaranteed loans to over 108,000 small businesses to create and retain more than 200,600 new jobs. VEDC’s mission, as a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), is to help create jobs and promote small business development in under-served communities. The organization provides loans and micro-financing options to small businesses, particularly those owned by women and minorities, that don’t qualify for traditional financing. VEDC’s expanding portfolio is composed of community-based loan funds in California, Illinois, Nevada, Utah, New Jersey, Connecticut, Florida and New York.

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Women Veteran Resources

National Veterans Foundation Women Veterans Resources



NVF Lifeline for Vets – 1-888-777-4443
VA Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-8255
National Suicide Hotline – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Stop Soldier Suicide – 1.800.273.8255 #1


State Veterans Service Offices (housing, employment, education, VA benefits)
VA E-benefits

Disability Compensation
Add or Remove Dependent
VA Health Care
Education Benefits
Pension Benefits
Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Manage Benefits
Compensation Claim Status
Personal Contact and Direct Deposit
VA Payment History
VA Letters
Certificate of Eligibility for Home Loan
Supporting Document Upload for Claims

Manage Health
VA Medical Records
VA Prescription Refills
VA Medical Appointment Scheduling
Hearing Aid Batteries and Prosthetic Socks
VA Medical Provider Messaging
DoD TRICARE® Health Insurance

VA National Resource Directory

Veteran Navigator Facebook (Los Angeles)

American Women Veterans (.org)

Military Women Strategic Alliance (.org)

Housing and Homelessness

Women Veteran ResourcesVASH Program – The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

SSVF – Under the SSVF program, VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Grantees provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include: ŸHealth care services Ÿ- Daily living services -Ÿ Personal financial planning services Ÿ- Transportation services Ÿ- Fiduciary and payee services Ÿ- Legal services -Ÿ Child care services -Ÿ Housing counseling services. In addition, grantees may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. List of SSVF Providers by State (Excel Doc)

Homeless Veteran Stand Downs – Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.

PATH (California) – PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) provides the support homeless veterans need in order to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own. High quality supportive services are critical to ensuring the people we serve are able to move into permanent homes, and stay in those homes long-term. PATH pledges to house at least 1,000 veterans by 2014.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans – The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.


Women Veteran Job TrainingVA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Home – You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.

VA Employment Programs for Homeless Veterans – VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is a national vocational program comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.

American Job Centers – America’s Service Locator connects individuals to employment and training opportunities available at local American Job Centers. The website provides contact information for a range of local work-related services, including unemployment benefits, career development, and educational opportunities.

Department of Labor, Women Vets Site – The Women Veterans site at the U.S. Department of Labor

Dress for Success – The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

National Veterans Foundation Job Board – A listing of jobs across the country at companies interested in hiring veterans.

Work for Warriors (Guard and Reserve) – Job Postings & Unit Vacancies. The California Military Department is a diverse, community-based organization comprised of four pillars: the California Army National Guard, the California Air National Guard, the California State Military Reserve and the California Youth and Community Programs.

Small Business (SBA Veteran & Disabled Veterans) – If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, SBA has resources to help you start and grow your small business.


Women Veteran HealthcareVA Women Veterans Health Care

Find A VA Hospital or Clinic

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health – Valor Program – The program provides specialty services to our Veterans through the Veterans and Loved Ones Recovery (VALOR) program.

YWCA – Military Veterans Programs – Every year, at YWCAs across the country, over 4,000 military veterans and their families receive emergency housing, health care, career training and counseling. Military women who are victims of sexual assault also receive support.

VA Care Providers Program – For Caregivers of Veterans. “VA values your commitment as a partner in our pledge to care for those who have “borne the battle,” and we have several support and service options designed with you in mind. The programs are available both in and out of your home to help you care for the Veteran you love and for yourself.”

Military Sexual Trauma

VA MST Services“While MST can be a very difficult experience, recovery is possible. At the VA, Veterans can receive free, confidential treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. You may be able to receive this MST-related care even if you are not eligible for other VA services. To receive these services, you do not need a VA service-connected disability rating, to have reported the incident when it happened, or have other documentation that it occurred. Eligibility for MST-related treatment is entirely separate from the disability claims process. VA has a range of services available to meet Veterans wherever they are in their recovery.”

Make the Connection MST information & resources“Although MST can be a very difficult experience, there are treatments available that can significantly improve your quality of life. Treatment often involves addressing any immediate health and safety concerns, followed by counseling to help you learn new ways of thinking, practice positive behaviors, and take active steps to cope with the effects of MST. Treatment may focus on strategies for coping with difficult emotions and memories or, for Veterans who are ready, treatment may involve actually talking about the MST experiences in depth.”

Social Support

The Mission Continues“The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service. Through the Mission Continues, veterans serve their country in new ways by engaging in our innovative and action-oriented programs. The first, The Mission Continues’ Fellowship, harnesses veterans’ strengths, skills, and their compassion and empowers them to volunteer with non-profit organizations in their community on a daily basis. The second, The Mission Continues’ Service Platoons, brings teams of veterans who are working together with partners at the local level to build stronger communities and tackle pressing issues.”

Team Red, White, and Blue“Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.”

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing new veterans and their families. IAVA is dedicated to standing with the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Team Rubicon“Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.”

Student Veterans of America – Mission: “To provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.”

American Legions“Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.”

VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars USA – Mission: “To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.”


Veterans Legal Institute“Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) seeks to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless and low income current and former service members so as to eradicate barriers to housing, education, employment and healthcare and foster self-sufficiency.”

National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) – “The NVLSP is a nonprofit organization that has worked since 1980 to ensure that the government delivers to our nation’s 25 million veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service to our country.”


Recycled Rides™ – a military/veteran support program designed to help ease the transportation burden for current military and veterans. They provide refurbished vehicles to deserving recipients. Their technicians restore these vehicles to proper driving condition.

If you have a specific question or situation not addressed by the above resources please contact Kristine Hesse or 888-777-4443.

*The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) has taken reasonable steps to vet this list of Women Veteran Resources. We believe them to be good programs working in good faith to assist veterans. In some cases, we have a direct experience in working with these organizations. In other cases, we are recommending them based on their reputation and the information we have available. The NVF does not guarantee any particular outcome from any of the above resources and is not liable for any negative outcomes any group or individual may experience.

VA’s Accelerated Learning Programs

Interested in starting a career in information technology (IT)?
Already have IT experience, but want to take it to the next level?

A VA-sponsored accelerated learning program (ALP) may be right for you!

As a transitioning Servicemember or Veteran, you are eligible to participate in an ALP in IT at no cost, without using your GI Bill® benefits.

ALPs help you quickly gain the skills and certifications you need to qualify for employment in IT, one of today’s fastest-growing industries. You also will receive job placement services upon completing a program.

ALPs are available in locations across the country, and online. Browse the ALPs below to find the right fit for you.

Applications accepted starting August 17, 2015
Class size and availability is limited

  • Coley & Associates – Front End Developer Boot Camp
    Front-End Web Development Boot Camp will prepare you for an entry-level career in Web development.
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  • Full Circle Computing – Ready-4-Success in IT Boot Camp
    The Ready-4-Success in IT Boot Camp provides students with training in a hands-on laboratory environment to prepare for two national certification examinations.
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  • New Horizons of St. Louis – Computer Learning Centers
    New Horizons of St. Louis Computer Learning Centers provide coaching and online training to prepare students for approximately 25 professional IT certification exams from leading software, hardware, networking, and Web service companies and professional organizations.
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  • Three Wire Systems, LLC – VetAdvisor IT ALP
    The Vet Advisor IT ALP will prepare you for more than 80 professional certification exams from leading software, hardware, networking, and Web service companies and professional organizations.
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  • TLG Learning – IT Help Desk Job Training Program
    The IT Help Desk Job Training Program is an eight-week program designed for transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans looking for an entry-level IT position who have the aptitude, desire, and willingness to learn the necessary skills for a successful IT career.
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  • TLG Learning – Network Support Engineer Job Training Program (F5)
    The Network Support Engineer Job Training Program (F5) is designed for transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with strong IT experience and/or a college degree in IT.
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  • True Information Assurance – CyberAcademy
    Rapid growth in cybercrime has created an extensive need for cybersecurity professionals. True Information Assurance CyberAcademy provides applied training and knowledge based on the National Cybersecurity Workforce Framework.
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