Military OneSource - For active-duty, Guard, and Reserve service members and their families, Military OneSource offers free assistance with just about any need. Also available by phone at 1-800-342-9647. 'Whether you're single or married, a parent or not a parent, Military OneSource can help with the issues that are important to you. For service members and families who live far from military installations, Military OneSource is especially useful. No problem is too big - or too small. If we don't know the answer, we'll find it. Military OneSource also provides free counseling services (up to 12 sessions per person, per issue), face-to-face in the local community, by telephone, and online.' (U.S. Department of Defense)
NJ Veterans Helpline 1-866-838-7654 (1-866-VETS-NJ-4) 'is a 24 hour/7-day a week helpline coordinated by UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare. The helpline features peer counseling, clinical assessments, and assistance to family members. The helpline provides New Jersey Veterans and their families with access to a comprehensive support network of mental health professionals who specialize in issues specific to Veterans returning to civilian life. Call 1-866-838-7654 (1-866-VETS-NJ-4) and speak to someone who understands and can help. Don't suffer in silence, reach out for free, confidential support and let us help you get back to living the life you remember.'
Vets 4 Warriors 1-855-838-8255 (1-855-VET-TALK) NEW! - 24/7 confidential, stigma-free peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families/caregivers. 'Share lived experiences to create an environment of trust that demonstrates you are never alone, there is a caring, empathic voice ready to connect and follow up.' (Rutgers-based public-private organization)
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, text 838255 - 'The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.' (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, et al.)
Vet Center Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) NEW! is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran's military service. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
DoD Safe Helpline (1-877-995-5247) NEW! is a crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one specialized support and information, and is confidential, anonymous and secure. Safe Helpline services are available worldwide, 24/7 - providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere. (Operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization)
Benefits.gov for Military (Active Duty and Veterans) - The official benefits website of the U.S. government lists dozens of government programs designed to assist military service members, veterans, and military families, and provides information on how to apply for benefits. Programs can provide help with education, careers, health & mental health, housing, insurance, memorials, and more.
Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)
American Widow Project - Provides emotional and practical support for military widows (non-profit organization).
Business: Veteran-Owned Businesses - If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, this website has resources to help you start and grow your small business (U.S. Small Business Administration).
Career OneStop: Veterans' Re-employment - 'Veterans ReEmployment is your one-stop site for employment, training and financial help after your military service.' There is also a related site, My Next Move for Veterans (U.S. Department of Labor). Feds Hire Vets provides resources and information to help veterans, transitioning service members, and their families find careers in the Federal government (U.S. Office of Personnel Management). Hire Heroes USA provides free services to veterans or their spouses, including resume tools, post-military planning, post-military financial & benefits assessment, and job search training. Vet Jobs offers searchable job listings, employment advice and other employment resources for transitioning military, National Guard, Reserve Component Members and veterans, and their family members (sponsored by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States). See also American Legion Career Center UPDATED LINK!, Vet Central (US.jobs, National Labor Exchange/National Association of State Work Force Agencies; non-profit organization), and Military.com / Monster.com Veteran Employment Center (site includes advertisements). For resources specific to New Jersey, see NJ Career Connections: Veterans, below. For additional career resources, see our Job Resources for Veterans Webfinder. For information on starting and running a business, see Business: Veteran-Owned Businesses, above.
Center for Women Veterans - Information on health care and other VA benefits for women veterans. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
Disability, Illness, or Injury - See Warrior Care and related links, below.
Financial Field Manual for Military Families - A printable 20-page booklet offering 'practical, easy-to-understand information to help you prepare financially for deployment, make the most of new GI Bill opportunities, protect your investments, buy (or sell) a home, minimize taxes, hold down insurance costs, avoid financial schemes that target military families, and make smart decisions when you transition to civilian life.' (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Better Business Bureau, and Investor Protection Trust). See also Military Consumer NEW! (Federal Trade Commission et al.) & Consumer Information for Military Families (Federal Trade Commission), CFPB Financial Q & A for Military Servicemembers & Veterans NEW! & additional CFPB Financial Information NEW! (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), BBB Military & Veterans Consumer Education (Better Business Bureau), SaveAndInvest.org: Financial Education Information for Military Families NEW! (FINRA Investor Education Foundation), and Financial Resources for Servicemembers and Veterans UPDATED LINK! (Consumer Action). For additional resources, see Investor Education Resources for Military Servicemembers (North American Securities Administrators Association) and USAA Focus on Finances (USAA & American Legion; site includes advertisements).
Health: My Health eVet - An online service from the V.A. offering a personal health record, materials on healthy living, and other resources 'to enable Veterans to take control of their own health' (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). See also Warrior Care, below.
Jobs 4 Jersey: Veterans - See NJ Career Connections, below.
Mailing Letters and Packages to Military Members - Guidelines and restrictions for sending mail to military service members, with helpful related information on locating U.S. military personnel & veterans, finding a military base, commissaries & exchanges for military families, and POWs/MIAs. (USA.gov)
Military Families: Military Kids Connect (MKC) VIDEO - 'An online community for military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life. MKC offers informative activities, fun games, helpful videos, and an online community that can build and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children and their peers.' (U.S. Department of Defense). See also Deployment & Children (2015, American Academy of Pediatrics), Military & Veteran Families and Children NEW! (2014, National Child Traumatic Stress Network), and Military Families: Moving, below.
Military Families: Moving - A collection of useful online tools and resources to help military families plan a successful move. Military Youth on the Move offers advice and support for children of military families to help deal with the difficult time of moving, saying goodbye, and starting over in a new place. (U.S. Department of Defense)
Military Family Caregiving - 'Military Family Caregiving focuses on improving the lives of wounded warrior caregivers through the use of educational materials and online resources.' Topics covered include 'Caregiving 101', family & child care, and information about specific medical conditions (From eXtension.org, an educational partnership of 74 U.S. universities). See also Warrior Care and related links, below.
Military Family Services - The American Red Cross offers a variety of support services for military families, including Emergency Communication, Financial Assistance, Information & Referral, Deployment Services, and Services for Veterans. 'The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call (877) 272-7337 (toll-free) or contact your local Red Cross.'
NJ Career Connections: Veterans UPDATED LINK! - 'Veterans receive first priority referral to all jobs and training opportunities for which they are qualified. In the One-Stop Career Center, there is a Veterans Representative who specializes in helping veterans find the jobs and opportunities for which they qualify. In addition to priority referrals to jobs, vets can enroll in free job search workshops, find help developing a resume, learn about career training programs and get help understanding the network of veterans' benefits available through the Veterans Administration, state and local governments.' Formerly Jobs 4 Jersey. (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development)
N.J. Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (DMAVA) - At this website, you can apply for a distinguished service medal, download a wide variety of DMAVA forms, order DMAVA publications, and find other useful resources for veterans, active military personnel, and military families.
N.J. Military Legal Assistance Program - This program provides free legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas as active duty members of reserve components of the armed forces deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. Toll-free phone number: 888-541-1900 (N.J. State Bar Association). Stateside Legal NEW! offers easy-to-use legal information and networking tools for servicemembers, veterans, their families and advocates. See also ABA Homefront: Legal Resources for Military Families (American Bar Association).
N.J. Veterans Guide [Link opens a PDF] - Describes the programs, services, benefits, and honors available to New Jersey Veterans (2014, N.J. Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs). The GCADA Veterans Guide provides more detailed information about resources available to N.J. military veterans and families (2012, Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, State of N.J.)
Tax Information for Members of the Military - Federal tax information for U.S. Armed Forces members and military veterans (Internal Revenue Service). For information on N.J. taxes, see Military Personnel Income Tax Information (State of New Jersey). See also TurboTax Military Personnel Tax Tips (from Intuit, a financial & tax software company). For general tax resources, see our Useful Websites: TAXES page.
U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs / Veteran's Administration (V.A.) - Information on federal government programs for veterans, including online applications for pensions & compensation, education, health, vocational rehabilitation and employment services.
U.S. Military Personnel and Veterans - Links to official U.S. government information on help for veterans & service members, joining the military, and more (USA.gov). For links to additional service providers, see Military Support: Community Partners (U.S. Department of Defense). The American Legion also offers information & services to veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families, including Career and Business Resources (non-profit organization; site includes advertisements).
V.A. Facilities Locator - Searchable database of over one thousand Veteran's Administration facilities in the US, including benefits office, medical facilities, and cemeteries. Or go directly to the N.J. Veterans Healthcare Network page. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
Warrior Care - Official U.S. government resource for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families (Office Of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy). Disabled American Veterans offers a range of free services to disabled veterans, including claims help, medical transportation and employment resources (non-profit organization). See also Military Family Caregiving and My Health eVet, above. For additional resources on living with disabilities, see our People with Disabilities Webfinder.