It’s hard to focus on anything else if you are having trouble feeding, clothing or housing yourself and/or your family!

KAV knows of networks to help you with job training, including interview training and direct employment opportunities with companies that like to give veterans the leg up you have earned.

Lets start off with the fact that you should be on our weekly newsletter list, because ever issue has really relevant, well researched articles designed specifically to help Post 911 vet, your families and caregivers, as well as Senior vets and Surviving Spouses.

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Know A Vet? presents this information and these national resource directories, not as a recommendation of any specific service or provider, but as a starting point for your own research.

Please feel free to use the check sheets Before, During and After the Medical Appointment and Choosing a Medical Service Provider to help you in your search for the best help for your individual circumstances.

In addition, there may be other federal, state and local government or private resources for your individual needs. A VSO counselor may be able to help you find them.

While we strongly urge you to take advantage of all you have earned through your service, we understand there are many reasons why you may prefer non-VA service providers. Here are some places to start:

You should know that the US Department of Labor has a program that rewards companies who are vet friendly in their hiring.  “The US Department of Labor VETS brings together job banks, state employment offices, American Job Centers, opportunities in top trending industry sectors.”  “VETS serve America’s veterans and separating service members by preparing them for meaningful careers, providing employment resources and expertise, and protecting their employment rights.” And that includes spouses.

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Also, there is  “Your source for career exploration, training & jobs. Find information on local help, workforce development, employment and training programs, community services and unemployment benefits.

If you are in California the biggest Free program we know of, exclusively for veterans is Work for Warriors.  Over the last two years their unique system of helping the vet get ready and advocating with the HR directors of the companies you apply for has meant that they have placed over 200 vets a Month.

Also, across the country you will find nPower, with Free training for tech jobs, including placement services.  They even have free slots for the children of vets.

Similarly, Work2Future has a Free, complete program from intake, to classes, certification interview training and placement.

Finally, there is Zip Recruiter for Veterans (877) 252-1062.  Not just for job searches, this site also has great tools to help you translate your military experience into civilian resume and interview terms, including videos.

There are many other ways to find a good job, but Work for Warriors, nPower, Work2Future and ZipRecruiters are absolutely proven and work proactively for and with you, as opposed to job boards where you never know what happens with your submissions.

As a starter, here is a list of 50+ Best Websites For Job Search 2017, from Career Sherpa, as passed along to us by  Both of these resources are excellent starting places.

Once you have a job, so you can afford some of the things you want, you can get on to the issues that will keep you growing, such as AnxietyRelationshipsSleep IssuesAddictionFlashbacksDepressionPTSDWithdrawal, or any of the other 80+ issues listed on our home page.


If you feel like you are ready to change from jobs to building a career, this writer suggests that you start with the book, What Color Is Your Parachute?

It helps you consider possibilities you may not have thought of, such as ways to figure out what would make you happiest doing and then how to make a living at it.

It made a big difference in my life because it changed me from having to go to work, to getting up every day eagerly loving what I was doing and getting paid for it.

In addition to the above, there may be additional Federal, State and Local Government resources for you.

Go to our Self-Help page and check out all the issues you want the help you’ve Earned.  Enter your zip code in the box toward the top, and you will see the Federal, State and Local Government service providers, in additional to your local VSO.

Be sure to check off theClaims and Appealsbox to maximize your compensation and benefits for yourself and your loved ones.

It’s your turn to get your best life back!  You’ve EARNED it with your service!