8 News NOW and our Community Pride Partners, NV Energy, Findlay Automotive Group and Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez Law Firm proudly support the brave men and women in our community that have served in our military and gave so much to our country. There are numerous resources in our community to assist Veterans with government assistance, employment, health care, housing/financial aid, and education. Below is a list of organizations dedicated to serving those who have served our country.
Nevada Office of Veterans Services -- http://www.veterans.nv.gov/ and http://www.veterans.nv.gov/veterans_organizations.html
The state of Nevada hosts the first website to point veterans to services and benefits, job opportunities, the Nevada State Veterans Home in Boulder City and suicide prevention. Links for female veterans also are provided, as is information on the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. 1-866-630-8387 (Reno) and 702-224-6025 or 702-791-9000, ext. 46025 (Veterans Advocacy and Support Team-Las Vegas). The second website includes a list of veterans organizations in Nevada, along with contact names and phone numbers.
These federal government websites provide information on health care, home loans, life insurance, pensions, business opportunities, vocational rehabilitation and employment opportunities, crisis prevention, survivor benefits, burials and memorials, as well as locations where services are available. The following link provides toll free phone numbers for contacting the VA depending on the issue: https://iris.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/1703
America's Heroes at Work -- http://www.americasheroesatwork.gov/
This Labor Department program provides job assistance to returning service members living with traumatic brain injury and/or post traumatic stress disorder. 1-866-487-2365. Employers who seek assistance related to job accommodations for veterans with disabilities can call 1-800-526-7234 or TTY: 877-781-9403.
Sponsored by the Labor Department, here is another option for veterans who are searching for employment services, including links for veterans who want to become teachers or join the construction industry. 1-877-348-0502 or TTY: 1-877-348-0501.
This program, a joint effort of the Labor Department's Employment and Training Administration and the Veterans' Employment and Training Service, provides unemployed post-9/11 era veterans with job readiness skills, career guidance and referrals to jobs and training. 1-877-872-5627 or TTY: 1-877-889-5627.
Helmets to Hardhats -- http://www.helmetstohardhats.org/
As a nonprofit organization, Helmets to Hardhats helps veterans enter the building and construction industry. 866-741-6210 (Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Hire Heroes USA -- https://www.hireheroesusa.org/
This nonprofit organization provides free employment services for veterans.
Hiring Our Heroes -- http://www.uschamber.com/hiringourheroes
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation sponsors this program, which helps find jobs for veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses. Website tools include help with resumes, connection with a mentor, and location of hiring fairs and employment workshops. 202-463-5631 (executive offices).
My Next Move for Veterans -- http://www.mynextmove.org/vets/
The Labor Department sponsors My Next Move for Veterans, whose website is intended to help veterans make smart decisions about the careers they pursue.
Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation -- http://www.nvdetr.org/ESD%20Pages/vets%20services.htm
The state's Employment Security Division uses this website to provide information on job referral and placement for vets. 702-486-6632.
Troops to Teachers -- http://proudtoserveagain.com/
Sponsored by the Defense Department, this website gives military personnel the information they need to pursue teaching careers. 1-800-231-6242.
U.S. Department of Labor -- http://www.dol.gov/dol/topic/hiring/veterans.htm
Job-related links for vets can be found here. 1-866-487-2365 (Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Veteran Recruiting -- http://www.veteranrecruiting.com/
This website helps match employers with veterans and their spouses who are looking for jobs.
VetSuccess -- http://www.vetsuccess.gov/
This Veterans Affairs website bills itself as a one-stop site for veterans seeking employment.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration -- http://www.samhsa.gov/MilitaryFamilies/
This agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services helps veterans, active duty personnel and their families gain access to behavioral health services. 1-877-726-4727.
TRICARE -- http://tricare.mil/
A major component of the Defense Department's military health system, TRICARE is a health care program that serves active duty members, military retirees and their families. 1-877-988-9378.
VA Southern Nevada Healthcare System -- http://www.lasvegas.va.gov/
Veterans seeking information on medical services can search this website for locations of area health care clinics and medical centers. There are also health care links for homeless vets. 702-791-9000.
Nevada Military Support Alliance -- http://www.nvmilitarysupport.org/
The tax-exempt alliance provides comfort and support, both personal and financial, to the families and survivors of fallen patriots who lost their lives in a combat zone.
Operation Homefront Nevada -- http://www.operationhomefront.net/Nevada/
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development -- http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/veteran_information
This HUD web link provides information for veterans on housing-related resources. Also included are links for homeless vets (1-877-424-3838) and for veterans' job opportunities. 702-366-2100 (Las Vegas HUD field office).
Homeless and at-risk veterans receive help with housing, counseling, career development and job placement through this nonprofit organization. The first web link is to the national organization. 213-542-2600. The second link is to the Las Vegas chapter, which can be contacted at 702-366-0456.
Veteran's Village Las Vegas -- http://veteransvillagelasvegas.org/
This website provides information on a retrofitted downtown motel that serves as transitional housing for veterans. Also offered are job placement resources, access to medical services from Veterans Affairs and other providers, career and life planning counseling and transportation services. 702-624-5792.
Veterans Crisis Line -- http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/
Veterans and their loved ones are encouraged to use the crisis line at 1-800-273-8255 and press the number 1, chat online (available through the website) or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support. TTY service can be accessed through 1-800-799-4889. These resources are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization -- http://www.vetbiz.gov/
This is where information can be obtained by service-disabled veteran-owned businesses and veteran-owned small businesses that want to participate in the Veterans Affairs' Veterans First Contracting Program. 202-303-3260 (Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
GI Bill -- http://www.gibill.va.gov/
This is for veterans seeking educational benefits. 1-888-442-4551 (Monday-Friday 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
The American Legion -- http://www.legion.org/
Chartered by Congress in 1919, the American Legion is a veterans organization that mentors youth, sponsors community programs, advocates patriotism and honor, and promotes strong national security. 317-630-1223.
Army Women's Foundation -- http://awfdn.org/
The foundation honors women who served in the Army or continue to do so, and also supports the Army Women's Museum at Fort Lee, Va. 804-734-3078.
Blinded Veterans Association -- http://www.bva.org/
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations -- http://www1.va.gov/VSO/VSO-Directory_2012-2013.pdf
This directory is published by the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Disabled American Veterans -- http://www.dav.org/
This tax-exempt advocacy and assistance organization has been aiding vets since 1920. 1-877-426-2838.
Horses4Heroes -- http://horses4heroes.org/
Based in Las Vegas, Horses4Heroes is an equestrian service organization for troops, veterans, first responders and their families. The organization provides recreational, instructional and health and wellness equestrian programs for all ages and riding levels. 702-645-8446.
National League of POW/MIA Families -- http://www.pow-miafamilies.org/
The nonprofit organization, incorporated in 1970, seeks "the release of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing and repatriation of all recoverable remains of those who died serving our nation during the Vietnam War." 703-465-7432.
Nevada Veterans Foundation -- http://nevadavets.org/
The foundation, run by a board that represents a variety of veterans and civic organizations, is seeking funds for a respite home in the Las Vegas area for family members of hospitalized veterans. Richard Small, chairman, 702-513-0215.
This advocacy organization works to build camaraderie among veterans who were engaged in overseas conflicts. 816-756-3390 or 202-543-2239. The second link enables web users to find a VFW post close to where they live.
Vietnam Veterans of America -- http://www.vva.org/
Since 1978 this nonprofit group has served as an advocate for Vietnam-era veterans and their families. 1-800-882-1316.
Allies in War -- http://www.alliesinwar.com/index.htm
This website contains links to websites for Army, Navy and Air Force vets and for individuals interested in military history.
Military Women Veterans -- http://userpages.aug.com/captbarb/
Women who served in the military or remain on active duty are celebrated on this website.
National Resource Directory -- https://www.nrd.gov/
This website connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families and caregivers with links to information on benefits and compensation, education and training, employment and health care. There are also links for family and caregiver support, homeless assistance, housing, transportation and travel, volunteer opportunities and crisis hotlines.
Veterans History Project -- http://www.loc.gov/vets/
The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress hosts this website to help collect, preserve and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that their stories can be preserved for future generations. 1-888-371-5848 or 202-707-4916.