Helping Veterans Transition from Armed Forces to Civilian life

 Veterans Support Organization is a vital resource in helping veterans transition from the Armed Forces to civilian life. We are a nonprofit that provides employment and financial assistance to leading veterans support agencies. Our programs have improved the lives of thousands of veterans.

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There are many special events during the holiday season for needy veterans, and Thanksgiving is no exception.


Although it’s important to thank our veterans everyday, we should all take the opportunity to do something extra special for our former service members on Veterans Day on Nov. 11.


The federal government shutdown is hurting many struggling veterans. So now is the time for all of us to support veterans through private efforts.


New research shows 11 million adults in the U.S. have PTSD and about one-third of them are also dependent on alcohol.


In recent weeks, VSO has hired dozens of struggling veterans and given them the chance to rebuild their lives. Their stories are heartbreaking but also full of hope.


About 22 veterans kill themselves every day. If we give struggling veterans jobs, housing and other support, they would have a reason to live.


A new group is leading a national campaign to protect the rights of cancer victims and their families, particular those in the military.


The late James Gandolfini promoted injured military heroes. He will be missed.


Let’s reflect on Flag Day and all that it symbolizes, including the sacrifices of our nation’s veterans.


June is PTSD Awareness Month, a time when we all need to bring attention to the disorder that impacts about 8 percent of Americans.


VSO has opened five new chapters across the country and created 40 to 50 new jobs, primarily for veterans.


Memorial Day is more than just fun and games. It’s a day to reflect and remember the brave soldiers who gave their lives for America’s values and freedom.


To reduce the backlog of cases, the department has authorized overtime to increase the production of compensation claims in its regional offices.


The new hotline responds to questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about VA services and resources available to women veterans.


It’s National Nurses Week. Let’s all support the great nurses working for the VA and caring for our nation’s veterans.


Many families need to plan long-term care for aging veterans. There’s a great guide from the VA to help families make big decisions.


Latest figures show a small improvement in the number of veterans without work. In February, close to 772,000 veterans were unemployed.


Many veterans land in prison because of the consequences of their social problems, such as living in poverty, going without work for long periods of time, and abusing drugs.


These days, with the economy still in recovery, charities like VSO have to put every donated dollar to good use. See how we’ve spent donated money and how we compared to other veterans’ nonprofits.


By adding staff and new public awareness initiatives, the VA is aiming to reduce the number of suicides among veterans.


Many struggling veterans describe "life-saving" moments when VSO gave them employment, transitional housing, and other help in rebuilding their lives.


The newest data on veteran suicides is distressing. The only way to stop these suicides is to give former soldiers a reason to live.


Many veterans are in poor health. But they shouldn't be. There's many healthcare benefits they can take advantage of. We offer some online resources.


Our veterans need career help from people who care and know their line of work. When veterans have mentors, they are more likely to secure and excel in careers of their choice.


World's largest retailer has pledged to hire any returning military veteran who wants a job with the company, so long as he or she has an honorable discharge.


PTSD is a rising health concern among our veterans. But there’s good news: it’s treatable, as long as there’s a supportive environment for veterans.


What are you doing to help our nation's veterans? Thousands of veterans need jobs, food, housing and other supplies, and they rely on the public to help them through veterans’ causes and nonprofits. Now is the time to assist them.


Our government is making a substantial effort to address problems facing today’s veterans. But government can’t do it alone. The public needs to support the work of veterans’ causes and groups – especially at this time of year.


The sights and sounds of the holiday season can trigger social isolation, irritability, nightmares, and depression for veterans who suffer from PTSD or have lost friends in combat. But there are many steps that can be taken to help veterans get through these weeks.


Do you know a veteran who has a hard time asking for help? Military service members are trained to be self-reliant. This is a great asset. However, that’s not the case when it comes to mental health.


The federal government has made a bold promise to end homelessness among veterans by 2015. Is it realistic? Our CEO thinks so.


In one part of Florida, troops coming home from military service are getting an extra boost in finding work and easing their return to civilian life.


Veterans are given preference for federal employment. This means government is more likely to hire a veteran than a civilian with similar skills/educational background for a job opening. We offer tips that can help veterans search for federal jobs.


Too many veterans aren’t getting benefits they are entitled to. That’s largely because they don’t know about them. We offer some resources for veterans to learn more about their benefits.


On Veterans Day, we all need to take a moment to appreciate the 21 million men and women who have worn a uniform, represented our country, and protected our freedom.


Instead of waiting for job offers, veterans are increasingly taking matters into their own hands and starting their own businesses.


Homeless veterans need to ask themselves important questions before they seek assistance, like: Am I ready to work or do I need to learn a job skill? Then, they need to make a list of their most basic needs. It’s part of a great plan prepared by National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.


Stand Downs provide homeless veterans with food, clothing, health screenings, counseling, and referrals to a variety of other necessary services. We all need to attend these important events and give back to veterans who have fallen on hard times.


Is your member a staunch supporter of veterans issues? Take a look at how he/she voted on two recent legislative bills.


There’s lots of great new groups helping troops, veterans and families recover from psychological wounds related to years of military conflict. One such organization is Give An Hour.


Some new ideas are being offered for helping the more than 75,000 homeless veterans living on our nation’s streets. They include giving abandoned clothing found at airport checkpoints to veterans.


Getting more veterans to feel comfortable asking for help is essential to reducing the suicide rates among active and retired military personnel. Giving them “hope” is also critical.


Many veterans have great job skills from their military service. But they aren’t marketing these skills effectively on their resumes or during job interviews. A new “personal branding” campaign is changing that.

Apply for VRAP Program, But Be Careful of Scam

All unemployed veterans need to take advantage of Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). But be careful in applying because there’s a potential scam targeting veterans.


Last month, our nation marked the 59th year since the Korean War ended. Even today, many veterans are still struggling from the war’s physical and mental ills.

Companies Need to Give Back and Hire Veterans

More businesses need to learn from the great work being done by financial firm Drexel Hamilton in hiring disabled veterans through a unique training program.

Homelessness: Now a Female Veterans Problem Too

The population of female veterans without permanent homes has more than doubled in recent years and may continue climbing now that many soldiers are returning from foreign wars.

Homeless Veterans Programs Face Deep Cuts

Vital programs to assist homeless veterans are facing major cuts under federal spending measures. Veteran advocates need to contact their congressional leaders to fight back.

Mental Health Counseling for Veterans

VA is expanding mental health services to veterans suffering from PTSD and other mental illnesses. The department has seen a spike in veterans needing treatment following years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Stopping Military Suicides

Military suicides have spiked to an epidemic level in the U.S. We need to give soldiers a reason to live by providing them with jobs, housing and education once they return home.

Veterans Get New Education Benefits

Starting in May, many unemployed veterans can apply for new benefits to cover education costs through a federal program that focuses on retraining 99,000 veterans for high-demand jobs.

Memorial Day Is Not Just A Day Off

Let’s not forget what Memorial Day is truly about: Honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces who gave their lives in the service of our country.

Finding Work After Military Service

Health care companies are hiring veterans, even those without any formal medical background. Other industries, like private security, are also seeking veterans.

Post-9/11 GI Bill Helps Educate Veterans

Post-9/11 GI Bill has expanded educational benefits for the nearly two million veterans who have served in the Armed Forces since our nation was attacked on September 11, 2001.