The Psychological Health Program supports National Guard members and their families with any psychological health need. Psychological health directors in each state are also able to respond to training requests and critical incidents, and provide unit briefings and consultations.
Use the lookup function below to type in your state and search for the Psychological Health Program near you.
The Authorized Provider Partnership Program – known as AP3 – allows the use of community volunteers to augment the legislated two-person uniformed detail for veteran funerals. This Department of Defense program, authorized by Section 1491(b) of Title 10, U.S Code, trains volunteers from veterans service organizations, or VSOs, and other approved groups to assist in providing military funeral honors as “authorized providers.” AP3 promotes community involvement and supports the family and friends of the deceased veteran. In addition, the combined funeral honor detail symbolizes the continuity of respect for deceased veterans from those who are serving and those who have served in the armed forces.
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- Commander’s Reference Overview
- Commander’s Reference Standards and Training
- Authorized Provider Partnership Program Frequently Asked Questions
There are federal and state programs committed to providing additional assistance for families with special needs. In addition to the support of the Exceptional Family Member Program and Military OneSource special needs consultants, your family may receive additional help from a range of benefits.
Supplemental Security Income
Supplemental Security Income is a federal program that helps to cover the basic needs for individuals with disabilities who have little or no income. SSI provides cash payments that can be used for food, medical and dental care, home improvements and other personal needs. To qualify, you or your family member must meet certain requirements:
- Income and other financial resources can’t exceed the limits set for your state. However, as a military family, combat pay, hostile fire pay and imminent danger pay don’t count towards the limits. Check with your local Social Security office to learn more.
- You must have medical evidence of a severe physical or mental impairment that limits your family member’s ability to function for a continuous period of at least 12 months.
- If the parent is a member of the U.S. military and stationed overseas, children under 18 with special needs can receive benefits while overseas.
Check your family member’s eligibility by completing the SSA Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool and learn everything you need to know before applying.
Social Security Disability Insurance
Also from the Social Security Administration, Social Security Disability Insurance provides supplemental income to people whose disability prevents them from obtaining employment or staying employed. For example, SSDI is available to:
- Disabled adult children based on their parents’ work, if the child has a disability that was identified or diagnosed before age 22.
- People who can’t work because of a medical condition expected to last at least one year or result in death.
- Military families with a family member with special needs or a family member with a military-connected disability and others.
SSDI benefits can be paid on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the disability. You can apply for SSDI benefits through the SSA Disability Benefits online portal or by contacting your installation Exceptional Family Member Program family support office.
Title V programs
In every state, you’ll find services for children under 18 with special heath care needs, which are funded by Title V of the Social Security Act. Eligibility is determined by age, medical criteria and income. Title V programs assist with:
- Delivery of health services: Organization and delivery of health care services that meet the emotional, social and developmental needs of children.
- Development of health care plan: Integration of families into all aspects of developing and updating the health care plan.
- Support for families: Assistance in finding alternatives and choices that meet the needs of your family.
- Facilitation of professional collaboration: Assisting in the planning, implementing and evaluating programs and related policies.
State Maternal and Child Health agencies maintain a toll-free hotline for information about Title V programs and providers. Check here to locate your local Title V program or call the national Title V toll-free number at 800-311-2229.
TRICARE basic benefits
TRICARE offers several services under the basic TRICARE benefit for beneficiaries with special needs:
TRICARE Extended Care Health Option
TRICARE’s Extended Care Health Option provides financial assistance to beneficiaries with special needs for an integrated set of services and supplies. To use the ECHO program, qualified beneficiaries must:
- Be enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program through the sponsor’s branch of service.
- Register with case managers in each TRICARE region.
The Fair Housing Act and other housing programs
If you or someone in your family has special needs, your home may need specific modifications such as a wheelchair ramp or wider doorways to make it accessible for daily living. Go-to resources include:
- The Fair Housing Act protects your family from discrimination when renting or buying property. Under this law, property owners are required to make reasonable accommodations for disabilities and allow residents to make their own modifications.
- If you live in privatized housing on a military installation, your property managers are required – at no cost to you – to make reasonable accommodations that abide by the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- Families with special needs have the right to accessible housing. Your installation housing office or your EFMP family support staff can help you look for affordable housing on and off the base. Visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to find contact information.
Medicaid benefits for individuals with disabilities
Medicaid is a federal program that covers basic health and long-term care services. This benefit is available for military family members with special needs that require medical attention beyond what is available through TRICARE.
Every state has its own Medicaid program with income restrictions and criteria for eligibility. Check this site for your state to see if you qualify and for more information. You can also find more information through the Military OneSource eLearning module on government assistance.
Medicare could also help provide health care coverage and save you money in the process. Children and adult children with disabilities may be eligible for services. Learn more at Medicare.gov. You can also contact your installation’s EFMP family support provider or a Military OneSource special needs consultant.
Additional government programs
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Women, Infants and Children program are designed to aid children with special needs. More information about these benefits is provided at USA.gov, an official government website search engine that links to government agencies, programs and services.
Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or use live chat to schedule an appointment with a special needs consultant. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options. Appointments are available seven days a week.
Special Needs – Resources
Special Care Organizational Record for Children with Special Health Care Needs
There are many resources to help military families with special needs. But where do you start? Here are some top resources, services and programs.
The Exceptional Family Member Program
A first step is to know what resources and services are available. Then you can learn how to access them. The Exceptional Family Member Program can help you with this. You can find the nearest EFMP installation office and get assistance with:
Identifying and enrolling your family member.
Learning what services are available at your present or new duty station.
Getting support with information, referrals and non-clinical case management to access services.
Here is the newest tool that helps families find information tailored to their situation….
EFMP & Me – a new online tool for military families.
The Department of Defense Office of Special Needs created this new online tool, EFMP & Me, to help you find the resources and information you need, when you need it. Its goal is to make life less stressful for your military family with special needs. EFMP & Me gives you a 24/7 connection to personalized, up-to-date information and resources. You can learn how to enroll in EFMP and prepare for a PCS or deployment. You can learn to manage changes in education or medical needs and adjust to new life situations. EFMP & Me is here to provide assistance as you become your own best advocate. Get started today with EFMP & Me.
Check out these available directories, toolkits and resources:
Department of Defense Guide for Adults with Special Needs
Military OneSource special needs consultants
Military OneSource provides access to special needs consultants familiar with military life. A consultant can work with you to assess your family’s needs. They can also answer your questions about education, finances, support groups and more. Ask them about the following:
A needs assessment and local resources and services.
Information about specialized doctors, medical equipment resources and medical benefits.
Early intervention, special education and options after graduation.
Call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or live chat any time to schedule a specialty consultation. You can meet by phone or video.
Resources for special education and early intervention plans
Knowing that your child with special needs has a great start in life is important to you and your family.
The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education, offers the Parent Center Hub. This is also known as the Center for Parent Information and Resources. They provide collections of links for infants, toddlers and school-age children:
Resources for Early Intervention Services for infants and toddlers. Early intervention services can help children with disabilities or delays. Services help children learn many key skills and catch up in their development.
Resources for school-age children with special needs. Find webinars, articles and other resources for families connecting you with K-12 topics such as free, virtual summer camps and back-to-school planning. Learn more about individualized education plans, classroom accommodations, parent involvement, effective practices and much more.
States also have Parent Training and Information Centers to help you with special needs, early intervention and school services. They also help with therapy, local policies and Community Parent Resource Centers. An interactive map links you with the centers near you.
Family-to-Family Health Information Centers
Get support in your community from other families. Learn from firsthand experience navigating the health care maze. Family-to-Family Health Information Centers in each state are staffed by health care professionals and family members of people with special health care needs. These nonprofit centers can help you:
Learn about eligibility for programs.
Write a health care plan for teachers and therapists.
Locate resources to pay for medications.
Find support groups and more.
Child care options for special needs families
Some children may require more than routine or basic care, such as children with, or at-risk of disabilities or with chronic illnesses. Also, children with physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. Military child care programs work with parents and guardians to make reasonable accommodations, which consider the needs of the child and the child care environment. They also consider staffing and training requirements, and the resources available to the program.
MilitaryChildCare.com is a Department of Defense website that can help you find and request military-operated or military-subsidized child care. It can help you find care anywhere in the world. Work directly with your local program to determine reasonable accommodations for your child. You will use a process that includes an Inclusion Action Team. You are a member of the IAT for your child and are included in the decision-making process. Programs welcome the opportunity to discuss your family’s needs throughout your search process. Contact your local program for more information about the IAT. You can also learn about the evaluation process for reasonable accommodations.
If child care is not available on your installation, you may be eligible to receive fee assistance. To find out if you are eligible, contact Child Care Aware of America to learn more about Military Child Care in Your Neighborhood, or MCCYN.
Commissary and Exchange – Resources
Most service members know about the cost savings available when shopping at the commissary or military exchange. And the perks include more than just savings. Here are some of the other resources available to service members through the commissary and exchange.
Commissary and exchange resources
The commissary and exchange savings are nice. And getting the 30 percent discount is just the beginning. Here are a few of the other resources available:
- Click2Go: an online shopping and curbside pick-up service providing you greater access to your commissary benefit anytime or anywhere
- Sales Flyer: a list of what’s on sale for the week
- Commissary Connection: a newsletter with updates for your local commissary and the latest commissary news, promotions and events
- Coupon Links: links to all kinds of coupons on different sites, such as MyMilitarySavings.com
- Healthy Recipes: recipes for your meal planning or last-minute meals
- Sales and Events: special offers and promotions
Other resources include:
- Shop safely online: You can shop 24/7 through secure websites, and get free shipping on purchases over $49 or for items purchased with your Military STAR® credit card.
- Pay and return easily: Your exchange accepts all major credit cards, your Military STAR® card or personal checks (with an ID). Most exchanges have generous return policies.
- Get all your uniform needs: Everything you need for your uniform is at your exchange store.
- Go Green: An initiative by the Defense Commissary Agency to cut energy costs and protect the environment, the commissary builds energy-efficient stores and recycles whenever possible.
Guard/Reserve on-site sales option
For National Guard or reserve service members who live far from an installation, the Defense Commissary Agency created the commissary on-site sales option. This is how it works:
- A host commissary coordinates with a National Guard or Reserve Component unit of at least 150 local members for an on-site sale.
- The team sets the sale’s location, date and the items to be on sale.
- The on-site sale targets National Guard and reserve service members, and any authorized personnel can enjoy the sale – and the extra savings.
- Members get the same price commissary shoppers receive and can reap 30 percent or more in savings compared with civilian grocery store shoppers.
The Status of Forces Agreement
When you spend time in another country as a service member, the SOFA between the United States and your host country protects your legal status as military personnel in another nation. Luckily for active-duty service members, your privilege to shop in military stores is almost always covered under the SOFA.
As a military member, you have several resources available to support your health – from nutrition courses and fitness initiatives to military family programs and wellness centers. Discover and explore different tools that can help make healthy living easier for you and your family. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it does offer non-medical counseling and information about health care services and resources.
Healthy Base Initiative
Since 2013, the Healthy Base Initiative — part of the overarching Operation Live Well program — has brought healthy living initiatives to service members and their families at 14 pilot installations. As a result, the initiative has several helpful tools and resources to help you live a healthy life, including:
- Human Performance Resource Center: The center’s human performance optimization website is for U.S. warfighters, their families and those who support them. The goal is total force fitness: warfighters optimized to carry out their mission as safely and effectively as possible.
- The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition: The president’s council engages, educates, and empowers all Americans to adopt healthy lifestyles, including regular physical activity and good nutrition.
Good health begins with proper nutrition. The following tools and programs can help you eat right, whether you are at home or at a dining facility.
- Better-for-You: This initiative provides a quick look at the calories of menu items for customers in a for-profit food environment.
- Farmer’s Market: Markets give service and family members the much healthier option of acquiring locally grown produce.
- Go for Green®: Service members have quick access to the nutritional value of menu offerings and food products in the installation dining facility.
- Menu Renovation: This program enhances the nutritional profile of food offerings at military dining facilities and snack bar outlets.
- Commissary Initiative: The initiative promotes the purchase and intake of fruits and vegetables by service and family members.
- Mission Nutrition: This standardized, science-based, two-day, 16-hour course focuses on improving nutritional knowledge and awareness.
Among the fitness resources available to service members and their families are these:
- 24-Hour Fitness: This program offers an opportunity to work out for people who are unable to use standard facilities. Satellite fitness centers are located on installation with limited equipment and are open 24/7 with common access card accessibility.
- Fitness On Request: This initiative offers a wide array of fitness class options and the ability to exercise in a group setting at any time.
- Bike Share: This program provides specially-marked bicycles in convenient locations around the installation for service members and personnel to use for transportation or recreation.
- StairWELL to Health: This program offers information and opportunities for incorporating physical activity into daily routines.
- High-Intensity Tactical Training and Aquatic Maximum Power Intensive Training: Such training improves combat readiness while reducing the likelihood of injury through physical fitness training and nutritional guidelines.
- Adult Sports Program: This intramural sports program provides fun, team-oriented recreational fitness opportunities to keep service members in shape.
Family health resources
Service members can take advantage of a variety of resources that support a healthy family life, tools that help teach youth good nutrition and the importance of exercise. Some of them include:
- Alliance for a Healthier Generation: This program empowers kids to develop lifelong, healthy habits.
- Share our Strength: This initiative offers instruction that encourages families to purchase and prepare healthier food on a budget through cooking classes and grocery store tours.
- Operation Kid Fit: This initiative is a military-adapted, evidence-based child obesity program.
- 5210 Healthy Military Children campaign: This campaign encourages kids to eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce sugary beverages while getting more physical activity and reducing screen time.
- Baby Hot Wheels: This free circuit-training program provides an opportunity for new parents who can get in shape while meeting others.
- Community Resource Guide: This initiative links the social services and health and wellness services available both on the installation and within the community in a web-based format.
- Army Wellness Centers: These centers provide prevention programs and services that promote healthy lifestyles for the well-being of service and family members.
- Evaluating the Impact of a Dietitian: Registered dietitians stationed on the installation provide a range of services to support the nutrition and overall health of service members and their families.
- 5210 Healthy Military Children Campaign: This campaign encourages kids to eat more fruits and vegetables and reduce sugary beverages while getting more physical activity and reducing screen time.
Online health and wellness initiatives
Health services are available to military members in a variety of forms. Get motivated by connecting with other people who have similar goals and seek out new methods for helping yourself stay on the path toward a healthy lifestyle with these online initiatives.
- The Human Performance Resource Center is a Department of Defense initiative that helps members of the military, their families and caretakers to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. The online center offers advice on nutrition, dietary supplements, physical conditioning and mental fitness.
- TRICARE provides resources to help you pursue a healthy lifestyle, such as Making Healthy Changes for Life.
- Operation Live Well is a Department of Defense initiative to improve the health and wellness of the entire defense community. It provides service members with a set of resources that they can use to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
- The U.S. Department of Agriculture offers the Start Simple with MyPlate app, a simple and easy-to-use mobile app that allows you to set daily food goals, track your progress in real time, earn badges and celebrate your success as you learn to develop healthy eating habits.
MWR Digital Library health resources
Another great place to turn to support your health is the Morale, Welfare and Recreation Digital Library, which offers a variety of materials for those seeking information on wellness. Through the library, users can:
- Access medical journals, magazines, reference works and multimedia covering a range of health-related issues.
- Find journals and other materials with information on everything from brain health to psychology to alternative medicine.
- Improve their brain health with clinically proven personalized brain training exercises.
Caregiving comes with its own expenses – some anticipated and others not. As a service member, you and your family qualify for numerous benefits that may help relieve some of the financial stress of caregiving. While Military OneSource does not provide direct health care services, it does offer non-medical counseling and information about health care services and benefits.
TRICARE home health benefits
- Your loved one may be eligible to receive home health care benefits if he or she has TRICARE.
- The program has information to help you determine the benefits for which your loved one may be eligible.
Medicare and Medicaid programs
If your loved one meets eligibility requirements for Medicare or Medicaid, coverage may be available for medical costs, transportation, respite care, home modifications and equipment expenses.
- Military OneSource offers financial counseling in person, by phone or via video chat.
- Call 800-342-9647 or click here for overseas calling options.
- Visit Military OneSource for financial counseling.
- If you live on or near your military installation, you can reach out to the installation Personal Financial Management Program, which offers workshops and classes in addition to individual financial counseling.
Military relief societies
- Each service has a private, nonprofit organization that assists families in times of need.
- Assistance may include emergency transportation; help with medical bills, child care expenses, food, rent, utilities and other household bills; vehicle repair; and family emergency assistance.
- For more information on relief societies, contact the Army Emergency Relief, the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society or the Air Force Aid Society.
Sometimes a major injury or illness can affect mobility. If you or your loved one are facing new physical challenges, be sure to check out these resources:
- Disability.gov: Access all of the federal government’s disability-related information and resources.
- VA Home Loans: These loans and grants are available to adapt the homes of disabled veterans or help them buy accessible homes.
- Homes for Our Troops, Inc.: This privately funded nonprofit builds specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans nationwide.
- Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes: This site helps wheelchair-bound or blind veterans can receive financial assistance to buy homes that accommodate their disabilities.
- AbleData: This federally funded project provides information on assistive technology and rehabilitative equipment sources worldwide.
- National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification: This nonprofit provides helpful advice and links, including state-by-state information.
- There are many illness-specific assistive devices and tools available through organizations such as Paralyzed Veterans of America and the Amputee Coalition.
- For computer-assistive technology, consult the TRICARE Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program.
Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured service members and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.
Military Heroes Fund Emergency Financial Assistance
The Military Heroes Fund, an initiative of the PenFed Foundation, provides wounded veterans, military families and caregivers with financial assistance and support that cannot be supported by government agencies. The MHF has two components:
- Emergency Financial Assistance for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom wounded warriors and their families facing short-term financial difficulties.
- Family and Caregiver Transition Support including child care support for families of wounded OIF/OEF veterans while receiving outpatient care; short-term training or education expenses for job certification, licensure requirements and course materials; and in-home health care for injured veterans to support caregiver respite needs.
USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today
USA Cares Warrior Treatment Today pays essential household bills while a wounded service member or veteran is attending residential treatment for a traumatic brain injury or PTSD.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Military Crisis Line at 800-273-8255, then press 1, or access online chat by texting to 838255.
When you join the military, one of the most valuable benefits you’ll receive is access to TRICARE, the military’s health care program.
There are TRICARE plans for just about every military family and situation. But as with any health benefit plan, it’s important to understand your options so you can take full advantage of the benefits available to you.
While Military OneSource does not provide health care services, it does offer non-medical counseling and information about health care services and benefits.
Each service branch determines who is eligible for TRICARE coverage. Generally, TRICARE is available to:
- Uniformed service members and their families
- National Guard/Reserve members and their families
- Former military spouses
- Medal of Honor recipients and their families
- Others registered in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System
There are also plans and temporary-coverage options available to transitioning and separating service members.
The easiest way to find out if you’re eligible is to check your information in DEERS, or by calling the Defense Manpower Data Center Support Office at 800-538-9552. You should always make sure you and your family members’ information stays up to date in DEERS. Enrollment in DEERS does not mean you are enrolled in TRICARE.
Types of TRICARE plans
With the TRICARE changes that took effect Jan. 1, 2018, TRICARE continues to offer several health plans. Plan availability still depends on who you are and where you live. Basic coverage is no longer automatic when you retire from the service.
The TRICARE website can help you select the plan that’s right for you. You can even compare plans side by side. All plans meet or exceed the requirements for minimum essential coverage.
TRICARE also offers special programs, including:
Some of these programs are separate from TRICARE’s medical coverage and are based on factors such as your status with the armed forces. See the TRICARE website for more information.
Military OneSource health and wellness coaches
Military OneSource health and wellness coaches can help you lose weight, eat better, get in shape, manage stress, tackle transitions and more.
Call 800-342-9647 or view overseas calling options to sign up for health and wellness coaching sessions. You can choose from three Health and Wellness Coaching session options: phone, online chat and video.
You’ll find there are numerous programs, resources and services available to help you pursue education and find employment – both governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations. Here are some of the major resources.
Education resources and tools for service members
Voluntary Education Program: The Department of Defense off-duty Voluntary Education Program is one of the largest continuing education programs in the world, with 350 installation education centers worldwide.
- Army Continuing Education System
- Marine Corps Voluntary Education Program
- Navy College Program
- Air Force Education Programs/Community College of the Air Force
- Coast Guard Institute
Postsecondary Education Complaint System: If you or your family member receive tuition assistance or are a My Career Advancement Account Scholarship recipient, you are encouraged to submit your feedback through this system.
College Navigator: This tool from the National Center for Education Statistics can help you choose the right school with information about more than 7,000 institutions. Compare tuition, financial aid statistics, credit transfer and more.
TA DECIDE: Make informed decisions about your education. Compare schools, tuition and fees, programs, assistance available and more with the TA DECIDE tool from the Department of Defense.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support, or DANTES: Use this online resource to pursue your educational goals and earn degrees or certifications. DANTES helps you plan examinations, find educational institutions and connects you with education counselors.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium: This network of more than 1,900 universities and colleges provides opportunities for service members, veterans and family members. Explore member institutions, campus programs, scholarships and more.
Department of Veterans Affairs education resources: The VA website connects you to information about education, the GI Bill® and job training programs for service members and veterans. Learn more at explore.va.gov.
Student Aid on the Web: This U.S. government website provides information and resources for college students and their families to help them choose the right college, apply for financial aid and repay student loans.
The Department of Education website provides information for students, parents, teachers and administrators, including links related to student aid, grants and scholarships.
GI Bill® Comparison Tool helps you compare VA-approved institutions and review other information to choose the right school. It’s also helpful for applying GI Bill benefits to an on-the-job training program.
Career Path DECIDE: Service members and veterans can use this online tool to find best-fit careers based on their military occupation, education level and prior experience, as well as the required credentials or degrees.
Military OneSource provides education consultants who can assist you with questions about financial aid, scholarships, tutoring and college information. Call 800-342-9647. OCONUS/International? Click here for calling options. Find:
- Contact information for military-friendly schools and institutions that allow you to transfer previous college credits
- Getting your credentials converted and diplomas translated to meet state- or country-specific requirements
- Profiles on specific colleges and their credentials
Employment resources and tools for service members
Department of Defense Transition Assistance Program: The place to start for employment planning and career readiness. The website connects you to your service branch, as well as resources and tools.
Find your nearest Transition Assistance Program. Transition Assistance offices are on most military installations in the United States and overseas. Each service branch has its own program:
- Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program
- Marine Corps Transition Readiness Program
- Navy Transition Assistance
- Air Force Transition Assistance Program
- Coast Guard Transition Assistance Program
The Department of Veterans Affairs: The VA offers numerous employment resources to help veterans find civilian jobs. Resources include career exploration and counseling, support, connections to job fairs, job searches, vocational and employment counseling and job-seeking tools.
Find a Job: The VA and the Department of Labor have teamed up to offer numerous online resources for veterans and military spouses seeking employment. Get tools, one-on-one assistance, training and more.
Veterans.gov: Explore job opportunities in industries, including agriculture, energy, homeland security and others. Look for jobs by state and region.
The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service: The VETS website from the Department of Labor has comprehensive career and employment assistance for veterans and their families.
Apprenticeship USA from the Department of Labor helps service members and veterans find high-skill, well-paying jobs in Registered Apprenticeship.
Feds Hire Vets: The federal government-wide employment website provides federal employment information for veterans, transitioning service members, their families and federal hiring officials.
CareerOneStop: This Department of Labor website can connect you with programs, including Veterans ReEmployment or My Next Move for Veterans. Also, explore careers, find benefits information and locate your nearest American Job Center.
USAJOBS: The federal government’s employment-related website provides helpful links for veterans seeking federal jobs. As the largest federal employer of veterans, the Department of Defense also offers help with connecting veterans with a Department of Defense civil service job.
Troops to Teachers: This program, a partnership between the departments of Defense and Education, assists transitioning service members and veterans in beginning new careers as K-12 school teachers.
The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program provides assistive technology and accommodations to support individuals with disabilities and wounded, ill and injured service members throughout the federal government in accessing information and communication technology, which can help you with your job search.
Military OneSource: Explore our Employment section for valuable tips about job hunting, career exploration and programs. To learn more about specific benefits, visit our Education and Employment Benefits page.
Additional resources for service members
Searching for a job can be stressful, explore these additional resources to help support you mentally during the process.
InTransition provides free, confidential coaching and assistance to service members, veterans and retirees who may need access to mental health care during times of transition, such as preparing to leave military service.
Moving Forward is a free, online educational and life-coaching program that teaches problem-solving skills to help you better handle life’s challenges. It is designed to be especially helpful for veterans, service members and their families.