Useful Links for Veteran Students

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

State of New Jersey Department of Military and Veteran Affairs

Benefits provided to veterans by the U. S. Department of Veteran Affairs: VA’s online benefit booklet. This booklet will provide an overview of the range of benefits available to eligible veterans.

Funding Your College Education

The U. S. Department of Education provides information about, and access to a variety of student assistance programs. Further information and application procedures may be found at their website.

Visit College Scholarships, a free search engine for scholarships offered by organizations throughout the nation.

Thomas Edison State University offers a number of scholarships to veteran and their family members. Information may be found at the College's Military Scholarships page.

Career Services for Veterans
Choosing a Post-Military Career

Veteran Mentorship Program: ACP is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities. With the belief that one-on-one relationships enhance an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and support, ACP aims to strengthen the connection between corporate America and veteran communities. Additional information can be found at Veteran Mentorship Program.

Finding a New Career-Fit: The VA has provided an online tool to help veterans identify a relevant career field for them following their military service.

Teaching as a Second Career: Many veterans begin a second career as an elementary or secondary teacher. Many school districts are eager to hire veterans, and the federally sponsored Troops to Teachers program offers assistance and financial support for veterans seeking state teaching certification. Further information can be found at the Troops to Teachers website. Note that teachers must be certified or licensed by the State Department of Education in the state they teach in. Each of those agencies has a website that will explain the certification process to become a teacher in that state. Many veterans pursue the “alternate route to certification” program provided in most states.

Troops to Teachers program guidebook; teachers and veterans will find information regarding eligibility, top 5 teacher qualities, and using VA benefits.

Jobs with the Federal Government: The VA has provided information for individuals seeking a second career with the federal government at Military to Civilian: Starting a Federal Job Search. Many veterans are eligible for preferential hiring for federal jobs.

A complete listing of federal job openings and application procedures may be found at USAJOBS.

Career Resources for Veterans: Whether you’ve been retired for years or have just finished your service, rejoining the workforce can be tough. You should have access to adequate guidance and support. There are actually a lot of places you can turn to for assistance in your transition from service to career if you know where to look. This guide recommends pages only from trusted organizations and will connect you to all kinds of information, advice, tools, and programs that offer real-world help.

Temp411, assist transitioning servicemembers and their families in finding local work. 

Center for Energy Workforce Development; Troops to energy related jobs

Veteran's Guide to Getting Hired:  As military personnel return from active duty and the armed forces continue to shrink, the number of veterans entering the civilian workforce rises. With the U.S. economy also improving, more and more companies are hiring employees – good news for veterans looking for jobs. This guide is intended to help existing and future veterans find jobs and start new careers. They can read about finding a job, opportunities and challenges within the workplace, how businesses benefit from hiring veterans, and how vocational rehabilitation prepares veterans to find work.

Veteran's Guide to Starting and Owning an Business: In addition to protecting our freedom at home and abroad, U.S. veterans are returning home and strengthening our economy. In fact 10% of all small businesses in the United States are launched and run by veterans. This translates to over 6 million created jobs and over $1 trillion in annual domestic revenue.

Health/Disability Resources

AddictionResource.com, raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps local communities stay drug free. 

American Society of Addiction Medicine, promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Asbestos.com, advocacy center providing free resources and information to those affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related cancers. 

Mesothelioma Guide:Veterans make up the largest group of people diagnosed with mesothelioma because asbestos was so widely used by the military. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma are entitled to disability compensation, pension and/or medical benefits through the VA. Surviving spouses and dependents may also qualify for compensation from the VA.