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Veteran Resources

General Support:

America Supports You: http://www.americasupportsyou.mil/

Military.com

The United States Department of Veteran's Affairs: Western New York

New York State Veterans Affairs

Erie County Veterans Affairs

Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors

VA WNY Healthcare System

Give an Hour - Non-profit organization providing free mental health services.

The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide

Request DD214

DD214 Announcement: You qualify for a higher social security payment because of your Military service, for active duty any time from 1957 through 2001 (the program was done away with 1 January 2002). Up to $1200 per year of earnings credit credited at time of application - which can make a substantial difference in social security monthly payments upon your retirement.

You must bring your DD-214 to the Social Security Office and you must ask for this benefit to receive it! Soc Sec website: http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/military.htm. This is something to put in your files for when you apply for Social Security down the road. It is NOT just for retirees, but anyone who has served on active duty between January 1957 to December 31, 2001. This benefit is not automatic, you must ask for it!

Enroll in VA Healthcare

Family Support:

National Military Family Association: http://www.nmfa.org/

American Legion Family Support: call toll-free: 1-800-504-4098

WNYMilitaryFamily.com - 851-5555

Operation Military Kids

Military One Source

211WNY.org

NY National Guard Family Assistance

Beyond the Yellow Ribbon

Child Care

WNY Veterans Housing Coalition, Inc.

Veterans Organizations:

NY American Legions

NY Veterans of Foreign Wars

NY AMVETS

Western New York Veterans Organizations

Western New York Veterans Organizations

Veterans Outreach Centers:

Veterans Outreach Center, Inc.

Homes:

Homes for Veterans Program www.nyhomes.org. This New York State program offers lower interest rates  and lower closing costs than traditional VA Home Loan.

V.A. Home Loan Guarantee www.homeloans.va.gov

Education

GI BILL: Apply for Benefits Online through the VA

If you don't have the capability to print out the form or apply online, you can call 1-888-GI BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to have a form mailed to you.

You may also receive an application form at the school or training establishment you wish to attend. The VA Certifying official at the school (usually located in the Registrar's or Financial Aid office) should have the forms available, can assist you in filling them out, and will submit them to VA.

Troops to Teachers provides money to honorably discharged military personnel who wish to pursue a career in teaching.

Trocaire College will wave any tuition expenses not covered by the federal GI Bill or New York’s Veteran’s Tuition Award for Erie County’s own heroes returning home from the war zones in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

At Medaille College, "military friendly" means partnering with veterans, military personnel and their families to make academic success a reality. They are proud to offer two scholarship opportunities to veterans.

The Veteran Education Tuition Scholarship (VETS)

In conjunction with recent changes to the G.I. Bill, Medaille College is now offering up to $10,000 for veterans to attend Medaille College. You deserve to be rewarded for your service, and Medaille is proud to educate leaders such as yourself who have sacrificed so much for your country and Western New York. To determine if you qualify, visit our "Who Qualifies" page.

The Yellow Ribbon Scholarship

Medaille College has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to fund tuition expenses for veterans that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.  Medaille will contribute up to 50% of these expenses and VA will match 50%. This will allow the qualifying veteran to attend Medaille College without incurring expenses related to tuition or fees.

Qualifying criteria for the The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) can be found at the VA web site, or you can contact one of our VA Certifying Officers.

Scholarships:

Military Scholarship Finder Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Army Scholarship Foundation

Small Business:

Domino's U.S. Veterans Franchise Program offers veterans a franchise fee discount and other rebates to veterans and spouses of active duty members. Contact 1-877-921-8326 (option 8) or www.dominos.com

Patriot Express Loan Loans of up to $150,000 at interest rates of 1.55% above Treasury are available to honorably discharged veterans and members of the Guard and Reserve. This new money comes from the New York State Common Retirement Fund and participating banks of the New York Business Development Corporation.   This program is in addition to the Patriot Express Loan Program announced last month by the Small Business Development Center. The Patriot Express Loan program has already made 20 loans; the largest was $350,000. 

State Benefits:

New York State Benefits:

  • $8,000 available in additional college tuition support.
  • Civil Service preference points added to your Civil Service test.
  • State Medals and Awards for your service to in Iraq or Afghanistan
  • Peddlers License
  • Hunting and Fishing License
  • Park Access Pass

Job Searching:

The American Legion Career Center: http://legion.monster.com/

Hire a Hero: http://hireahero.com

Hire Veterans: http://www.hireveterans.com/

Helmets to Hardhats: http://www.helmetstohardhats.com/

America's Job Bank: http://www.ajb.org/

Department of Defense Job Search: http://dod.jobsearch.org/

Career Builder.com: http://www.careerbuilder.com/

Hot Sheet Web References: http://www.hotsheet.com/

Troops to Truckers: http://www.troops2truckers.com/overview.php

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Parachute Group - Western New York's Networking Group for Job Seekers

USA Jobs - All federal job listings

Automobile Discounts

GM Automobile Discounts