Veterans Resources

I’ve always been told to seek out more learning, especially if it’s free.

Here are some resources I have found along the way. Many do have a few important notices to understand. I also believe that for the most part, these resources are available to Honorably Discharged Veterans and in some cases their current spouses. For the record, if you weren’t honorably discharged and have for example a medical discharge or other than honorable, write an email to the resource and see if they can work out something for you. There are always a multitude of ways to get what you want, sometimes it just takes a little more legwork.

  • First, be prepared to have your DD-214 to validate your service.
  • Second, be prepared to write an essay or a statement explaining why you should be a recipient for this opportunity.
  • Third, be prepared to commit and complete. Life happens and that’s understandable but if you’re not going to give it 110% then don’t take an opportunity someone else could benefit from.
  • Fourth, know that it will be hard. Making improvements with some of these resources isn’t easy and nor should it be. These programs are provided at little to no cost of your own and they aren’t made to be easy to get into nor to complete. That said, make it your goal to persevere and complete as many courses/programs as you can. 

Programs:

For the IT folks here’s an impressive opportunity to get some excellent/free training. Knock out a few of these courses and you will be well on your way to a great career in any sector.

Federal Virtual Training Environment  – The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides free online cybersecurity training to U.S. government employees, Federal Contractors, and Veterans.

Link: https://fedvte.usalearning.gov

Next up.. Syracuse University Institute for Veterans and Military Families – Unbelievable program with amazing programs. Link below for programs related to Career Preparation and Employment, Entrepreneurship & Small Business, and Community Support.

I will plug the Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities and Onward to Opportunity, I have known friends who have gone through these programs or gotten certifications like Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt, Microsoft Certifications, etc… These are excellent and well developed programs. Take a look at the first link to see what the organization is about, the second leads directly to programs. There is also a specific program for Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-WISE).

https://ivmf.syracuse.edu

From energy.gov

Several programs for Veterans exist for a career in the Energy Industry. Offerings are

Solar Ready Vets, Power 4 Vets, Airstreams, Troops to Energy Jobs, Robotics Internship Project

As of 2017/11/13, these programs are still up and running. Solar Ready Vets is for those preparing to transition out of their branches, but once again. Drop them an email if you’re interested. Make sure to check out each individual program and make sure you meet the finer details.

For those Veterans or Veterans Spouses in Texas check these folks out and fast. If you’re looking for entrepreneurship mentoring, this is the place to head to. Currently looking for attendees for a February workshop. Apply soon as is the 14th of November.

http://patriotbootcamp.org

Splunk is offering free coursework in their Machine Data software. According to their website “These skills are in demand at leading companies around the world. More than 13,000 customers in over 110 countries use Splunk solutions, including 85 of the Fortune 100.” That to me says “job opportunity.” Here’s the link. https://workplus.splunk.com

V/R

FRC