Connecting to trusted information is critical for a successful transition from military service to civilian life. University of Maryland University College has identified several resources that can help you and your family take advantage of the many great services available.

Whether you need assistance with your college choice, career opportunities, or family life, or if you simply want to learn more about what it means to transition from military service, we invite you to explore your options.

Transitioning to Civilian Life

Separating servicemembers have a broad range of services available to help make the return to civilian life as smooth and trouble-free as possible. The table below lists several programs and services that offer help to transitioning veterans.

311VET App

The 311VET App was designed for veterans to ask general VA benefits questions and receive answers 24/7/365 from any mobile device. 311VET allows veterans to gather information on health care benefits, pensions, life insurance, dependents and survivors benefits, and more.

Military OneSource

Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program that provides information on deployment, reunion, relationships, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting, and childhood services. Active duty, National Guard, and Reserve members and their families can take advantage of this comprehensive suite of services.

National Resource Directory

National Resource Directory is a federal government website that connects servicemembers, veterans, and their families to more than 16,000 services and programs at the national, state, and local level. This resource provides information on such topics as post-traumatic stress disorder, military and veterans benefits, healthcare, educational opportunities, homelessness assistance, employment, and more.

TAOnline

Founded by former military personnel, TAOnline is a recognized leader in providing transition support through career guidance. TAOnline provides a job search engine, job fair calendars, transition guidance, and resources, as well as financial planning tools, résumé writing assistance, interview tactics, and a military skills translation tool.

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Veteran Employment Transition Roadmap

The Veteran Employment Transition (VET) Roadmap provides transitioning servicemembers and veterans resources to navigate the employment landscape and succeed in the civilian workforce.

VFW's Benefits Delivery at Discharge

VFW's Benefits Delivery at Discharge is a great asset for transitioning servicemembers. This program ensures that separating and retiring active-duty servicemembers receive assistance in obtaining VA entitlements and benefits upon discharge.

Educational Resources

One of the best things you can do for your future as a returning veteran is to earn a degree. We've listed services and organizations that can help you get started, provide information about your benefits and other educational options, connect you with direct assistance on a range of issues, and provide needed support and advocacy.

GI Bill

The GI Bill site has the most up-to-date information on education and training benefits provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. You'll find information on choosing a school and applying for VA benefits, as well as VA locations, services, and special programs.

Education Lifelong Learning Resource Center

The Peterson's/DoD MWR Library Resource Center brings test prep resources to all servicemembers and their families. Students can take advantage of study materials for CLEP and DSST exams, math and English placement exams, industry certifications, and academic tests such as the SAT, ACT, GMAT, LSAT, and GRE.

VFW 1 Student Veteran

The Veterans of Foreign Wars, in conjunction with the Student Veterans of America, developed 1 Student Veteran to offer direct assistance to student veterans who have questions or are experiencing problems accessing their VA benefits. 1 Student Veteran helps to ensure veterans and families receive their benefits in a timely manner.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a nonprofit organization that provides assessments and videos in areas of math, science, economics and finance, arts and humanities, computing, and test prep. This free resource is a great study tool for math and English placement tests.

Career Assistance

Use these resources to plot your career path, take advantage of job networking opportunities, hone your job skills, and get help with your job search.

Career Quest

University of Maryland University College students can log in to CareerQuest to apply for jobs and internships 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also add your resume to UMUC's online database so local and national hiring managers can find you. Use CareerQuest to research companies, find contacts in your industry and so much more. After graduation, you can continue to use CareerQuest as an alumnus!

Career Mentor Program

Make a new, real-world connection today through the UMUC Mentor Program. This program matches UMUC alumni and industry professionals with UMUC students and alumni who are looking for career guidance and mentorship. With the online profile-matching system and guidance tools, we can help you start a valuable and rewarding mentor relationship that puts professional success front and center.

Veterans Employment Center

The Veterans Employment Center is the first government-wide resource with verified job listings, tools for translating military experience, a profile and résumé building tool, and other informational resources to provide meaningful career opportunities for veterans.

Hero2Hired

Hero2Hired makes it easy for Reserve Component servicemembers to connect to and find jobs with military-trusted companies. It also includes career exploration tools, a military skill translator, education and training resources, and a mobile app.

Hire Our Heroes

Hire Our Heroes is a veteran-operated nonprofit organization that aims to provide career guidance and support services to match your skills and experience to organizations looking to hire veterans. One-on-one mentoring covers résumé writing, interview preparation, social media skills, and much more.

Gold Card Program

The Gold Card initiative is a program designed to support post-9/11 veterans with the services they need to succeed in today’s job market. Eligible veterans can present the Gold Card at their local One-Stop Career Center and receive services and follow-up services for up to six months.

Military to Federal jobs Crosswalk

The Military to Federal jobs Crosswalk tool enables transitioning services to match their military jobs with federal jobs and provides listings of open positions based on those matches.

RecruitMilitary

RecruitMilitary offers services at no charge to veterans and their spouses facilitating their job search efforts. The company hosts a vast amount of job fairs across the nation monthly.

LinkedIn

Networking is an essential part of your career success inside and outside of the military. UMUC's Alumni LinkedIn network has over 10,000 members and fosters an environment to enable you, fellow alumni, and students the opportunity to advance your professional network and meet others in your industry.

Health & Wellness

Find information about the physical, mental, and emotional health issues specific to separating servicemembers, veterans, dependents, and caregivers, along with programs and services.

Veterans Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis Line is a 24/7/365 service that connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Brain Line

Brain Line is a free educational website that offers information and resources about preventing, treating, and living with a traumatic brain injury. This site serves anyone whose life has been affected by TBI, including people with a brain injury, their families, and professionals in the field.

Give an Hour

Give an Hour is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour provides counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.

My HealtheVet

Designed for veterans, active-duty servicemembers, dependents, and caregivers, My HealtheVet is the Department of Veterans Affairs' online personal health record. My HealtheVet provides opportunities and tools to help you make informed decisions and manage your health care.

iRest

Integrative Restoration, or iRest was endorsed by the U.S. Army Surgeon General in June of 2010 as a complementary and alternative medicine in the treatment of PTSD and its various symptoms. iRest programs are currently in use at VA facilities in numerous states across the U.S.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront host a vast array of programs in support of the military community such as Homes on the Homefront, and Hearts of Valor. The organization assists military families with emergency financial assistance, and also hosts a recognition program that awards a military child from each branch of service.

National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD is a bank of mobile applications for veterans and their family members that provides self-help, education, and support for insomnia, parenting skills, moods, PTSD, and more. Apps for iOS and Android devices are listed, all of which are free of charge.

Life at Home

Connect to support groups for help with a range of family, financial, legal, and other day-to-day living challenges.

American Legion Family Support Network

American Legion Family Support Network is ready to provide immediate assistance to service personnel and families whose lives have been affected by Operation Iraqi Freedom and America's War on Terror.

National Association of American Veterans

The National Association of American Veterans assists eligible servicemembers, veterans, and families experiencing financial hardship with emergency assistance referrals to help with counseling, financial aid, legal, housing, employment assistance, and medical care information, as well as caregiver assistance and training.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides assistance to active-duty, Reserve, National Guard, and veteran servicemembers during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and financial assistance.

VA Family Support

VA Family Support includes a comprehensive list of support resources available for families serving nationwide. Vet centers, caregiver support, and other resources are all covered in this resource provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Questions?

If you have questions about the resources available in the Veterans Resource Center, or if you have any suggestions about resources to add, please e-mail us at vrc@umuc.edu.