Veteran Resources

Discovering Your Resources

At American University:

Transferring military credits to AU: American University can accept up to 30 hours of applicable military credit toward a liberal arts degree.

Veteran educational benefits: Learn about the benefits available to student veterans.

The Post-9/11 GI Bill: The Post-9/11 GI Bill is the largest investment in veterans’ education since World War II, covering the full cost of an      
    undergraduate education at any public university or college in the country and many private schools for our nation’s newest generation of veterans.

The Yellow Ribbon Program: The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11
    Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows private colleges and universities in the United States to voluntarily enter into an
    agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to
    50% of those expenses and VA will match the same amount as the institution. IMPORTANT: at American University, the Yellow Ribbon application is only
    available for a three week period from March to April; you MUST apply during that window of time to be considered for AU’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

    AU’s Department of Military Affairs (DMA): DMA is a department within the executive branch of AU’s Student Government. It is responsible for
    on-campus advocacy regarding military affairs. This includes working with and serving the needs of student veterans, student reservist, ROTC
    cadets and family members of those who serve.

Student Veterans of America (SVA): SVA was founded in 2008 as a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the United
    States. SVA member chapters are student groups that coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a
    touchstone for student veterans in higher education. The organization works to provide military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy
    needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

AU’s Veteran Liaison Network (VLN): The AU Veterans and Military Members Liaison Network works to support the varied aspects of veterans’
    college experience.

AU Vets Alumni Association: As our student veterans graduate and make their way in the professional world, we are here to help them succeed! AU
    Veterans Alumni Association was created to assist vets in networking, building their resume and navigating their career options.

Off-Campus Veteran Resources:

Available veteran benefits: Learn about the benefits available to military veterans through the VA.

Veteran suicide prevention: The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of
    Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline and online chat. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and
Press 1 or chat on line to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Google Tools for Veterans: Use this resource to keep your military documents safe and store all your pictures, videos and memories from your deployment in
    one easy to access location.

Veteran homelessness: The VA offers resources and initiatives to help end homelessness among veterans. Homeless Veteran Coordinators assist
    homeless Veterans, their families, and Veterans at risk of becoming homeless with access to the programs and services that are right for them.
    They also provide guidance for VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): IAVA is the nation’s first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in
    Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those troops and veterans.

Hire Heroes (HHUSA): HHUSA offers transition assistance, job search assistance, and job placement services to those who have honorably served in
    the US military – and to their spouses – in order to reduce veteran unemployment. HHUSA prioritizes veterans statistically most likely to be
    unemployed: veterans of Operations IRAQI FREEDOM and ENDURING FREEDOM, and veterans that are wounded or disabled.

Wounded Warrior Project (WWP): WWP works to honor and empower wounded warriors through raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for
    the needs of injured service members, helping injured service members aid and assist each other, and providing unique, direct programs and
    services to meet the needs of injured service members.  

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): The VFW works to foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. They serve our veterans,
     the military, and our communities by advocating on behalf of all veterans.

    American Corporate Partner (ACP): 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.

 America’s Promise Alliance (APA): APA’s Initiative for Military Families believes that today’s military families are facing stresses never encountered by military
    families of other generations. Supporting the nation’s military-connected children is an integral part of our Grad Nation campaign to end the high school dropout
    crisis and prepare young people for college and the 21st century workforce

Blue Star Families: Blue Star Families is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families.  They are committed to supporting one another
    through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, connecting military families regardless of rank, branch of
    service or physical location, and empowering military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves.

 The Mission Continues: The Mission Continues is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2007 by Navy SEAL and Iraq War veteran, Eric Greitens.
    Their goal is to build an America where every returning veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and where together we honor the fallen by living their values
    through service.

Support Our Troops:

Action Donation:  Create a care package for your troops! 

   Got Your 6:Got Your 6 is an awareness campaign led by the entertainment industry that is working to create a new conversation in America
    where veterans and military families are perceived as both leaders and civic assets.

Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces initiative: Joining Forces is a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our
    service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

Send letters, care packages and phone cards: Soldiers’ Angels, Give2TheTroops, Cell Phones for Soldiers, AdoptaPlatoon, Sending Smiles Overseas and
Operation Gratitude are all reputable organization that provide aid, comfort and a taste of home to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines,
    Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Their volunteers assist veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique
    and effective ways. For other care package resources, click here

United Service Organizations (USO): The USO is committed to sharing a touch of home with our troops wherever they serve. From free phone cards
    to care packages full of much needed items, entertainment tours, the USO helps support our troops, lift their spirits, and honor their service.

Operation Homefront: Operation Homefront provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and
    wounded warriors.

   America’s Promise Alliance: The Initiative for Military Families webpage is a dynamic research and policy center: an interactive resource hub designed to help
    state and local governments, child advocates and military family supporters. We hope you use this site to learn more about military families and the best policies and
    practices to support them.

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