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Assistance to Veterans

  • Education & Training
    • Anne Arundel Community College: For information about AACC and services for military, vets, and dependents, call (410) 777-4838 or e-mail us at military@aacc.edu or veterans@aacc.edu or www.aacc.edu/aid/.  Find financial aid and veteran's benefits information. Provides contact information for the AACC Office of Financial Aid and Veterans Affairs. Also www.aacc.edu/aid/coned/ provides information about Anne Arundel Community College’s Continuing Education Courses eligible for payment by the VA.
       
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)  - Online application and information about how to apply for Federal Student Aid.
       
    • GI Bill - Also called the Montgomery GI Bill. Search for VA approved programs of education including colleges, licensing and certification granting providers and national testing providers. Download forms, check the status of your claim or find the most current GI Bill rates at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs web site.
       
    • Goucher College - Provides basic information about financial aid for veterans, also lists phone number for help with specific financial aid questions.
       
    • Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) - A non-profit organization established to provide veterans with comprehensive housing and supportive services including education, training and employment programs, emergency or transitional housing, and health care.
       
    • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Statewide Education Resources - Information about education benefits, workforce training, scholarships, and financial aid specifically for veterans.
       
    • Maryland Higher Education Commission - The Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for college tuition.  In order to be eligible, Veterans must file a FAFSA form by March 1 of each year.
       
    • Maryland Transit Administration (MAT) - Program offering MAT training to all qualified U.S. military veterans who are Maryland residents, including those who have served in the National Guard and Reserves. Veterans will have access to no cost MAT classes ranging from bus maintenance to computer skills training.
       
    • Military.Com Scholarship Finder - A rich source of detailed scholarship information designed specifically for veterans.
       
    • Stevenson University Veterans Information - Download forms, find admissions, registration and financial aid information.
       
    • Towson University (TU) Veterans Information - The TU Veterans Affairs Office functions primarily to assist veterans in registering for college courses and to certify their enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Site provides specific registration information and TU Veterans Affairs Office contact information. Towson University now offers Thank You Grant to active duty and veterans of the military.
       
    • University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) Veterans and ROTC Information - Comprehensive source of information for veterans who are prospective students and for those currently attending UMBC. Also includes links to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website.
       
    • University of Maryland College Park (UMCP) - UMCP site offers information of interest to Veterans about everything from how to register for classes, to campus life, campus employment, and how military call-ups affect UMCP students.
       
    • Anne Arudel Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service - Provides the client with initial legal consultation for a nominal fee then matches clients with specific needs to qualified lawyers. 
       
    • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service -Provides Maryland residents free or reduced fee representation to low-income individuals and non-profit organizations who have civil legal problems. 
       
    • National Veterans Legal Services Program - Provides legal representation to veterans and their dependents in seeking and securing benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
       
    • Peoples Law Library - Self-help information on law and legal matters in Maryland.
       
    • Small Business Administration - Offers new and existing businesses assistance with technical, financial and marketing issues 
       
    • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Business Assistance Programs - MDVA provides a list of state programs and loans designed to help Veterans who are Maryland residents and want to start a small business.
       
    • Vet Biz - Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization.
       
    • Military Spouse Resource Center - Information for military spouses on employment, education and relocation in the United States and other countries.
       
    • National Military Family Association - Provides a variety of information of particular interest to military families.
       
    • Veterans' Families United Foundation - A non-profit foundation providing Resources for Veterans and Their Loved Ones.
       
    • Anne Arundel County Department of Health - Provides locations of health centers and substance abuse treatment programs in Anne Arundel County. Includes information about Health Department programs and services, as well as links to important information about your health from other sources.
       
    • Blinded Veterans Association - Promotes the welfare of blinded veterans and their families.
       
    • Brain Injury Association of Maryland - Maryland affiliate of the national organization, the Brain Injury Association of America, dedicated to promoting brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
       
    • Disabled American Veterans - Congressionally chartered organization that provides free services to disabled veterans, their families and survivors.
       
    • Military Vaccine Resource Directory - Information on the military's mandatory bioterrorism vaccines, including the anthrax and lariam (mefloquine) vaccines.
       
    • National Gulf War Resource Center, Inc. (NGWRC) - Contains information for sufferers of Gulf War Syndrome.
       
    • Tricare: Military Health System - Official information on military health care from the Department of Defense. Provides details on health services, benefits and general health information for active duty and retired military personnel.
       
    • VA Maryland Health Care System - For Maryland returning veterans needing assistance receiving health care or navigating the various services available through the VA. 
       
    • Women Veterans Health Care - The Veterans Health Administration provides information specifically addressing health issues of eligible women veterans.
       
    • Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline - National Hotline: 1-800-984-8523. The US Army hotline's call center offers wounded and injured Soldiers and family members help in resolving Soldier's medical issues. Also relays these issues directly to senior Army leadership for the purpose of improving how the Army serves the medical needs of Soldiers and their families.
       
    • Wounded Warrior Project - Assists severely wounded veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
       
    • AMVETS - provides career training and employment assistance for veterans and spouses, compensation and benefits assistance for veterans and dependents, scholarships for veterans, active duty, guard, reserves, and family members, support to veterans in VA healthcare facilities, visitation in hospital wards and nursing homes, veteran outreach centers, quality and safe entertainment for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and those injured or recuperating at bases in the US and Europe.
  • Mental Health
    • Anne Arundel County Behavioral Health Bureau -  Information on adult, child, adolescent and geriatric services, outpatient clinics, case management, after-school programs, mobile crisis team, homeless support services, psychiatric emergency services, mental health resources for the uninsured, rehabilitation and residential treatment programs.
       
    • Maryland Vet Centers - Vet Centers provide readjustment, marriage and substance abuse counseling to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for veteran's family members and all services are provided at no cost. For more information about Vet Centers or to find the Vet Center near you, see the Vet Center home page.
       
    • National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Part of the Veterans Affairs health care system created to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
       
    • National Alliance on Mental Issues (NAMI) Veterans Resource Center - Providing resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates. Includes links to information about mental health issues and how to find support services.
       
    • National Institute of Mental Health - Information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
       
    • Self Assessment for Veterans - Website providing anonymous self-assessment screenings designed specifically for veterans. The screening will help you determine if you have symptoms that are consistent with a condition or concern that would benefit from further evaluation or treatment. However, it will not provide a conclusive diagnosis. It will also give you guidance as to where you might seek assistance. 
       
    • Veterans' Hotline
    • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)  - A national suicide prevention hotline for veterans in emotional crisis offering free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Call the Lifeline number at, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be connected to the Veterans Hotline counselors. Provided by The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
       
    • Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET) - A non-profit organization established to provide veterans with comprehensive housing and supportive services including emergency or transitional housing, health care, education, vocational training and employment programs.
       
    • National Coalition for Homeless Veterans - Non-profit organization serving to empower homeless veterans so they can support themselves.
       
    • United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Veteran Resource Center (HUDVET) - Organization providing veterans and their families with information on HUD's community based housing programs as well as information on services designed to help homeless veterans or those.
       
    • Hospice of the Chesapeake - provides Honor Salutes to veterans and their families, story telling through documentaries in partnership with Annapolis High School, events of appreciation and gratitude with Veterans Day, and an event of healing unmourned losses and unforgiven guilt/shame with the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, as well as grief, social work and spiritual support services.
       
    • Talisman Therapeutic Riding - provides therapeutic riding instruction, volunteer opportunities, and overnight stays in a "Retreat Cottage" renovated specifically for veteran use.
       
    • Team Rubicon USA - serves veterans by giving them purpose, identity and the opportunity to continue to serve via disaster response missions; veteran volunteers are prepared and deployed to respond to disasters locally, nationally, and internationally.
      TR/USA seeks service projects that directly support veterans, including home building and rehab, tree removal, and heavy equipment utilization.  Team Rubicon works with Habitat for Humanity, Bureau of Land Management, and other organizations.

       
    • Maryland Therapeutic Riding - provides equine-assisted activities and therapy programs.
       
    • AA County Department of Health - Public mental health services including psychiatric evaluations, medication management visits, medication, case management and mental health visits for Anne Arundel County residents with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. 
       
    • Warrior Events - provides events for active and medically retired wounded service men and women and their caregivers.
  • Multi-Service Organization
    • American Legion - National Hotline: 1-800-504-4098.  Community service organization providing veterans and their families with support and assistance.
       
    • Baltimore Station - A non-profit agency providing self-help programs in a residential setting to support men who are transitioning from the cycle of poverty, substance abuse and homelessness to self-sufficiency.
       
    • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) - IAVA's mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.
       
    • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs - Information and resources to help military personnel, their dependents and survivors obtain all entitlements under state and federal law.
       
    • National Veterans Foundation - National hotline: 1-800-777-4443.  A non-profit organization offering emotional support and information about veteran services and resources available in your community and throughout the United States. 
       
    • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) - Provides information about a wide range of veteran benefits including health care, education, home loans, life insurance, memorial services, and pensions for veterans.
       
    • Veterans of Foreign Wars - An organization whose mission is to ensure that veterans and active duty service members are provided with all services and benefits they have earned.
       
    • Vietnam Veterans of America - The only nationally chartered Vietnam veterans organization. This non-profit organization extends services to all areas of veterans' care.
       
    • Way Station - Private, non-profit organization providing Veterans a broad range of services in a variety of settings including job training, employment referrals, assistance in locating support services for counseling, mental health or substance abuse issues, housing needs, and help with health and VA related issues.
       
    • American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide - A thorough manual detailing benefits and resources. Includes information about legal and health services, job assistance and women's issues as well as step-by-step directions for navigating the bureaucracies that serve veterans, active-duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, and their families.
       
    • National Resource Directory (NRD) - A searchable database of resources and services for veterans, wounded, ill or injured service members, their family members, and caregivers. Provides federal, state and community resources, along with useful checklists, FAQs, and links to peer support groups.
       
    • Anne Arundel Department of  Aging and Disabilities - Entry point for information about services and benefits available to seniors, their families, caregivers and professionals.
  • Benefits
    • Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents - Read online or download and print a copy of the current benefits booklet from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Also available in Spanish. 
       
    • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs - Assisting Maryland veterans and their eligible dependents in acquiring various benefits. Also includes information about state veterans cemeteries, veterans memorials located in Maryland, the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home assisted living and long-term care facility, and legislation affecting veterans. 
       
    • Maryland State Department of Assessment and Taxation - Information for disabled veterans on when and how to apply for property tax exemptions.
       
    • Military and Veteran Benefits - Complete subject guide to information on all benefits available for active duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, returning veterans and military retirees. Search for benefits by military status or by type of benefit.
       
    • Returning Service Members - OEF/OIF/OND - From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for service members of Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. Includes information on compensation and pensions with online applications for benefits. Also information on health care, tuition and transitional assistance for active duty and reserve members.
       
    • Anne Arundel County Office of Personnel - Lists job opportunities with Anne Arundel County
       
    • Anne Arundel County Workforce Development - The AAWDC, in partnership with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, operates a variety of programs to meet the workforce needs of Anne Arundel County’s Veterans.
       
    • ESGR: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve - Organization assisting in preventing, resolving, or reducing employer and/or employee problems and misunderstandings that result from National Guard or Reserve membership, training, or duty requirements through information services and informal mediation.
       
    • e-VETS Resource Advisor - Designed to assist veterans preparing to enter the job market. Based on your personal profile and/or the various services you select, the e-VETS Resource Advisor will provide a list of Web site links most relevant to your specific needs and interests.
       
    • Helmets to Hardhats - Employment opportunities in building and construction fields for transitioning veterans.
       
    • Key to Career Success - Connects veterans and service members with career planning, training and job search resources. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor through the CareerOneStop project.
       
    • Maryland Division of Workforce Development Veterans Services - Helping Veterans find employment and training opportunities, provides vocational guidance and referrals.
       
    • Maryland Troops to Teachers - The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program enriches the quality of American education by assisting veterans in pursuing careers in education; providing counseling, financial and placement assistance.
       
    • REALifelines - Helps wounded and injured service members and veterans access online resources and contact information for one-on-one employment assistance to help them transition into the civilian workforce. From the U.S. Department of Labor.
       
    • Recruit Military - A full service military-to-civilian recruiting program that matches military personnel to positions within corporate America.
       
    • Turbo TAP - Provides resources and information about employment and education for service members transitioning from military to civilian life, either active duty or guard/reserve.
       
    • Blue Star Mothers - Started by a group of mothers who currently have, or have had, children serving in the military. This non-profit service organization seeks to support its members and their children while promoting patriotism.
       
    • Refinance & Mortgage Guide for U.S Veterans 
       
    • Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services - provides assistance related to SNAP benefits (formerly food stamps), caretaker, prescriptions, utility costs, first month rent, and eviction. Provides referrals to homeless shelters and connects homeless veterans to VA homeless outreach through VA Healthcare.  Coordinates weekly conference calls with VA to perform case reviews for homeless veterans.
       
    • Anne Arundel County Workforce Development Corporation - provides career counseling, job search assistance, barrier removal, housing placement assistance, occupational training funding/assistance, employment supportive services, and referral of veterans that are not eligible for a homeless grant.