Below is a list of resources the library has collected for veterans and their families, from health care to employment assistance.
Support and Benefits
- Multnomah County Veterans' Services Office: "The Veterans' Services Office works to ensure that Multnomah County veterans and their families receive all state and federal benefits available to them by providing them effective and dedicated representation free of charge."
- US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits: Information from the VA about the complete range of benefits available to Veterans. Also access eBenefits, "your one-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information."
Transitioning to Civilian Life
- Transition Assistance Programs for Active-Duty Personnel: This page from MilitaryOneSource provides basic information about transition services and provides links to the transition services of the four branches of the military.
- Yellow Ribbon Program: Click on EventPlus to locate local classes specifically designed for those serving in the National Guard and Reserves.
- Veteran Employment in Oregon: The Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs provides links to information about Veteran preference points for jobs with the State of Oregon, national programs, and a list of Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER) and Disabled Veterans´ Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP).
- Feds Hire Vets: A site focused on jobs with the Federal Government with information for Veterans, transitioning service members, and family members. Get detailed information about Veterans' Preference, Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans, and education and training resources for Veterans.
- Job Seekers: The library has a variety of books, classes, programs and open labs to help with job seeking. Please contact us for more information.
- Key to Career Success: From CareerOneStop, provides career information and links to work-related services that help veterans and military service members successfully transition to civilian careers.
- Women Veterans Health Care: The Department of Veterans Affairs has a site devoted to women's health care with information and resources directed at women veterans. Locate local VA services for women. The Portland VA has a list of services and contact information for the Program Manager and medical staff serving women's health needs.
- Center for Women Veterans: The VA's has collected some information and resources of interest to women Veterans. The "Her Story" section features profiles of many different military women. A PDF document of the "25 Most Frequently Asked Questions and Responses" for women veterans is available, scroll down the page to the Links and Documents section.
Health and Wellness
- Veterans and Military Health: MedlinePlus: MedlinePlus.gov, an authoritative source for health information compiled by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, has created a page that addresses the specific concerns and health issues of veterans.
- My HealtheVet: Access the VA's e-health website for Veterans, active duty soldiers, their dependents and caregivers. Login for your personal health record, medical information, information on services and benefits and more.
- US Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care: A portal page to find out about health benefits, medical conditions, services, wellness information, and health-related news and stories of interest to Veterans.
- Returning Veterans Project: A local resource for free counseling and other health services for returning veterans and their families. The Provider Directory lists volunteer service providers who will treat veterans for free when they mention they were referred by the Returning Veterans Project.
- What are the Symptoms of PTSD?: Library blog post with information and resources on post-traumatic stress disorder.
Resources for Families
- Sesame Street's "Talk, Listen, Connect" Initiative: Sesame Street has created high-quality videos featuring familiar characters and kits with tips for communication and printables for children and families that address the transitions of deployment, homecoming, grief, and adjusting to a service member's injury.
- Oregon Veteran Benefits Spouse and Dependents Benefits: Both Oregon-specific and federal benefits and information for families of veterans is collected here.
- Adjusting to Civilian Life After Combat Duty with the Guard or Reserve: An article from MilitaryOneSource with advice and resources for readjusting to civilian life after a combat duty deployment, including information on what you can do as a spouse or parent.
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