Returning home can be complicated for recent soldiers and their families but the Help Desk wants to make it a smooth transition by providing programs and jobs that are available for veterans.
Veterans can sometimes suffer from traumatic events like war, assault or disaster. Bridge the Gap is a foundation dedicated to helping veterans transition smoothly back into society. They aid veterans into reestablishing themselves and provide them with the much needed resources and guidance to maintain a lifestyle once returning home. BTG also allows veterans to network and assist one another to "bridge the gap." Veterans in need of assistance or anyone interested in finding out ways to help can visit www.btg-foundation.org.
In addition, Veterans for Community Services is a non-profit organization helping military personnel, veterans and families. They offer support to veterans and families struggling with issues in homelessness, hunger and disability compensation. They also offer job readiness training, referrals to substance abuse programs, access to clothing distribution centers, referrals to support groups for PTSD and stress management.
In addition to emotional and medical stress veterans are faced with the difficulties of finding a job. There are many programs that can assist vets land a job. Hire Heroes USA, headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, helps unemployed veterans locate jobs and offer assistance to overcome employment obstacles. They offer overviews or cover letters and resumes, resume writing workshops, interviewing tips and strategic planning. In addition, they provide a job board for US military veterans with an up-to-date list of local job openings. Walmart also helps with improving the quality of life for soldiers returning home by offering thousands of jobs. Walmart and Sam's club are committed to hiring over 100,000 veterans by 2018. The positions range from corporate leadership to store management logistics.
For more information on a list of programs, organizations and job boards dedicated to assisting military families and veterans see our resource guide.
Resource Guide: Veterans Assistance
AMVETS enhances the entitlements for veterans and improving the quality of life for them, their families and the communities where they live through leadership, advocacy and services.
4225 Veterans Memorial Hwy
Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Emory University and the Atlanta Braves partnership helps veterans of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan with expert support.
Bridging the Gap Foundation of Georgia
Bridging the Gap Foundation of Georgia assists veterans with transitioning back into society and helping them with employment support.
Care for the Troops
Care for the Troops works to improve the mental health infrastructure of veterans and assisting military family members.
1795 Johnson Ferry Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Disabled American Veterans Department of Georgia
The Disabled American Veterans Department of Georgia assists disabled veterans in receiving the assistance they are entitled to while providing a caring and resourceful community.
4462 Houston Ave
Macon, GA 31206
Georgia Department of Veterans Service
The Georgia Department of Veterans Service helps 774,000 veterans and their families understand and obtain their benefits. This organization also has a veteran's education and training program which assists veterans in obtaining the appropriate training they may need to secure future employment.
Floyd Veterans Memorial Building
Atlanta, Georgia 30334-4800
Helping Our Veterans, Inc.
Helping Our Veterans, Inc. ensures that veterans are enrolled in the proper programs so that they can receive the necessary treatment required.
Joseph and Sarah Caring for Veterans, Inc.
Joseph and Sarah Caring for Veterans, Inc, provides homeless veterans with job assistance, temporary housing and life skills support.
Veteransresources.org offers an extremely comprehensive list of every nationally-established business that offers discounts for veterans. Discounts include restaurants, mechanics, hotels, grocery stores and clothing stores.
The Georgia Veterans Group
The Georgia Veterans Group assists veterans and their families with VA and Social Security claims as well as support with PTSD.
506 Sheppard Rd.
Stone Mountain, GA 30083
The Transition House, Inc.
The Transition House, Inc. caters to homeless veterans through transitional housing and job assistance.
970 Martin Luther King Jr Dr SW
Atlanta, GA 30314
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line is a 24/7 phone number and online chat system that provides confidential counseling and advice for veterans or families of veterans in crisis. Many of the respondents are veterans themselves and have been trained to handle situations of PTSD, depression or emotional distress. They can also help direct you to any services or resources you may need.
1-800-273-8255 and press 1
Veterans Empowerment of Georgia
Veteran's Empowerment provides assistance to veterans who are "neglected, sick, hungry and homeless".
386 Lanier Street NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Veterans for Community Services
Assists with referrals for employment, legal assistance and substance abuse assistance.
Veterans Heart Georgia
Focuses on the emotional and spiritual needs of veterans through workshops, counseling and community outreach.