Our Mission
The Howard College Veterans Advisor is here to assist Veterans and their families in achieving academic, personal, and professional success. To fulfill President Lincoln's promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.
Our Vision
Our vision is to be the college of choice for military personnel, Veterans, and their families. We assist individuals in a seamless transition from military to civilian life by informing of educational benefits, encouraging campus and community engagement, and helping to provide a positive experience through degree completion and on to a successful future. We prepare them for employment or get them ready to move on to a 4 year University. We believe in total care of the Veteran, military personnel, and their families. You didn’t serve alone, you didn’t deploy alone; at Howard College – We got your 6!
Our Values
The Howard College Veterans Department embraces the following values: Service: We appreciate your service and understand the diversity of thought and experience you bring to Howard College. It’s our turn to serve you. Commitment: We will connect you to campus and community resources enhancing your overall college experience to provide a greater chance of successful academic achievement and degree completion. We are committed in easing the transition from Military to civilian life and offer tools to make that transition a successful one. Integrity: We treat everyone with the dignity and respect that you have earned and that we all expect from others.

Chapter 30 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp

  • Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-AD)
    • Provides education benefits to Veterans and Service members who have at least two years of active duty.
  • Chapter 1606 Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-SR)
    • Program provides education and training benefits to eligible members of the Selected Reserve, including the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve, and the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard. Eligibility for this program is determined by the Selected Reserve components and VA makes the payments.

Chapter 31 https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/application_roadmap.asp

  • Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E)
    • If you have a service-connected disability (SCD) that prevents you from continuing your former career, you may be able to receive one-on-one support from VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) program to help you identify and prepare for exciting new employment opportunities.

Chapter 32 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/veap.asp

  • Chapter 32 Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
    • VEAP is available if you elected to make contributions from your military pay to participate in this education benefit program. The government matches your contributions on a 2-for-1 basis.

Chapter 33 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp

  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill
    • If you have at least 90 days of aggregate active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001, and are still on active duty, or if you are an honorably discharged Veteran or were discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days, you may be eligible for this VA-administered program. Purple Heart recipients, regardless of length of service, are qualified for Post-9/11 benefits at the 100% level. Certain members of the Reserves who lost education benefits when REAP was sunset in November 2015, may also be eligible to receive restored benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Chapter 33 Post 9/11 GI Bill Transfer
    • The transferability option under the Post-9/11 GI Bill allows Service members to transfer all or some unused benefits to their spouse or dependent children. The request to transfer unused GI Bill benefits to eligible dependents must be completed while serving as an active member of the Armed Forces.  The Department of Defense (DOD) determines whether or not you can transfer benefits to your family. Once the DoD approves benefits for transfer, the new beneficiaries apply for them at VA.

Chapter 35 https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp

  • Chapter 35 Dependents Education Assistance Program
    • The Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to eligible dependents of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Chapter 1607 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/veap.asp

  • Chapter 1607 Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
    • Provides educational assistance to members of the Reserve components called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency declared by the president or Congress.

https://www.vets.gov/education/

  • Offers Veterans, Service members, and their family’s education benefits like help paying tuition, help finding the right school or training program, and career counseling. Explore your benefit options.

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/homepage

  • This is where you will access and print VA Education Benefits eligibility information for Post-9/11 GI Bill, view payment history details for all VA benefits, download your DD214 or active/reserve orders, update your contact and bank account information with VA, submit your monthly enrollment verification for Ch. 30 and 1606 to name a few
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https://www.tvc.texas.gov/education/hazlewood-act/

  • Apply to use the Hazelwood Act
  • The Hazlewood Act is a State of Texas benefit that provides qualified Veterans, spouses, and dependent children with an education benefit of up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, including most fee charges, at public institutions of higher education in Texas. This does NOT include living expenses, books, or supply fees.

Scholarships Available to Veterans, Service Members, and their Families

In addition to Veteran Scholarships, all Howard College Students can pursue other scholarship opportunities found here

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Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

The Freedom Alliance Scholarship fund is for the children of military personnel who have been killed or permanently disabled in an operational mission or training accident.

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Heroes Legacy Scholarship:  A program of the Fisher House Foundation

The “Heroes’ Legacy Scholarship program honors not only those who have fallen in battle, but all who have died or have become disabled through their active military service since September 22, 2001.  The program is open to their dependent unmarried children under the age of 23.  A disability is defined as one that results in the service member being eligible for, and receiving, Traumatic Service members’ Group Life Insurance (TSGLI) or a permanent and total disability compensations rating of 100%.

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA Advanced Fellowships Programs offer post-residency, post-doctoral, and past postmasters fellowships to physicians and dentists, and associated health professions including but not limited to nurses, psychologists, social workers, and pharmacists.  Although most Advanced Fellowship programs target clinical professions several programs offer training for non-clinical healthcare professions.

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Office of Academic Affiliations Scholarship

Education and Training:  The end of military service marks the start of something new.  With VA benefits, get educated and trained for just about any career you can imagine.

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Pat Tillman Foundation

Unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self.

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AFCEA Scholarship

Many of AFCEA’s chapters provide scholarships, grants and tuition assistance for aspiring engineer, technicians, programmers, military personnel and government officials.  Financial assistance is made available for students living or attending school with each chapter’s local community.

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Folds of Honor

Provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship”

The VFW’s “Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship” provides service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt.  It’s just another way for us to say “thank you” to those who fought for our freedoms.

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American Veterans – The Caccomo Memorial Scholarship

The Caccomo Memorial is in memory and honoring Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo, who immigrated from Rome to the United States in the 1950’s and became a physician, orthopedic surgeon, and Army Reservist.  He served his adopted country in the Special Forces and retired as a Colonel.  Dr. Caccomo spent the last fifteen years of his life serving at the University of Illinois in Chicago under the Department to of Orthopedics and establishing his Family Foundation, which provides these meaningful and impactful scholarships for our veterans.

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The American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary  offers multiple scholarship opportunities.  The American Legion Auxiliary believes that the more knowledge our young people gain, the better citizens they will become. That is why the organization is so committed to education. Investing in the education of our young people is investing in the future of our country.  Time and again we hear about the difference an American Legion Auxiliary scholarship has made in a person’s life, providing unimagined experiences and opening up a world of opportunities. The Auxiliary supports a number of scholarship programs that benefit veterans, the children of our veterans, and the members of the organizations within The American Legion Family.  If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, check out the scholarship links for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application forms, by clicking Apply.

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The American Legion

The American Legion offers multiple scholarship opportunities.  The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.  Hundreds of local American Legion programs and activities strengthen the nation one community at a time. American Legion Baseball is one of the nation’s most successful amateur athletic programs, educating young people about the importance of sportsmanship, citizenship and fitness. The Operation Comfort Warriors program supports recovering wounded warriors and their families, providing them with “comfort items” and the kind of support that makes a hospital feel a little bit more like home. The Legion also raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families during times of need and to provide college scholarship opportunities.

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VFW Auxiliary Scholarship

The VFW Auxiliary is please to present the Continuing Education Scholarship to assist members and their immediate family members who wish to further their education by pursuing a college degree or career direction at a vocational/technical school.

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Veterans United Foundation Scholarship

A surviving spouse or a surviving child of a deceased service member or a deceased Veteran of the U.S. Military, OR you must be a Veteran with a 100% service-connected disability.

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Thanks USA

Providing need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships and pathways to meaningful employment for children and spouses of U.S. military personnel.

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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Applicants must be the child of one of the following:  Active duty or reserve U.S. Marine; Veteran U.S. Marine who has received an honorable discharge, or who was killed while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps; Active duty or or reserve U.S. Navy Corpsman who is serving, or has served, with a U.S. Marine unit;  Veteran U.S. Navy Corpsman who served with a U.S. Marine unit and has received an honorable discharge, or was killed while serving in the U.S. Navy as a Corpsman attached to a Marine unit.

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My Career Advancement Account Scholarship

This scholarship is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of tuition assistance to eligible military spouses.  The scholarship assists military spouses in pursing licenses, certificates, certifications or associate degrees necessary to gain employment in high-demand, high-growth portable career fields and occupations.

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THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE FOUNDATION

Provides immediate tragedy assistance critical support, and scholarships for the families of U.S. Air Force Rescue Heroes who are killed or severely wounded in operational or training missions. TOMLF also provides advocacy, guidance, and support to U.S. Air Force Rescue service members, veterans, and families affected by visible and invisible wounds.

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Women in Defense

Women In Defense encourages women to pursue careers related to the national security and defense interests of the United States and to provide development opportunities to women already working in national security and defense fields. The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to further educational objectives of women who are U.S. citizens either employed or planning careers in defense or national security areas.

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 Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Ensuring full financial assistance for post-secondary education from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as educational counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lose their lives in the line-of-duty.

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Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society

Offers interest-free loans and grants for undergraduate/post-secondary education at an accredited 2- or 4-year education, technical or vocational institution in the United States. This financial assistance is available for children of active duty, retired or deceased Sailors and Marines; and for spouses of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines.

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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

Today’s generation of Marines have made unprecedented sacrifices. And while there are many ways to honor our Nation’s heroes, there is no organization closer to the intersection of real need and lasting impact than the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.

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Daughters of the American Revolution

The NSDAR awards multiple scholarships to students showing dedication to the pursuit of degrees in diverse disciplines including history, law, nursing, and education.

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National Military Family Association

Multiple scholarships and career planning available for Military spouses.

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Military Officers Association of America

Applicants must be under 24 years old. Applicants must have a parent eligible for MOAA membership or be children of active duty, Reserve, National Guard, or retired enlisted military personnel. If the applicant served in a uniformed service before completing college, his or her maximum age for eligibility will be increased by the number of years he or she so served, up to five years. Applicants must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher. Children attending U.S. military academies and academy prep schools are not eligible. If selected for any Educational Assistance program, the sponsoring parent must have a paid MOAA (officers) or Voices (enlisted) membership throughout the college years and, if applicable, until the loan is repaid. Male applicants must affirm they have registered or will register for the Selective Service (by accepting the terms at the end of the application).

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Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund

honors military service and sacrifice by providing scholarships to veterans and military family members, particularly children of our nation’s fallen and disabled.

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Daughters of the Cincinnati

Awarded to daughters of career commissioned officers in the United States armed services.

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Blind Veterans Association

Spouses, dependent children, and grandchildren of blinded veterans are eligible for the annual Kathern F. Gruber Scholarships and Thomas H. Miller Scholarship to assist them with their higher education tuition. The scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit through an application process that is evaluated by a committee. Gruber and Miller scholarships are for one year only but recipients can re-apply and receive the award up to four times. The blinded veteran family member is not required to be a BVA member for the spouse or child to receive a scholarship. Qualifications for both programs are the same except for an added emphasis on music and fine arts for the Miller award.

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United Daughters of the Confederacy

The Children of the Confederacy are currently offering scholarships to its members.

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American Society of Naval Engineers

The American Society of Naval Engineers began its scholarship program in 1979 in order to promote the profession of naval engineering and to encourage college students to enter the field. Since the inception of the Scholarship Program, ASNE has since awarded hundreds of scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing an education and career in naval engineering.

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Air Force Sergeants Association

 AFSA and the Airmen Memorial Foundation (AMF) joined together to conduct a scholarship program to financially assist the undergraduate studies of eligible, dependent children of the enlisted Total Air Force members. AFSA, AMF (including the CMSAF Scholarship Program), and AFSA International Auxiliary award scholarships valued from $500 to $3,000 to students attending an accredited academic institution.

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Air Force ROTC

Air Force ROTC scholarships cover your tuition and most lab fees. Also, you’ll receive an annual textbook allowance and up to a $500 spending cash monthly stipend. A variety of full and partial scholarships are available, and certain scholarships have specific requirements.

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Air Force Aid Society

Higher Education is a key to advancement and future success. Dependent children and spouses of active duty and retired Airmen can work toward their dreams of a college degree with AFAS education grants, scholarships and loans.

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The 37th Division Veterans Association

The 37th DVA offers an annual scholarship grant program.  The purpose of the program is to provide funds from investments that will be used to assist veterans and descendants of veterans of the 37th Infantry Division (37th ID) in obtaining post-high school and advanced education by providing scholarships.

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Veteran Emergency Assistance

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Air Force Wounded Warrior Program (AFW2)

Offers information on additional benefits and entitlements, counseling, events, recovery, transition programs and assistance.

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Navy Wounded Warrior Program

– Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor is the Navy’s sole organization for coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and providing resources and support to their families. Through proactive leadership, the program provides individually-tailored assistance designed to optimize the success of the wounded warriors’ recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration activities.

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Wounded Warrior Regiment

Wounded Warrior Regiment is committed to the recovery and success of Marines whether they are assigned to the regiment, remain with a parent unit, or have already transitioned to civilian life. We keep faith with Marines through our various types of support, ranging from section leaders and recovery care coordinators supporting active duty Marines to the District Injured Support Coordinators/Field Support Representatives and call center representatives assisting reserve and veteran Marines. WWR also offers the support of Clinical Care Advocates (CCA), licensed clinical social workers, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, or physician assistants who are located at WWR and Battalions and work closely with WII Marines and medical staff to help determine the most appropriate resources for medical and psychological issues. CCA’s are available to assist throughout all levels of support.

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Army Wounded Warrior (AW2)

Building on their breadth of experience in supporting the most severely wounded, ill and injured, WCT’s AW2 program provides services to all recovering Soldiers assigned or attached to a Warrior Transition Unit (WTU), AW2 injury eligible Soldiers outside of the WTU and their families/caregivers. The program has impacted almost every aspect of the recovering Soldier, family and caregiver’s experience, from the Comprehensive Transition Plan (CTP) and career and employment readiness to adaptive reconditioning and linkage with federal, state and community support resources and benefits.

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Operation Homefront

Do you need financial assistance for overdue bills, repairs, or other critical family needs? If you are active duty, deployed, a veteran, or are a wounded, ill or injured service member — and meet their criteria — you may be eligible for assistance from Operation Homefront’s Critical Financial Assistance.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars

Unmet Needs is there to help America’s military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military-related activity or injury. The program provides financial aid grants of up to $1,500 to assist with basic life needs in the form of a grant – not a loan – so no repayment is required. To further ease the burden, they pay the creditor directly.

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Operation Comfort

Their Emergency Financial Assistance program provides one-time support to Wounded, Ill, and Injured Veterans and Service Members. Assistance is provided specifically for those who served honorably in Iraq and/or Afghanistan (Post 9/11).

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USA Cares

Providing assistance to post-9/11 veterans and military families from all branches of service. COMBAT INJURED – This program pays the basic expenses for veterans diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST) while they receive treatment. CAREER TRANSITION – This program provides individuals with tools and resources to better prepare them for the hiring process, and refers qualified candidates to corporate organizations with open positions of employment specific to their skillsets. Additionally, this program helps pay an individual’s essential expenses while they train for a new job, relieving any financial barrier that keeps them from getting a new job or career. HOUSING ASSISTANCE – The Housing Assistance program aims to prevent foreclosures and evictions for post-9/11 veterans and their families. Families seeking help are required to attend free budget counseling before any grant assistance is awarded. EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE – The Emergency Assistance program focuses on cases where the financial stress is related to military service. This program pays immediate, essential bills, including food and utility bills.

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Hope for the Warriors

For the past 11 years, Hope For The Warriors® has been dedicated to serving those who have served. As a Veteran Service Organization, we provide a full-cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen. Temporary Financial Assistance for housing, utilities & food.

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Modest Needs

Is a national nonprofit empowering members of the general public to make small, emergency grants to low-income workers who are at risk of slipping into poverty.

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Semper Fi Fund

The program will expand the mission to care for veterans from all US military service branches who are catastrophically injured from combat operations in Vietnam.

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Operation Family Fund

provides financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of grants.

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Operation First Response

OFR assists wounded, injured and critically ill Service Members and Disabled Veterans from all branches.

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Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

Provides disabled American veterans from Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn with millions of dollars’ worth of Emergency Financial Aid and support services.

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SALUTE, INC

We know deployment to active duty, injury and/or the transition back to civilian life can cause military personnel, veterans and their families a great deal of emotional and financial stress. SALUTE, INC. helps affected families by providing financial aid for rent/mortgage payments, auto expenses, phone, utility bills, and other everyday living expenses.

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Rebuild Hope

Rebuild Hope helps severely disabled OIF/OEF veterans transition from military to civilian lives by providing EMERGENCY financial support. A strong preference is given to veterans who were medically discharged during the prior three year AND are awaiting service-connected disability compensation from the Veterans Administration. Their services equip families to make better financial decisions and help qualifying veterans pay for their most pressing basic living expenses.

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HUD

Are mortgage payments dragging you and your family down? There is no better time than now to enlist the support of an expert who could help you renegotiate existing loan agreements. This is a FREE service offered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

 

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Military Heroes Fund

emergency financial assistance program offers financial assistance for wounded, ill, and injured post 9-11 veterans who are experiencing an unexpected short term (1- 2 months) financial setback. The Foundation can only support one emergency financial request per household. All bills must be at least 30 days past-due to qualify. The Foundation will not assist with any late or legal fees.

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Angel Wings for Veterans

If you are in need of assistance in getting transportation to receive medical treatment, we can help. We provide assistance in the air with commercial airline tickets and volunteer pilots; and on the ground with gas cards, bus and train tickets. 

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The Soldiers Project

Free, confidential and unlimited mental health services for Post 9/11 Veterans, active duty service members and their loved ones.

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Navy Safe Harbor Foundation

Aims to ensure that every service member is given an opportunity for full recovery after a serious injury by coordinating the non-medical care of seriously wounded, ill and injured Sailors and Coast Guardsmen, and provides resources and support to their families.

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THAT OTHERS MAY LIVE FOUNDATION

Provides immediate tragedy assistance critical support, and scholarships for the families of U.S. Air Force Rescue Heroes who are killed or severely wounded in operational or training missions. TOMLF also provides advocacy, guidance, and support to U.S. Air Force Rescue service members, veterans, and families affected by visible and invisible wounds.

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Special Operations Warrior Foundation

Ensuring full financial assistance for post-secondary education from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as educational counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lose their lives in the line-of-duty.

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Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society

Offers interest-free loans and grants for undergraduate/post-secondary education at an accredited 2- or 4-year education, technical or vocational institution in the United States. This financial assistance is available for children of active duty, retired or deceased Sailors and Marines; and for spouses of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines.

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Coast Guard Mutual Assistance

Their central purpose is to assist clients during their time of need involving everyday essentials including emergency, housing, education, medical and other financial needs.

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Air Force Aid Society

AFAS provides emergency assistance to Airmen and Air Force families when unexpected financial emergencies arise with no-interest loans and grants to help Air Force families meet immediate needs and make a positive step toward a lasting financial solution.

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National Veteran Resources

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VetAssistTo assist veterans who protected our freedom to stay in their homes and live with dignity.

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National Resource Directory The National Resource Directory and the Office of Warrior Care Policy engage with programs for Service Members and Veterans across the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, other U.S. Government agencies, and associated organizations.

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Military OneSource At Military OneSource, we have one mission — to connect you to your best MilLife.

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Warrior Care The mission of the Office of Warrior Care is to proactively support wounded, ill, and injured Service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life. To achieve this, Warrior Care focuses on its vision to ensure the nation’s wounded, ill, and injured Service members, their families, and caregivers are not forgotten.

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U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs

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Veterans Mesothelioma Guide Veterans make up the largest group of people diagnosed with mesothelioma because asbestos was so widely used by the military until the 1980’s. Veterans who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma may qualify for Disability Compensation, Pension and/or medical care through the VA. Surviving spouses and dependents may also qualify for Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC), Survivor Pension and Aid & Attendance.

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Wounded Warrior Project Every warrior has a next mission. We know that the transition to civilian life is a journey. And for every warrior, family member, and caregiver, that journey looks different. We are here for their first step, and each step that follows. Because we believe that every warrior should have a positive future to look forward to. There’s always another goal to achieve, another mission to discover. We are their partner in that mission.

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TEAM RUBICON Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.

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Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) is a national, nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to advancing the awareness of issues affecting Veterans, their families, and their communities. AVVA strives to ensure that ALL veterans attain the honor, respect, and benefits they deserve. We lend our expertise, support, and leadership to all veteran related programs, community service, and social activities, while remaining actively involved in our own programs and educational endeavors. AVVA is made up of Veterans of all eras, families and friends of Veterans, and all persons who support Veterans’ issues. AVVA is a catalyst for action, healing, reconciliation, mutual support, and fellowship.

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Vietnam Veterans of America VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

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Fleet Reserve Association FRA is first and foremost a community of the Sea Services; U.S. Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel. Your enlisted service in any of these branches—past or present, for a short time or for the long haul— is your passport to membership in an association that works hard for you and your family on Capitol Hill and in your local community. FRA’s guiding principles are Loyalty, Protection and Service to our shipmates. Keep reading to see how we apply them in everything we do and watch this short introductory FRA video produced by an FRA Shipmate. Our mission is to protect and enhance your military pay and benefits. It is our way of saying: Thank you for your military service!

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Military Order of the Purple Heart Chartered by Congress for combat wounded Veterans. Composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat or by an act of international terrorism.

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The American Legion The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation’s veteran’s community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

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Veterans of Foreign Wars As the largest combat veterans’ organization around, VFW membership spans the globe. We’re an elite group of combat warriors who have each other’s backs long after the fight is over. Camaraderie. Empowerment. Access to a vast network of resources. Assistance securing the benefits you’ve earned. Numerous discounts on a number of products and services.

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Disabled American Veterans DAV is an organization of veterans helping veterans. We receive no government funding and look out for our members 100% of the time because we have been in their shoes. We are proud of our 90+ year history of helping our country’s veterans, proud of our record of fighting for your rights and proud of working alongside so many other non-profits and advocacy organizations to make sure that we fulfill our promises to the men and women who have served. Most of all, we are proud to serve our country’s veterans as you so steadfastly served us.

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DoD Wounded, Ill, and/or Injured Compensation and Benefits HandbookProviding Service members and their support network a guide to compensation and benefits.

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Caregiver Resource Directory Empowering military caregivers with information about national-level resources and programs.

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Local/State Veteran Resources

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TexVetSupport Texas military, veterans and family members with information and referral services and by facilitating the delivery of these services across traditional boundaries. TexVet is dedicated to providing veterans, military members and their families with equal access to information. By collecting federal, state, and local Veteran Service Organization (VSO) information, TexVet has created an online Veterans Services Provider Network (VSPN). Serve as the hub for the statewide peer to peer counseling network and volunteers. By documenting and supporting this network we will facilitate the delivery of services, increase engagement by volunteers and ensure the continuity of the network for the future. Through this network and event-based activities, TexVet has initiated a “No Wrong Door” policy for the veteran community. Our Partners Across Texas have become more knowledgeable about the other services available to veterans. In turn, veterans are properly connected to the services they need most.

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Texas Veterans Commission The Texas Veterans Commission will provide quality service through nine program areas: Claims Representation and Counseling, Veterans Employment Services, Veterans Education, Communications and Veterans Outreach, Veteran Entrepreneur Program, Health Care Advocacy, Veterans Mental Health Program, Women Veterans Program, and the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.

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Angelo State University Veterans The Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center at Angelo State University assists veterans, active duty service members and their dependents in their pursuit of higher education. Degrees offered: Bachelors, Masters, PhD.

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My Next Move for Veterans Search careers by keyword; search careers by industry; search careers like your military job.

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Texas Operation Welcome Home A program designed to better meet the needs of Transitioning Service Members, recently separated Veterans, and Military Spouses in the Great State of Texas.

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Texas Workforce Solutions Just for Veterans Maximize your employment opportunities as you transition into civilian life. Search for jobs, receive priority service at Texas Workforce Solutions offices and get information on transition assistance and benefits.

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Concho Valley Workforce Solutions The mission of the Workforce Solutions and Concho Valley Workforce Development Board (CVWDB) is to promote the economic well-being of all residents through the delivery of employer-driven and customer-centered services. It is the intention of the board to ensure that every CVWDB resident has the opportunity to work in his or her chosen field at their highest desired capacity, and that each business’ workforce is trained and ready as responsible employees. More details can be found in the Concho Valley Local Workforce Development Board Plan.

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Work in Texas Veterans Priority of Service for all veterans and qualified spouses of veterans entitles you to precedence over non-veterans in obtaining the full array of employment, training, and placement services, as well as priority of service in any of the U.S. Department of Labor–funded programs and services for which you are eligible.

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Other Resources

If you have any questions about the Howard College Veterans Programs, or Veterans Benefits in general, please contact Luis Martinez. Asst. Director of Veteran Affairs. Luis's office is on the San Angelo Campus but he can assist with any Howard College Veterans needs.

(325) 481-8300 x 3254
lmartinez@howardcollege.edu