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America's Adopt a Soldier - Wounded Warrior Path to Strength
WWPTS is a partnership developed over a four year period with Dell, Microsoft, Sprint, Verizon and AT&T. Through the maturity of this program we are able to provided Hardware Capital (Dell Laptop-with MS Office 2007 and Windows 7), Knowledge Capital (Four Days of MS Office 2007 classes from certified Microsoft Instructions) and Social Capital (Active broadband-Verizon) used to access the internet anywhere - connect to Family, Unit, Case workers, AKO and the Microsoft on-line academy to complete the individual course modules to receive Microsoft Certifications. These are critical tools for our Soldiers to continue their training and education stay connected with family, social and professional networks/organizations.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post-9/11 veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country. The EBV is designed to open the door to business ownership for our veterans by
1) developing your skills in the many steps and activities associated with launching and growing a small business, and by
2) helping you leverage programs and services for veterans and people with disabilities in a way that furthers your entrepreneurial dreams.

Folds of Honor Foundation
The Folds of Honor Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation.

Louis H. Schilt Scholarship
Sessions Online® Schools of Art and Design honors the service of veterans of the United States armed services. Retraining for a new professional career after the trauma of an injury can be a challenge for service members and their families. 

The Louis H. Schilt Memorial Scholarship offers service members injured in the line of duty and their spouses the chance to develop skills for a graphic or Web design career. 

In an innovative program developed in partnership with the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (http://www.iava.org/), Sessions will award $1,000,000 in scholarships over a three-year period. 

Award recipients gain the opportunity to enroll in a Sessions Graphic Design or Web Design certificate on a full scholarship. All required supplies, including state-of-the-art Apple iMac computers and Adobe Creative Suite software, are provided to scholarship recipients at no cost.

Military Warriors Support Foundation
Education4Heroes - MWSF recognizes that higher education plays a vital role in success and self-improvement. Through various partnerships, we offer 4-year degree scholarships, access to test-out programs and educational assessment counseling. 

No Greater Sacrifice
No Greater Sacrifice (NGS) is dedicated to the children of our nation's fallen and wounded Service members (post 9/11/01) by delivering scholarships and resources to improve their quality of life through the pursuit of higher education. NGS defines "higher education" as advanced learning through a bachelor's degree or associate's degree from an approved institution or certificate from a trade school.

The Brendan Looney Foundation
The Brendan Looney Foundation is committed to helping individuals and families reach their fullest potential. Scholarships, awards and grants are based on need and aligned values with the foundation. Scholarships, awards & grants include but are not limited to:
  • Education
  • Physical education/camps
  • Deployment support
  • U.S. Military support programs/initiatives

Wounded Warrior Project's Transition Training Academy
The Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) Transition Training Academy™ (TTA) provides innovative information technology (IT) training for service members injured on active duty who face unique challenges as they transition to civilian life or seek to change their military specialty. All TTA courses and class materials are provided free of charge to warriors and the spouses or caregivers.


Air Force Wounded Warrior
The Air Force will take care of its Wounded Warriors. We will fully support the Office of the Secretary of Defense programs to keep highly skilled men and women on active duty. If this is not feasible, the Air Force will ensure Airmen receive enhanced assistance through the AFW2 program.

America's Heroes at Work
America's Heroes at Work is a U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) project that addresses the employment challenges of returning service members living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - an important focus of the President's veterans agenda. The project equips employers and the workforce development system with the tools they need to help returning service members affected by TBI and/or PTSD succeed in the workplace - particularly service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Army AW2 Soldier Connection
Welcome to ACAP On-Line. This site was created as part of the Army Career and Alumni Program (ACAP) to help eligible Army Wounded Warriors, their family members and caregivers successfully transition from military service. ACAP Centers are located on most Army installations. These offices are staffed with experienced transition and employment assistance counselors who can provide personalized counseling and assistance. You can start your ACAP journey online by going to https://www.acapexpress.army.mil or by contacting your local ACAP Center. Additionally, this website contains a wide range of tools and services to help you succeed. 

Easter Seals' Veterans Employment Program
Easter Seals’ Veterans Employment Program provides veterans and wounded warriors with the resources and services to succeed in the 21st century workforce by maximizing their employment opportunities through education, job training, job placement and follow-up support. Through a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor, Easter Seals eases the transition from active duty to successful employment in civilian life.

Enable America
For millions of Americans with disabilities, gainful employment remains out of reach. Enable America is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing employment among the 54 million Americans with disabilities.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities
The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV) offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines disabled as a result of their service supporting operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The intent of the EBV is to open the door to entrepreneurial opportunity and small business ownership to you, by developing your competencies in the many steps and activities associated with creating and sustaining an entrepreneurial venture, and also by helping you coordinate your efforts with programs and services for veterans and others with disabilities.

Hire Heroes USA
HHUSA's mission is to provide career placement assistance to all of our returning service men and women. The HHUSA program focuses on the career placement of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans, specializing in the placement of those injured or with any level of disability.  HHUSA serves veterans from all branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard, Reservists and Coast Guard.

Job Accomodation Network
JAN is a service provided by DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Its mission is to facilitate the employment and retention of workers with disabilities by providing employers, employment providers, people with disabilities, their family members and other interested parties with information on job accommodations, entrepreneurship and related subjects. Wounded warriors and their family members can call JAN toll-free (800-526-7234800-526-7234) to discuss their personal employment rights as well as workplace accommodations that meet their specific needs.

Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans (JOFDAV)
Seeks to conveniently link up disabled veterans with prospective employers. Search a database of jobs by job title, category, location, or description.

Military Spouse Corporate Career Network
MSCCN is a nonprofit organization, operating with Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Coast Guard. MSCCN operates as an employment referral and job placement solution for military spouses, war wounded, and caregivers of war wounded via an Internet gateway and a team of geographically diverse military spouses and veterans. The MSCCN specializes in vocational training, volunteer and employment workshops, and job search seminars at no cost to military installations and military-affiliated applicants. 

Military Warriors Support Foundation
CEO's4Heroes - We provide job placement assistance that will allow soldiers to connect with opportunities in which they are qualified. The employers we work with are able to provide a period of training to allow smoother transition. 

National Veterans Foundation - Lifeline for Vets
Our mission: to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through:
  • Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families.
  • Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans.
  • Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

Operation Warfighter
The Department of Defense (DoD) is sponsoring Operation Warfighter, an internship program for wounded, ill, and injured service members who are convalescing at military treatment facilities across the United States.

Operation Warfighter is designed to provide recuperating Service members with meaningful activity outside of the hospital environment that assists in their wellness and offers a formal means of transition back to the civilian workforce.

Open to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve components, Operation Warfighter represents a great opportunity for Service members in a medical hold status to build their resumes, explore employment interests, develop job skills, and gain valuable federal government work experience that will prepare them for the future. The program simultaneously enables participating federal agencies to avail themselves of the considerable talent and dedication of these recuperating Service members.

Service Source - Warrior Bridge
Warrior Bridge is a national initiative to provide a range of support for wounded and injured veterans as they reintegrate into civilian life. Warrior Bridge is committed to supporting our returning heroes by directly hiring veterans, helping veterans obtain competitive employment, and focusing especially on the unique needs of women warriors. The program provides employment services and support to enhance independence and improve quality of life for veterans with all disabilities, especially servicemen and women of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Still Serving Veterans
Our mission is to empower Veterans including wounded warriors, and their families, by helping them reintegrate into the workforce and community via counseling, coaching, guiding, job transition, and assistance in obtaining all Veterans Administration (VA) benefits to which they are entitled.

Swords to Plowshares
War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans.

Founded in 1974, Swords to Plowshares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that provides counseling and case management, employment and training, housing, and legal assistance to more than 1500 homeless and low-income veterans annually in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. We promote and protect the rights of veterans through advocacy, public education, and partnerships with local, state, and national entities.

Swords to Plowshares is the only veterans service agency in the United States that provides a full continuum of care. We help vets, as well as families of vets, in the following areas:

Employment & Training - Through direct training and job referrals, Swords to Plowshares helps veterans re-enter the workforce.

The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
Disabled American Veterans of the War on Terror must struggle every day to overcome life-changing sacrifices such as the loss of a limb, significant burns, and the reality of being in a wheel chair.

The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes was created to provide a way for individuals, corporations and others to support our troops by helping severely wounded and disabled Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families rebuild their lives.

The mission of The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes is to help the people who have given so much on our behalf overcome these obstacles and resume a productive and fulfilling life through programs targeted to their specific needs.

One of their programs: Wounded Hero Career Network - Programs that assist wounded Vets (and their spouses) in transitioning from their career in the military to exploring options in the civilian workplace.

The Mission Continues (Serving through volunteering)
The Mission Continues Fellowship Program is the flagship project of the The Mission Continues. Its mission is to place wounded and disabled veterans into volunteer positions in their communities. The goal is to provide service opportunities for wounded veterans who still have the desire to serve their country, but whose disabilities prevent them from continuing to serve in the military. The Mission Continues accomplishes this goal by awarding fellowships for volunteer work to veterans who have suffered severe or traumatic injuries in Iraq or Afghanistan. An average Fellowship covers 14 weeks, during which the fellow volunteers at a local charitable organization for 40 hours per week.

Each Mission Continues Fellow is awarded a monetary grant that enables the Fellow to offset cost-of-living expenses while he or she volunteers. This competitive Fellowship program allows wounded and disabled veterans with high leadership potential to continue their service within their communities. The Mission Continues does not offer charity; it offers a challenge.

Veterans Curation Project
The United States Army Corps of Engineers owns and/or manages a large amount of archaeological collections (artifacts and records) that are part of our Nation’s patrimony. Most of these collections were excavated during construction of reservoirs and associated water control programs from 1947 to 1985. Federal law requires that these archaeological collections be stored in a manner to ensure their long-term preservation and to facilitate access for scientific research and public education. Many of these collections require rehousing to meet these standards, and our analysis suggests that there is a 30-year backlog of this work.

The St. Louis Corps District’s MCX-CMAC has developed a training and employment program that provides temporary employment to wounded veterans, teaching them necessary skills to describe, process, and curate Corps archaeological collections while using a variety of standard and specialized equipment. 

Veterans 2 Work
Veterans2Work is a national coalition of businesses, public agencies, non-profit organizations and individuals helping disabled and other special needs U.S. military veterans find and keep meaningful employment. Veterans2Work creates job opportunities for veterans through its services offerings to businesses and government, including direct placement, contract staffing, outsourcing and management consulting. Proceeds from services are used to fund veteran programs such as career assessment, development and mentoring, focused on helping organizations harness veterans' full productive potential. All programs are free of charge to all veterans. 

Wall Street Warfighters Foundation
Wall Street Warfighters Foundation grew from the idea that given the opportunity, service-disabled veterans will excel in a work environment where integrity and moral courage are valued and where their physical challenges are not a factor.

The mission of Wall Street Warfighters Foundation is to identify, develop, and place service disabled veterans in careers in the financial services industry.

Wounded Warrior Project - Warriors to Work
Our Warriors to Work program helps Wounded Warriors transition back into the civilian workforce by providing career counseling services and job placement assistance. Through individual counseling, resume assistance, and career guidance, warriors' skills and experience are matched to hiring employers' needs. This free program allows warriors to post a resume on our dedicated website, while employers receive a free login to post jobs and search for warrior resumes.

Yellow Ribbon Fund
Long-term rehabilitation at any hospital is not easy. Family and community support helps a patient tremendously in their recovery. Most injured service members at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital are away from their own communities, with only a few family members around and some with none. Many are amputees. These active duty service members' primary responsibility is to successfully accomplish their recovery mission. That mission still leaves many of them a substantial amount of free time.

In our Mentor/Intern Program, we offer these service members the following: (1) an opportunity to use their free time to learn job skills with a local company and to have meaningful interaction with the civilian business community (2) if appropriate, more formal training on the job, in a local business or at a technical institution (3) as required, transportation to and from the job or training site (4) mentors and friends who care. 
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