Resources for Veterans
Onward to Opportunity (O2O) is a free career training program that provides professional certification and employee support services to transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses. O2O combines industry-validated curricula, strong partnerships with leading veteran service organizations and private sector companies, and comprehensive career coaching services to prepare and match you with your next career.
Transitioning from military to civilian life presents unique and oftentimes-unforeseen challenges. To make things easier and provide structure, a few of the leading organizations in veteran career development have combined forces to create one efficient, easy place to start, VetNet.
ARSENAL programs are geared towards veterans who are interested in exploring business ownership or other self-employment opportunities. These include: Boots to Business, IGNITE, SPARK, and V-WISE, among other programs.
American Forces Travel is the place for servicemembers and veterans to book great military discounts on hotels, flights, cars, packages, cruises, and more. While there are many for-profit online leisure travel offerings marketing to the military today, American Forces Travel is the only official joint services MWR leisure travel website.
The Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program provides Education and Career Guidance to military spouses worldwide and oﬀers comprehensive resources and tools for all stages of your career progression.
The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is a career partnership that connects military spouses with hundreds of partner employers who have committed to recruit, hire, promote and retain military spouses. The Military Spouse Employment Partnership gives partners first access to a unique and talented group of professionals – military spouses.
Island County Veterans Services provides emergency financial assistance, case management and other supportive services to indigent veterans and their dependents. Financial assistance may consist of paying for rent/mortgage and/or utility bills that may be in arrears or at risk of being shutoff. The office provides vouchers for food, fuel, work specific clothing and/or school clothing and supplies for dependent children. We also provide assistance VA claims.
GI Bill benefits help you pay for college, graduate school, and training programs. Since 1944, the GI Bill has helped qualifying Veterans and their family members get money to cover all or some of the costs for school or training.
If you have a service-connected disability that limits your ability to work or prevents you from working, Veteran Readiness and Employment (formerly called Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment) can help. This program—also known as Chapter 31 or VR&E—helps you explore employment options and address education or training needs. In some cases, your family members may also qualify for certain benefits.
The Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs helps connect veterans and their family members to the benefits and services they earned through their military service.