|Veterans Resource Library|
The State Bar of Montana, in coordination with the Law Related Education Committee, has compiled this Resource Library to assist Veterans in better understanding and accessing the benefits for which they are entitled to, and finding valuable resources in their communities.
The purpose of this publication is to describe, in depth, the problems that face service members and their families in post-deployment as well as illustrate the benefits and services available to assist in overcoming these problems. Most importantly, it can help Veterans understand how various agencies work and help them work around bureaucracy and confusion in order to get the benefits and services that they are entitled to.
This resource guide has been developed by Military Handbooks.com to help guide Veterans in their transition back to civilian life. It's designed to familiarize Veterans with the scope of transitional resources accessible to them. This is not meant to be a substitute for the services offered by the Transition Assistance Program.
A community-based resource index developed by the Montana Legal Services Administration (MLSA) as a quick reference for Montana Veterans about resources in their community and beyond.
Grantham University is offering 2 series of complimentary webinars put together by their Career Services Team. The series have been created to cover a variety of topics pertaining to the unique challenges encountered by veterans in today's job market.
Military.com was created in 1999 to optimize the way that current, past, and potential service members and their families stay informed about changes in the military, and how these changes may effect their lives. Their free membership service connects service members and Veterans to government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, shared stories of life in the military, and much, much more.
Military Handbooks was launched with the intent to give the military community the very best information available about pay, benefits, retirement planning, education benefits, career decisions, and much more. This information is made available through a series of straightforward, easy-to-understand handbooks that are free and available through their website.
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help them cope with a broad range of concerns, including: money management; spousal employment and education; child care; relocation; deployment; post-deployment transitioning; relationship stress, grief, and the concerns of families with special-needs members. These services are available 24/7 through their website and helpline. Many Military OneSource staff members have military experience, and the program can be especially helpful to service members and family members who live in remote or rural areas.
Montana's Department of Labor and Industry provides information for transitioning military service members, veterans, and eligible spouses with the resources to assist and prepare them to obtain meaningful careers and maximize their employment opportunities in the 21st Century workforce. You can find information on VA healthcare, Federal Benefits, Pensions, and VA Home Loans.Publications:
This guide is a thorough walk-through of the various benefits and services available through the VA and the eligibility requirements for each.
A quick reference for Montana Veterans for contact information regarding Veteran Service Officers in their area, as well as the location of State Veteran's Cemeteries.
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, and offers a number of programs to include assistance with veterans benefits and finances.
Overview of resources for obtaining military records, transcripts, and other identification documents.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a website to help veterans understand and apply for Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits to aid them in attending a college, university or career training program after they have returned from deployment. The site also helps veterans locate schools and apply for benefits online.
This website provides comprehensive information about benefits available through the VA. Information can be found here for filing disability compensation claims, pensions, burial benefits, educational benefits, home loans and vocational rehabilitation.
This resource is an index of all of the materials necessary to file a claim with the VA, or to file an appeal.
The official website of the National Disabled American Veterans. This organization is dedicated to building better lives for America's disabled veterans and their families. The organization provides a number of community services, including transportation and employment help.
This organization was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interests of all who have receive the Purple Heart. The MOPH can assist in Veterans Benefits issues, and they do not require that the veteran is a Purple Heart recipient.
MVAD provides local access to, and assistance with, processes and benefits available through the Department of Defense and the VA.
If you are wanting assistance with obtaining benefits through the VA, the NAVSCO is a great place to go to find answers to your questions, or to receive help with contacting your local Veterans Service Officer.
The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims website seeks to assist Veterans in understanding the VA benefits appeals process and aids them in filing their claim, which can be done online. The website also provides information to allow individual claimants to review orders and opinions, case information, and find court forms for filing their case.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899, when veterans founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. This tradition has been maintained since its inception, and the VFW offers a variety of assistance with veterans-related issues, including assistance with filing for VA benefits.
This nonprofit organization is devoted to providing compassionate care, support, and stress-management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. It consists of veterans, psychotherapists, and interfaith leaders committed to: Helping veterans rebuild the connectivity of mind, heart, body and spirit that trauma can unravel; renewing their relationships with loved ones; and creating new support networks for veterans. The project offers a range of free services including workshops and retreats, psychological counseling, training for care providers and community forums.
The Pentagon-funded DVBIC is a resource for veterans, their families, and medical providers to better understand the effects of TBI, and the ways in which those who suffer from it can learn to cope and lead more healthy and productive lives. It also maintains a suicide prevention and crisis hotline (1-800-273-8255) as well as an information and referral service helpline (1-866-966-1020) that are available to those in need 24/7.
Information for connecting with the VA health care facility at Fort Harrison in Helena, MT
Index of medical conditions and injuries that may disqualify you from continued military service
Contact Information for care facilities and customer service help offered through TRICARE Montana
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 community programs. Contact information for Montana's American Legion can be found here, as well as a list of current events and initiatives.
One of America's foremost veteran service organizations, they have a proud history of assisting Veterans and their families in their network of trained national service officers (NSOs) accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. This organization is a resource for finding help with filing claims and filling out forms as well as connecting with VSOs.
HUD resources in Montana to help citizens acquire affordable housing or to stay in their current homes.
The IAVA is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for America's most recent combat zones. IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities. They focus on four key impact areas: Health, Education, Employment, and Community building for veterans and their families. IAVA hosts hundreds of events nationwide each year while providing numerous benefits directly to its membership.
This program serves veterans as well as current service members and their families. The Family Assistance Center works as a resource and referral service for veterans, service members, and their families in the areas of financial assistance, TRICARE support, legal services, crisis intervention and general community information and outreach.
The most comprehensive source for information about America's homeless veterans and the programs and people who work to improve their lives by getting them back on their feet. You can reach them by phone at 1-800-VET-HELP (1-800-838-4357)
The National Veterans Foundation serves the crisis management, information, and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through the management and operation of the Nation's only toll-free helpline staffed entirely by veterans, which operates between 9am to 9pm Pacific time, seven days a week (1-888-777-4443). The organization also provides public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America's veterans, as well as outreach services that provide veterans and their families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and some pro bono litigation
The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) has been the voice of veterans' rights for more than 25 years. NVLSP is an independent, nonprofit, charitable organization acting to ensure that the U.S. government honors the pact made with over 25 million veterans when they enlisted in our nation's armed forces. They serve the veteran community through advocacy, education, and some pro bono litigation.
NeighborWorks is dedicated to creating sustainable homeownership opportunities and improving the availability of affordable rental property for low and moderate income Montana Families. The vision of NWMT is to be an outstanding producer of attainable and sustainable home ownership, a dependable developer of housing options and a powerful proponent of housing public policy and delivery of home ownership services to rural areas.
SWAN supports and develops the leadership of female Veterans, mentors young women considering military service, works to solve problems facing women in uniform, and provides for and promotes services that heal and support women after their service experience.
The VFW traces its roots back to 1899 when Veterans of the Spanish-American War (1898) and the Philippine Insurrection (1899-1902) founded local organizations to secure rights and benefits for their service. The VFW's voice had been instrumental in establishing the veterans Administration, creating a GI Bill for the 20th Century, the development of a National cemetery system, and the fight for compensation for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange, among a great many other victories for our nation's veterans
VUB staff and instructors assist Veterans by developing, improving, and extending educational access and opportunities to eligible Veterans through academic needs assessment, instruction, enrichment and other academic support activities. Forty-seven VUB programs currently exist across the United States, including in Puerto Rico.
Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization Congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. 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 the public perception of Vietnam veterans.
Journals and Publications:
The Court of Veteran Claims has developed a quarterly publication to help keep veterans up to date on recent developments in the legal world that effect them and their families. The journal is made up of article contributed by its readership.
The Department of Veterans Affairs produces a yearly publication of articles, commentary, and book review addressing hot topics among active duty service members and veterans as they pertain to existing law. The review is made up of articles contributed by its readership and edited by a team of lawyers and veteran law judges.
Medical and financial assistance are available to men and women who have served in our military, but some who can qualify are not receiving the benefits that they need. Attorneys can assist Veterans with the problems that preclude them from receiving benefits. This webinar helps attorneys connect Veterans with services and benefits for which they are entitled.
Veterans face a wide array of legal issues resulting from the unique circumstances of their military service. These ABA resources are designed to provide attorneys and Veterans with assistance related to challenges in obtaining medical care, disability benefits, reemployment rights, consumer rights information, housing, information on criminal proceedings, family law matters, and general legal counsel
Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1967, the Montana Legal Services Association (MLSA) is a law firm that empowers low-income people by providing legal information, advice, and other services free of charge. MLSA works both on individual cases and under a systemic approach to help low-income people escape domestic violence, keep their housing, preserve their public benefits, protect their finances, and much more. You can also call the HelpLine at 1-800-666-6899 to apply by phone.
The Self-Help Law Program is an initiative of the Montana Supreme Court that helps people with non-criminal legal problems. The goal of the program is to give citizens the information that they need to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and to help the resolve their legal problems when they cannot afford an attorney, or if they choose to not hire an attorney.
This program is a network of attorneys, legal workers, law students, and Judge Advocate General (JAG) attorneys interested in issues that effect military service members and veterans.
The People's Law Center's primary area of practice is in representing individuals who are attempting to get Social Security Disability benefits. They serve clients in all parts of Montana, and conduct hearings over video conferencing, as well as in person, with the Administrative Law Judges from the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in Billings. They take cases on a contingency basis with a maximum fee of $6,000 per case. In most cases the fees are significantly less than the maximum amount.
Stateside Legal is designed to be a "one stop shop" for legal information of interest to Montana Veterans. Their website outlines basic information about government programs, regulations, and civic obligations to include information on: taxes; social security; public services; education benefits; employment opportunities; civil rights issues; and much more.
A brochure to help Veterans better understand and connect with the TAP initiatives offered through the Department of Labor and Veterans Affairs
This page outlines the provisions of the Vet Success program and how to proceed through the application process. Benefits include skill assessments, vocational counseling, job-training, help with post-secondary training at a college or technical school, and independent living services for disabled veterans.
A network of volunteers and former service members that work to provide opportunities for Veterans to break into the workforce through building and construction trades.
A guide produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans utilize the Web LGY website to determine their eligibility for loans through the VA.
This guide, produced by the General Services Administration, has been produced to assist citizens in becoming smart shoppers with the aid of helpful tips addressing the prevention of identity theft, understanding credit, filing a consumer complaint, and much more.
The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans, whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing a credit card, or using any number of consumer financial products. Use this organization to find educational materials to help you and your family become more savvy consumers and avoid scams.
Created by the Montana Legislature in 2011, this program is designed to assist Montana National Guard, and other federally eligible veterans, achieve the American Dream of owning, and living in, their own homes.
Veterans United Home Loans is the nation's largest dedicated provider of VA Loans, determined to make the American dream of home ownership a reality for our nation's veterans. Learn if you are eligible for a VA home loan by filing out their questionnaire, or by calling their toll free number.