Veterans receive priority of service at CareerPoint, which means veterans work directly with an Employment Services Specialist to determine their needs and next steps as they either transition to the civilian workforce or identify the next steps in their career paths. We also help you understand the benefits available to you as a former service member. Spouses of veterans or active duty service members may also qualify for certain services. Call or visit your local CareerPoint center for more information.
Are you a returning OEF / OIF veteran?
The Veterans Administration has designated these specific services for you:
- Going Back to School – The VA pays benefits to eligible Veterans, reservists and active duty service members to support your continuing education goals, including for on-the-job training, apprenticeships and non-college degree programs through the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
- Finding a Job – You’ve served your country; now you are ready for a new challenge. What do you want to do next? Get help finding and securing a job, browse career opportunities, or learn more about working at the VA.
- 5 Years of Cost Free Health Care – OEF/OIF combat Veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release. Enroll in VA health care today!
- 180 Day Dental Benefit – OEF/OIF combat Veterans may be eligible for one-time dental care – but you must apply with 180 days of your separation date from active duty.
- Find Family Support at Vet Centers – If you have served in ANY combat zone, local Vet Centers can help you and your family with readjustment counseling and outreach services for free.
Are you a Homeless Veteran?
The VA has founded a National Call Center for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, that provides free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Call 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838) or Chat Live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Important Facts for All Veterans:
- Wartime veterans who have no service connected disabilities but who are unable to work may be eligible for a pension.
- All veterans may be eligible for free hospital care at any VA medical facility, a guaranteed loan for the purchase of a home, and veteran’s preference in employment. Drug and alcohol treatment programs are available.
- Veterans honorably discharged within the last ten years may be eligible for payment while attending school.
- Children of veterans who have a service-connected disability may be able to attend a State of California college or university without payment of tuition.
- Spouses and children of deceased veterans whose death was service connected are eligible for monthly payment, tax exemption and a college education. Spouses and children of deceased wartime veterans, who have a very limited income, may be eligible for death pension. Life insurance and a burial allowance are payable in some cases.
- There are no time limits for filing most claims.
Veterans Skills Translators:
Use these sites to determine how your military training and job experience translates to civilian occupations and career paths. The service-based Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) sites provide additional information on obtaining training and civilian credentials.
- Air Force COOL – Credentialing Opportunities On-Line
- Navy COOL – Credentialing Opportunities On-Line
- Army COOL – Credentialing Opportunities On-Line
- Marine Corps COOL – Credentialing Opportunities On-Line
- Monster & Military.com – Military Skills Translator
- Career OneStop Military to Civilian Occupation Translator – Search by keyword or military occupation code to explore occupations that match your skills and qualifications
- Resume Engine – Personal Branding Resume Engine™ translates your military record into a resume that civilian employers can understand.
Additional Resources & Supportive Services for Veterans
Veterans’ Employment & Training Service (VETS) – The U.S. Department of Labor has assembled a comprehensive suite of resources to assist veterans, including an online version of the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and a list of initiatives and programs that help veterans with civilian career choices.
CalVet – California veterans website shares insight on state and federal benefits veterans are entitled to receive and gives guidance on the filing process for such benefits.
Suicide Prevention & Community Counseling
Veterans Crisis Line: this confidential support hotline is available 24/7 to provide assistance for issues such as sleeplessness or depression. Use phone, online chat, or text messaging to access the hotline, which is available at no cost to Veterans. CALL 1-800-273-8255 // TEXT to 838255 // or chat online.
Marin County Suicide Prevention Hotline: If you need help, or know someone who does, call 415-499-1100. This is Marin County’s only 24/7 Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline. In-person/telephone Grief Counseling is also available by calling 415-499-1195.