Tools and Resources

Useful Websites & 800 Numbers

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University's Employment Resources

The institute provides resources and support services to veterans and their families to identify and pursue employment opportunities, leveraging skills and experiences gained in military service and new skills and knowledge gained post-service. The IVMF assists with strategies to recruit, assimilate, retain and advance veterans and military families in employment.

Veterans with Disabilities Resources

From the Family Network on Disabilities (FND) - a national network of individuals of all ages who may be at-risk, have disabilities, or have special needs and their families, professionals, and concerned citizens.

How to Obtain DD 214’s and other Military Records

A Veteran can obtain his/her DD 214 and other official military records via the internet, mail or fax from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration - (314) 801-0800
Learn more about requesting military service records

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless Veterans each year. The NCHV’s website includes a variety of resources for both service providers and Veterans.

Homelessness Resource Exchange (HUD HRE)

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Homelessness Resource Exchange (HUD HRE) is an online one-stop shop for information and resources on assisting people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Program guidance and regulations, technical assistance (TA) and training resources, research and publications, and more are available for use by Federal agencies, state and local government agencies, Continuum of Care organizations, homeless service providers, TA providers, persons experiencing homelessness, and other stakeholders.

Chronic Homelessness Technical Assistance Center (CHETAC)

The Chronic Homelessness Employment Technical Assistance Center (CHETAC) provides technical assistance and training for the Ending Chronic Homelessness through Employment and Housing initiative, including use of best practices and customized employment. CHETA conducts three primary activities – training and technical assistance; building a repository of materials for the field; and presenting workforce and housing policy considerations to the federal agencies.

CHETAC is a partnership between the Corporation for Supportive Housing and Advocates for Human Potential that is supported by a U.S. Department of Labor cooperative agreement, funded by the Office of Disability Employment Programs and Employment and Training Association, and supported by VETS.

SAMHSA’s Homelessness Resource Center

The Homelessness Resource Center is an interactive learning community of providers, consumers, policymakers, researchers, and government agencies at federal, state, and community levels with the goal of bringing together state–of–the–art knowledge and promising practices to prevent and end homelessness among people with mental health and substance use disorders, and trauma histories. Resources include: Training and technical assistance, Publications, On–line learning opportunities, and Networking and collaboration

The National Resource Directory (NRD)

The National Resource Directory is an online partnership for wounded, ill and injured service members, Veterans, their families and those who support them. The National Resource Directory provides access to more than 10,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Homeless Veterans Outreach Program

VBA Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinators (HVOC) are located at VA regional offices nationwide.  The HVOCs provide VA benefits access and information through outreach efforts to Veterans who are homeless and Veterans at-risk of homelessness including those involved with the justice system.  The HVOCs also work with the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to assist Veterans who are experiencing homelessness to connect them to helpful resources such as emergency shelters.  This is a first step for Veterans towards stable housing, as well as ensuring that all Veterans are utilizing VHA for primary and emergency healthcare.  The HVOCs are often the first source of assistance and referral to homeless Veterans for resources in their local area.

You may be connected with a VBA Homeless Veterans Outreach Coordinator by calling the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-4AID-VET or 1-877-484-3838.