Virginia Veterans Resource Guide

Commissioner’s Message Here in Virginia we are proud of our men and women who have served our nation. Almost 800,000 veterans currently live and work in the Commonwealth, contributing to our communities and economy. The most effective thing we can provide veterans and transitioning service members is a suite of services applicable to their unique journey. The Virginia Department of Veterans Services does just that every day. We at DVS are very proud of all the innovative programs and services we offer. We certify over 1,000 world class programs

in Virginia for GI Bill use – from 4-year degree options to cutting edge certifications, apprenticeships and accelerated programs. These diverse options offer transitioning service members efficient pathways to high demand, high tech jobs. Our new Military Medics and Corpsmen pilot program is designed to get highly-skilled military medical professionals on an express track to employment in hospital and health care settings, maintaining their valuable skills while getting the medical licensure needed for a career in health care. Our Virginia Transition Assistance Program (VTAP) and Virginia Values Veterans Program (V3) help connect veterans with employers who understand and appreciate the value of your military service and have made commitments to hire veterans. Several of our community colleges and universities have dedicated staff and space specifically for veterans. Our benefits offices, stretching from Accomack to Big Stone Gap, assist veterans every step of the way to ensure that they receive all the benefits earned through their service. Our Veteran and Family Support staff, partnering with federal, state and local behavioral health partners, assist active duty and veteran families through issues unique to the military experience. Whether transitioning now or 50 years ago, this Veterans Resource Guide provides Virginia’s veterans and their families with useful information on all of these programs and services. We stand ready to help all veterans continue their service as productive and honored citizens of the great Commonwealth of Virginia. John L. Newby II Commissioner Virginia Department of Veterans Services

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