The focus of the Transition Subcommittee is to ensure service members know the resources that are available to them for finance & legal queries, and support them in discovering a new purpose by informing veterans of opportunities to serve again in their local communities. Below are some links on legal, financial, and community service for transitioning veterans. Be sure to check out the events tab for upcoming service and networking opportunities.
The VetCTAP program concept grew out of the personal military-to-civilian transition of Sandra Fichter, (US Army Officer) who is a Human Resources (HR) professional and President of JBS Transition Experts. In her role in HR, Sandra received and reviewed resumes from transitioning veterans. It pained her to see resumes that did not reflect the talent and experience she knew her fellow veterans possessed. She was even more frustrated to know they would not be selected for the jobs they were qualified for because they were not able to communicate their strengths and skills in their resume.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, tools, and training to ensure Service members and their spouses are prepared for the next step in civilian life whether pursuing additional education, finding a job in the public or private sector, or starting their own business. This redesigned TAP is the result of an interagency collaboration to offer separating Service members and their spouses better, more easily accessible resources and information to make their transitions more successful.
The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) was established to meet the needs of separating service members during their period of transition into civilian life by offering job-search assistance and related services.
It’s never too early to start learning about the VA benefits you and your family may earn throughout your military career. Whether you are an active duty Service member or a member of the National Guard or Reserve, we are here to help you succeed.
The Tennessee Veterans Education Transition Support (VETS) Act establishes a program of recognition for higher education institutions which allocate resources for veterans’ successful transition from military service to college enrollment.
VetLinks.org's mission is to educate and empower veterans and their families by linking them to services, support, and activities in order to enrich their quality of life. Veterans and their families are assisted in linking locations of services, support, organizations, events and programs. VetLinks.org will walk veterans through the process of submitting paperwork to the VA, connecting with nationally recognized veteran advocacy groups, finding behavioral health services, establishing a primary care doctor, and other steps in transitioning out of active duty. Most importantly, VetLinks.org will become a nationwide resource for veterans of every service using mapping services to indicate proximity, hours, and type of service available to veterans.
OPERATION REBOOT Is an Industry-Driven, Community-Lead initiative to “Reboot the lives & careers of transitioning service members and veterans and promote a Strong Workforce.” By focusing on and resolving the key reintegration issues of veterans and the challenges employers face trying to hire them, OPERATION REBOOT helps orchestrates a predictable talent pipeline from military service to employment in priority sectors through a coordinated training effort with multiple agencies.
Across the United States, Veterans Treatment specialty courts are working to meet the specific needs of the men and women who have served our country and returned with challenges as a result of their experiences in difficult circumstances. Through a structured program administered by the court, eligible veterans can find stability and new purpose to be a contributor to the community. Benefits offered to assist veterans include mental health evaluation, alcohol/substance abuse assistance and supervision by client specialists assigned to work on their particular needs. Judge Melissa Blackburn presides over the court.
The Nashville Financial Empowerment Center provides free, professional financial counseling to Nashvillians citywide. We help Davidson County residents reduce debt and build assets through free, one-on-one financial counseling incorporated into existing services offered in the city.
Legal Aid Society is a private, non-profit organization that provides free legal services to people with low income. We do not take criminal cases. We only do civil cases – cases where you yourself will not be sent to jail.
The Tennessee Department of Veterans Services has 9 field offices throughout the state to assist Veterans with filing claims for federal benefits or to direct Veterans to state and local resources.
One of the easiest ways to get help is by dialing 2-1-1, Tennessee’s community services help line. When you call, you’ll get a real person, one who is trained to help you sort out your needs, and then give you phone numbers and addresses of the closest places where you can get help.
Operation Stand Down Tennessee (OSDTN) provides a wide range of supportive services for Veterans and their families throughout Tennessee—all at no cost to them. OSDTN provides transitional housing, VA benefits counseling, employment services, and homelessness prevention to Veterans and their families.
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (Pro Bono Program) was created in 1992, with a dual mission: to provide assistance to unrepresented veterans or their family members who have filed appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (Court); and to recruit and train attorneys in the then fledgling field of veterans’ law.
USO Transition Services leverages the USO’s global resources and the programmatic expertise of additional nonprofit organizations to provide a broader range of impactful programs and services to support troops and military families.
The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. is an organization of mothers who have lost a son or daughter in the service of our country. American Gold Star Mothers, Inc. Veterans Service Organization, established in 1928 and chartered by the United States Congress in 1984. American Gold Star Mothers continue to honor our sons and daughters through service -- service to veterans and patriotic events.
Centerstone offers programs and services to American service members, veterans and their families. We work to ensure that all service members and their loved ones have the resources and support they need to lead healthy and fulfilling lives beyond military service. Programs for service members, veterans and their families are provided through a variety of initiatives including face-to-face counseling, couples and family counseling, therapeutic retreats, housing assistance, employment counseling, physical health and wellness services, support groups, online resources and 24/7 crisis services.
Operation Stand Down Tennessee Stand Down events calendar.
The Service Center welcomes all Veterans by assisting with personal ID needs, Veterans benefits counseling, legal assistance, reliable mail service, DD214’s, military records assistance, transportation, clothes, and personal care items. If we cannot provide the services needed, we can coordinate an appropriate referral.
Vets.gov portal for disability, healthcare, education, housing, career and employment, life insurance, pension, and burial veteran benefits.
Information and resources from the Nashville Mayor's Office.
Succeed in your transition from the military by connecting with a professional mentor through American Corporate Partners. Whether you are looking to enter the private sector in the coming months, actively job searching, or trying to advance in your current role, a mentor can help you achieve your career goals. More than 10,000 servicemembers and veterans have already completed their year-long mentorship with ACP, and 98% would recommend the program to fellow veterans.