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Many veterans of the U.S. will find the following resources invaluable as they leave the armed forces and adapt to civilian life, perhaps for the very first time. In fact, it’s useful to learn about the resources that the VA and other organizations provide while still on active duty to ensure you’re prepared for life after the military.

The USAJobs website lists contractor jobs with the federal government and its agencies across various fields that various people can apply for. Not only does the search engine allow you to search by job title and location, but searchers can specify jobs that hire veterans. Plus, veterans may qualify for hiring options such as veterans’ preference. The USAJobs site contains helpful articles and many links to other options that you might consider.

VA Disability Compensation
The VA offers disability compensation for veterans, similar to civilian disability insurance. Veterans will receive monthly benefits if they’ve incurred injury or illness during their time served. Extenuating circumstances may also quality a veteran to additional special compensation. Surviving family members of veterans may also qualify for benefits from the VA known as Dependency and Indemnity Compensation in recognition of the economic loss caused by the veteran’s death.

Financial, Education, and Vocation Counseling
Veterans and qualifying dependents may be able to use the VA’s various counseling programs. Beneficiary Financial Counseling is free and personalized advice to surviving beneficiaries. The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, also known as VA Chapter 36, provides free assistance to veterans to help them determine the job they want, find training, and deal with roadblocks to success.

Independent Living
Veterans who may not yet be able to return to work because of a disability that prevents or limits their ability to perform daily activities may be able to access services, including the home adaptation grant and adaptive-housing programs, through the VR&E Independent Living track. These resources enable the veteran to live independently and typically last for 24 months. 

Although these resources are a great starting point, there are other options available to veterans. Furthermore, many states have programs that offer assistance or benefits to veterans who reside in them. This is why research is so important as members prepare to re-enter civilian society.