Michael J. Kerrigan

Resources for Service Members & Families

Many service members and their families need help transitioning to the private sector, with relocation, medical care and benefits, education for themselves and their children and staying connected to military families who understand their current status.  The pages below offer resources to assist.

Accredited Schools Online


AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org was created to be the comprehensive accreditation resource for anyone in the process of selecting a college or seeking vocational trade schools.



Passed in 1938 and amended in 1971, the Javits-Wagner-O’Day Act (41 U.S.C. 8501-8506) and the AbilityOne® Program, create employment and training opportunities for people who are blind or who have other severe disabilities. Its primary means of doing so is by requiring Government agencies to purchase selected products and services from nonprofit organizations employing such individuals.

The AbilityOne program is a preferred supply source for federal employees. The Program is administered by the U.S. AbilityOne Commission. Two national, independent organizations, National Industries for the Blind (NIB) and NISH help state and private nonprofit agencies participate in the AbilityOne program.

American Corporate Partners


American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities.

With the belief that one-on-one relationships enhance an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect, and support, ACP aims to strengthen the connection between corporate America and veteran communities.

American Heroes at Work


This Department of Labor program is devoted to educating and training employers to work with veterans and returning service members who may be suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and/or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

CareerOneStop – Military


The Department of Labor sponsored, OneStop, dedicated to veterans helps in creating resumes and step-by-step guides needed for job qualifications, credentials and local training programs



To provide SOF warriors and their families a model advocacy program in order to enhance the quality of their quality of life and strengthen the overall readiness of Special Operations.

  • Recovery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Reintegration.



Cause organizes programs that promote recreation, relaxation and resiliency for members of the US Armed Services recuperating from injuries received in support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The COMMIT Foundation


The COMMIT Foundation is committed to creating meaningful transition for veterans. We work to create serendipity for men and women separating from the uniformed services and entering the private sector. COMMIT guarantees the investment our Nation makes in our service members is reinvested in an appropriate and meaningful way.

Transition and veteran hiring is about individuals, not metrics. We focus on quality and impact. The COMMIT Foundation currently has three initiatives:

  • Mentoring Workshops
  • One-on-One Transition Assistance
  • Corporate Education

Dealhack Military Discount Guide


The Dealhack Military Discount Guide is the result of our quarterly survey of brands that offer active-duty military and veteran discounts. Every three months, we independently verify each and every store on this list.

Department of Homeland Security Operation Warfighter


Operation Warfighter (OWF) is a temporary assignment/internship program, developed by the Department of Defense, for service members that are convalescing at military treatment facilities at first in the National Capitol Region but increasingly throughout the United States. The program provides recuperating service members with meaningful activity outside of the hospital environment and offers a formal means of transition back to the military or civilian workforce.

Hero Health Hire


Hero Health Hire – is a gathering place where business leaders, government officials, and concerned citizens can learn, share information and commit to helping our nation’s disabled veterans find and retain meaningful employment.

Hiring Our Heroes


In March of 2011, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce launched Hiring Our Heroes, a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with our network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal was to create a movement across America in hundreds of local communities where veterans and military families return every day.

In our first 12 months, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 150 hiring fairs in 48 states and the District of Columbia; close to 10,000 have gotten jobs.

We will significantly expand our efforts in 2012 with hiring fairs in 400 communities, the establishment of a stand-alone program for military spouses, and a sustained campaign to enlist the commitments from the small business community to hire veterans and military spouses over the next years.

Joining Forces


Joining Forces is a comprehensive national initiative to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned.

  • Brings attention to the unique needs and strength of America’s military families.
  • Inspires, educates, and sparks action from all sectors of our society – citizens, communities, businesses, non-profits, faith based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government – to ensure veterans and military families have the opportunities, resources, and support they have earned.
  • Showcases the skills, experience, and dedication of America’s veterans and military spouses to strengthen our nation’s communities.
  • Creates greater connections between the American public and the military.

JPMorgan Chase 100,000 Jobs Mission


JPMorgan Chase and a number of leading U.S. companies launched the 100,000 Jobs Mission in March 2011 with a goal of hiring 100,000 transitioning service members and military veterans by 2020. Our nation’s military and veterans represent the best this country has to offer. We owe our nation’s veterans more than gratitude—we owe them the opportunity to lead successful lives following their service. Learn More

Military.com Jobs Board


This jobs board is part of a website for the military run by Monster®.

The Office of Naval Intelligence


The Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) is acting on the phrase “Support Our Troops” as the first Naval Intelligence Command to host two interns under the Naval Intelligence (N2/N6) Wounded Warrior Internship Program (WWIP).  WWIP falls under the Department of Defense Operation Warfighter program.  This program is designed to be a temporary assignment for service members convalescing at military treatment facilities throughout the United States.  The program provides recuperating service members with meaningful work experience, training opportunities outside of the hospital and as a means of transition back to the military or civilian workforce.

Project Return To Work


Return to Work, Inc. is a nonprofit that provides career counseling services to Americans with disabilities interested in returning to the workforce. R2W clients receive continuous support from employment counselors through a process of evaluation, training, and placement.

Recruit Military


Recruit Military is a job board and firm dedicated to helping veterans in their job searches as well as encouraging employers to consider hiring former service members.

Sentinels of Freedom


Our mission is to provide life-changing opportunities for men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered severe injuries and need the support of grateful communities to realize their goals and dreams.

Veterans’ Employment & Training Services


The Department of Labor’s VETS is a comprehensive career website for hiring veterans of America’s military, Managers, human resources specialists and veterans can find the resources they need to match employment opportunities with knowledge, skills and abilities.

Warrior Gateway


Warrior Gateway is a non-profit whose mission is to connect individuals in the military, veterans, and their families with federal, state, and local government programs as well as non-profit organizations in their local communities. Warrior Gateway’s efforts were recognized in 2011 with the Federal Computer Week Fed-100 award for significant contributions to the Federal IT community.

Warrior Gateway:

  • Is inclusive and free to the military community
  • Eliminates information barriers and information overload
  • Is a non-profit program


Warriors To Work


Wounded Warrior Project’s Warriors to Work program assists warriors with the transition back into the civilian workforce. This free program offers a complete package of employment services, including help developing resumes and interviewing skills, job training, networking and job placement assistance.


Our friends at “military helper.org” have suggested the following links be shared with our readers looking for additional resources. 

Veterans Benefits for Seniors
Tips for Your Next PCS Move
Service Members’ Legal Rights While on Active Duty
Military and Veterans Discounts
Sesame Street for Military Families
Operation American Dream: A Guide to Buying and Keeping Your Home in the Military
Employment Resources for Military Spouses

Because people with disabilities are often the most resilient among us, it has been suggested the following links be added to the resource pages of the character building project.

Disability Accommodation Cost Guides

Thriving in Trade School with a Disability

Discrimination And Addiction: How To Overcome Prejudice WIthout Relying On Drugs Or Alcohol

Accessibility and Employment: What People with Disabilities Need to Know

Wheelchair and Handicap Ramp Cost Guide

Dating When Blind or Visually Impaired — From Single and Ready to Mingle to Off the Market

Disaster Safety for People with Disabilities: What to Do When Emergency Weather Strikes

Social skills for adolescents and adults with autism


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