Our Women Veteran Resources program connects women Veterans with appropriate resources to help them transition to civilian life after leaving the military, and to provide them with resources and tools to transition to civilian life and to continue to be leaders in their communities.
Women Veteran Resources*
If you have a specific question or situation not addressed by the below resources please contact:
Martha Elena Varela
Veteran Navigator Facebook (Los Angeles)
American Women Veterans (.org)
Housing and Homelessness
VASH Program - The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.
SSVF - Under the SSVF program, VA awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives who can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Grantees provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:
- Health care services
- Daily living services
- Personal financial planning services
- Transportation services
- Fiduciary and payee services
- Legal services
- Child care services
- Housing counseling services
In addition, grantees may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. List of SSVF Providers by State (Excel Doc)
Homeless Veteran Stand Downs - Stand Downs are typically one- to three-day events providing supplies and services to homeless Veterans, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.
PATH (California) – PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) provides the support homeless Veterans need in order to successfully transition from living on the street to thriving in homes of their own. High quality supportive services are critical to ensuring the people we serve are able to move into permanent homes, and stay in those homes long-term. PATH pledges to house at least 1,000 veterans by 2014.
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans - 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.
VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Home - You may receive vocational rehabilitation and employment services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job-seeking skills coaching. Other services may be provided to assist Veterans in starting their own businesses or independent living services for those who are severely disabled and unable to work in traditional employment.
VA Employment Programs for Homeless Veterans - VA’s Compensated Work Therapy (CWT) is a national vocational program comprised of three unique programs which assist homeless Veterans in returning to competitive employment: Sheltered Workshop, Transitional Work, and Supported Employment. Veterans in CWT are paid at least the federal or state minimum wage, whichever is higher.
American Job Centers - America’s Service Locator connects individuals to employment and training opportunities available at local American Job Centers. The website provides contact information for a range of local work-related services, including unemployment benefits, career development, and educational opportunities.
Department of Labor, Women Vets Site – The Women Veterans site at the U.S. Department of Labor
Dress for Success - The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, and a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
National Veterans Foundation Job Board – A listing of jobs across the country at companies interested in hiring Veterans.
Work for Warriors (Guard and Reserve) - Job Postings & Unit Vacancies. The California Military Department is a diverse, community-based organization comprised of four pillars: the California Army National Guard, the California Air National Guard, the California State Military Reserve and the California Youth and Community Programs.
Small Business (SBA Veteran & Disabled Veterans) - If you are a Veteran or service-disabled Veteran, SBA has resources to help you start and grow your small business.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health – Valor Program - The program provides specialty services to our Veterans through the Veterans and Loved Ones Recovery (VALOR) program.
VA Care Providers Program – For Caregivers of Veterans. “VA values your commitment as a partner in our pledge to care for those who have "borne the battle," and we have several support and service options designed with you in mind. The programs are available both in and out of your home to help you care for the Veteran you love and for yourself.”
Military Sexual Trauma
VA MST Services – “While MST can be a very difficult experience, recovery is possible. At the VA, Veterans can receive free, confidential treatment for mental and physical health conditions related to MST. You may be able to receive this MST-related care even if you are not eligible for other VA services. To receive these services, you do not need a VA service-connected disability rating, to have reported the incident when it happened, or have other documentation that it occurred. Eligibility for MST-related treatment is entirely separate from the disability claims process. VA has a range of services available to meet Veterans wherever they are in their recovery.”
Make the Connection MST information & resources - “Although MST can be a very difficult experience, there are treatments available that can significantly improve your quality of life. Treatment often involves addressing any immediate health and safety concerns, followed by counseling to help you learn new ways of thinking, practice positive behaviors, and take active steps to cope with the effects of MST. Treatment may focus on strategies for coping with difficult emotions and memories or, for Veterans who are ready, treatment may involve actually talking about the MST experiences in depth.”
The Mission Continues – “The Mission Continues empowers Veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy Veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service. Through the Mission Continues, Veterans serve their country in new ways by engaging in our innovative and action-oriented programs. The first, The Mission Continues’ Fellowship, harnesses Veterans’ strengths, skills, and their compassion and empowers them to volunteer with non-profit organizations in their community on a daily basis. The second, The Mission Continues’ Service Platoons, brings teams of Veterans who are working together with partners at the local level to build stronger communities and tackle pressing issues.”
Team Red, White, and Blue – “Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.”
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) – Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing new Veterans and their families. IAVA is dedicated to standing with the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Team Rubicon – “Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military Veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.”
Student Veterans of America – Mission: “To provide military Veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.”
American Legions – “Focusing on service to Veterans, servicemembers and communities, The American Legion currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.”
VFW - Veterans of Foreign Wars USA – Mission: “To foster camaraderie among United States Veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our Veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all Veterans.”
San Diego Women Veterans Network - The San Diego Women Veterans Network creates belonging and community for women Veterans. They also engage service providers for women Veterans for collaboration and create a network of support for women Veterans in our county.
Veterans Legal Institute - “Veterans Legal Institute (VLI) seeks to provide pro bono legal assistance to homeless and low income current and former service members so as to eradicate barriers to housing, education, employment and healthcare and foster self-sufficiency.”
National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) - “The NVLSP is a nonprofit organization that has worked since 1980 to ensure that the government delivers to our nation's 25 million Veterans and active duty personnel the benefits to which they are entitled because of disabilities resulting from their military service to our country.”
Recycled Rides™ - a military/Veteran support program designed to help ease the transportation burden for current military and Veterans. They provide refurbished vehicles to deserving recipients. Their technicians restore these vehicles to proper driving condition.
*The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) has taken reasonable steps to vet this list of Women Veteran Resources. We believe them to be good programs working in good faith to assist Veterans. In some cases, we have a direct experience in working with these organizations. In other cases, we are recommending them based on their reputation and the information we have available. The NVF does not guarantee any particular outcome from any of the above resources and is not liable for any negative outcomes any group or individual may experience.
Please contact us directly at 888-777-4443 with any feedback or questions about a particular resource listed here.