Hey folks, with the government shutdown happening I felt it was real important to share resources for military families and veterans.
We’ll try to keep it current.
- VBA call centers (except education) to remain open during shutdown. Education call centers close tonight (10/7). More here.
- The government shutdown affects many of the quality of life programs that the Department of Defense (DOD) provides to service members and their families worldwide. Rosemary Freitas Williams, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Community and Family Policy, weighs in about what’s still open and what’s closed…
- VA medical centers & clinics will remain open for Veteran health care services during a government shutdown.
- Here’s the VA Federal Guide to Government Shutdown. You’ll find the VA plan, the guide, and a message from the President to Federal Employees.
If you have resources that you’d like to share, please note them in the comments. As we get new resources, we’ll update this post.
The “Veteran Mentor Network” on Linked in is a great resource. The mission of the “Veteran Mentor Network” LinkedIn group is to provide effective coaching, mentoring and advice to military Veterans. The Veteran Mentor Network is open to both Veterans and non-Veterans who are willing to mentor Veterans.
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The Joint Services Support system is a gateway and safety net – to support Service members, Veterans, and their Families. The Contacts and resources section can help Service members, Veterans, and Families find contracts, resources, and services to assist during the government shutdown. https://www.jointservicessupport.org/ResourceFinder/Topic.aspx
Bookshare (www.bookshare.org) is also a great resource for disabled VETS with qualified print disabilities, such as blindness, low vision, physical disabilities and severe reading disabilities, like dyslexia. The online accessible library offers free memberships and reading technologies to any U.S. student who qualifies, at any age, including disabled VETS.
Through its technology initiatives and partnerships, Bookshare seeks to raise the floor on accessibility issues so that individuals with print disabilities have the same ease of access to print materials as those without disabilities. In 2007 and 2012, Bookshare received two five-year awards from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). Bookshare is an initiative of Benetech, a Silicon Valley nonprofit which creates sustainable technology to solve pressing social needs.