NOLA VFW is committed to helping returning veterans and their families transition back to civilian life. The following organizations can help make this process easier. You can also email NOLA VFW at resources@nolavfw.org for additional guidance.

Healthcare

Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are entitled to five years of medical care at the local VA hospital. For more information on your benefits, visit Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Website

If you have been denied VA benefits that you think you are entitled to, contact your parish Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs representative or your Member of Congress, whose staff can assist you in the appeals process:

Senator Vitter: (202) 224-4623
Senator Cassidy: (202) 224-5824
Congressman Richmond: (504) 288-3777
Congressman Scalise: (504) 837-1259

Additional Healthcare Resources

Disabled American Veterans
Empowering Veterans to live high quality lives with respect and dignity.

Give An Hour
Providing Critical Mental Health Services to those who’ve served and their loved ones.

Veterans Crisis Line Call 1-800-273-8255 press 1
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Semper Fi Fund
The Semper Fi Fund and America’s Fund provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.

Wounded Warrior Project
Raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to help injured service members aid and assist each other, and providing unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Ride 2 Recovery
Cycling based programs to help Veterans restore hope and purpose.

General Resources

Military Family Assistance Fund
Helping members of Louisiana National Guard and Louisiana Military Reserves and their families address financial hardships they may encounter when they are placed on active-duty status.

VA Claims Assistance
Helping members of Louisiana National Guard and Louisiana Military Reserves and their families address financial hardships they may encounter when they are placed on active-duty status.

Employment

Veterans have a wealth of experience that can translate into civilian employment success. Here are several resources that can help with finding the right career.

Hire Heroes USA
Hire Heroes USA empowers U.S. military members, veterans and spouses to succeed in the civilian workforce.

Resume Engine
The Personal Branding Resume Engine™ will translate your military record into a strong resume that civilian employers can understand.

American Corporate Partners Mentoring Program
ACP’s Mentoring Programs connect veteran Protégés with corporate Mentors for yearlong mentorships.

Startup Weekend
In just 54 hours, you will experience the highs, lows, fun, and pressure that make up life at a startup.

Education

Student Veterans Association
Providing military veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation.

VA Education and Training

Social Opportunities

Outward Bound Veteran’s Adventures

Cost free wilderness expeditions and programs for veterans.

Heroes on the Water
Using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks to help our Nation’s warriors and veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind.

Team Red White and Blue
Enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Mission Continues
The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.