How to Help Veterans and Military Families in Your Community

7 Sep 2021 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Guest Post by Brittany Fisher

Brittany's Bio: Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA. She runs her own site, Financiallywell.info where she shares her knowledge about taxes, personal finance and general financial literacy hoping to help anyone who may benefit from it. 

At The Ellis County Det. 1452, we know that veterans and military families face several obstacles as they navigate this unpredictable world. Thankfully, community members provide invaluable support to their veteran neighbors. Looking to get involved? There are many different ways to use your skills to help a local veteran in your area. Whether you’re a tech-savvy entrepreneur or a financial guru, your support will be well received by people who need assistance. Here’s how you can lend a hand!

Educational Guidance

Many veterans struggle to find work when they leave the military. Going back to school can open the door to many job opportunities, but veterans often don’t know where to start, which programs to choose, or how to fund their education. You can help by providing information about VA education and training benefits. These benefits can help service members and qualifying family members pay for college, find the right school, and more.

Enrolling in a master’s degree program might be a great idea for a veteran looking to advance their career. Through online advanced degree programs from schools like the University of Phoenix, veterans can continue working full-time while still earning an education. These online programs cover various industries, from business to psychology, so there’s something for everyone.

Financial Advice

Besides helping veterans determine their options for funding their education, you can offer other forms of financial assistance. For example, if you’re good with money management, you can help local seniors establish a budget and start an emergency savings plan. You can also help them access financial assistance programs provided by the government and private organizations.

Home Buying Assistance

Buying a home is a big step for veterans who may have spent the past few years traveling from place to place. Fortunately for veterans, there are some benefits involved in home buying that can make homeownership more attainable. Help a local veteran estimate their home buying power, evaluate the affordability of different neighborhoods, and navigate their mortgage options—including VA loans.

Help Navigating Medical Care

Medical care is one big area where many veterans could use a hand. Help veterans understand their eligibility for different health care programs, including treatment for things like blindness rehabilitation, post-traumatic stress disorder, radiation exposure, and traumatic brain injury. Many veterans can also benefit from mental health care but don’t know how to access it. There are many free mental health services and resources out there for veterans, service members, and their families if you know where to look!

Business Mentoring

Veterans make top-notch business owners. Thanks to their drive, dedication, and self-discipline, veterans have what it takes to bring a business idea to life and see it through to success. However, many veterans don’t know about the numerous business resources available to them. Government-provided business programs can help veterans learn the ropes of running a business and access the funding they need. NerdWallet suggests programs such as Boots to Business, Patriot Boot Camp, and V-WISE that offer valuable business training to veterans who want to become entrepreneurs.

If you run a business in the local community, consider supporting service members by offering special discounts to veterans and military family members. Offering military discounts is a great way to boost your reputation, build customer loyalty, and help veterans who may be living on fixed income access the products and services they need. You could even go a step further and pass down your business skills by mentoring a prospective veteran entrepreneur!

Despite everything veterans have done for our country, they still have to work hard to make it in our society. Accessing health care, mental care services, financial assistance, career training, and business mentoring can be tough when you don’t know where to look. Help a veteran or military family member navigate their options and find the path that’s right for them!

The Ellis County Det. 1452 supports veterans through partnerships with community members and veteran organizations. Want to get involved? Consider making a donation or becoming a volunteer! Call to learn more. 360-808-0604

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ABOUT US

The Ellis County Det. 1452 is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation (Federal Tax Id: 81-5103004) founded in Ennis, Texas, and is a subordinate organization of the Marine Corps League Inc. with a special group tax exemption (Group Exemption Number: 0955).

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CONTACT US

Official Mailing Address:

3804 Lake Bardwell Drive  Ennis, Texas 75119

Phone: 360.808.0604

Veterans Organization in Ellis County, TX


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