Caring for Veterans and Their Families: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (2021)
By Dr. Rita F D’Aoust and Dr. Alicia Gill Rossiter
Military Health History Pocket Card for Clinicians
The Military Health History Pocket card assists clinicians in obtaining information helpful to understand the unique medical problems and concerns of veterans and other military service members.
For further reading on this resource: Brown, J.L. (2012) The unasked question. The Journal of the American Medical Association. November 14, 308(18).
HRSA - Helping Veterans Transition to Civilian Health Care Careers
TriService Nursing Research Program (TSNRP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) recognize the value of establishing a collaborative relationship to promote the employment of people with disabilities in the healthcare industry. ODEP and NOND hereby form an Alliance to conduct outreach, education and technical assistance activities that promote the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement of individuals with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities, in the healthcare sector.
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs - PTSD Monthly Updates
Educational Resources: Articles, Case Studies, Curricular Examples, Presentations
From Combat to the Classroom: Serving Military Students
Stepping Up: We Must Do More to Help Student Veterans Succeed
Helping Veterans Become Nurses Initiative
Helping Veterans Become Nurses Initiative helps veterans make the transition from military service to nursing school. HRSA has established a partnership with the Army, Navy, and Air Force and is working to align accreditation requirements for nursing programs with enlisted medical training so medics and corpsmen can receive academic credit for their military health care service.
Jonas Veterans Healthcare Program
Through the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence Initiative the Jonas Center will support scholarships for 54 nurses to be trained at the doctoral level (PhD and DNP) on veteran-specific healthcare needs, ranging from clinical to policy to administration to education, to help ensure our veterans are receiving the best possible care.
Military Friendly Schools
Since 2009 the G.I. Jobs team has approached 12000+ schools, asking them to participate in an annual survey to help military personnel, veterans, and military dependents find schools that are going above and beyond for them. The 2018 list includes more than 1,700 schools that represent institutions doing the most to educate America’s veterans.
Student Veterans Of America (SVA)
This is a coalition of student veterans groups on college campuses across the globe. These member chapters are the "boots on the ground” that help veterans reintegrate into campus life and succeed academically. Each chapter must be an officially recognized student group by their university or college and provide a peer-to-peer network for veterans who are attending the school. Additionally, chapters often coordinate campus activities, provide pre-professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for student veterans in higher education.
Tillman Military Scholars
This program supports our nation’s active and veteran service members and their spouses by removing financial barriers to completing a degree program of choice. The scholarship funds cover not only direct study-related expenses such as tuition and fees, but also other needs, including housing and child care.
Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions
Created by the American Council on Education (ACE), this online resource is designed to help institutions of higher education build effective programs for veteran students and share information. It highlights a variety of best practices and includes video clips, profiles of student veteran programs across the U.S., and a searchable database of tools and resources.
Veteran Care Guide
Individuals who serve within the United States Military may qualify for certain monetary and medical benefits through the US Office of Veterans Affairs. These may include a monthly financial pension, Aid & Attendance, Housebound benefits and/or Specially Adapted Housing grants. This guide is designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options.
Yellow Ribbon Program
The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the law that created the Post-9/11 GI Bill; it allows approved institutions of higher learning and the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the established thresholds under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The Fast Track to Civilian Employment: Streamlining Credentialing and Licensing for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Spouses
Maryland’s Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013
Massachusetts Student Veteran Advisory Board
Grants and Funding Opportunities
Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention – Veterans’ Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program (VBSN)
Veterans to Nurses and Physician Assistants Workforce Program
eLine Military Program (ELM) at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Bridging the Transition from Military to Academic Nursing Faculty: Part I
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP)
To support the Joining Forces mission, AANP is advancing a comprehensive array of veteran-specific programs and activities for Nurse Practitioners including workshops at their national conference, supporting research through the AANP Foundation, publishing a special edition on veterans’ health in the AANP peer-reviewed journal and forming committees to focus on promoting the Joining Forces initiative.
American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
AACN highlights its web series including faculty webinars, Joining Forces commitment fact sheet, upcoming events, End-of-life Nursing Consortium (ELNEC) for Veterans, and links to other websites with Veteran resources.
American Nurses Association (ANA)
The ANA disseminates a monthly email to share resources, activities and collaborative ventures available and being developed. This site also provides a variety of resources, including Joining Forces information and links to help Veterans access the care they need by assisting nurses to become aware of government-sponsored health services that are available and then passing that information to veterans and their families. Links to VA services at www.myhealth.va.gov/ and active duty and retired military personnel www.health.mil/.
American Organization of Nurse Leadership (AONL)
AONL offers links to national centers for veterans' care as well as other valuable provider information and toolkits.
National League for Nursing (NLN)
Curriculum resources provided on these pages are offered by the NLN to faculty as teaching tools to provide evidence-based references ready to use in your classrooms and clinical settings. They are to be used throughout the program of learning to teach students to provide quality care to military men and woman and their families.
Office of Nursing Services (VA) (ONS)
This site provides information about Joining Forces as well as comprehensive resources for the nursing community and professional colleagues in related fields. Its purpose is to promote awareness of current nursing practices, products, and services within the VA nursing community. It includes links to Joining Forces, nursing research and advanced practice nursing plus links to the VA’s Center for PTSD.
VA Nursing Academy (VANA)
The VA's world-class health care system partners with the country's finest nursing schools to provide compassionate, highly educated nurses to look after the health care needs of the nation's veterans
Mental Health & Veterans
Defence and Veterans Brain Injury Center
Description: This Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center website contains a variety of resources for veterans with brain injuries and family members.
Description: This website created by private organization Brainline Military Partners provides information regarding Traumatic Brain Injury including diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, as well as resources and personal stories of recovery.
Traumatic Brain Injury: The Journey Home
Description: This is an example of Department of Defense funded/developed educational resources for family members of patients with TBI.
Mild Traumatic Brain Injury - Concussion: Pocket Guide for Clinicians
Description: This is a quick guide to symptoms, diagnosis, and possible long-term effects of mild traumatic brain injury.