Veterans benefits include programs, services, and compensation provided by the Veterans Administration, but also many others provided by non-profits and organizations just looking to help. I've tried to include many of them here. Since an all encompassing list is not possible, I've tried to find lesser well known veterans benefits and programs that are especially good deals. You'll also find lists of veterans discounts and links to resources that provide more specifics. This list is organized alphabetically by category: Career, Discounts, Education, Entrepreneurship, Health, Mental Health, Recreation, Other, Veterans Affairs Benefits, and Veterans Day. (I've included my own notes in parentheses and italics for services I've used).
American Corporate Partners (ACP) - Connects US Veterans to business leaders through mentorships and online career advice. (Great program, and it's free. Been working with a my mentor for several months now).
American Dream U - A non-profit dedicated to helping our military get the education and access to resources they need to find their dream job or to start a business of their own. Check out their free "Dream Job" online course where you can learn the job hunting skills you’ll need to jump to the top of the resume stack and land your dream job.
LinkedIn Premium Job Seeker account - 1 year free for veterans.
Discount Soldier - A free iPhone and Android app that gives you the ability to quickly find confirmed military discounts, right on your smartphone. You will be able to find the
military discount amount and get GPS directions right to the location. Discount Soldier actually has contacted and confirmed each military discount.
VeteransDiscounts.com is a searchable database of discounts provided to veterans by retail establishments.
Discounts for military personnel and veterans provided by Military.com.
Rosie's List - not exactly a discount, but it's a site that lets you search for military family owned businesses.
Stanford Ignite is a certificate program that teaches innovators to formulate, develop, and commercialize their ideas. They now have an offering for recent U.S. veterans to bolster their know-how about innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as support their transition to civilian life.
Learn Your Why Course — Simon Sinek is an author, speaker, and expert on leadership and personal development. His course helps you find the purpose, cause, or belief that inspires you to do what you do. Free to veterans. (Well done course. People pay hundreds of dollars for it. Worth checking out if you're feeling "stuck" in what you're meant to do in your life and career).
GRE and GMAT Reimbursement - DANTES reimburses the GMAT or GRE General fee for eligible military personnel. (Use it! Even if you don't plan on going to school, the test scores are good for up to 5 years at most schools, so you don't have to worry about shelling out for the test if you decide to go later on. Worst case, you got some practice in. Does take some leg work going to the education center and getting your paper work in line and you have to pay up front so make sure you check all the right steps).
The DANTES "Credit-By-Exam" is a program that gives military personnel the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses.
American Dream U - A non-profit dedicated to helping our military get the education and access to resources they need to find their dream job or to start a business of their own. Check out their free "Business Accelerator" online course helping aspiring entrepreneurs who have an idea for a business, but need a plan and framework to successfully start a company.
Entrepreneurship Bootcamp For Veterans (EBV) - The EBV National Program offers cutting edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management to post 9/11 veterans with disabilities and their family members.
Techstars Patriot Bootcamp - Provides Veterans, active duty service members and their spouses with the tools and resources to be successful entrepreneurs. PBC is a national program designed to engage, inspire, and mentor military veterans and their spouses to start, innovate, and scale the next generation of business leaders in technology. PBC provides free education training in entrepreneurial and business skills as well as mentoring to participants.
Military Assistance Project - The Military Assistance Project was established to provide free legal services for active duty, reserve, or veteran military personnel in the form of pro bono bankruptcy services. When bankruptcy becomes necessary, Military Assistance Project provides servicemen and servicewomen with attorneys and legal resources to enable them to obtain a fresh start.
VA compensation for diseases after 1 year of service.
Dentistry - Certain Veterans may receive dental treatment from VA. VA dental care eligibility and Veteran dental care benefits are based on a number of factors.
Temporary Rating (Surgery/Immobilization) - A temporary 100% rating is for convalescence based on surgery or immobilization of a joint by a cast without surgery for a service-connected disability. The temporary 100% rating may continue for 1 to 3 months depending on individual circumstances. Extensions up to an additional 3 months may be granted in severe cases.
PTSD Coach Online is for anyone who needs help with upsetting feelings. Trauma survivors, their families, or anyone coping with stress can benefit.
Brides Across America -- Making dreams come true by giving a military bride a free wedding gown during a Brides Across America's Nationwide Gown Giveaway. Events are held twice a year in partnership with bridal salons across the country.
Burial in a National Cemetery - Burial benefits available include a gravesite in any of our 131 national cemeteries with available space, opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, aGovernment headstone or marker, a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some Veterans may also be eligible for Burial Allowances. Cremated remains are buried or inurned in national cemeteries in the same manner and with the same honors as casketed remains.
Presidential Memorial Certificates (PMC) - A (PMC) is an engraved paper certificate, signed by the current President, to honor the memory of honorably discharged deceased Veterans.
Burial Flags - A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. It is furnished to honor the memory of a Veteran’s military service to his or her country.
Government headstone or marker for the unmarked grave of any deceased eligible Veteran in any cemetery around the world, regardless of their date of death provided by the VA.
Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) Coverage - VGLI is a program that allows veterans to continue life insurance coverage after you separate from service. (Rates are competitive although not necessarily the best -- worth using as a starting point if you're shopping for options)
Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) - Provides FREE event tickets to family members of troops Killed In Action (K.I.A.), our Military and Veterans to sporting events, concerts, performing arts and family activities.
Outward Bound - Outward Bound for
Veterans helps thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefit of teamwork and challenge
through use of the natural world.
Veterans Holidays - The Vacations for Veterans from Veterans Holidays® (VETO) is a "Space Available" program that offers military and other Department of Defense-affiliated personnel
the opportunity to enjoy vacations at popular destinations around the world - for the incredibly low price of just $349* USD per unit, per week.
Ebenefits - The online gateway for veterans to apply for benefits. (This is an atrocious website in terms of usability but you should still sign up).
Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) - BDD allows a service member to submit a claim for disability compensation 60 to 180 days prior to separation, retirement, or release from active duty or demobilization. BDD can help you receive VA disability benefits sooner, with a goal of within 60 days after release or discharge. (Do this! You can always add claims later. Complete this as soon as you get your final physical done. Check your local VA rep on base for details and help on submitting. I received my claims within 8-9 months - not exactly 60 days, but better than getting stuck in the system for years).
Automobile allowance - Servicemembers and Veterans may be eligible for a one-time payment of not more than $20,114.34 toward the purchase of an automobile or other conveyance if you have certain service-connected disabilities.
Clothing Allowance - Veterans who have unique clothing needs as a result of a service-related disability or injury may receive a supplement to their disability compensation.
Bed & Breakfasts - the B&B industry celebrates the sacrifices offered by vets by offering free rooms on or around Veteran’s Day.
Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts - An updated list from The Military Wallet.