In lieu of it being Independence Day yesterday, I have gathered a list of things to help our fellow disabled veterans. You have served, protected, and fought for our freedom, and conquered insurmountable challenges all for your family, your friends, and your country.
So, how do you navigate all of the challenges you now face in the civilian world? I’m sure you have questions and perhaps are not sure how to or where to start. Resources for disabled veterans can be hard to find, unfortunately, so I am here to help you along on your new journey.
Here is a list of resources, grants, and loans that are available to you in the United States.
If you are thinking about starting your own business here is a list of funding options for you.
- Get registered as a Veteran Owned Business at the VA’S OSDBU (Vetbiz) you can do that here: https://www.va.gov/osdbu/verification/ There is also an entrepreneurial portal that holds step by step guides and information on doing business with the VA. https://www.va.gov/osdbu/entrepreneur/
- BusinessUSA has resources for veterans, it is a government website that has tools, training, and resources that help veterans start and improve their businesses. https://www.usa.gov/start-business?source=busa#item-213508
- StreetShares is a place that provides small business loans for veterans that have passed the one-year mark. See here for more details: http://go.streetshares.com/fit
- VetFran, you can find financing resource opportunities at VetFran. https://www.vetfran.com/
- For women veterans: http://vwise.vets.syr.edu/faqs.aspx V-Wise (Veterans Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship) is an SBA-sponsored training program for women veterans. Hotel and all meals (with exception of one) is all courtesy of V-Wise.
- SBA, a loan program for veterans. The SBA (Small Business Administration’s Veteran Advantage Loan Program) You are guaranteed a response to your application within 36 hours. https://www.sba.gov/about-sba/sba-newsroom/press-releases-media-advisories/sba-will-continue-zero-out-fees-small-dollar-loans-expands-relief-larger-loans-vets
- Looking for work? The vocational rehabilitation and employment program for disabled vets can be found here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/ Here you will find employment resources for vets whose disability was a result of their service.
- American Corporate Partners helps connect veterans with hand-picked mentors for a free 12-month period. This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with people in the difference business branches and helps with entrepreneurs too.