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    Individuals who are former members of one of the branches of the armed forces and who qualify as veterans by virtue of their service during Operation New Dawn. The transition to Operation New Dawn, September 1, 2010 marked the official end to Operation Iraqi Freedom and combat operations by United States forces in Iraq. During Operation New Dawn, the remaining 50,000 U.S. servicemembers serving in Iraq conducted stability operations, focusing on advising, assisting and training Iraqi Security Forces (ISF). Operation New Dawn also represented a shift from a predominantly military U.S. presence to one that was predominantly civilian, as the Departments of Defense and State worked together with governmental and non-governmental agencies to help build Iraq's civil capacity.

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    Internet Job Search Websites for VeteransFollowing is a list of internet job search websites that veterans may find helpful and originally published in a VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System pamphlet titled OEF/OIF/OND Program, June, 2013. USAJOBS: The official job site for US Federal Government.
    www.usajobs.com Career One Stop: This site offers career resources and workforce information to job seekers, students, business and working professionals to foster talent development in a global economy.
    www.careeronestop.org Jobs for Vets: Jobs for Vets matches transitioning Veterans to meaningful, interesting career opportunities in the private sector.
    www.jobsforvets.com Hero to Hired: Helps reserve component service members to connect to and find jobs with military-friendly companies.
    www.h2h.jobs US Department of Labor VETS:
    www.dol.gov/vets Hire Heros USA: Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military Veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement.H
    www.hireheroesusa.org Transition Assistance Online:
    www.taonline.com Vet Jobs: Vet Jobs is a leading source for candidates with security clearances.
    www.vetjobs.com Jobs2Vets: Database with employment opportunities for Veterans. This site also has a jobs transcoder, which allows veterans to search for suitable civilian jobs using their military job code.
    www.jobs2vets.com FedsHireVets: The one-stop resource for Federal veteran employment information.
    www.fedshirevets.gov US Tech Vets: A U.S. technology industry career portal created to connect veterans, including transitioning military personnel and their family members, with meaningful jobs in America's technology industry.
    www.ustechvets.org Hiring Our Heroes: Hiring Our Heroes helps veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through nationwide hiring fairs.
    www.uschamberfoundation.org/hiring-our-heroes My Next Move: An interactive tool helps vets learn about their career options. The site has tasks, skills, salary information, job listings, and more for over 900 different careers.
    www.mynextmove.org
    InternetInternet
    It's About the Warrior FoundationIt's About the Warrior Foundation (IATW) assists and empowers post 9/11 veterans and their families with financial, educational, recreational or therapeutic needs.
    • Offers financial assistance to pay third party mortgages, rent, and other needs including:
      • Utility bills
      • Housing assistance (rent, mortgage)
      • Housing repairs
      • Funeral expenses
      • Legal fees
      • Educational fees
      • Recreational fees
      • Medical fees
    • Provides gift cards from a variety of retail outlets for the veteran and their families in a time of need.
    • Offers post-secondary educational scholarship opportunities for both the veteran and their dependents.
    • Assists veterans with job placement throughout the Tri-State Area.
    ButlerIt's About the Warrior FoundationIt's About the Warrior Foundation
    National Guard of the United States - Transition Assistance ProgramHave you just returned from deployment? Do you have a service-related injury or healthcare issue? Perhaps you’re about to retire from service and you’re looking for someone to show you how to get back into the swing of civilian life. Getting to know your local Transition Assistance Advisor means you’ll have reliable, professional support whenever you need it, whatever the circumstance. Transition Assistance Advisors are in every State, Territory, and the District to ensure you have a hand to help you receive the benefits you’ve earned as a result of your service in the National Guard. Transition Assistance Advisors (TAAs) will:
    • Help you get through the red tape. We provide information and assistance to Service members and their Families to help them understand and access Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits as well as services through the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Military Health System.
    • Meet your Post-Deployment needs. We coordinate with VA, TRICARE, Veteran Service Organizations, and other federal, state and community resources to provide important information and help with obtaining services to meet the needs during the post-deployment period.
    • See you through changes in your Military Service. We participate in the mobilization and demobilization process to brief and advise National Guard members and their Families about available VA entitlements and available resources in their communities.
    • Ensure your health and wellbeing are taken care of. We help coordinate activities for the Post-Deployment Health Reassessment event (a screening evaluation for any lingering physical and mental health conditions Service members may experience at 3-6 months post-deployment).
    • Strive to be your personal problem solver. We research and resolve issues associated with entitlements whenever you or your Family members encounter problems.
    • Get the right folks involved when you need their help. We advise the Joint Forces Headquarters and coordinate with Family Support Specialists, Employer Support Group to give you the access to entitlements available through Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Labor and other veterans’ entitlement and benefit programs.
    United States Department of Defense, National Guard of the United StatesUnited States Department of Defense
    Operation Homefront of PA, DE & NJProvides direct services to alleviate a military family's or individual's actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following: - Financial assistance - Emergency food - Emergency home repairs - Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers - Home and appliance repair - Furniture and household items - Local moving assistance - Community events - Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing Operation Homefront of PA, DE & NJOperation Homefront
    Point Man International MinistriesPoint Man International Ministries helps those who have served in the military with recovering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A system of small groups, known as Outposts, are run across the USA for the purpose of mutual support and fellowship. They also offer Home Front support groups lead by Christian mothers, wives and friends of both active duty military and veterans. They have experienced the stress of dealing with deployments and the effects of a loved one returning home from war. PMIM is a service organization with an evangelical purpose. Keeping Jesus Christ the focal point PMIM acts as a referral service to connect hurting veterans and their families to our Outpost and Home Front system for continued support and fellowship.Point Man International MinistriesPoint Man International Ministries
    Steel City VetsSteel City Vets is a group of OEF/OIF Veterans from the Greater Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania areas. We strive to provide a group that Veterans can turn to for peer support and social gatherings as well as provide a hub to share information on news and events affecting the Veterans of the area. The transition from the military life to civilian life starts with a good plan and at the top of the list of things to complete is finding a job. Steel City Vets aims to provide the growing population of Post 9/11 Veterans calling the Greater Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania area home with assistance in achieving this goal by providing resources and information about job openings, fairs and other resources here in the area. Steel City Vets also works with companies in the area wanting to hire Veterans. We can provide these companies with resources and information. Steel City Vets is honored to work along side employers and Veterans in an effort to help reduce the number of Veterans looking for a job. Visit their website for more information on jobs for veterans, hiring veterans or resources for veterans.AlleghenySteel City VetsSteel City Vets
    Tip of the Arrow FoundationThe Tip of the Arrow Foundation is a volunteer organization staffed by highly experienced career counselors. Our target is U.S. veterans of the Global War on Terror. Our aim is to help you transition to civilian work life successfully. Most or our consultants are veterans themselves and have faced a transition similar to the one on which you are embarking. We will provide you with one-on-one coaching and guidance to help you navigate the entire process of finding and entering your next career. In addition, we have cultivated relationships with potential employers in both the private and government sectors to help clear the path toward achieving your desired job. Tip of the Arrow counselors will be on post during your stay with the demobilization company, available to meet with you and get you started on the job search process. If you do not have time to do this while going through demob, do not worry! You will always have someone to call after you return home. That is our commitment to you. The counselor to whom you are assigned will be available by phone 24/7. No other transition service available to veterans offers the same level of support. Your Tip of the Arrow counselor will work with you to:
    • Take an inventory of marketable skills,
    • Build an effective, attention-getting resumé,
    • Develop job search strategies and skills,
    • Prepare for interviews,
    • Debrief after each interview,
    • Negotiate salary and benefit packages,
    • Smooth the way into your new job through post-employment mentoring.
    Tip of the Arrow FoundationTip of the Arrow Foundation
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs - Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND)The United States Department of Veterans Affairs offers a variety of services and benefits to Veterans. See what you may qualify for:
    • Employment
      • Career Resources
      • Find a Job
      • VA Careers
    • Health
      • Health Care
      • How to Apply
      • Dental
      • Other VA Benefits
      • Non-Combat Conditions
    • Education
      • GI Bill
      • Find a School
    • Housing
      • Home Loans
      • Housing
    • Find Help
      • What is a Vet Center?
      • Substance Abuse
      • Stress & Mental Health Programs
    • Monetary Benefits
      • Life Insurance
      • Compensation & Pension
    • Women Veterans
      • Veterans Services
      • Womens Health
    • Disabilities
      • Prosthetics & Sensory Aids
      • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment
    OEF/OIF/OND combat Veterans can receive cost free medical care for any condition related to their service in the Iraq/Afghanistan theater for five years after the date of their discharge or release.
    United States Department of Veterans AffairsUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - Coaching into Carethe Veterans Health Administration's Coaching into Care provides a free and confidential coaching service to help callers discover new ways to support their Military Members with a goal of getting them into Mental Health treatment or learn of other resources to resolve issues. The Families of Soldiers and Veterans now have a chance to receive assistance and on-going follow-up with a Life Coach from the VA. Coaching Into Care is aimed to show the Family Member how to support their Military Member, with regular one-on-one ‘life coaching’ via phone, which provides the skills of communication, education, navigating the VA system, treatment options, how to positively deal with a Military Member’s resistance to treatment; use of web-based video training to understand causes and find solutions.United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration - MIRECC and CoEUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - HJ Heinz Campus: Monthly Discussion Group for OEF/OIF/OND VeteransVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System HJ Heinz Campus' Monthly Discussion Group for OEF/OIF/OND Veterans offers veterans an opportunity to discuss, in a group setting, their service, their return home and their way forward.AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn ProgramVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Program provides priority health care and benefit assistance to veterans even if they are on active duty or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserve. OEF/OIF/OND assures that returning combat veterans experience a seamless transition from the Department of Defense (DoD) to VAPHS. This includes coordination with a wide range of VAPHS clinics and programs including medical, surgical, behavioral and outreach services. The OEF/OIF/OND program provides social work case management for seriously injured and/or polytrauma veterans, in addition to veterans wishing to voluntarily participate in case management services. Case management is provided to assist the veteran in navigating the various VAPHS programs and community resources. A transition patient advocate will assist service members transitioning to veteran status engage in and navigate VA health care, serving as an advocate and resource for veterans in the OEF/OIF/OND clinic. AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
    Veterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System - University Drive Campus: Behavioral Health ServicesVA Pittsburgh Healthcare System offers inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care in the Consolidation Building at University Drive. Inpatient units provide a multidisciplinary approach with medicine, psychiatry, nursing and social work services. This treatment team meets daily to discuss new needs, presenting barriers to treatments, medication changes and the treatment plan. Individual time is spent with each veteran specific to each discipline. During time on the acute impatient units, a veteran will receive treatment that is diagnosis specific. Mood disorders, anxiety and co-occurring substance abuse are treated on the 4th floor, which specializes in the recovery model. The 5th floor focuses on schizophrenia and thought disorders. While on the units, veterans benefit from various modalities of treatment such as group programming and specialized interventions from psychology and nursing teams. Workbooks are provided for recovery-focused care pertaining to drug and alcohol and other specific diagnoses. Social work assists as part of the treatment team, facilitating appropriate care plans, brokering between programs, assisting with therapeutic goals and arranging appropriate level of care and follow up. Social work assists with drug and alcohol evaluations, family interventions, community and VA referrals for programming. Social work often interacts with other VA facilities in VISN-4 in order to determine appropriate in home services and programming that may be able to meet a veteran’s specific needs. On occasion, veterans may require longer term care. Those veterans are referred to the 3rd floor for extended psychiatric treatment. Veterans discharge from the inpatient units to many levels of care, some of which are home, residential programming, drug and alcohol treatment centers, nursing homes, and group or personal care home living. Behavioral health services at VA Pittsburgh include:
    • Psychiatry,
    • Psychology,
    • In-patient Psychiatric Unit,
    • Homeless Veterans Services,
    • Treatment for Addictive Disorders, including residential rehabilitation treatment programs.
    Treatment addresses the following:
    • depression, sadness, grief,
    • anxiety, worry, nervousness,
    • addictive behaviors,
    • relationship problems,
    • stress from medical problems and/or pain,
    • post-traumatic stress disorder and combat related stress disorder,
    • emotional problems, such as managing anger,
    • vocational issues,
    • troublesome thoughts or ideas,
    • confused thinking,
    • aggressive or self-harming behaviors,
    • memory problems.
    Some related services, such as the psychiatric residential rehabilitation treatment program, and OIF/OEF/OND services are located at the H.J. Heinz campus in Aspinwall.
    AlleghenyVeterans Health Administration, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare SystemUnited States Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration

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