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Housing Assistance for Baltimore County Veterans

Help for homeless Veterans in Baltimore County through the HUD-VASH program.

Homefront - Our Turn to Serve - Expanded Services for Veterans

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Drop off used cell phones at Baltimore County Public Libraries, Police Precincts or any county government office building. Donated cell phones are tax deductible. If needed, please use the following link to print a donation reciept. Donation Receipt form (PDF)

 

 Benefits

 

  • Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities
    Information for disabled veterans including how to obtain handicapped tags and a reserved residential parking space, exemptions from Metropolitan District fees and property taxes, how to find funding assistance for home modifications and more. Contact the Commission on Disabilities Office Monday - Friday from 8:30 - 4:30 at 410-887-3580 or TTY at 410-887-2799.

 

  • Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents
    Read online or download and print a copy of the current benefits booklet from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Also available in Spanish.
     

  • Maryland's Commitment to Veterans (MCV) Hotline 1-877-770-4801
    Need help but not sure where to turn or who to contact? Call the MCV toll free number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Callers are connected to a Regional Resource Coordinator (RRC) and once a veteran or family member is linked to an RRC, they will always speak to the same person on any subsequent calls. The RRC will work to find the appropriate resources and organizations which can best meet the veteran's needs.

 

  • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
    Assisting Maryland veterans and their eligible dependents in acquiring various benefits. Also includes information about state veterans cemeteries, veterans memorials located in Maryland, the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home assisted living and long-term care facility, and legislation affecting veterans. 

 

 

  • MilitaryBenefits.com
    Complete subject guide to information on all benefits available for active duty service members, reservists, National Guard members, returning veterans and military retirees. Search for benefits by military status or by type of benefit.

 

  • Returning Service Members - OEF/OIF
    From the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for service members of Operations Enduring Freedom/Iraqi Freedom. Includes information on compensation and pensions with online applications for benefits. Also information on health care, tuition and transitional assistance for active duty and reserve members.

 

 

 Education and Training

 

 

 

  • GI Bill
    Also called the Montgomery GI Bill. Search for VA approved programs of education including colleges, licensing and certification granting providers and national testing providers. Download forms, check the status of your claim or find the most current GI Bill rates at the United States Department of Veterans Affairs web site.

 

  • Goucher College
    Provides basic information about financial aid for veterans, also lists phone number for help with specific financial aid questions.

 

  • Loyola University Veterans Information
    Includes detailed registration and financial aid information for veterans seeking to earn a college degree. Also contains links to the Veteran's Benefits Registration Form and the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) web site.

 

 

 

  • Maryland Higher Education Commission
    The Veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Conflicts Scholarship Program is designed to provide financial assistance for college tuition.  In order to be eligible, Veterans must file a FAFSA form by March 1 of each year.

 

 

 

  • Towson University (TU) Veterans Information
    The TU Veterans Affairs Office functions primarily to assist veterans in registering for college courses and to certify their enrollment to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Site provides specific registration information and TU Veterans Affairs Office contact information. Towson University now offers Thank You Grant to active duty and veterans of the military.

 

 

  • University of Maryland College Park (UMCP)
    UMCP site offers information of interest to Veterans about everything from how to register for classes, to campus life, campus employment, and how military call-ups affect UMCP students.

 

 Employment

 

   Baltimore County Government

   Veterans Wanted -
   Ask about hiring preferences for veterans!

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • ESGR: Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
    Organization assisting in preventing, resolving, or reducing employer and/or employee problems and misunderstandings that result from National Guard or Reserve membership, training, or duty requirements through information services and informal mediation.

 

  • e-VETS Resource Advisor
    Designed to assist veterans preparing to enter the job market. Based on your personal profile and/or the various services you select, the e-VETS Resource Advisor will provide a list of Web site links most relevant to your specific needs and interests.

 

  • Helmets to Hardhats
    Employment opportunities in building and construction fields for transitioning veterans.

 

 

 

  • Maryland Troops to Teachers
    The Troops to Teachers (TTT) program enriches the quality of American education by assisting veterans in pursuing careers in education; providing counseling, financial and placement assistance.

 

  • REALifelines
    Helps wounded and injured service members and veterans access online resources and contact information for one-on-one employment assistance to help them transition into the civilian workforce. From the U.S. Department of Labor.

 

  • Recruit Military
    A full service military-to-civilian recruiting program that matches military personnel to positions within corporate America.
     

 

 Families - General

 

 

 

  • Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources
    Baltimore County Public Library
    Your link to community organizations that can help you with decisions involving important issues such as counseling, legal rights, a new job, child care, or pregnancy.

 

 Families - Military

 

  • Blue Star Mothers
    Started by a group of mothers who currently have, or have had, children serving in the military. This non-profit service organization seeks to support its members and their children while promoting patriotism.

 

 

 

  • National Society of Military Widows
    Non-profit organization that serves the interests of women whose husbands have died from service connected illnesses while on active duty, during disability or regular retirement from the armed forces.

 

  • Partners In Care [PDF]
    An initiative of the Maryland National Guard Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ-MD) Chaplain's Office with the purpose of coordinating support for Maryland National Guard (MDNG) members and families through partnership with local faith communities. Services include counseling, referrals, child care, child and teen education and mentoring, transportation, and emergency assistance.

 

 

 Health and Health Care

 

  • Baltimore County Department of Health

    Provides locations of health centers and substance abuse treatment programs in Baltimore County. Includes information about Health Department programs and services, as well as links to important information about your health from other sources.

 

 

  • Brain Injury Association of Maryland
    Maryland affiliate of the national organization, the Brain Injury Association of America, dedicated to promoting brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
     

  • Disabled American Veterans
    Congressionally chartered organization that provides free services to disabled veterans, their families and survivors.
     

  • Military Vaccine Resource Directory
    Information on the military's mandatory bioterrorism vaccines, including the anthrax and lariam (mefloquine) vaccines.
     

  • National Gulf War Resource Center, Inc. (NGWRC)
    Contains information for sufferers of Gulf War Syndrome.
     

  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Initiative
    Information about the state's initiatives and services for individuals with TBI from the Maryland's Mental Hygiene Administration (MHA). For additional information about the State's TBI initiatives, contact MHA's Office of Adult Services at 410-402-8476.
     

  • Tricare: Military Health System
    Official information on military health care from the Department of Defense. Provides details on health services, benefits and general health information for active duty and retired military personnel.
     

  • VA Maryland Health Care System
    For Maryland returning veterans needing assistance receiving health care or navigating the various services available through the VA.
     

  • Women Veterans Health Care
    The Veterans Health Administration provides information specifically addressing health issues of eligible women veterans.
     

  • Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
    National Hotline: 1-800-984-8523
    The US Army hotline's call center offers wounded and injured Soldiers and family members help in resolving Soldier's medical issues. Also relays these issues directly to senior Army leadership for the purpose of improving how the Army serves the medical needs of Soldiers and their families.
     

  • Wounded Warrior Project
    Assists severely wounded veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

 

 Housing

 

 

 Legal Resources

 

  • Baltimore County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
    Provides the client with initial legal consultation for a nominal fee then matches clients with specific needs to qualified lawyers.
     

  • Maryland Defense Force
    Provides Maryland National Guard members and their families with legal assistance, including the preparation of wills and powers-of-attorney.
     

  • Maryland Legal Services Corporation
    Lists Maryland agencies that provide pro bono and reduced cost legal services to low income families in cases of domestic violence, child custody, family law, housing and landlord/tenant matters, wills, disability law, elder law, and other legal matters.
     

  • Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
    Provides Maryland residents free or reduced fee representation to low-income individuals and non-profit organizations who have civil legal problems.
     

  • National Veterans Legal Services Program
    Provides legal representation to Veterans and their dependents in seeking and securing benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
     

  • People's Law Library
    Self-help information on law and legal matters in Maryland.

 

 Mental Health

 

  • Baltimore County Emergency Mental Health System
    Crisis / Suicide Hotline: 410-931-2214
    24-hours, 7 days a week, hotline available to help citizens, care providers and emergency response personnel find appropriate resources for those in need of emergency mental health services or crisis / suicide prevention. Provides telephone triage and linkage to treatment programs, in-Home Intervention Team, Urgent Care Clinic or Mobile Crisis Team (MCT). Mobile Crisis Teams are comprised of mental health clincians and plain clothed police officers and are available from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., seven days a week throughout Baltimore County.
     

  • Baltimore County Department of Health, Bureau of Mental Health
    Information on adult, child, adolescent and geriatric services, outpatient clinics, case management, after-school programs, mobile crisis team, homeless support services, psychiatric emergency services, mental health resources for the uninsured, rehabilitation and residential treatment programs.
     

  • Maryland Vet Centers
    Vet Centers provide readjustment, marriage and substance abuse counseling to all veterans who served in any combat zone. Services are also available for veteran's family members and all services are provided at no cost. For more information about Vet Centers or to find the Vet Center near you, see the Vet Center home page.
     

  • National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    Part of the Veterans Affairs health care system created to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America's veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
     

  • National Alliance on Mental Issues (NAMI) Veterans Resource Center
    Providing resources for veterans and active duty military members, as well as their families, friends, and advocates. Includes links to information about mental health issues and how to find support services.
     

  • National Institute of Mental Health
    Information on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
     

  • Pro Bono Counseling Project
    A volunteer network of local social workers, psychologists, professional counselors, psychiatric advanced practice nurses and psychiatrists serving low income people who have neither health insurance nor the means to pay for counseling. A licensed clinician screens prospective patients and links them to appropriate services. Information and referrals are provided free of charge.
     

  • Self Assessment for Veterans
    Military Pathways web site providing anonymous self-assessment screenings designed specifically for veterans. The screening will help you determine if you have symptoms that are consistent with a condition or concern that would benefit from further evaluation or treatment. However, it will not provide a conclusive diagnosis. It will also give you guidance as to where you might seek assistance.
     

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Resources
    Information and services for veterans with substance abuse and/or metal health issues from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
     

  • VA Maryland Health Care System (VAMHCS)
    VAMHCS offers the Returning Veterans Outreach Education and Care (RVOEC) program to provide early detection and intervention for post deployment mental health issues in OIF/OEF veterans. Inpatient and outpatient facilities are located throughout Maryland including Baltimore VA, Perry Point VA, Loch Raven clinic and Glen Burnie clinic.
     

  • Veterans' Hotline
    1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    A national suicide prevention hotline for veterans in emotional crisis offering free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. Call the Lifeline number at, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press "1" to be connected to the Veterans Hotline counselors. Provided by The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

 

 Multi-Service Organizations 

 

  • Alliance
    Serving Veterans with very low-income in the Baltimore area who recently became homeless or who are on the verge of becoming homeless. Through the All-Vets HOAM project, Alliance-Veterans Housing Outreach and Assistance provides Veterans with linkages to housing resources, financial assistance to secure permanent housing and case management.
     

  • American Legion
    National Hotline: 1-800-504-4098
    Community service organization providing veterans and their families with support and assistance.
     

  • Baltimore Station
    A non-profit agency providing self-help programs in a residential setting to support men who are transitioning from the cycle of poverty, substance abuse and homelessness to self-sufficiency.
     

  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
    IAVA's mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families.
     

  • Maryland Center for Veterans Education and Training (MCVET)
    A non-profit organization established to provide veterans with comprehensive housing and supportive services including emergency or transitional housing, health care, education, vocational training and employment programs
     

  • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs
    Information and resources to help military personnel, their dependents and survivors obtain all entitlements under state and federal law.
     

  • National Veterans Foundation
    National hotline: 1-800-777-4443
    A non-profit organization offering emotional support and information about veteran services and resources available in your community and throughout the United States.
     

  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
    Provides information about a wide range of veteran benefits including health care, education, home loans, life insurance, memorial services, and pensions for veterans.
     

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
    An organization whose mission is to ensure that veterans and active duty service members are provided with all services and benefits they have earned.
     

  • Vietnam Veterans of America
    The only nationally chartered Vietnam veterans organization. This non-profit organization extends services to all areas of veterans' care.
     

  • Way Station
    Private, non-profit organization providing Veterans a broad range of services in a variety of settings including job training, employment referrals, assistance in locating support services for counseling, mental health or substance abuse issues, housing needs, and help with health and VA related issues.

 

 Seniors

 

 

 Service Directories and Resource Locators

 

  • American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide [PDF]e
    A through manual detailing benefits and resources. Includes information about legal and health services, job assistance and women's issues as well as step-by-step directions for navigating the bureaucracies that serve veterans, active-duty service members, National Guard members, reservists, and their families.
     

  • Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
    Provided by the Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, this website allows you to view a list of all VSOs or use the search feature to find a particular service or organization.
     

  • Network of Care
    Search your area’s comprehensive directory to find services for veterans; service members; family members; active-duty personnel; and reservists.  Find information about programs or facilities related to veteran's housing, employment, reintegration, education or behavioral health.
     

  • National Resource Directory (NRD)
    A searchable database of resources and services for veterans, wounded, ill or injured service members, their family members, and caregivers. Provides federal, state and community resources, along with useful checklists, FAQs, and links to peer support groups
     

 Small Business Resources

 

  • Baltimore County Small Business Resource Center (SBRC)
    Baltimore County Department of Economic Development
    Offers new and existing businesses assistance with technical, financial and marketing issues free of charge. Services provided are outlined on the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC) web site.
     

  • Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs Business Assistance Programs
    MDVA provides a list of state programs and loans designed to help Veterans who are Maryland residents and want to start a small business.
     

  • Resource Directory for the Small Business Owner in Baltimore County
    Baltimore County Public Library
    Information and resources on opening and running a small business including legal requirements, small business counseling and assistance.
     

  • Vet Biz
    United States Department of Veterans Affairs
    Web site designed to assist Veterans wanting to start or expand their own business. Includes information about business assistance programs, business coaching, networking and more.

 

 

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