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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

Louisiana Resources

 

The following organizations and programs offer resources to Louisiana’s veterans to help make their transition back into civilian life less challenging.

Transition Needs Survey – 2014 Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation Veterans Transition Needs Study in collaboration with the La. Dept. of Veteran Affairs

American Legion, Department of Louisiana / State resources for the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization /http://www.lalegion.org/

Bastion Community of Resilience / A neighborhood intentionally designed for Louisiana’s returning warriors and families. http://joinbastion.org/ 1-888-737-5577 / Dylan Tete / (504) 237-2321 / dylan@joinbastion.org

Entergy / Military-Friendly Employer / Employing thousands of veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces across our business / Contact: Roger C. Kitchens rkitche@entergy.com

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve / D.O.D. initiative promoting cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and National Guard & Reserve employees. / Frank Huff / 318-290-5246

Geaux Seven Blue Star Moms / Provides support for active duty service personnel, promotes patriotism, and assist Veterans organizations in Central.bsmomla@hotmail.com

Heroes on the Water / To help warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. / Louisiana@heroesonthewater.org / Paul Tullier / 985-630-7116

Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation / Assisting returning veterans in achieving successful readmission into civilian life by easing the “transition home.” Also helping to establish Louisiana’s Homegrown by Heroes program for veteran farmers. / Jaye Townsend / jayetownsend@gmail.com

Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs / To provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s Veterans and their families with regard to health care, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors.http://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/ / Alex Juan, Media Contact / Alex.Juan@la.gov / John Nolan, Outreach / John.Nolan@la.gov /

LSU Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities / Dedicated to teaching veterans the entrepreneurial skills they need to start their own businesses. / 225-578-0313 / jamesdavis@lsu.edu

Louisiana Workforce Commission Veterans Program / Veteran services provides employment assistance and training opportunities to Veterans and other eligible persons. /http://www.laworks.net/WorkforceDev/VeteransServices/Vet_Main.asp / Scottie J. LeBlanc, Veterans Program Coordinator / (225)342-7664 /sleblanc@lwc.la.gov

Magnolia Care Center / The only licensed private Veteran’s home in the State of Louisiana. Located in Baton Rouge / Byron Comeaux, American LegionBcome10384@aol.com

National Resource Conservation Service / NRCS conservation programs for veterans including financial and technical assistance. / Dexter Sapp /(318)473-7688 dexter.sapp@la.usda.gov / http://www.la.nrcs.usda.gov

Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System / V.A. healthcare facility located at 1601 Perdido Street New Orleans, LA 70112 /800-935-8387 /http://www.neworleans.va.gov

Team Red, White & Blue / Social community connecting civilians and veterans in Lafayette / bryan.allen@teamrwb.org

Troops to Teachers / A national program funded by the Department of Defense that assists military soldiers and their spouses to transition into teaching at the K-12 public schools. / http://www.laartroopstoteachers.com / Brittany Watkins / brittany.watkins@laartroopstoteachers.com

U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency / FSA administers farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, and other available resources. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov.

U.S.D.A. Rural Development / http://www.rd.usda.gov/la Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America through loans and technical assistance. Clarence Hawkins, State Director / (318) 473-7920

Veteran Peer Support / Veteran to veteran social network connecting with soldiers in the Lafayette area before they deploy. / Vpsp.hq@gmail.com

Women Veterans of Louisiana / The oldest Louisiana women veterans group in existence comprised of women from all branches of service and those who have served since WWII. womenveteransoflouisiana@gmail.com

Wounded War Heroes / Louisiana-based hunting & fishing social club for veterans http://woundedwarheroes.org / Mike Chesne /mike@woundedwarheroes.org

The Mission Continues / The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. /missioncontinues.org

Soldier for Life / Online home for retired soldiers featuring map of resources in your area of the state. / https://soldierforlife.army.mil/

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) / Caring for the families of fallen soldiers. / http://www.taps.org

Fort Polk Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program / Tami Culbreath, Transition Services Manager /(337) 531-4621/1591 / Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/FortPolkSFLTAP/

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