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Cash Money Life
In all of the interviews I've conducted with military veterans, personal finances is one of the most often cited challenges. In BTU #61, Ryan Guina talked about his work with Cash Money Life as well as his other site, The Military Wallet.

Cash Money Life is a personal finance, small business, and career journal, with daily articles about a myriad of financial, small business, and career topics, timeless tutorials, current events, product reviews, and more. This blog has served as both a learning experience and a venue to share my thoughts and views with others. I am not a professional financial planner, but I am positive you will find a lot of useful information in these pages.

In the news: Cash Money Life has been featured in popular websites such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, MSN Money, Yahoo! Finance,, and more. Cash Money Life is consistently ranked in Wise Bread’s ranking of the Top 100 Personal Finance Blogs.
Guide-On is a professional resume builder for service members and Veterans. I interview Anthony Garcia, Guide-On's founder, in BTU #64 - he has an incredible story about starting this great resource for veterans. It is very simple for a member of the Armed Forces to quickly generate a professional resume based on their military experience. This is a major pain point that comes up in many of my interviews, and is a resource every veteran should consider. It is absolutely free.
Hire Heroes USA
A 501c3 nonprofit organization that empowers U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses to succeed in the workforce.

Our technique is simple: provide employment workshops, personalized career coaching and job sourcing, then watch clients find great jobs. There really isn’t any mystery to what we do – it just takes a lot of hard work and an unshakeable belief in our clients’ potential. If there is a “secret sauce,” it’s our personal approach. Whether at our signature employment workshops or through virtual career coaching, clients are partnered one-on-one with an expert Transition Specialist, who works collaboratively to:

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Create a tailored civilian resume that effectively highlights skills and achievements
Translate military experience into civilian terminology
Learn effective job search, networking and interviewing techniques
Get connected with companies who want to hire veterans and military spouses
Does it sound like our program is right for you? Our services are available to all transitioning U.S. military members and honorably-discharged U.S. veterans, regardless of separation date and term of service. We work with military spouses, too. Whether you are looking for full-time or part-time work, internships, or training opportunities, Hire Heroes USA will help you meet or exceed those goals.
NUPOCC | The Power Conference
Although NUPOCC is primarily aimed at Nuclear Power trained veterans, they have helped many veterans of all backgrounds at their career fair. In BTU #55 Ashley Snyder talked about her transition from the Air Force to Google at NUPOCC. In BTU #72, NUPOCC's founder, Michael Bradley, talked about the wide range of companies including Google, Facebook, JP Morgan and more that attend their events. It's an exceptional career fair for veterans to check out.
The Military Wallet
In all of the interviews I've conducted with military veterans, personal finances is one of the most often cited challenges. In BTU #61, Ryan Guina talked about his work with The Military Wallet as well as his other site, Cash Money Life.

The Military Wallet is a personal finance and benefits website for military members, veterans and their families. Our goal is to help the military community better manage money and understand the variety of programs and benefits available to them.

Our podcast is featured on iTunes, Stitcher, and other locations. Our podcasts typically feature in-depth discussions on military and veterans benefits, including those on retirement, health care, education benefits, Guard and Reserve topics, and more. Each podcast is accompanied on our site with a full length article – giving you a resource you can come to in print and audio. You can learn more here: The Military Wallet Podcast.

In the news: The Military Wallet has been featured in, Stars & Stripes, USAA,, CNN Money, Forbes, US News & World Report, Fox Business & Fox News, Time Magazine, Yahoo! Finance, and a variety of other websites.
The Travis Manion Foundation
The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) empowers veterans and the families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations.

Growing up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Travis Manion was known for his strong leadership qualities, athleticism and academic achievement.

Upon graduation from the United States Naval Academy, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and was awarded a commission into the United States Marine Corps. After finishing at the top of his class at The Basic School in Quantico, VA, Travis was assigned to 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, Calif with whom he deployed to Iraq for his first tour of duty.

In 2006, Travis was selected, as an experienced Iraq War veteran from 1st Recon Battalion, to become a part of a military transition team (MiTT) with 10 other Marines that would train and partner with an Iraqi Army Battalion in Fallujah, Iraq.

On April 29, 2007, 1st Lt. Travis Manion, his fellow Marines and Iraqi Army counterparts were ambushed while searching a suspected insurgent house in the Al Anbar province of Iraq. Leading the counterattack against the enemy forces, Travis was fatally wounded by an enemy sniper while aiding and drawing fire away from his wounded teammates.

Travis Manion made the ultimate sacrifice that day. His selfless actions allowed every member of his patrol to survive.

For his actions, Travis was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star with Valor. His legacy continues to grow through the work of TMF, inspiring people to live with character and make an impact by serving others.

We can all remember Travis by carrying on the values that defined his life.
The Veterans Yoga Project
Veterans Yoga Project is an educational and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of military veterans.

Working in partnership with veterans, active-duty military personnel, student veterans’ organizations, and other non-profit organizations, VYP-trained instructors teach over 100 free yoga classes each week for veterans and their families. By providing support to all veterans, whether they are currently struggling with severe symptoms, or they are focused on increasing resilience and giving back to others, Veterans Yoga Project is doing its part to serve those who have served.
Veterans Yoga Project teaches self-regulation skills. Our Mindful Resilience/Mindful Yoga Therapy program consists of five tools: Breath, Meditation, Mindful Movement, Guided Rest, and Gratitude. These practices are adapted and delivered to maximize their ability to undo the nervous system dysfunctions that underlie symptoms of stress-related conditions.

Veterans Yoga Project creates opportunities for healing through multi-day retreats. These retreats clear the time and space necessary to release the traumatic imprints that negatively influence our lives and create new habits that are more aligned with our values and goals.

Veterans Yoga Project provides advanced training in Mindful Resilience for yoga teachers and healthcare professionals. Our training programs provide yoga teachers and other healthcare professionals with the skills to safely and effectively use yoga as a complementary therapy in clinical and community settings.
For many veterans, I would advise rotational programs over traditional graduate school. For a short amount of time, you can shift through an organization and start understanding the different functional areas that exist within an industry.

Tradecraft is a start-up prep course. If you are interested in tech, this option could be better for you than an MBA. Tradecraft is a 12-week tech immersion program. They have tracks that include sales, business, development, and user experience. The reason why I think this can be a better option than an MBA is that since it is only 12 weeks, there is much less of an opportunity cost. The price tag is also much lower than an MBA. Also, if you know you want to go into start-ups, this can be a much more targeted approach.
Alliance International
An unparalleled approach to career transition from a firm dedicated to respect, fairness, and loyalty to all parties. Our team brings matchless preparation and support to top-performing military talent driven for a successful business career. Lifetime relationships and support extend farther with Alliance than anywhere else.
Amazon Web Service veteran training program
Offers free training to transitioning veterans through part of Joining Forces pledge (note: I have not verified this or known anyone that has used the training)
American Corporate Partnership
ACP offers one year of mentorship for all veterans. They pair you with a successful business person who works in an industry or in a functional role that interests you. Over the course of the year, you meet at least monthly to discuss your career. In my interview with Hank Hughes (BTU #62 ) he talks about how - through ACP - he was paired with legendary directory, George Lucas. Hank went on to be nominated for an Academy Award.
American Dream University
ADU is dedicated to helping veterans in their transition to achieve success in their next career. They do this by in person and online courses and speeches and offer it all for free
Aurora Foundation
The Aurora Foundation gives aid to colleges and universities to help veterans graduate from college and enter the workforce. We envision this as a transition from “Boots to Books to Business.” Our programs and partnerships are structured under each phase of this transition, working with others who support our military men and women as well as those in higher education dedicated to providing a veteran-friendly campus and resources that enable veteran students to succeed.
Boots to Business
2 day course on entreprneurship sponsored by local SBA
Boots Up
Organization that seeks to tailor services to what individual veterans need as the transition
Bradley Morris
Military recruiting firm
Transitioing program helping veterans land roles at top companies (tech and finance). Introduces vets to business leaders, teaches them business knowledge, and lets them work on real business problems to help them build their brand
Bunker Labs
Bunker Labs is a national not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization built by military veteran entrepreneurs to empower other military veterans as leaders in innovation. Through local chapters organized in 12 different cities, Bunker Labs provides educational programming, mentors, events, and thriving local networks to help military veterans start and grow businesses.

We work to inspire, educate, and connect veterans with the right people and the right resources to be successful as entrepreneurs and as innovators. Additionally our online platform, Bunker in a Box, gives active duty and veterans worldwide access to entrepreneurship education, complete with dozens of interviews with military veterans who have successfully started a diverse array of businesses.
Cameron Brooks
Military recruiting firm focusing on JMOs
Code Platoon
Code Platoon is a 501(c)3 non-profit that helps veterans transition into the civilian workforce by providing technical training and career placement. For 16 weeks the students are immersed in learning the full Ruby on Rails stack. After completing the program veterans will be eligible for an internship. Any veteran is eligible to apply for their program and, if accepted, are eligible for up to $10,500 in scholarships to pay for the $13,000 course.
Combat to Corporate
LinkedIn Group dedicated to helping veterans succeed in business
Commit Foundation
Non-Profit devoted to high-impact services for transitioning vets and educating industries on veteran abilities
Course Report (List of Coding Academies that accept the GI Bill)
Many bootcamps offer scholarships to veterans, listed here
1 free certificate and 20 veteran-facilitated learning hubs across the country
Dan Evans
Transitioned marine, social media expert, and blogger helping vets through stories of successful vets, including through his podcast (Military Entrepreneur Show)