Big ideas usa

Veteran Support & Outreach

Watch a message from our Veteran Outreach Coordinator:
Chris Montgomery

We Support & Honor our Troops

We salute, and support veterans in their next steps to civilian life! 

We recognize that veterans have unique leadership and organizational skills gained during their service. We also know that they are hard-working, dependable, attentive to detail, and adaptable. These are ideal attributes for an individual who will excel in skilled trade careers. However, it is not always obvious nor easy to know which trade (or which path within a trade) provides the best fit for each person.  Understanding this challenge, we offer introductory courses that allow individual trade exploration without monumental time nor financial investment. After finding the trade of their choice, not only will veterans be able to use the skills earned through their service, but they will be challenged with purposeful work that fulfills an important need! 

We are establishing collaborations with organizations such as the VA, DVA, USO and other veterans groups to best serve this mission. 

Veteran Friendly Links

Find your county Veteran Service Officer. Your county veteran service officer can be a wealth of knowledge for transitioning vets. They can do everything from helping you acquire your DD-214 to applying for veteran grants. Contact your county VSO today!

The document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member’s retirement, separation, or discharge from active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States.

Registered Apprenticeship Employer and Training Programs in Minnesota

Veteran friendly charitable organizations in Minnesota

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a U.S. law that provides benefits to military veterans who have taken part in active duty service after Sept. 10, 2001. To be eligible for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, an applicant must have served for at least 90 days and still be on active duty or been honorably discharged or discharged for a disability related to serving. The bill was passed into law in 2008.

Sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program, provides services to eligible Service members and veterans with service-connected disabilities to help them prepare for, obtain, and maintain suitable employment or achieve independence in daily living.

Try out the skills translator to know how your military experience carries over to civilian life.

The Transition Assistance Program (TAP) provides information, resources, and tools to service members and their loved ones to help prepare for the move from military to civilian life. Service members usually begin this process 1 year prior to separation. 2 years if you are retiring.