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Resources For Veterans In North Dakota

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There are plenty of programs and benefits available to aid our veterans in their personal and business lives and we at Fargo INC! think they deserve to know what they are. That’s why we put together an incomplete veterans resource guide.


North Dakota Society for Human Resource Management State Council

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The SHRM Foundation’s Veterans at Work Certificate, developed for HR professionals, hiring managers and front-line supervisors, is a multi-faceted program from the SHRM Foundation. Through this certificate program, you will:

  • Learn the value that skilled veterans bring to the civilian workplace.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to attract, hire and retain these talented professionals
  • Earn 10 professional development credits toward your SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP recertification.

Fargo Vet Center

Vet Centers are the people in VA who welcome home war veterans with honor by providing quality readjustment counseling in a caring manner. Vet Centers understand and appreciate Veterans’ war experiences while assisting them and their family members toward a successful post-war adjustment in or near their community.

  • Individuals and group counseling for Veterans and their families.
  • Family counseling for military-related issues.
  • Bereavement counseling for families who experience an active duty death.
  • Military sexual trauma counseling and referral.
  • Outreach and education, including PDHRA, community events, etc..
  • Substance abuse assessment and referral.
  • Employment assessment and referral.
  • VBA benefits explanation and referral.
  • Screening and referral for medical issues, including TBI, depression, etc.

The Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber Of Commerce

The Chamber’s Military Affairs committee is on a mission to foster a community of support for the men and women of our military and the missions they carry out on our behalf. To recognize these courageous individuals, the committee will plan activities to raise awareness in the community for the work that they do and provide opportunities for the community to thank them for their outstanding accomplishments.

ACP

ACP’s free Mentoring Program connects post-9/11 veterans (Protégés) with corporate professionals (Mentors) for customized mentorships. ACP assists veterans on their path towards fulfilling, long-term careers, whether the veteran is job searching or newly employed.

Typical mentorship goals include:

  • Résumé review and interview preparation
  • Career exploration and understanding job opportunities
  • Career advancement once a position is obtained
  • Work-life balance
  • Networking
  • Small business development
  • Leadership and professional communication

FM Area Foundation

The FM Area Foundation has a Clay/Cass Veterans Assistance Fund that was created in 2009 to provide emergency assistance to veterans. The fund was created by the Clay County Veteran’s Service Office who saw a need. Donations to the fund come from veterans groups, individual veterans, businesses and community members. The fund assists veterans in our community who have fallen on very difficult times. It helps fill a gap before federal or state assistance is available. The donations are often used to help pay bills, purchase visa gift cards and provide other immediate needs for veterans in our region.

National Veteran-Owned Business Association

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NaVOBA is an independent nonprofit organization governed and led by Corporate America. NaVOBA’s mission is to create corporate contracting opportunities for America’s Veteran’s and Service-Disabled Veteran’s Business Enterprises (VBEs/SDVBEs) through certification, advocacy, outreach, recognition and education.

DOD SkillBridge

The DoD SkillBridge program is an opportunity for service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships or internships during the last 180 days of service.

Veterans Educational Training

Available to honorably discharged North Dakota veterans, VET is a free program of study funded by the state of North Dakota to prepare you for a certification program, two-year or four-year college degree. The program provides refresher training, as well as training in English, computers, math and study skills.

Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation

The Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation was founded in 2015 to honor the legacy of Brady Oberg, an Army veteran who lost his life to suicide as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The Foundation was founded to raise awareness for combat PTSD and create a community of veterans who get together and support each other. The foundation helps to organize various events for veterans to get together and do what they love, like going to fitness classes, hunting expeditions, participating in a motorcycle ride events and embarking on their annual Brady’s Border 2 Border Ruck March. Thanks to donations, every single event that they put on is free to veterans. 


Veteran-Owned Business By The Numbers

2.52 Million – The number of businesses that are majority-owned by veterans.

9.1% – Veteran-owned firms represented 9.1 percent of all U.S. firms

The Top Six Industries For Veteran-Owned Firms Were:

  1. Professional, scientific and technical services – 16.6%
  2. Construction – 13.2%
  3. Other services – 11.8%
  4. Real estate – 8.6%
  5. Retail trade 8.1%
  6. Administrative and support services – 8.0%

Veteran Owned Business.com

The Veteran Owned Business Project is a comprehensive, user-friendly member network directory of small, medium and large businesses owned by veterans, service-disabled veterans (SDVOSBs / DVBEs) active duty military, reservists and military spouses released on Veteran’s Day 2008. Here you can also find a number of great resources for starting a veteran-owned business.

VBOC Of The Dakotas

und.edu/dakotasvboc/resources.html

Veterans, Service Members and Millitary Spouses

  • Bunker Labs – Bunker in a Box
  • Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP)
  • Military Spouse

Resource Partners

  • U.S. Small Business Development Association
  • Office of Veterans Business Development
  • SCORE – Service  Corps of Retired Executives
  • Women’s Business Centers
  • Small Business Development Centers
  • National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC)
  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Heroes

North Dakota Department Of Veterans Affairs

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The NDOVA’s mission is to assist veterans of North Dakota and their dependents in obtaining all benefits to which they are entitled, both federal and state, either by direct contact or through the assistance of County Veterans Service Officers, Tribal Veterans Service Officers or Nation Service Officers.

Here, you will find:

Healthcare

  • Behavioral & Mental Health
  • Commissioners Challenge On Suicide Prevention
  • Dental
  • Dreams for Veterans
  • Hardship Assistance Grant
  • Health Insurance
  • Hearing
  • ND Veterans Home
  • Optical
  • US Army Soldier For Life
  • VA Beneficiary Travel (Travel Pay)
  • Wounded Warrior/Disabled Veteran Resources

Financial

  • Compensation and Pension
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Disabled American Veteran License Plates
  • Dreams for Veterans
  • Financial Wellness
  • Food Assistance
  • Gold Star License Plates
  • Hardship Assistance Grant
  • Home Loan Guaranty
  • Life Insurance
  • Loan Programs
  • North Dakota Association for the Disabled
  • North Dakota National Guard Foundation
  • Social Security
  • Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program
  • Survivor and Military Assistance Programs
  • Tax Information
  • USDA Rural Repair and Rehabilitation Loans and Grants
  • Veterans Bonus
  • VFW Unmet Needs

Employment

  • Disabled Veterans Outreach Program
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Experience North Dakota
  • Job Announcements
  • Job Seeking Resources
  • Job Service North Dakota
  • Local Veterans Employment Representative Program
  • On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Programs
  • Unemployment Statistics
  • US Army Soldier For Life
  • Veterans Preference (Federal)
  • Veterans Preference (State)
  • Vocation Rehabilitation & Employment Service

Education & Training

  • Campus Vet Centers
  • GI Bill Information
  • ND College and University Certifying Officials
  • ND Dependent Tuition Waiver
  • No-College Degree Schools
  • On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Programs
  • Other Education Resources
  • PTSD Awareness Training
  • Spouse and Dependent Education and Scholarships
  • State Approving Agency
  • Student Complain Inquiry
  • US Army Soldier For Life
  • Veteran Scholarships
  • Veteran’s Educational Training
  • Veteran/Service Member Resident Status
  • Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service

NDOVA Entrepreneurship

  • North Dakota Small Business Administration
  • Business Financing
  • Veteran Business Ideas
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center
  • Business Development
    • Office of Veterans Business Development
    • Small Business Development Centers
  • Government Contracts
    • Procurement Technical Assistance Center
    • The VA Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization
    • Vets First Verification Program
  • Entrepreneurship Training
    • Boots to Business and Boots to Business Reboot
    • Riata Center for Entrepreneurship
    • University of Florida Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities
  • Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Companies To Work For

There are several national companies that offer great incentives for veterans and active military. If there are any local companies, please let us know by Tweeting us @FargoINCMag

Gate City Bank

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  • 100% of their company pay plus military pay while activated for any reason, including training, overseas deployments or special assignments.
  • Two weeks of paid time off for transitioning back to home and work after their activation.
  • Vacation accrual while on military leave.
  • Continuation of other company benefits such as health, long-term disability and life insurance.

US Bank

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  • Flexible hours.
  • Pay differential and benefits continuation to covered employees who are called to service for training or active duty deployment. 
  • Employees deploying for six months or longer receive two loaner iPads during their deployment so they can stay in touch with their families throughout their deployment. 
  • Support/Employment oppurtunites for spouses.

Verizon

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  • Employs over 10,000 veterans.
  • Pays reservists the full difference in pay for 36 months.
  • Offers military spouses the options of flex time, remote work and the potential to transfer to other locations.

Microsoft Software & Systems Academy

military.microsoft.com

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Provides transitioning service members and veterans with critical career skills required for today’s growing technology industry. Attend an 18-week (or two 9-week terms) training for high-demand careers in cloud development, cloud administration, cybersecurity administration or database and business intelligence administration. Program graduates have an opportunity to interview for a full-time job at Microsoft or one of their hiring partners.


Veteran Owned North Dakota Companies

To highlight the multitude of veteran-owned businesses in North Dakota, below is a list of all the businesses in our state registered with veteranownedbusiness.com. Learn more about these companies at veteranownedbusiness.com/nd

Alpha Team Heating Air Conditioning | Williston
Benson County Veterans Service Office | Minnewaukan
Bercier Construction | Rolla
Boisvert Sports Nutrition | Minot
Bottineau County Veterans Service Office | Bottineau
Bowman Area Chamber of Commerce | Bowman
Burke County Veterans Service Office | Bowbells
Cando Area Chamber of Commerce | Cando
Capital Holdings, LLC | Bismarck
Capital Trophy | Bismarck
Cavalier County Veterans Service Office | Langdon
DAV Devils Lake North Dakota Regan McLean #5 | Devils Lake
DAVA Dickinson North Dakota Unit #8 | Dickinson
Diamond 1 Stop | Lidgerwood
Dickey County Veterans Service Office | Oakes
Divide County Veterans Service Office | Crosby
Drug & Alcohol Testing Network | Bismarck
Dunn County Veterans Service Office | Dickinson
Emmons County Veterans Service Office | Linton
Endeavour Industries Inc. | Fargo
Fargo Snow and Ice Management | Fargo
Feist Computers | Bismarck
Foster County Veterans Service Office | Carrington
GISH Consulting | Fargo
Golden Valley County Veterans Service Office | Beach
Grand Forks County Veteran Service Office | Grand Forks
Grant County Veterans Service Office | Carson
Griggs County Veterans Service Office | Cooperstown
Hermanson Exterior Cleaning and Restoration | Casselton
Hettinger Area Chamber of Commerce | Hettinger
Innovative Basement Systems | Fargo
Integron Health, LLC | West Fargo
Kidder County Veterans Service Office | Steele
LaMoure County Veterans Service Office | LaMoure
McHenry County Veterans Service Office | Towner
McIntosh County Veterans Service Office | Wishek
Mercer County Veterans Service Office | Stanton
Mid-America Inspection Services, LLC | Fargo
Morton County Veterans Service Office | Mandan
Mountrail County Veterans Service Office | Stanley
Nelson County Veterans Service Office | Lakota
North Dakota Procurement Technical Assistance Center | Fargo
Oh Dark Thirty Designs | Watford City
Oliver County Veterans Service Office | Center
Outlaw Concrete and Landscaping | Grand Forks
Pembina County Veterans Service Office | Cavalier
Pullen Construction Services | Wahpeton
Reli Trucking, LLC | Williston
Renville County Veterans Service Office | Mohall
Sandberg Tech of North Dakota, LLC | Devils Lake
Sargent County Veterans Service Office | Forman
Sheridan County Veterans Service Office | Denhoff
Sioux County Veterans Service Office | Fort Yates
Slope County Veterans Service Office | Amidon
Steele County Veterans Service Office | Finley
Stutsman County Veterans Service Office | Jamestown
TaTu BBQ | Dickinson
The Sports Shop | Minot 
Too Dark Motorsports | Minot
Traill County Veterans Service Office | Hillsboro
Tri State Home Inspection | Fargo
Valley City Area Chamber of Commerce | Valley City
VFW Fargo North Dakota – 762 Roy Chandler Post | Fargo
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) | Fargo
Walsh County Veterans Service Office | Grafton
Wells County Veterans Service Office | Harvey
Windy Acres French Brittany’s | Napoleon


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