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Veterans Transition Support

Successful Military To Civilian Transitions

Mission

The mission of Veterans Transition Support is to close the gap between military service and civilian life by removing barriers to employment for transitioning military service members and Veterans through job training, one-on-one job search mentoring, and sponsorship of employment related resources to help them land and sustain jobs. This is accomplished by No Cost job training that provide credentials that qualify veterans for jobs, free resume writing assistance to translate military experience into civilian language, individualized career search mentoring, and sponsorship of gas cards, bus passes, tools, and business attire to help veterans land and sustain jobs.

Notes from the nonprofit

Veterans Transition Support’s (VTS) mission is to bridge the gap between the civilian workforce and our transitioning military service members and veterans before they experience transition road-blocks. VTS ensures our military service members reintegrate back into civilian life and the civilian workforce into careers suitable for their level of military experience and economic sustainability. This is achieved by providing service members with effective tools to translate their military experience into recognizable civilian job skills, civilian certifications to transfer military experience into its civilian counterpart, identifying needed training to fill skill gaps and one on one mentoring in four critical areas required to sustain a successful transition: Career Development, Cultural Adaptation, Obtaining VA Benefits and Education Planning. The VTS goal is to seamlessly transition all military personnel who enter the Veterans Transition Support program prior to leaving military .

Ruling year info

2014

President

Russell Levy JD

Main address

334 Via Vera Cruz Suite Suite 203

San Marcos, CA 92078 USA

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EIN

47-1391543

NTEE code info

Employment Procurement Assistance and Job Training (J20)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Veterans Transition Support was created specifically to help transitioning service members and veterans fill the gaps and challenges experienced transitioning from military life into civilian life. Many of our veterans are not reintegrating back into civilian life successfully and far too many Veterans struggle with unemployment, homelessness, depression, marital problems and substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a host of other debilitating physical, emotional and financial challenges. Without an effective bridge to successfully fill gaps left by military experience these issues will continue as many Veterans discharged decades ago still struggle today.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Veterans Transition Support Program

The mission of Veterans Transition Support (VTS) is to help veterans close the gap between military service and civilian life through job training and one-on-one mentoring in career development, education planning, maximizing veteran benefits, and adapting military experience to corporate culture. Since 2014, the all-volunteer Veterans Transition Support nonprofit has provided more than 10,000 Veterans, Active Duty Service Members, and Military Spouses with job training at no cost and provided one-on-one career coaching, resume writing, gas cards, grocery cards, and referrals for more than 4500 veterans.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans, Retired people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Veterans Transition Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number doubled because we have been using online teaching via Zoom and getting military service members stationed all over the world.

Average number of dollars per person served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Veterans, Retired people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Veterans Transition Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The structure of our Veterans Transition Support Program is a very low cost, high Impact program that benefits transitioning military and Veterans . $30 covers the food, materials and certifications.

Number of job skills training courses/workshops conducted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Retired people, Veterans, Unemployed people

Related Program

Veterans Transition Support Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

VTS helps military personnel transition smoothly to civilian jobs by leveraging OSHA Safety Training and their military skills to secure employment without a college degree.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Military personnel, Retired people, Unemployed people, Veterans

Related Program

Veterans Transition Support Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, VTS started providing free access to COURSERA.org, allowing transitioning military members and veterans to update their resumes with online courses that convert military experience into civil

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Veterans Transition Support is aiming to accomplish an effective "Military Transition Training Program" that enables active duty service members to experience a seamless transition from military service to civilian life.

Our goal is to provide more than 1200 active duty service members and veterans per year with effective transition information and services for Career Development, obtaining Veterans Benefits, Education Planning, Cultural Adaptation, and one-on-one resume writing and job search mentoring through the VTS "Military Transition Training Program".

First, we address the issue of military to civilian resume translations by empowering the Veteran to both be able to write a resume and to understand how to translate their own military experience into civilian experience.

Second, Veterans Transition Support provides No Cost Civilian certifications such as OSHA Safety and LEAN Continuous Improvement training courses to transfer military experience into valuable civilian job skills that companies want.

Third, we offer No Cost Veteran benefit classes taught by Veterans to help transitioning military and Veterans understand how to effectively use their VA Home Loan Benefits , how to prepare and file their VA Disability claim and how to maximize their GI Benefits. These classes are taught with an open question during and after class as well as 1 on 1 referrals to other effective Veteran resources should more guidance be needed for a total understanding of these vital benefits.

Fouth, we offer manager level follow on NO Cost classes to add to the military resume to further benefit the Veteran for civilian job placement so that he/she is at a similar level as their civilian counterparts.

Fifth, when the transitioning service member is ready to find employment, we provide networking opportunities with companies that are working with Veterans Transition Support that want to hire Veterans, as well as other effective Veteran resources that can help them find employment.

100% of the attendees to our programs receive help.

All attendees attain a civilian certification for their resume

Those seeking employment, learn about different career paths that make at least 50K a year that their military experience qualifies them for. We work on their resumes, give them resources in the city, state they are moving too for networking as well as employment placement.

Those going to school receive training on how to maximize their GI Bill benefits to survive while going to school. How to find a part-time that works around their school schedule they will need as the benefits are not paid while not in school.

Those staying in the military learn the importance of being prepared, getting their degree while still in the military, and they have the added benefit of bringing the skills taught at Veterans Transition Support to the military until they decide to exit where they can then call us for resume and networking support.

Veterans Transition Support is an all-volunteer organization that coordinates training events where other volunteers mentor and teach their professional specialties to other veterans.

Veterans Transition Support collaborates with other veteran service providers to provide essential services including the South Orange County Veterans Center for mental health and confidential counseling services, the Dana Point VFW Post 9934 Veteran Service Officers for VA Disability Claims, Barragan Corp International for OSHA Safety Training, Marine Corps Community Service Academic Advisors, local college admissions counselors for Education Planning, and the Easter Seals Bob Hope Veterans Support Program.

Total VTS Outcomes Since 2014-2023

611 career coached veterans landed jobs worth $33,344.20 in first year salaries

VTS provided 5,727 OSHA 10 Hour Cards

1739 veterans earned OSHA 30 Hour Cards

VTS awarded 5,294 LEAN Six Sigma Yellow

4,840 received VA Disability Claim briefs

2,524 received VA Home Loan Benefit briefs

11,914 veterans completed 20, 802 civilian certifications for employment

14932 Meals Served

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Veterans Transition Support

Board of directors
as of 02/21/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

JD Russell Levy

Veterans Transition Support

Term: 2021 - 2024

Kathy Burnam

Kimberly Martin

Miguel Huertanicacio

Kamran Forghani

Russell D Levy

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/26/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability