Osilla says there also needs to be more coordination among agencies and programs.

That's already happening in Montgomery County. The Mental Health Association of Montgomery County launched a four-year pilot program last year called Serving Together. The project helps veterans of all ages and their families navigate the many resources available to them in the county, according to Jessica Fuchs, the project director.

Fuchs, the wife of a U.S. Marine, says Serving Together evolved from a study a few years ago that found a lack of communication and coordination of services in the county.

"If you don't know where to go and what questions to ask, you don't know where to start and it gets frustrating," she said. "You stop trying."



Resources for veterans, families and employers

Maryland's One-Stop Career Centers assist job seekers: dllr.state.md.us/county

Serving Together provides information to veterans and their families in Montgomery County: servingtogetherproject.org

National Resource Directory, a veterans job bank: nrd.gov/employment

VA Career Center: benefits.va.gov/benefits

Veteran Employment Services Office: vaforvets.va.gov/sites/veso/Pages/default.aspx

America's Heroes at Work offers information for employers hiring veterans with traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder: americasheroesatwork.gov

Compensated Work Therapy develops rehabilitation plans for veterans: http://www.cwt.va.gov/veterans.asp

Hire Heroes USA offers employment assistance: hireheroesusa.org

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