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Toolbox.vet

Toolbox.vet

By Swords to Plowshares
Developed by Swords to Plowshares, Toolbox.vet is an online library that aims to better equip advocates and providers with the tools they need to connect with veterans of all ages and assist them.

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Budgeting Basics for Student Veterans

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What to Know Before You Start School
Tyler Solorio and Victor Inzunza, both former student veterans, discuss from personal experience what other veterans should know before starting college and what they wish they had known. Vets Helping Vets is our newest podcast series, a special edition of Toolbox.vet. This series features stories and insights from veterans, for veterans.
23:04
July 29, 2021
GI Bill: Use It Now or Use It Later?
One of the biggest concerns about the GI Bill is recognizing the right time to use it. Tyler Solorio and Victor Inzunza discuss their thoughts and experiences using the GI Bill. Vets Helping Vets is our newest podcast series, a special edition of Toolbox.vet. This series features stories and insights from veterans, for veterans.
08:54
July 29, 2021
Make the Most of Your Veteran Education Benefits
There are numerous education benefits that many are not aware of, which can mean missing out on important benefits you are entitled to. Victor and Tyler talk about these benefits and different ways they can be utilized. Vets Helping Vets is our newest podcast series, a special edition of Toolbox.vet. This series features stories and insights from veterans, for veterans.
35:07
July 29, 2021
How to Deal with College and Military Related Debt
Victor and Tyler discuss the pitfalls of debt and the need to understand budgeting. Vets Helping Vets is our newest podcast series, a special edition of Toolbox.vet. This series features stories and insights from veterans, for veterans.
17:45
July 29, 2021
Budgeting Basics for Student Veterans
Victor and Tyler talk about establishing budget goals, savings, and free resources on budgeting. Vets Helping Vets is our newest podcast series, a special edition of Toolbox.vet. This series features stories and insights from veterans, for veterans.
17:23
July 29, 2021
VA Work Study Program
Victor talks about the VA Work Study Program in detail as Tyler reflects on not utilizing it in school. Vets Helping Vets is our newest podcast series, a special edition of Toolbox.vet. This series features stories and insights from veterans, for veterans.
06:38
July 29, 2021
Veteran Readiness and Employment Program: Is It Right For You?
Tyler and Victor discuss Veteran Readiness and Employment (VRE), which can help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, starting your own business, and job seeking skills coaching. They discuss their own experiences and how VRE can benefit you. Vets Helping Vets is our newest podcast series, a special edition of Toolbox.vet. This series features stories and insights from veterans, for veterans.
09:17
July 29, 2021
Chapter 10 BONUS: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives
Listen to Pauline Lubens, Policy Analyst at Swords to Plowshares, describe ways for agencies to incorporate principles and practices of veteran diversity, equity, and inclusion. 
09:42
July 29, 2021
Chapter 10 BONUS. Staying True to Your Mission
Listen to Amy Fairweather, Director of Policy for Swords to Plowshares, discuss the importance of revisiting your mission and vision.
11:17
June 17, 2021
Chapter 10 BONUS. The Structured Interview: Getting the Most Impactful Data from Those You Serve
Listen to Wendy Meluch, Program Evaluation Specialist, discuss the important elements of a structured interview to gather the most important data from veterans in your program.
29:27
June 17, 2021
Chapter 10 AUDIO. Administrative Best Practices in Services for Veterans
Making sure you dedicate time and resources to program development and sustainability, creating strategic partnerships, and effective leadership is key to establishing best practices in services to veterans.
43:20
June 17, 2021
Chapter 9 PODCAST. A MOS is a J-O-B
Listen to Victor Inzunza, Marine Corps Iraq Veteran, and Tyler Solorio, Army Afghanistan Veteran, discuss the difficulties transitioning to civilian employment and how employers can support veterans in the workplace.
37:47
June 17, 2021
Chapter 9 AUDIO. What You Should Know About Veteran Employment Services
Understand how to help veterans frame their skills for a civilian employment search and encourage employers to apply a culturally-informed approach to hiring and supporting veterans in the workplace.
26:58
June 17, 2021
Chapter 8 PODCAST. Insights on Needed Student Veteran Supports
Listen to Victor Inzunza, Marine Corps Iraq Veteran, and Tyler Solorio, Army Afghanistan Veteran, discuss from former student veteran perspectives how colleges can best support student veterans.
34:52
June 17, 2021
Chapter 8 PODCAST. What to Know Before You Go to School
Listen to Victor Inzunza, Marine Corps Iraq Veteran, and Tyler Solorio, Army Afghanistan Veteran, discuss what veterans should know before attending college.
23:25
June 17, 2021
Chapter 8 AUDIO. How to Support Student Veterans
Veterans may feel isolated on campus, navigating a new space so different from their military life. Learning ways to engage and support student veterans will help them succeed in college.
36:16
June 17, 2021
Chapter 7 BONUS. A Newly Housed Veteran
Formerly unhoused veteran, Reina, discusses her experience coming out as transgender, losing community support and ending up unsheltered, then getting placed in housing and employment.
05:34
June 17, 2021
Chapter 7 AUDIO. Insights on Mission-Driven Veteran Housing
The risk and resilience factors related to military service and homelessness present developers, operators, property management, clinical and support staff with important considerations for housing services.
29:19
June 17, 2021
Chapter 6 BONUS. Active Listening and De-escalation Techniques
Listen to Victor Inzunza, Marine Corps Iraq Veteran, discuss active listening and de-escalation techniques in services to veterans.
04:40
June 17, 2021
Chapter 6 BONUS. A Veteran’s Story of Seeking Care
A veteran tells her amazing story of trauma, institutional betrayal, survival, and seeking care. Content warning: Descriptions of sexual violence.
28:46
June 17, 2021
Chapter 6 PODCAST. Building a Community for Veterans
Listen to Michael Blecker, Army Veteran and Executive Director of Swords to Plowshares, reflect on his transition from the military and how he built up a community system of care for veterans.
33:49
June 17, 2021
Chapter 6 PODCAST. Identifying, Screening and Building Rapport in Services for Veterans
Listen to Tyler Solorio, Army Afghanistan veteran, and Victor Inzunza, Marine Corps Iraq Veteran, discuss ways to identify, screen for veteran status, and build rapport in services for veterans.
24:47
June 17, 2021
Chapter 6 AUDIO. No Wrong Door: Approach to Community-Based Veteran Care
Understanding effective approaches to care—from outreach, to the physical design of facilities, to trauma-informed interviewing and community collaboration—allows you to translate substantive knowledge to best practices.
36:28
June 17, 2021
Two Veterans with Bad Paper
Two Veterans Discuss Their Bad Paper Discharges.
07:45
June 17, 2021
Chapter 5 BONUS. Veterans with Bad Paper
Watch a former Swords to Plowshares client discuss his bad paper discharge. By Brave New Films.
01:35
June 17, 2021
Chapter 5 BONUS. "This is my hospital. This is my family. This is where I belong."
A veteran discusses their reasons for seeking care at the VA.
02:22
June 17, 2021
Chapter 5 AUDIO. Understand Your Role in Getting Veterans Connected to the VA
Veterans may require care and recognition for service-related conditions beyond what is provided outside of the VA. Find out how to get veterans connected to VA healthcare and benefits.
36:44
June 17, 2021
Chapter 4 BONUS. TBI Considerations
Listen to Shannon, Navy Veteran, discuss considerations for TBI among veterans.
01:40
May 17, 2021
Chapter 4 BONUS. Housing and Social Service Providers Discuss Aging Veteran Needs
Listen to housing and social service providers discuss the isolation and community, ADL, and habitability needs of aging veterans.
10:50
May 17, 2021
Chapter 4 BONUS. A Veteran's Experience with the Clinical Triad
Listen to Kevin, Iraq Marine Corps Veteran, discuss his experience with the clinical triad: PTSD, TBI, and chronic pain
09:34
May 17, 2021
Chapter 4 PODCAST. Toxic Exposures, Part 2: Gulf War Illness
In part 2, we interview Paul Sullivan, Gulf War Veteran, who discusses the emergence of Gulf War Illness from toxic exposures and the advocacy of Gulf War veterans for research, diagnosis, and treatment.
01:00:00
May 17, 2021
Chapter 4 PODCAST. Toxic Exposures, Part 1: Agent Orange
In part 1, we interview Paul Cox, Vietnam Veteran, who discusses Agent Orange and the advocacy of Vietnam veterans, and we draw similarities to the current efforts of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans to gain recognition for health issues related to burn pits and other toxic exposures.
20:58
May 17, 2021
Chapter 4 AUDIO. What You Should Know About Veteran Physical Health
An awareness of a veteran’s military experiences and health risks will increase your understanding of co-morbidities, provide guidance for treatment plans, and help you explore appropriate referrals and resources.
36:08
May 17, 2021
Chapter 3 BONUS. On Guilt
Listen to Shannon, Navy Veteran, discuss the impact of guilt. Content warning: descriptions of violence and strong language.
01:42
May 17, 2021
Chapter 3 BONUS. A Veteran's Insight on PTSD
Shannon, Navy Veteran, offers insight on how some veterans may develop PTSD.
01:16
May 17, 2021
Chapter 3 BONUS. Suppressing Memories
Shannon, Navy Veteran, describes the bonds that service members have and the inability to describe the sometimes horrific experiences to their loved ones back home.
02:14
May 17, 2021
Chapter 2 BONUS. Bonding
Shannon, Navy Veteran, describes the bonds that service members have and the inability to describe the sometimes horrific experiences to their loved ones back home.
01:39
May 17, 2021
Chapter 2 BONUS. My Rifle
Shannon, Navy Veteran, describes his deep connection to his rifle during advanced training.
00:21
May 17, 2021
Chapter 2 BONUS. Primary Mission: Training to Kill
Shannon, Navy Veteran, describes the primary mission of the military and the indoctrination of military members. Content warning: strong language and descriptions of violence.
02:30
May 17, 2021
Chapter 2 BONUS. Nature of Conflict
Shannon, Navy Veteran, describes the changing nature of war and medical interventions.
01:31
May 17, 2021
Chapter 1 BONUS. Collective Impact Defined
Listen to Amy Fairweather, Swords to Plowshares’ Director of Policy, define Collective Impact in veteran care.”
00:44
May 17, 2021
Chapter 1 BONUS. A Community Response
Listen to Michael Blecker, Executive Director of Swords to Plowshares, discuss how Swords to Plowshares was formed and came together with the support of the community.
03:19
May 17, 2021
Chapter 1 BONUS. Don't Focus on War Eras!
Listen to Amy Fairweather, Swords to Plowshares Policy Director, discuss how war and combat alone should not incite the obligation of society to provide services and support.
00:40
May 17, 2021
Chapter 1 BONUS. Vietnam Veterans, Today's Veterans
Michael Blecker, Executive Director of Swords to Plowshares, discusses how Vietnam veterans responded to the needs of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
00:51
May 17, 2021
Chapter 1 BONUS. The Poverty Draft
Listen to Swords to Plowshares Executive Director, Michael Blecker, discuss the poverty draft of Vietnam veterans and its impact.
02:16
May 17, 2021
Chapter 1 BONUS. The Bonus Army: US Military Attacks Demonstrating American War Veterans
The Bonus Army’s march on Washington, DC in 1932 shaped veteran advocacy and the government response to veteran needs.
06:53
May 17, 2021
Chapter 1 AUDIO. The Veteran Advocate: History and Concept of Veteran Community-Based Care and Advocacy
Veteran healthcare and benefits have always been fought for. Knowing about veteran advocacy and how it shaped veteran systems of care will provide context for the support you provide.
29:06
May 17, 2021
Chapter 3 AUDIO. What You Should Know about Veteran Mental and Behavioral Health
An awareness of a veteran’s military-connected experiences and possible service-connected trauma conditions will provide you with context for diagnosis, treatment, and other needed services.
50:26
May 17, 2021
Chapter 2 AUDIO. What You Should Know About Military and Veteran Culture
Military service may expose veterans to mental and physical health risks that are best addressed through culturally-informed care and access to veteran-specific resources.
44:14
May 17, 2021
What is Toolbox.vet?
Developed by Swords to Plowshares, Toolbox.vet is an online library that aims to better equip advocates and providers with the tools they need to connect with veterans of all ages and assist them.
01:19
May 15, 2021
Why is it important to learn about military and veteran culture? A trailer for Toolbox.vet
Listen to Victor Inzunza, Iraq Marine Veteran, and Tyler Solorio, Afghanistan Army Veteran, discuss the importance of learning military and veteran culture in our Toolbox.vet podcast.  Victor and Tyler train providers working with veterans in our Combat to Community® program, a series of accredited cultural competency curricula developed by our Policy team and provided to over 10,000 professionals nationwide, including law enforcement, first responders, mental health and social service professionals, educators and employers. Visit toolbox.vet to learn more. 
03:57
May 15, 2021