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Mission: Our Mission is to provide 360 degrees of support and opportunities to enhance the quality of life for our combat veterans and their families as they transition from military careers, who are ready for a life-long, rewarding civilian career Our Vision is to give veterans the tools they need for successful reintegration; helping them achieve their own success and build their own future.

Target demographics: provide 360 degrees of support of combat veterans and their families transition

Geographic areas served: a community based model

Programs: our Wellness Program. Combat Veterans to Careers has committed to deliver 360 degree support & creative programs designed to execute our organizational goals and commitment. Our programs are designed to be tailored to each veteran’s individual’s situation and their personal life goals. We will always work to identify the parameters and conditions that contribute to the veteran’s “total wellness”. We define “wellness” as both physical and psychological well-being. The Wellness Model below identifies some of the parameters and dimensions that Combat Veterans to Careers and our supportive community, focus on with each individual veteran and their family.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 1

David came to our house and made a bunch of promises he didn't keep. With all his promises and the value of those promises, we agreed to a donation of one of our items with high value. He got the item and never came through. The item was kept for his personal use. He has refused to cooperate. He stated he would return the item, then when I went to get it, he attempted to extort money from me. He did not provide, at request, a donation form, an appraisal, follow any of the terms of then agreement. Litigation...

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are many organization to help veterans, but none are as inclusive as Combat Veterans to Careers (CVC). CVC provides any and all help needed by an individual veteran and their family. Whether advise , funding , helping get a job, or just moral support it is what is needed the most at the time. CVC has many opportunities for the veterans and their family to come together with the many volunteers and the community in a social environment, thus getting to know each other, not just hearing about how CVC is helping.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a retired Army Master Sergeant, David Booth recognized the need for our post 911 veterans, and formed Combat Veterans to Careers (CVC), a 501C3 tax exempt organization. Honorably discharged veterans can apply to participate in a program that provides a pathway for the veteran to achieve his/her goal. By guiding the veteran to educational resources through the GI Bill, or VA services in the nearest VA Clinic or administrative office, or entrance to a job training program, CVC has helped over 500 veterans last year to find their pathway to success. Often it requires financial discipline on the part of the veteran as that was not a problem while on active duty. There was a paycheck on the 1st and 15th without exception. Now the veteran has to earn a paycheck by working while pursuing his/her goal. CVC often assists the veteran with temporary help with rent, groceries, transportation and other assistance for daily living. However the amount of assistance is determined at the time of acceptance into the CVC family of veterans.
It is heartwarming to see these veterans and their families get on track and to accomplish their personal goals. As a volunteer for CVC, and as a retired Navy veteran, I am proud to have provided volunteer services as well as financial contributions over the last five years while experiencing the growth of CVC.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CVC truly provides 360 degree support to the veterans in the program as well as those in other programs that need help. As the Treasurer from inception, I have written checks for moving expenses, housing, food, tuition, travel, for the veteran as well as his or her family. CVC has been instrumental in finding employment in fields of choice for our veterans. The President and Senior Program Manager provide hands-on assistance for GI Bill benefits as well as with the VA benefits and counseling. They have organized a spousal support group to aid families with the transition from military to civilian life. As a retired Navy officer, I am proud to be of service to CVC in their mission of support to our veterans.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Combat Veterans to Careers is an organization that deals both with the combat veteran and his/her family. They are a 360 degree organization, helping with housing, education, GI benefits, employment, VA appointments,etc. The organization was started in May 2012 and has significantly grown in the last five years. It is now reaching veterans throughout the United States. I know personally what this organization has done for our veterans when no other organization would help. We are there for the veterans and their families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization now going on 3 1/2 years and every year this organization gets better. Last year CVC was able to help 256 families and this year we are on target to double that. The support CVC gives our veterans is beyond belief. They support the veteran and the family in all aspects of life. A complete 360 degree program. David Booth, CEO is relentless. He never stops fighting to help the veterans. He goes way beyond what other organizations do. We have many volunteers that make this program work!! Our community support is big!! We will never stop helping our veterans.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Combat Veterans To Careers has matured into a full service 360 degree service organization reaching out to Veterans all over the country. They have expanded their mission to help more people transition from military to civilian life. The maturity of this organization over the past couple has been impressive. I am proud to be associated with this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with CVC for over a year and I have over 10 experience working with Military Support Organizations. I have found the people at CVC to have the most Passion and Heart for what they do. They have a plan in place to support retired Veterans and no doubt will exceed their goals. Look forward to seeing the success going forward.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Combat Veterans to Careers is a very well run and efficient organization with an extreme emphasis on the cause. Over 90% of the donations go directly to the combat veterans and their families. This is the only program that I know of that offers the full spectrum of support as combat veterans transition back home vs. just addressing one aspect.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have watched this Organization and have participated in several of their events. CVC does an OUTSTANDING job in supporting post 9/11 Veterans with a variety of needs. Most rewarding is to talk to the Veterans and see how happy and blessed they are to have this total support. This group should be the role model for out VA. My very best to all involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Sometimes it is difficult to really explain how CVC makes a difference so we cite examples of how we have helped veterans and their families with medical, education, budgeting, getting jobs or finding affordable housing or helping them through difficult personal and family situations....and then measuring how many veterans and families we have helped...and how we really have more veteran needs than we have resources...but what has struck me the most is how we make a difference is what we can't measure... and that is "how many veterans have we prevented from being part of the "20 suicides a day" statistic. We can only help them as best we can, and let them know all is not lost and that CVC cares. Thanks for your support.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

CVC is an amazing organization that addresses the total needs of the veteran and his/her family. It is a hand up not a hand out. Each vet is held accountable for his or her success as they are guided and assisted. Any and all aspects of needs are covered...whether it be housing, education, financial, medical, jobs, transportation, furniture, resume writing, balancing a check book...if it is needed, CVC will find a way to assist. Approximately 94% of every dollar collected goes in support of the veteran's needs. It is an organization that is headed by a veteran who has made it a personal goal to assist the post 9/11 veteran whenever, wherever possible...David Booth and his fantastic volunteer organization works hard every day to assist with the needs of today's veterans. Unfortunately, there are not enough resources to assist every veteran that has a need...get involved and help in any way...TODAY.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Rick and I am a Desert Storm Veteran. I met David Booth through a family friend here in The Villages about 5 months ago. Even though Desert Storm was 26 years ago, Dave was still eager to help my family and I. I lost my hearing in an explosion during the ground war. Even though I was not physically hurt, I am still recovering from PTSD and 98% hearing loss in both ears. Not only is David helping me with a claim for benefits from the VA, he also employed me for a couple months to keep me busy and help ends meet. I moved to Fl. from Pittsburgh about 4 years go where I was employed as a Paramedic for 23 years. After moving to FL, I found out that they do not accept paramedic certifications from any other states and couldn't continue work in that field. David asked me what kind of a job I might like doing and I told him anything outdoors helping people. He introduced me to an Air Conditioning business owner that he knew and I was hired on the spot with no prior experience on David's recommendation. That meant a lot to my family and I because it gave me sense of self worth again and made me feel like a provider for our children.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a veteran that has served overseas and came back with injuries it has been a everyday struggle to fit back into the community where ever I go. CVC has helped & shown me direction in helping with the everyday adjustments in life! I would recommend that any veteran having challenges and need help, CVC is the place too be for that dedicated leadership!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been privileged to have been an active volunteer with CVC since 2013 and have enjoyed every minute of doing so. This organization is all for the betterment of Combat Vets, and our Director and CEO, David Booth, is dedicated to giving 90% or more of the fundraising intakes to them! The creative fund-raising events have been heavily attended and FUN! It was a pleasure for me to help organize a CVC Volunteers Social Club meeting once a month giving us an opportunity to know and relate to our fellow volunteers--and to meet the guests each one of us try to bring to these meetings as prospective volunteers-- enabling CVC to recruit many new Volunteers from this. The Vets also may attend the meetings--and they do! The Volunteers are all dedicated to helping our Vets fit back into society as they dreamed they would! Those Vets with children have aquired extra sets of Grandparents for them--some of the Volunteers, of course! In my many, many years of being a Volunteer, this organization--by far--has been the most meaningful! Helen Feeney

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have met today's Combat Vets and the problems they encounter post military, and there is no doubt that we have to do everything we can to help them find meaningful employment, housing, and proper medical care from the VA. Freedom is NOT free. BTW, Choose Your Role is annoying in that we can be participating in multiple ways. I've donated and I'm a general member (whatever in the world Of the Public means.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been involved with CVC since 2013. It was started and operates from the heart not the pocketbook which helps secure it's long term success. They have established excellent local and countrywide recognition and have partnered with other successful organizations. I am honored to be involved with such a organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Combat Veterans to Careers is exactly that - they take our wonderful veterans who need a hand up and give them that - not just a hand out. We started as volunteers but work happened and now we are confined to donors. I can not say enough good about David Booth and his staff and his volunteers. They all give from the heart.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've worked directly with David Booth and Combat Veterans to Careers for more than 2 years, and continue to hear incredible stories of how they are helping our combat veterans and their families return transition to a fulfilling civilian life. Their services are desperately needed, and Combat Veterans to Careers continues to flourish in the community (and beyond) to provide as much support as possible - from education and job training, to housing and health assistance. This is one of the most honest and trustworthy nonprofits I'm aware of, and I so appreciate their service to our combat veterans and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been helping Combat Veterans to Careers for many years because they are helping veterans and not themselves like some other organizations. It is alway a pleasure to help with events and hear the results from the veterans directly.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with this organization for 4 years now and I have seen the help this organization gives to our veterans. It has helped hundreds of families. In the last month we have had 2 families purchase their own homes. Before they came to CVC their credit was awful and neither veteran or spouse had jobs. CVC was able to guide them through purchasing a home. We also have had veterans in school for fire fighting and police. 4 of them are now working at their dream job. David Booth the CEO is non-stop helping veterans. His whole life is devoted to them. CVC has a wonderful group of volunteers who are dedicated to this organization

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great volunteers that are dedicated to helping our veterans. 92 cents of every dollar goes directly to our veterans and their Families.
Please help

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My first born son is a combat veteran and this organization is helping him. It is an answer to my prayers.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I heard of this organization through my girl friend aunt who is a volunteer and a resident at the villages. After hearing of the passion and devotion that David Booth gives to our combat veterans I was moved to be a supporter.