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Causes: Job Training, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans, Vocational Counseling

Mission: The mission of the all-volunteer Veterans Transition Support nonprofit is to close the gap between military service and civilian life by removing the current barriers to employment for homeless veterans, unemployed veterans and transitioning military service members through job training, one-on-one job search mentoring, and sponsorship of employment related resources to sustain the jobs they land.

Results: The current Veterans Transition Support activity includes providing no cost resume writing, job training, job search assistance, professional credentials, networking to veteran friendly corporations, and sponsorship of free work clothes, gas cards, and bus passes to help veterans sustain the jobs they land. 167 Veterans Transition Support clients have landed jobs worth $8,479,200 in first year salaries. 1,728 veterans were provided with OSHA 10 Hour Safety Training and 30 veterans were provided with OSHA 30 Hour Safety Training at no cost to the veteran that would have cost $190,000 if purchased individually; 317 veterans were provided LEAN Continuous Improvement Training at no cost to the veteran; 574 veterans attended the “Preparing to File a VA Disability Claim” course at no cost to the veteran; 251 veterans attended the "VA Home Loan Benefit" course at no cost to the veteran; 49 veterans attended Interviewing and Networking Events coordinated with veteran friendly companies; 38 unemployed veterans were provided with 87 gas cards, gift cards, and bus passes ($2175) to help them commute to training courses or to jobs they landed, 2 veterans were provided with license and registration fees, and 37 veterans were provided with business attire at no cost. 60 veterans were provided with “No Cost 14-day Armed Security Officer” training.

Target demographics: Veterans Transition from military to civilian life seamlessly by removing current barriers to employment

Direct beneficiaries per year: 945 Veterans with One-on-One Coaching, Civilian Training, Job Placement and Veteran Resources

Geographic areas served: Veterans Transition Support (VTS) is an Orange County, California based 501(c)(3) Nonprofit created specifically to help transitioning service members and veterans bridge the gap from military life into civilian life.

Programs: Veteran Career Management Work shops, OSHA Training Courses, Guard Card Training, civilian certification courses, Business Networking mixers, On-Boarding support such as gas cards to get to work until first paycheck, Bus passes, business related equipment to get the job, or to do the job, Mock interviews, Resume writing, VA Work Study, MSW Work Study programs for Veteran Outreach.

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the LEAN Made EZ weekend course with Russell Levy JD. It was a terrific experience and introduced students to a great deal of relevant resources, especially for veterans and transitioning service members. Highly recommended for anyone who would like to gain invaluable skills that will directly impact your success in the civilian workforce.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have recently got married to a marines and moved to my husbands duty station. I have to leave my own career to be with him. It was a supposed to be a difficult transition but because of the Veterans Transition support, I am able to receive additional training and certificates and able to network while searching on a new career. The no cost certificates and training assisted me on gaining certificates to fill my employment gaps. With me being able to focus on our new family and being with my husband, I believe my husband is more focused on his challenges on his career and missions.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Wounded Warrior Marine, Veterans Transition Support has giving me tools, advice, and skills in order to succeed the transition from Active Duty to Civilian. I have now received many compliments from interviewers on my resume, and skills I have towards hiring. As of right now, I have opportunities of work in many different fields because of the OSHA and LEAN classes and certifications I have received through Veterans Transition Support. It should also be noted that Russell and the rest of the team at Veterans Transition Support, will go above and beyond in order to help service members, spouses, veterans, and retirees. I thank them entirely in the help they have given me that has put me in the place I am in now and wish to extend my gratitude by helping them along in any way.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Transition Support goes out of the way to help each and every veteran that they are able to reach by building upon their skills and teaching new, valuable skills that will help to transition to the civilian sector. I attended the OSHA 10-Hour safety course and recommended it to several of my peers after attending. I spoke with one of the leaders about some academic and career advising and was impressed and happy with what they provided me. An organization that set out to help veterans and is successfully carrying out that mission.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Russell Levy and the Veterans Transition Support staff are consummate professionals who deliver top notch training and classes. I have personally benefited from the OSHA 10 Hr Course and the LEAN Program Manager sessions. VTS is very open and receptive to transitioning military personnel and family needs and produce quality support and services. I know of many success stories from those who have been impacted in the most positive way. I highly recommend and endorse VTS. Thanks for who you are and what you do. Keep up the great work.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I highly recommend every courses VTS has to offer. I attended no-cost training on safety and VA compensation claim. I greatly appreciated all the information on VA compensation benefits as far as VA benefits offered to retired military. As far as safety course is concerned, I became aware of the policies involving safety as applied to my current job. A job well done by Russell, Kathy, Miguel and all the other volunteers at Veterans Transition Support to make my transition as seamless as ever.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organziation that helps veterans transition with more options for civilian employment!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I attended VTS (on Camp Pendleton) when in-between planning to retire if not selected for next grade/rank. Fortunately, I was selected and promoted. I found that VTS was very helpful by hearing from veterans experience in the transition process, opportunities out there, and networking. The volunteers that provide information, training were very knowledgeable and helpful. I am now stationed at Camp Lejeune and I don't see as many transition training opportunities as the west coast.

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Russell L. 06/29/2017

We are hoping as more supporters understand the importance of reaching transitioning military service members before they exit all over this great nation that we will be able to offer transitioning programs at every base

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was pretty clueless as to what I wanted to do after retiring from the military and even earning a Master's degree. I went to one of the weekend courses and it completely changed the trajectory of my career. I have since taken follow-on classes that support the initial course and am now working in that field, a field that I'd never considered before being introduced to this organization.

Thank you for your support and giving me some purpose and meaning in my post-military career.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VTS is an excellent resource for transitioning veterans. Whether it's informative sessions (Filing a VA Claim) or free training (OSHA, security, etc), they're there to help support.

Thanks for the assists !!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Retire Marine. After serving 26 glorious and tough years in the Corps, I was not sure what direction to take in the rest of my professional life and thanks to VTS and all the connections that they have they helped me devise a plan and direction to take my professional life outside the Marine Corps. Thanks to all the VTS folks that continue to support all the military comunity.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Transition Support sponsors training for transitioning military personnel. This training has proven to be valuable and can make the transitioning person marketable when entering their next career. Russell and Kathy frequently visited the classes and viewed the subject being taught whether in Long Beach or WWB/Camp Pendleton. They are great mentors with the desire to see military personnel succeed in the civilian sector.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Russell helped me get my CDL and my TWIC card befor I got out. Which got me a good paying job when I got out. I currently work for Ryder integrated logistics. We are contracted through xerox and sharp. So we deliver and install copiers. I deliver all over the state of Washington. And parts of Idaho.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended a number of free courses hosted by VTS on various topics from OSHA 10, to financial management. From this training I acquired many great tools for finding a career after I separated from the Navy. I learned about the International Union of Elevator Constructors while taking my OSHA 10 certification and 2 months after Separating from the Navy I found myself employed and enrolled in an apprenticeship to become and Elevator Constructor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been in the Corps for about 10 years before finally getting out. I heard about VTS through a couple of buddies who got out before me and they had mentioned how helpful they were. I got some contact information for Mr. Russel Levy. Mr. Levy helped me with a little a more in depth pointers on how I should fill out my resume, provided me a with me programs that would help me better my resume for transitioning to a civilian lifestyle and to this day still provides emails with a list of programs that can further my skills and experience to help me along my journey. Five stars isn't enough for the amount of service this program provides.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This charity has been a great tool for me, as I transitioned to retirement after 27 years in the Corps. Russel Levy has been instrumental in me and a lot of my Marines transition plan. I would definitely recommend this company to anyone that is transitioning. The no-cost courses are detailed and gives you a leg up on others without the courses.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Transition Support is a great organization committed to assisting service members in any and all aspects of transition. They even assisted me well after my transition.
The service provided is invaluable and highly recommend for all service person and third families. Enough can not be said about this agency! Great job Russell!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was unemployed getting out of the military since September 2016 until June 2017 and they never gave up on me. Even now that I am employed Russell and every one who can is helping me seek something that pays more for my family and me. The level of commitment to the veteran community is unimaginable and I cannot begin to describe the amount of gratitude I have for this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got information that would have been helpful years ago. Glad there is someone to help others get the information much sooner!

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you're a transitioning veteran and not really sure what direction you want to go this is a good place to start. They offer some free classes to get yourself started in becoming a more marketable future employee. They also serve as a networking tool for you to met people out there looking to hire vets. I would also take advantage of some of the free class about some benefits like the VA home loan.