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For men and women just back from military service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the return to civilian life can be fraught with uncertainty. There are many benefits and services available to them but finding them can be difficult.

To make the transition a little easier, The New York Times Company Foundation has created this online guide and an accompanying pocket guide given to veterans at local military posts and vet centers in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area.

Hundreds of public and private services are available for help buying a house, getting educational grants and finding jobs set aside for veterans. They are categorized and listed in this guide with contact information, updated for 2007. We hope it is useful and welcome any questions and comments.

"This handbook was prepared with the assistance of your fellow veterans from previous conflicts. One generation of veterans should never abandon another. It's all about vets helping vets.

"Whatever we pass onto you, we sincerely hope that you can benefit from it, and pass it on to future veterans."

Daniel A. Friedman
Assistant Director
Veterans' Employment and Training
U.S. Department of Labor/VETS

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