Local Libraries Introduce VetNow

Free Online Support Service for Military Veterans



SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. –October 17, 2017 – The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) is pleased to announce the addition of VetNow, a free service offered through all SCCLD libraries.  Created by Brainfuse, a live online tutoring company, VetNow provides military veterans and their families free and easily accessible online resources specifically tailored to help United States veterans as they transition into a civilian workforce. 
“According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the State of California has the largest population of military veterans, more than 1.7 million.  As a provider of free resources and educational materials, it’s important our libraries offer timely and pertinent information that residents can utilize.  One such resource, VetNow, provides essential information to military veterans as they search for support or assistance both locally and nationally,” stated Mike Wasserman, SCCLD Joint Powers Authority Board Chair and County of Santa Clara Supervisor.
VetNow, with its wide variety of subject matter, coursework and training, is a valuable database for veterans and their families, providing resources specific to the military veteran.   Once logged into VetNow, visitors have the opportunity to speak with a Veterans Administration (VA) specialist and receive one-on-one assistance in navigating VA benefits and services, applying for jobs, preparing for a variety of careers, and accessing community resources regarding education, employment, housing, and health.
Anyone interested in utilizing the VetNow resource can go to SCCLD’s main website, www.sccl.org, opens a new window and click on the Services heading. Information can be retrieved from any electronic device connected to Wi-Fi.   Key resources available to veterans include a carefully selected list of eligible benefits and community resources, live job coaching and a resume lab that helps with translating key military skills and words into transferable skills and civilian careers.  Included in the resource are lessons, videos and practice tests veterans and their families can use when choosing their next career path.  Online help hours with VA specialists are Monday through Friday from 11 – 7 PM (PST).
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About the Santa Clara County Library District
The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.
In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last several years, SCCLD has been consistently recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal. In 2016, SCCLD was ranked among the top ten large libraries in the United States in the Library Journal Index of Public Library ServiceIn 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.
The Santa Clara County Library District includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. In 2016, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 270,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors who borrowed 9.1 million items.
Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Lili Smith
Santa Clara County Library District 
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