Vets in Tech: Resources to Enlist Your Inner Programmer

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In the midst of one of the highest unemployment rates for military veterans some amazing organizations and people have found ways to make a difference by helping military veterans succeed in the tech startup world. While history tells us that vets often have a hard time reacclimating into society and finding jobs, there have been many recent success stories of military veterans in tech. Whether you are a veteran looking to find a job, learn to code, or launch a startup there are many companies out there interested in helping you succeed.

VetsinTech supports current and returning veterans with re-integration services by connecting them to the national technology ecosystem. ViT is committed to bringing together a tech-specific network, resources, and programs for our veterans interested in Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employment – the 3E’s! Check out their upcoming events page to see if they are hosting any workshops in your area.

Angel Investment group, Hivers & Strivers, focuses on early stage investments to support start-up companies founded and run by graduates of U.S. Military Academies.  They give military veterans a platform to bring their businesses to life with mentorship and support along the way.

RideScout, an in the Hivers & Strivers portfolio founded by two army veterans Joseph Kopser and Craig Cummings, is an example of a successful Vets in Tech venture. Joseph thought of the idea for RideScout when he was living in Arlington, Virginia and commuting just five miles down the road to the Pentagon. He wanted a tool to show him the best way to get to work depending on his circumstances and time of day. When he couldn’t find a tool like that, he decided to take matters into his own hands and, with some convincing from co-founder Craig Cummings, RideScout’s journey began. Check out their app that shows you real-time information about transportation options that are available to you. RideScout is also the first startup to be incorporated into the The Bunkera tech incubator specifically for military veterans housed within River North startup hub 1871.

Many members of this unique community of military veteran-run start-ups are specifically devoted to improving the lives of the veteran community. Hirepurpose is a startup that matches talented veterans with great American companies. Committed to closing the gap between the transition from military service to civilian career success, Hirepurpose is an excellent example of a veteran-run tech startup working to improve the quality of life for many veterans.

If you are a veteran looking to learn to code and transition into the tech world there are many excellent programs available. Veteran’s scholarships vary from $500 to as much as $8,500 and extend to immediate family in some cases. Below is a complete list of all coding bootcamps offering scholarships to veterans or relatives of veterans.

  1. General Assembly (London, Sydney, Boston, San Francisco, New York, Hong Kong, Los Angeles): For the Web Development Immersive program they offer the Microsoft Fellowship for Veterans which is a $8,500 tuition subsidy with a $4,000 housing stipend from Hirepurpose, 8 available at the New York campus.


  2. RefactorU (Boulder, CO): They offer a 20% tuition discount ($2,700 value) to students of the Web Development bootcamp for retired and active U.S. Military personnel or spouses.


  3. Mobile Makers (Chicago): Mobile Makers offers a $2,500 Mobile Makers Diversity Scholarship for their iOS bootcamp to exceptional candidates from groups underrepresented in the software engineering field. You may qualify if you are female, a US military veteran and/or are part of an underrepresented ethnic minority.


  4. Metis (New York, Boston): All veterans or members of the U.S. military are eligible for a $2,000 scholarship to apply toward their tuition for their Ruby on Rails immersive bootcamp.


  5. Codecore (Vancouver, Canada): Codecore offers a Ruby on Rails Bootcamp as well as an iOS development bootcamp. They currently award a $500 dollar scholarships for Canadian Forces.


  6. Dev Bootcamp (New York, Chicago, San Francisco): Dev Bootcamp focuses on Ruby on Rails and they currently offer a $500 scholarships if you are a veteran of the U.S. Military.


  7. Launch Academy (Boston): There is a $500 discount available for veterans with Launch Academy’s Ruby on Rails bootcamp.


  8. Coding Campus (Provo, UT): Their program focuses on Python due to the language’s popularity in Utah and they offer individual scholarships for military personnel.


  9. The Iron Yard (Atlanta, Charleston, Durham, Houston, Greenville): At Iron Yard you can choose to study either Front-end, Mobile, or Ruby on Rails. They currently offer varying discounts to military personnel, including scholarships, awards and payment plans.


If you are in the military and involved in tech we want to hear your story! Feel free to get in touch via email at tatiana@thinkful.com or tweet @Thinkful. Thinkful currently offers a $50 discount for all veterans. Thinkful’s courses are entirely online and provide 1 on 1 mentorship to help you learn either Front End Web Development, Python, Ruby, Swift, Node or Angular.