Miscellaneous Resources

Military Charities

Armed Forces Foundation – The Armed Forces Foundation is dedicated to providing comfort and solace to members of the military community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs. The Foundation offers these vital programs to active duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve components, and their loved ones.

Special Ops Survivors – The Special Ops Survivors, formerly known as United Warrior Survivor Foundation, is the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of the surviving spouses of Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel killed in the line of duty since September 11, 2001.

Not Alone – Not Alone is a national organization which provides free programs and counseling services to warriors and families impacted by combat stress and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Wounded Wear – Wounded Wear provides free clothing and clothing modifications to wounded warriors and raises the national awareness of the sacrifice of Wounded Warriors, their families and the families of fallen service members through national events, literature, and sales of fashionable Wounded Wear clothing.

Military Warriors Support Foundation – The mission of the Military Warriors Support Foundation is to provide support for our nation’s wounded heroes as they transition out of the military and into their new civilian life. The Foundation’s programs include mortgage-free home donation, academic and employment assistance and recreational opportunities and activities to develop life skills that are essential to achieving success.

Lone Survivor Foundation – The Lone Survivor Foundation welcomes home, empowers and restores America’s wounded heroes and their families through annual wellness retreats focusing on relieving the physical and emotional stresses of combat.

Marine Recovery Fund – Since the troop surge in Afghanistan in late 2009 severe injuries to Marines has more than doubled due to the foot patrol initiative to eradicate roadside bombs. The average age of a soldier injured is 22, leaving them with long-term and significant abdominal injuries, loss of limbs and brain injuries. The Marine Recovery Fund was started as a program of the Boot Campaign to rejuvenate and restore hope for these severely injured Marines by granting funds for necessary recovery tools such as therapy services, prosthetics, mobility equipment and counseling. Funds are not distributed directly to a person or a family, but rather to medical service providers and contractors directly connected to the Marine’s prescribed treatment.

Boot Campaign – The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls. The campaign encourages everyone to “get their boots on” providing an easy and tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for troops, cultivate awareness of the challenges they face upon return and raise funds for military programs meeting the physical and emotional needs of our heroes.

Any Soldier – This charity helps our troops in a variety of ways.  Check out this site as they are doing some good things for our troops.

Semper Fi Fund – The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct urgently needed resources to post 9-11 service members within 24-72 hours of request.

Fisher House – The Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Tragedy Assistance Programs For Survivors (TAPS) – TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.

Navy Seal Foundation – Provide support for Navy Seals and their families.

Operation Gratitude – Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders.

Cell Phones For Soldiers – Cell Phones for Soldiers Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to providing cost-free communication services to active duty military members and veterans.

Military Publications

Military OneSource – Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members. They can also include more complex issues like relationships, stress, and grief. Services are available 24 hours a day — by telephone and online. Many Military OneSource staff members have military experience (veterans, spouses, Guardsmen, Reservists), and all receive ongoing training on military matters and military lifestyle.

Military Spot – MilitarySpot.com offers resources, news, and information for our soldiers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and National Guard.

Military Press – The Military Press Newspaper Group is a civilian enterprise printing military news, entertainment and sports twice a month on or before payday. Their distribution is on military installations throughout California, with a focus on San Diego County, which has the largest concentration of military personnel and ships in the world

Veteran Family Resources

GoogleForVeterans – This site is worth checking out.  This site was developed by veterans working at Google.  They have listed some very effective resources for both individuals and families.

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Spouses and Survivors – List of all benefits for veterans and their families as listed by the VA.

Veterans Benefit Guide – List of all veteran benefits.  Very comprehensive

Veterans Plus – VeteransPlus programs were designed by Veterans and are delivered by Veterans to provide practical financial solutions geared to real life circumstances of current and former military personnel. VeteransPlus helps veterans secure financial freedom through education, counseling and financial literacy programs.

Grants for Veterans in Debt – ARMing Heroes makes grants to Veterans through their annual No Debts for Vets drive and when appropriate through their One for a Warrior program.  Check out this site if you are having debt issues.

National Resource Directory – The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.  This is a good site for resources to assist Veterans.

Hope 4 PTSD Vets – This organization is devoted to combating PTSD related issues.  Good site for PTSD education and help.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families – The IVMF leverages the intellectual, programmatic and human capital resources of higher education in support of the post-service life course of the nation’s veterans and military families. The IVMF focuses on developing impactful programming, cultivating actionable research, conducting policy analysis and providing technical assistance positioned to address the social, economic and public policy challenges facing the veterans’ community. The IVMF team approaches this mission as a collaboration, forging enduring partnerships with government, private industry, institutions of higher education, philanthropic organizations and stakeholders committed to supporting transitioning service members, veterans and their families.

Military Connection.comMilitary Connection is a woman-owned business located in Simi Valley, California, near the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.  This website offers a comprehensive online directory of military resources and information.

Veterans Inc –  Veterans Inc. is the largest provider of services to veterans and their families in New England. Since 1991, they have helped more than 50,000 veterans and their families. Operations are expanding further into New England and beyond in our goal of eradicating homelessness among veterans.

Woman Veterans

American Women Veterans – Site dedicated to woman veterans.  Good general site with many articles and sources of information focused on woman veterans.

Miscellaneous

GoogleForVeterans – This site is worth checking out.  This site was developed by veterans working at Google.  They have listed some very effective resources for both individuals and families.

GI Film Festival – The GI Film Festival (GIFF) is a 501 c(3) non-profit educational organization dedicated to sharing the military experience in and out of the arena of war.  The festival is the first in the nation to exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the service member through the medium of film.  The GI Film Festival is open to filmmakers of every experience level, from first-timers to veteran directors and producers.  Prizes are awarded annually to winners in three main categories: feature, documentary, and film shorts.

National Veteran Owned Business Association – NaVOBA’s Mission is simple — to create opportunities for all of America’s veteran-owned businesses. Vetrepreneur magazine is the only national publication in the country dedicated exclusively to covering the veteran-owned business movement.

Veteran Owned Businesses – Veteranownedbuisness.com is a comprehensive, user friendly directory of small, medium and large businesses owned by veterans, active duty military, reservists and service disabled veterans

Buy Veteran – Buy Veteran is a national campaign spearheaded by the National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) to bring the success and momentum of the National Veteran Business Movement to all of America’s 3 million veteran-owned businesses.

Vet Net Channel Guide – Inter-television Network dedicated to the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our nation’s Freedom.  Many different multimedia channels are listed on this site.

National Veterans Foundation – This organization serves the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families. Provide public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans.  Provide outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

Vets on Radio – Radio show hosted by 2 veterans

Discounts for Veterans

Brad’s Deals – Listing of hundreds of discounts for veterans.

Military and Veterans Discount Center – More discounts listed.

Veterans Advantage – This program is a national program that partners with corporations that want to do their part to honor and thank all who serve our country.

Military Wives Saving – Site run by a military wife to help you save money. Writing/Publishing

 Writing/Publishing

Syracuse Veterans Writing Group – The Syracuse Veterans’ Writing group is open to all veterans and their supporters  The focus of our group is on writing nonfiction accounts or “true stories” of life in and out of the military.
Veterans of all ages, branches of the military, and conflicts are welcome. You need not have any prior experience with writing, just a desire to write your stories and share them with others.

Veterans Writing Project – The Veterans Writing Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Washington, DC. We provide no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members.

Warrior Writers – Warrior Writers is a veteran-focused arts organization that fosters artistic exploration and expression through casual, welcoming workshops and retreats. By reflecting and creating in a comfortable and open space, we encourage and support healing and community building.

Fishing/Outdoors Activities

Warriors and Quiet Waters – WQW brings wounded warriors to Montana for a six day of fly fishing and recreation. Once there, they have the opportunity to relax and to learn to fly fish in the quiet and beautiful surroundings of Montana and neighboring Yellowstone Park.

Wounded Warriors in Action – The Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation Inc. (WWIA) serves our Nation’s combat wounded Purple Heart recipients by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities as a means to recognize and honor their sacrifice, encourage independence and connections with communities, and promote healing and wellness through camaraderie and a shared passion for the outdoors.

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