RESOURCES FOR VETERANS AND CARETAKERS

Military & Vets | Resources

We’ve compiled a thorough list of resources available for Veterans, service members, and caregivers. There is a wide array of resources available, and we’ll keep updating this list as we discover more. While we verify the legitimacy of each group or organization here, we do not officially endorse any, nor do we represent any organization either.

If you or a loved one is in crisis, you can reach the Veterans Crisis Line by calling 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, by texting 838255, or by going to veteranscrisisline.net/chat.

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Community and Family

Military Child Care
https://militarychildcare.com/
Provides a single gateway for you to find comprehensive information on military-operated or military-approved childcare programs worldwide.

National Military Family Association
http://www.militaryfamily.org/
Provides advice and information for families of service members. Additionally, provides programs including military spouse scholarships and child care fee relief. 

WoVeN Women Veteran Network
https://www.wovenwomenvets.org/
To provide a unique social network of women Veterans to foster connections and build relationships in local communities and across the nation.

Education and Training

Able Flight Program- Purdue University
http://ableflight.org/
Mission is to offer people with disabilities a unique way to challenge themselves through flight and aviation career training, and by doing so, to gain greater self-confidence and self-reliance.

Dog Tag Inc
https://www.dogtaginc.org/
Dog Tag Inc. seeks to provide a transformative opportunity for Veterans with disabilities by offering an education at Georgetown University and real-life work experience in our small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery. Upon completion of the Dog Tag Inc. program, transitioned Veterans are business ready, competitive and employable.

Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities (EBV)
http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/
Experiential training programs in entrepreneurship and small business management for post-9/11 Veterans with disabilities resulting from their service to our country.

Emergency & Financial Assistance
The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance
https://www.legion.org/financialassistance
Designed to help families with minor children, this program offers cash grants to pay for housing, utilities, food, and medical expenses. The goal is to encourage a stable home life for children.

Operation Family Fund
https://www.operationfamilyfund.org/how-to-apply-for-assistance/
Veterans who were severely disabled while serving in Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom can apply for grants to pay for medical bills, emergency transportation, vehicle repair, and housing.

Operation First Response
https://www.operationfirstresponse.org/military-family-assistance-program/
This organization’s Military Family Assistance Program offers financial relief to wounded Veterans and their families as they make their way through the V.A. claim process, which can take up to a year or more. Funds are used to help vets cover immediate needs such as housing, utilities, groceries, clothing and more. Request assistance here.

Operation Home Front
http://www.operationhomefront.org/
Offers emergency financial, legal, and other assistance to families of service members and wounded warriors.

Semper Fi Fund
https://semperfifund.org/
Provides financial assistance and other support services for service members and their families during periods of hospitalization and recovery following injury or illness.

USA Cares Emergency Assistance Program
https://www.usacares.org/?page_id=1338
If you’re a Veteran struggling to cover basic monthly bills such as rent or utilities, you can begin the application process for a grant here. The average amount awarded is $650, which can be really helpful when struggling to make ends meet.

Employment

AbilityOne program
http://www.abilityone.gov/
The Defense Department is the largest customer of the federally managed AbilityOne program, which works with private and public groups to provide goods and services to the government and jobs for the blind and other people who have severe disabilities. The program’s diverse national workforce includes more than 1,500 military Veterans with disabilities

CareerOneStop
http://www.careeronestop.org/ReEmployment/Veterans/disabled-Veterans.aspx
An American Jobs Center website providing Veterans access to valuable online resources to find or keep a job.

Helmets to Hardhats
https://www.helmetstohardhats.org/
Helmets to Hardhats is a national, nonprofit program that connects trades and other employers in the construction industry with qualified Veterans and provides free federally approved apprenticeship programs. Helmets to Hardhats supplements its existing program with the Disabled American Veteran “Wounded Warrior” program.

Hero 2 Hired
http://h2h.jobs/
H2H Employment Coordinators provide free quality career readiness assistance to Reserve Component Service members preparing for the next civilian career, as well as assistance to employers interested in hiring Veterans. H2H has employment coordinators in each state, territory, and the District of Columbia.

Hire Heroes USA
https://www.hireheroesusa.org/
Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military transitioning service members through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. Services such as effective job search, job application, job interviewing techniques and resume review are provided at no cost.

Hire Our Heroes
http://hireourheroes.org/#sthash.X1GcuWCx.dpbs
Hire Our Heroes assists transitioning Veterans in gaining full-time employment. No cost services include one-on-one monthly coaching and mentoring sessions by Veterans and volunteers out of Corporate America, networking events, and group training across North America. Assistance with resume writing, social media training, and connecting with employers looking to hire Veterans is also provided.

Health, Medical & Wellness

Addiction Resource
https://www.addictionresource.net/
Our mission at AddictionResource.net is to connect individuals to treatment centers that best suit their individual needs. Individualized treatment leads to long-term recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous
https://alcoholrehabhelp.org/treatment/alcoholics-anonymous/
Provides free resources and information to help struggling Veterans & families get their lives back on track, including relapse prevention skills.

CBD Awareness Project
https://www.cbdoil.org/cbd-benefits/
Using CBD Safely When You Have PTSD. How Much CBD is Safe to Take? Is CBD Legal? Information about CBD, how it works, and the benefits and side effects you can expect.

Dental Care Resources for Veterans
http://www.emergencydentistsusa.com/dental-care-resources-for-veterans/
Thorough resource page on many solutions for Veterans and dental care

Give an Hour
https://giveanhour.org/
Provides free and confidential regular mental health care to Veterans and their families. The team at Give an Hour will help connect you with a skilled mental health provider in your area and is able to navigate and partner with the VA if needed.

Lone Survivor Foundation
https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/virtual-program/
Lone Survivor Foundation has been helping Veterans and their families recover from combat trauma since retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell founded us in 2010. Due to recent events, we have created online programs for those dealing with combat injuries – PTSD, TBI and chronic pain.

The Patriot Project
http://www.patriot-project.org/
The Patriot Project is a grass roots movement to provide chiropractic care to all Active Military, their Families, Wounded Warriors & All Gold Star Dependents.

Sierra Tucson
https://www.sierratucson.com/
Recommended by doctors and therapists across the world, we are recognized for providing safe and successful treatment for those who are struggling with addiction and a wide range of complex behavioral health disorders.

USA Cares
http://www.usacares.org/
Combat Injured Assistance program helps service members obtain treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and/or traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Housing

Building Homes for Heroes
http://www.buildinghomesforheroes.org/
Builds, modifies, and finances homes for severely wounded veterans and their families to help them lead more independent and productive lives.

Operation Finally Home
https://www.operationfinallyhome.org/
Provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to wounded and disabled Veterans and spouses of the fallen who live in California to help get their lives back on track and become productive members of their communities.

Tunnels to Towers
https://tunnel2towers.org/
Builds mortgage-free smart homes for our most catastrophically injured service members. Each home is customized for the Veteran in need.

Legal

AMVETS
http://www.amvets.org/
Develops and promotes public policy on Veteran-related issues such as VA funding, homelessness, retirement pay and disability compensation, employment, and training.

American Bar
https://www.americanbar.org/groups/legal_services/milvets/aba_home_front/

National Veterans Legal Services Program
http://www.nvlsp.org/
NVLSP recruits, trains, and assists volunteer lawyers and advocates in support of efforts by Veterans to obtain benefits they have earned through military service.

 

Miscellaneous

America’s Vet Dogs
https://www.vetdogs.org/
Provides a trained service dog free of charge for someone who has served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces that is visually or hearing impaired or physically disabled.

Folds of Honor
https://www.foldsofhonor.org/
Provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.

Hope for the Warriors
https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/
Helping Veterans by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Provides comprehensive support programs for Veterans and their families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

WINC: For all Women Veterans
https://wincforall.com/
A national peer support network for women of the military that offer peer support groups, retreats, military sexual trauma intensive therapy retreats, workshops, summits, and more.

Organizations

American Legion
http://www.legion.org/
Programs and services, such as Heroes to Hometown, that aid and support wounded warriors and their families.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
https://www.dav.org/
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for Veterans of all generations and their families. Specializing in navigating the benefit process, transportation, and employment.

National Resource Directory
https://nrd.gov/
The National Resource Directory is a searchable database of resources vetted for service members, Veterans, family members, and caregivers.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association (IAVA)
http://iava.org/about
Programs of aid and assistance to Veterans and their families, promotes awareness about Veterans’ issues and advocates for supportive legislative policy at all governmental levels.

Purple Heart Foundation
http://www.mophsf.org/
Provides services, programs, and resources to help combat wounded and disabled Veterans and their families with financial grants, claims assistance, PTSD resources, and employment counseling.

Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
http://www.vfw.org/
Assists Veterans with VA claims, educational benefits, and financial support to meet obligations in mortgage and rent, home and auto repairs, insurance, utilities, food, and clothing.

Wounded Warrior Project
https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/programs.aspx
Through its economic empowerment services, the WWP offers higher education programs, information technology training, and employment assistance services to encourage economic empowerment to provide long-term financial stability supports to wounded warriors who incur service-connected wounds, injuries, and illnesses (physical or psychological) on or after September 11, 2001. Employers interested in this program can post jobs and review the resumes of qualified Veterans with disabilities.

Peer & Caregiver Support

Coalition Peer Support Program
http://saluteheroes-vetcircle.org/
Veteran Circle

Coalition Caregiver Support Program
https://saluteheroes.org/veterans-caregiver-alliance/
Veteran’s Caregiver Alliance

Operation Family Caregiver
http://www.operationfamilycaregiver.org/
Nationwide assistance for caregivers of service members.

PsychArmor Institute
https://psycharmor.org/
PsychArmor Institute is a national nonprofit that provides free online education and support to all Americans who work with, live with, or care for military service members, Veterans and their families.

Veteran Caregiving Strategies
https://www.aarp.org/home-family/voices/veterans/info-2020/coronavirus-military-caregiver-tips.html
AARP teamed up with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to offer strategies to help caregivers of military personnel and Veterans tackle the most critical issues

Recreation, Mobility, and Transportation

Adaptive Sports Foundation
http://www.adaptivesportsfoundation.org/
Provides basic knowledge and learning programs in the practice of wellness and the importance of lifelong healthful living through sports, outdoor activity, and recreation.

Eagles Summit Ranch, Roever Foundation
http://www.roeverfoundation.org/projects.php
Conducts motivational retreats and seminars for wounded warriors in wilderness setting.

Independence Fund
https://www.independencefund.org/
Offers mobility, caregiver support, and adaptive sports programs for Veterans. Gives catastrophically wounded Veterans the chance to get outdoors with a variety of devices.

KAMO Adventures
http://www.kamoadventures.com/
KAMO Adventures is dedicated to serving and honoring our returning wounded and disabled Veterans as they transition into civilian life.

VA Links*

* we are not the VA, nor are we endorsed by the VA. We do not represent the VA. These links represent a small sample of information available by visiting https://VA.gov

Disability Compensation
https://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/types-compensation.asp
Information related to VA disability compensation. The program also provides monthly payments to surviving spouses, dependent children, and dependent parents in recognition of the economic loss caused by a Veteran’s service-related death or disability. 

Geriatrics and Extending Care
http://www.roeverfoundation.org/projects.php
Geriatric and extended care services for Veterans. Contains information on residential settings, nursing homes, rehabilitation, memory loss, and information for caregivers. 

Health Benefits
www.va.gov/healthbenefits
A good starting point to learn about VA health benefits, check for eligibility, find assistance, and apply for care. 

Records
https://www.va.gov/records/
Access your VA records and documents online to more easily manage your benefits.