- Air Compassion for Veterans – www.aircompassionforveterans.org Wounded warriors and their families are provided FREE medically related flights.
- The Armed Forces Foundation – www.ArmedForcesFoundation.org. The Armed Forces Foundation is a non profit organization that started in 2010 and is dedicated to providing comfort and solace to members of the military community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs. We offer these vital programs to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve components, and their loved ones. This website is full of wonderful assistance options for vets/families along with applications for assistance that are only 4 pages long! Go to AFF Programs to get more specific information.
- Army Emergency Relief – www.aerhq.org/ AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own”. AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers.
- NEW! Food Pantries – http://www.foodpantries.org/ This directory of Food Banks, Soup Kitchens, and non-profit organizations committed to fighting hunger. The information is collected manually and is accurate to the best of the knowledge of the web developer. If you have any updates, corrections, suggestions, or new submissions please fill out the form. Easy to navigate!
- Fisher House – www.fisherhouse.org. Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses and help individual military families in need. They also administer and sponsor Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsor the Newman’s Own Award.
- Guardian Angels Soldiers Pet – http://www.guardianangelsforsoldierspet.org/ Supporting Military, Veterans, and their beloved Pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment (combat or peace-keeping mission) or any unforseen emergency or hardship impacting their ability to retain their pet’s ownership rights.
- Hope for the Warriors – http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/
Hope For The Warriors® works daily with wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen to meet immediate financial needs. Applicants may apply once a year. Payment is always made to a third party, typical grants cover household utilities, gas cards for vehicles to get to appointments, groceries, rent, mortgage, and rental deposits.
- Military One Source – www.militaryonesource.com. This source is a one-stop shop for all branches of the military that includes legal matters, addiction and recovery, readjustment information, immediate counseling and a link to each military branch. They also have a 24/7 phone number at 1-800-342-9647.
- National Military Family Association – www.nmfa.org. – providing information to and representing the interests of family members of the uniformed services.
- National Resource Directory – www.nationalresourcedirectory.org. The NRD provides information on, and access to, medical and non-medical services and resources across the country which will help veterans and families reach their personal and professional goals as they successfully transition from recovery to community living. Go to your state for specific links to help in your area. Excellent comprehensive website of resources in your state.
- National Veterans Foundation – www.nvf.org. This is a human service agency committed to serving the crisis and information needs of all veterans and their families. Staffed by a team of veterans who are specially trained in the delivery of crisis information and referral services for veterans in need of medical treatment, substance abuse or PTSD Counseling, VA benefits advocacy, food, shelter, employment training, legal aid, or suicide intervention, have now been served by this unique, one-of-a-kind resource.
- Navy-Marine Corp Relief Society – www.nmcrs.org. The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.
- Operation First Response – www.operationfirstresponse.org For many veterans and families, the financial hardship begins quickly and for others it is after the domino effect of extra costs and lost wages. At whatever stage they are in when they contact OFR they are committed to doing all we can to support these families. Application is on line.
- Operation Homefront – www.operationhomefront.net. Provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home.
- Operation Second Chance – www.operationsecondchance.org Support of Veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals, by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests.
- Quality of Life Foundation – www.qolfoundation.org. Their mission is to honor and serve the families of our severely injured combat service members by helping them face the intense, life-changing challenges unique to their situations.
- Rebuild Hope – www.rebuildhope.org. Rebuild Hope offers an immediate and easy away to help these OEF/OIF families. Our one-of-a-kind, national network “connects” donors to beneficiaries, and we provide complementary services that increase the veteran’s odds of success. Rebuild Hope also recognizes their personal sacrifices and efforts to rebuild their lives by sharing their personal stories.
- Red Cross – www.redcross.org. The official site for the American Red Cross. There is a specific link for veterans, offering assistance in emergency financial assistance, counseling and other services. It will direct you to your state site and you will have to call for local assistance. The most promising option is the possible help for emergency financial assistance for basic needs, although it is a minimal amount.
- NEW! Service Members Civil Relief Act While protecting the United States during the war on terrorism, some servicemen and servicewomen may face difficulty in meeting certain financial obligations at home, such as rent or mortgage payments, if they are activated for military duty. HUD has taken steps to ensure that service members protecting our country do not suffer the added burden of worrying about the loss of a home.Military personnel should learn about the SCRA and the protections and benefits it provides for themselves and their families. The SCRA can provide many forms of relief to military members. Below are some of the most common forms of relief.
- Mortgage Relief
- Termination of Leases
- Protection From Eviction.
- 6-Percent Cap on Interest Rates
- Stay of Proceedings
- Reopening Default Judgments
- Transition Assistance Advisors – http://www.taapmo.com/ Statewide point of contact to assist members in accessing Veterans Affairs benefits and healthcare services.
- USA 4 Military Families – www.USA4militaryfamilies.dod.mil. This website has “10 issues” identified that effect veterans and returning families. When you click on the “issue” that you are interested in, it will have a “Map of the States” so that you can find out what is going on in your area. This can apprise veterans and families of many different types of services/help available at a state level.
- Vet Centers are designed to help combat veterans and their families. There are over 200 community locations and all that is needed is a DD 214 and you don’t have to be registered with the VA to get help. Locate the nearest Vet Center at www.va.gov/rcs.
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