Resources

Below are service branch specific and various other links to resources that may be of help to active duty service members, wounded Warriors, Veterans, caretakers, and their family members.  This is just the TIP of the iceberg for help and support.  If you can’t find the help you need below, contact us, we may be able to put you in touch with someone who can help you.

The one thing to remember is YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

If it’s a crisis situation the first step would be to   call 911   OR   the Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

If you call 911 on behalf of a Veteran please be sure to tell the 911 operator it is a Veteran you are calling about.

Veterans Crisis LineTALK: 1-800-273-8255 then press 1
EN ESPAÑOL OPRIMA EL 2
TEXT: 838255
TTY SERVICE 1-800-799-4889

OR  Click HERE for CONFIDENTIAL CHAT AT THEIR WEBSITE
Call for yourself or someone you care about.  Free and confidential.
A network of more than 150 crisis centers nationwide
Available 24/7

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Resources:

Together We Served – No Stronger Bond
An exclusive online community where military veterans come together to rekindle old friendships, share memories, and record the legacy of their military story.

Wounded, Injured & Ill 

2017 Wounded, Ill, And/Or Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook (downloads as a .pdf), The Office of Warrior Care Policy, published September 2016.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide Service members and their support network with a reference guide to answer some of the most pressing questions that arise for wounded, ill, and/or injured Service members.

More info HERE.

MARINES

Wounded Warrior Regiment
Wounded Warrior Battalion – EAST
Wounded Warrior Battalion – WEST
Sergeant Merlin German Wounded Warrior Regiment Call Center
24 hours a day – 7 days a week, 365 days a year contact:
1-877-4USMCWW or 1-877-487-6299
A Marine WILL speak to a Marine when they call.
Complete anonymity.
DStress
http://www.dstressline.com/
1-877-476-7734
LIVE CHAT IS ALSO AVAILABLE
Complete anonymity.
“From the everyday stressors of life to the stressors related to combat, stress can affect even the strongest Marine.  The DSTRESS Line was developed by the Corps to provide professional, anonymous counseling for Marines, their families and loved ones when it’s needed most.  Call today to speak to one of your own.”
 Navy Marine Corps Relief Society – Health Education and Post-Combat Support
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Marine Corps Association Foundation Wounded Marine Funding
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Marine Corps League
Marine For Life
Marine Parents.com

Navy

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society – Health Education and Post-Combat Support
Navy Safe Harbor – Wounded, Ill, and Injured Support
Navy League

Army

Warrior Transition Command
Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
http://www.armyg1.army.mil/hr/suicide/default.asp
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline – 1-800-984-8523
CONUS DSN: 421-3700
OCONUS DSN: 312-421-3700
Green Beret Foundation

Air Force

Air Force Wounded Warrior

http://www.afms.af.mil/suicideprevention/index.asp

WINGMAN ONLINE – SUICIDE PREVENTION
http://www.wingmanonline.org/Home

Coast Guard

Navy Safe Harbor – Wounded, Ill, and Injured Support

http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/suicide_prevention.asp
Emergency suicide crisis services may also be accessed
24 hours a day, seven days a week via the
Coast Guard Support Program toll free number 855-CGSUPRT (247-8778). (NOT CONFIDENTIAL)

Special Ops

U.S. Special Operations Command

SPECIAL OPERATIONS WARRIOR FOUNDATION

EOD

EOD Warrior Foundation

National Guard

National Guard Family Program

Maryland National Guard Benefits Guide  (opens as a pdf)
Joint Services Support:
National Guard members and Families should never weather emotional and behavioral challenges alone. That is why the National Guard Psychological Health Program is here for you, with Directors of Psychological Health in every State, Territory, and the District of Columbia to ensure you receive the care you deserve.

Other Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources:

VETS 4 WARRIORS (CONFIDENTIAL)
http://www.vets4warriors.com/
We are a confidential peer support service and do not discuss your calls with the military, the VA, or anyone else and, if you choose, you may remain anonymous.
1-855-838-8255 (1-855-VET-TALK)
SUPPORTING MILITARY FAMILIES IN CRISIS – A Guide to Help You Prevent Suicide (opens as a .pdf)
http://suicideoutreach.org/Docs/FamilyGuide_Final.07%2019%202013.pdf
LOTS of information included in the guide!

Major Military Medical Facilities:

Landstuhl Regional Medical Center
Wounded Warrior Care Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Naval Medical Center San Diego -Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care
San Antonio Military Medical Center

Fisher Houses:

By State and Country

Air Transportation To and From the Hospitals:

Hero Miles: a program of the Fisher House, using donated frequent flyer miles to provide free airline tickets to support wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center or who are attending authorized events.

Veterans Airlift Command: provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

Luke’s Wings unites wounded warriors, veterans and heroes with their loved ones when they need them the most.

Veterans Administration:

Are you familiar with ALL of the benefits you’ve earned?

Benefits for Those Who Served

Veterans Administration’s Homepage
The VA Network by State
Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors, 2014 Online Edition
VET CENTERS
Caregivers Support   Resources for caregivers of Veterans of all ages. Caregiver Support Line – 1-855-260-3274
National Center for PTSD   PTSD Treatment Programs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Women Veterans Health Care Women Veterans Hotline Call Center:  1-855-VA-WOMEN (1-855-829-6636)
an incoming call center that receives and responds to questions from women Veterans, their families, and
caregivers across the nation about available VA services and resources.
Guard & Reserves
Vet Center Combat Call Center 877-WAR-VETS (927-8387)
http://www.vetcenter.va.gov/index.asp
1-877-WAR-VETS is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.

Other Resources:

America’s Fund  A project of the Semper Fi Fund providing immediate support for injured and critically ill service members and their families.

American Red Cross Military Services

Give An Hour – provides free mental health care to U.S. military personnel and their loved ones affected by post-9/11 service, offering a range of mental health services to address a variety of needs.

Homes For Our Troops – Rebuild the lives of our severely injured Veterans through the gift of a high quality, specially adapted home that provides freedom of movement and the ability to live independently.
Hope For The Warriors  Provides a full cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.
National Intrepid Center of Excellence (active duty only)
SEMPER MAX
The Silver Star Families of America
Tee it up for the Troops
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) – Caring for the Families of our Fallen Heroes
The Warrior Song Project
Yellow Ribbon Fund  Serving combat patients and families at Walter Reed and Ft. Belvoir.

Online Resources:

National Resource Directory
Defense Centers of Excellence
Military One Source
Make the Connection
The REAL WARRIORS Campaign
After Deployment.org
National Military Family Association

Research, Help, and Information for Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI):

Brainline.org – Preventing, treating, and living with Traumatic Brain Injury
BrainlineMilitary.org – Living with traumatic brain injury, help for service members, Veterans, National Guard, Reserves, and families.
Center for Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine – Brain injury clinical research
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury – The mission of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is to improve the lives of our nation’s service members, families and veterans by advancing excellence in psychological health and traumatic brain injury prevention and care
Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – DVBIC’s mission is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs, and support for force health protection services.
Lash Associates Publishing / Training, Inc. – Leading Source of Information and Training on Brain Injury, Blast Injury and PTSD in Children, Adolescents, Adults and Veterans

Job Resources

Hiring Our Heroes – check their site for job fairs and events near you.

Resources by STATE:

Colorado:

Colorado Resource Portal for Veterans

Florida:

Marine Families (f/k/a T.A.M.P.A. USMC Family Support)

Maryland:

LCpl Matt Snyder Camp Snoops Project helps to promote Memorial Day, Veterans’ Day and appreciation of troops and veterans through education in our schools. It will also seek to provide assistance to wounded and returning troops and/or their families on an as-needed basis.

Serving Together  Serving Montgomery County, MD with resources for service members, Veterans, service providers, military families, businesses, National Guard & Reserves.  Walter Reed is located in Montgomery County.

Maryland Department of Veterans Resource Guide  (opens as a .pdf)

Maryland National Guard Benefits Guide  (opens as a pdf)

Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans
Oregon
Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida
Pennsylvania
 America 4R Veterans (a/k/a America 4R Marines)

Tennessee

Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation

Texas

Texas Veterans Portal

MoMs USA

Virginia:

Virginia Veteran and Family Support (formerly Virginia Wounded Warrior Program)

Washington

Washington Operation Thank You

Legal Resources:

Pro Bono Resources for Veterans

Veterans Administration: Veterans Justice Outreach

Department of Labor

U.S Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division:
Fact Sheet #28A: Employee Protections under the Family and Medical Leave Act (opens as a pdf)
http://www.dol.gov/whd/regs/compliance/whdfs28a.pdf

Department of Defense

Warrior Care Blog – DoD Office of Warrior Care Policy

Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office
http://suicideoutreach.org/

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office is a policy office and does not provide crisis services. From their website:
Established in November 2011, the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) is part of the Department of Defense’s Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. DSPO oversees all strategic development, implementation, centralization, standardization, communication and evaluation of DoD suicide and risk reduction programs, policies and surveillance activities.

House of Representatives

Find Your Representative

House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

 The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs reviews veterans’ programs, examines current laws, and reports bills and amendments to strengthen existing laws concerning veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), such as health care, disability compensation, GI Bill education and job training, home loan guarantees, life insurance policies, and a nationwide system of veterans’ cemeteries.

http://veterans.house.gov

Senate

Contact Your Senator

Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs

http://www.veterans.senate.gov/

There are lots of links and resources when you click on the “Veterans” tab at this site.

 

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