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
If you call 911 on behalf of a Veteran please be sure to tell the 911 operator the person you are calling on behalf of is a Veteran.
TALK: 1-800-273-8255 then press 1
EN ESPAÑOL OPRIMA EL 2
TTY SERVICE 1-800-799-4889
Resources:Request Your Military Service Records Online, by Mail, or by Fax
(Includes DD 214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, Replacement Medals, and/or Medical Records) 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
Wounded, Ill, And/Or Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook for service members of the Armed Forces (downloads as a .pdf), The Office of Warrior Care Policy, updated June 2019
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.
MARINESWounded Warrior Regiment Wounded Warrior Battalion – EAST Wounded Warrior Battalion – WEST DStress https://www.dstressline.com/ Call 1-877-476-7734 to speak anonymously with a live person. LIVE CHAT IS ALSO AVAILABLE Complete anonymity. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The line is staffed by veteran Marines, former Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsmen, Marine spouses and family members, and licensed behavioral health counselors. The goal of the DSTRESS Line is to help callers manage stress in all forms, ranging from relationship and career issues to deployment and financial problems, and develop the necessary skills required to cope with the widely-varying challenges if life in the Corps. Navy Marine Corps Relief Society Semper Fi Fund | America’s Fund – For Our Combat Wounded, Ill, Injured (serving all service branches) Marine Corps Association Foundation Wounded Marine Funding Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Marine Corps League Marine For Life Network – connects transitioning Marines and their family members to education resources, employment opportunities, and other Veteran services that aid in their career and life goals outside of military service. Marine Parents.com
NavyNavy Marine Corps Relief Society Navy Safe Harbor – Wounded, Ill, and Injured Support Navy League
ArmyArmy Recovery Care Program Soldier and Family Resources Green Beret Foundation
WINGMAN ONLINE – Comprehensive Airman Fitness
Navy Safe Harbor – Wounded, Ill and Injured Support
National GuardJoint Services Support for the National Guard – Key information from the JSS website is now on Military OneSource.
Other Crisis and Suicide Prevention Resources:VETS 4 WARRIORS (CONFIDENTIAL)
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.
Major Military Medical Facilities:Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Wounded Warrior Care Center, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda Naval Medical Center San Diego Brooke Army 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.
Luke’s Wings, a non-profit dedicated to the support of wounded, ill and injured service members, provides families with the means to visit during recovery and rehabilitation.
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.
Are you familiar with ALL of the benefits you’ve earned?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)
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.
America’s Mighty Warriors – America’s Mighty Warriors mission is to honor the sacrifices of our troops and the fallen and their families by providing programs that improve quality of life, resiliency and recovery.
American Red Cross Military Services – The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.
Give An Hour – provides free mental health care to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans and their families.Homes For Our Troops – To build and donate specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severally injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. Hope For The Warriors – Provides a full cycle of care to restore self, family, and hope to post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen. SemperMax Support Fund – Steadfast Support Throughout The Silver Star Families of America – Silver Star shining for sacrifice, honoring combat wounded, ill and dying members of out Armed Forces, and bringing remembrance to those so deserving of our thanks. Tee it up for the Troops –Tee It Up for the Troops supports programs that deliver critical services to help veterans transition from the battlefront to the homefront. Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) – Caring for the Families of America’s Fallen Heroes The Warrior Song Project – The Warrior Song Project was begun in October 2009 by Sean Householder to support and boost the morale of United States active duty and retired military service men and women. Head’s up that this is an e-commerce site. If you were at a luncheon of ours in 2013 or thereabouts you may have received a CD and/or a t-shirt donated by an anonymous donor from them. They are also on YouTube. Yellow Ribbon Fund – Serving post-9/11 active duty and veteran service members and their caregivers 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
Hiring Our Heroes – check their site for job fairs and events near you.
Handshakes, NOT Handouts
America’s #1 Choice, Buy American, Buy Veteran
“Companies are actively seeking Veteran owned businesses and skilled Veterans for potential employment. We will use your information to match you with opportunity.”
You can register your Veteran-owned business here and you can find Veteran-owned businesses here.
Resources by STATE:
Marine Families (f/k/a T.A.M.P.A. USMC Family Support, they are on Facebook)
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 (link has changed)
Maryland National Guard Benefits Guide (link has changed)Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans Oregon Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida Pennsylvania America 4R Veterans (a/k/a America 4R Marines) (link doesn’t work)
Southeast Tennessee Veterans Coalition – Providing outreach to all military service persons including Veterans and their families by creating partnerships between VA providers and local agencies. Proudly Serving These Counties:
Tennessee: Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie.
Georgia: Catoosa, Dade, Murray, Walker, Whitfield.
Alabama: Dekalb, Jackson
East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (ETMAC) – ETMAC is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1990 to recognize, encourage, support and advocate for, and on behalf of, military activities in East Tennessee. ETMAC brings together the military units in East Tennessee with military and civilian organizations, Veterans, military retirees, political leaders, news outlets, and members of the public. The organization provides a forum to share volunteers, information and ideas, challenges and solutions, and to assist in fundraising activities.
Virginia Veteran and Family Support (formerly Virginia Wounded Warrior Program)
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)
Department of Defense
Department of Defense Suicide Prevention Office
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
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.
There are lots of links and resources when you click on the “Veterans” tab at this site.