IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America)
Leading post-9/11 veterans empowerment organization in America. Provided programs include veterans get-togethers, one-on-one support, educational programs, employment programs, career boot-camp, research on issues affecting Iraq and Afghanistan veterans by veterans, and mental health programs.
DAVA (Disabled American Veterans Auxillary)
Goal of assuring benefit entitlement and compassion for disabled veterans. DAVA offers lifetime membership options and benefits. Major programs include service support fund (assistance with financial obligations for DAVA members) and education scholarship program (scholarship assistance for full and part time students for DAVA members).
HIRING OUR HEROES
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, their goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 650 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
Disaster response organization made up of veterans and first responders. Deploys emergency response teams internationally offering essential services, medical care, coordination with government agencies, and other important supplies to those affected. Works to bridge the gap between military and civilian life.
MILITARY ONE SOURCE
Whether it’s helping with child care, personal finances, tax preparation and filing, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, this interactive website includes locators for education, child and elder care, online articles, access to free educational books and CDs, referrals to military and community resources, financial calculators, live online workshops, an option to “Email a consultant,” and much more. Provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families, the site is a virtual extension of installation services.
AMERICAN ADDICTION CENTERS
Veterans returning from combat and deployment face a number of challenges as they try to acclimatize to civilian life. Chief among these challenges is coping with the psychological and emotional trauma of their battlefield experiences and the toll it takes on their mental health. Far too many of them turn to alcohol or controlled substances to self-medicate, and the human cost is staggering. The problem of addiction is one that plagues veterans, but a number of resources and treatment options exists to help men and women in uniform rebuild their lives.
The families of veterans have to fight a number of battles on their own. They may not see their loved one for months and years at a time, not knowing if their parent, spouse, sibling, or child will make it home. For those who do make it back, the horrors of war are not left on the battlefield. The effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, and combat-related substance abuse can strike at the heart of even the tightest knit of families. This guide for addicted veterans and their families can answer questions about treatment and therapy for soldiers and the people who love them.
Veterans who develop mesothelioma as a result of their service in the military are entitled to benefits and assistance from the U.S. government. Mesothelioma Guide’s mission is to guide mesothelioma patients and their loved ones toward answers, information, and healthcare solutions. All assistance and services are provided at no charge to patients and their family members. Mesothelioma Guide offers RN Patient Advocates and VA Accredited Claims Agents on staff to answer questions and help those in need.
Attending college for the first time can be stressful. This is especially true for veterans once they have been discharged from service. If you are a veteran, you may be at a loss of what to do once you have completed military service. You may feel that the obstacles you face in the transition are too overwhelming to consider committing to another structured environment. You might entertain the idea of pursuing a higher education – but the cost of a college education is high. A financial hardship often deters many veterans from pursuing additional education following their military service. As a veteran of the United States, the GI Bill and particularly the new, updated Post-9/11 Bill is there to give you help and assistance to receive higher education without the financial hardship.