Veterans Resources


Our involvement and commitment to veterans issues should extend beyond the sentimental jumbo-tron moments we see in professional sports. We owe our veterans our very freedom. This is no cliche.

Many of us may have wanted to serve and were unable to, but ours is not just a force of active and former military. We are all in this together.  We should be the support team for our friends and family who serve. There are ways you can get involved. If you know of another proven organization or a new one achieving some success please write me via the contact page and I’ll add them to the page.

Veterans Crisis Line http://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ 800-273-8255 press 1

URGENT: Are you a veteran needing shelter? Call 1(877) 4AID-VET

SuicideCall 800-273-8255, #1 If you have contemplated suicide or know someone you’re worried about,  Go online: http://stopsoldiersuicide.org  if you’re a soldier, a veteran, a family member, or to donate or volunteer. The statistic of 22 veterans a day plus 1 active duty soldier committing suicide is said to be low.

Trauma affects the entire family. If you or a family member have issues such as PTSD, TBI, MST or suffer from depression, contact someone who can help. There are many who care.

Volunteer or Donate to help a vet https://www.volunteer.va.gov/

 

 

Veterans Benefits (applications and info) https://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

 

 

Help applying for benefits https://www.vets.gov/disability-benefits/apply/help/

 

 

American Legion (additional help applying for benefits) https://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/departmentofficers

 

 

Vet to Vet assistance (get in touch with a fellow vet who helps you with info) https://nvf.org/veterans-request-assistance/

 

 

Veterans Resource Center https://nvf.org/veterans-benefits-resource-center/

 

This is a great page for wide ranging links http://www.dummies.com/personal-finance/veterans-benefits/top-ten-places-to-get-help-with-veterans-benefits/

 

State benefits for vets (by state) https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html

 

Excellent source of updates and benefits changes https://www.military.com/benefits

 

Women Vets

Women Veterans Health https://www.womenshealth.va.gov/

 

Women Veterans Call Center 1-855-VA-WOMEN Direct one-on-one help and answers

 

New links

Help spread awareness of the links between combat service, PTSD and substance abuse. Roughly 15 percent of combat veterans suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives, and half of those turn to substance abuse as a coping mechanism.  See the free Veterans and Addiction series to spread awareness of the issue. Many veterans aren’t aware they can make claims for Mesothelioma. Contact any of the agencies below for help. Get involved in your local veterans organizations. Donate to a proven charity.

Veterans and Addiction https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/veterans/

https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/veterans/ drug rehab

Alcohol Awareness Council  https://recover.org where you can browse by state and https://rehabs.com for info related to drug and alcohol abuse.

Addiction Treatment for Veterans 800-570-3670 http://www.rehabcenter.net/veterans-and-substance-abuse/ 

Detox rehabs http://detoxrehabs.org/state-provided-veteran-resources/

Alcoholrehabguide.org

www.AlcoholRehabGuide.org/resources/Alcoholism-in-Veterans
www.AlcoholRehabGuide.org/Resources/Active-Duty-Military-Personnel-And-Alcoholism

AssistedLiving.org https://www.assistedliving.org/assisted-living-benefits-for-veterans
Veterans: PTSD and Addiction
 https://www.advancedrecoverysystems.com/resources/veterans/

Mesothelioma Navy https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/veterans/military/navy/   “Most veterans suffering from a service-related asbestos disease never bother to file a VA Disability Compensation and/or Pension Claim; either because they don’t think they are eligible, or simply assume the VA will deny them. “

Mesothelioma Veterans Outreach MesotheliomaVeterans.org 

Mesothelioma Guide https://www.mesotheliomaguide.com/veterans/

Note: My research and interviews into veterans’ issues entering a ‘non war’ period made Ridge Romano’s passion for veterans and his vision for the consortium and Knights Production real to me. While this is a work of fiction and Ridge’s ideas for a Consortium are just an idea, there are many companies that do get involved with veterans. But more commitment, legislation, and private involvement is important to how successful our troops will be at reentering society, having ‘normal’ lives with their families, employment and good mental and physical health.

Far too many of our soldiers come home with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), debilitating injuries and illnesses, and are then made to wait for treatment because of overloaded government agencies and a lack of compassion for what these men and women and their families have done for our country. We fail them too often.

About Face http://www.ptsd.va.gov/apps/AboutFace  Meet some of the real faces of soldiers and family members with PTSD and find out how you can get help.

 

Charity Navigator  

To find charity organizations for veterans, their ratings and accountability, click here  Some organizations listed on the charity navigator. There are many more, both local and national:

Air Warrior Courage Foundation

American Red Cross

Army Emergency Relief

Disabled Veterans’ LIFE Memorial Foundation

Fisher House Foundation

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

IAVA #vetsrising

Mission22.com #mission22

Mesothelioma Veterans Outreach

New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Operation Support Our Troops – America

Pat Tillman Foundation

Thanks USA

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

USA Cares

Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation

Wounded Warriors Family Support

You can help wounded vets with a monthly donation at Wounded Warrior Project and find more resources at Wounded Heroes fund 

Support the Shepherd Centers and the @shepherdsmen who ran their first 911 mile run with 22lbs on their backs as a tribute to the minimum 22 vets a day who commit suicide. Contact Shepherdcenter.com to help

For more information about the costs and statistics on the cost of war to humans go to: http://www.facethefactsusa.org/facts/the-true-price-of-war-in-human-terms

Links for some companies who hire and provide resources to veterans:

http://maketheconnection.net/resources?gclid=COifiajPscICFZSPfgod4SEASw

http://www.diversityjournal.com/veterans2014/

https://www.hireheroesusa.org

https://www.sba.gov/content/veteran-service-disabled-veteran-owned

http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/25/17913522-companies-honored-for-hiring-and-supporting-veterans

http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2014/02/24/companies-need-to-help-americas-military-veterans-get-back-to-work/ How to help veterans and your vet employees

http://www.showyourstripes.org/support.html

https://www.score.org/vetsfastlaunch

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/11/companies-hiring-veterans_n_2103868.html

SeniorHomes.com

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/06/veterans-suicide-jeremy-staat-foundation_n_1568205.html

An inspiring story of how two veterans brought attention to the problem of suicide among vets