When my husband returned from Afghanistan, we faced many challenges and changes. Looking back, I count it as a true blessing that we were able to grow together and come through that much stronger. Now we are passionate about helping fellow veterans in the many struggles they and their families face.
Sadly, the statistics say it all. Divorce, drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness, unemployment, and suicide are far too high and on the rise among veterans. Though there are a number of programs out there seeking to target these issues, still the need for support and advocacy is greater than ever, especially in our faith based organizations.
Below I have listed some websites to various organizations and resources for veterans and their families. From January 1 through March 31, I added one link per day as part of my #22Pushups90days challenge. Also feel free to contact me if you have a favorite veteran's organization or resource that you would like to see listed.
The official website for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
An organization that seeks to end homelessness among veterans by "shaping public policy, promoting collaboration, and building the capacity of service providers."
Mission statement reads, "22KlLL is a global movement bridging the gap between veterans and civilians to build a community of support."
An organization connecting MARSOC and USMC combat veterans to help them transition smoothly from active military service into the civilian world.
"The Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families."
"Focuses on 3 pillars to position veterans into becoming leaders in the private sector who will ultimately create more jobs and programs to support the 240,000 - 300,000 veterans who transition out of the military every year."
The Brain Treatment Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting combat veterans who suffer from Traumatic Brain Injuries and Post Traumatic Stress.
"Rebuilding Warriors provides highly trained and socialized Service/Companion Dogs to Veterans diagnosed as Amputees as well as those with PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury)."
Operation Enduring Warrior's mission is to "honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation."
Provides free, in home fitness equipment, facilitation of donated health club memberships, individualized programs, personal training, and life coaching to in-need veterans with disabilities.
Equest's programs are tailored to meet each individual client's needs with the goal to "leverage the power of the horses to ease the participant's transition to civilian life and help them realize their potential as civic assets and community leaders."
"The mission of Hidden Wounds, a non-profit organization, is to provide peace of mind and comfort for military personnel suffering from combat stress injuries such as PTSD, TBI, and other psychological post war challenges until such time as the Veteran’s Administration or the Veteran's Affairs agencies are prepared to deliver long-term services to our clients through government programs."
"Our mission is to provide a virtual community center where servicemembers and veterans can connect with each other and with their local community."
Veterans' Families United seeks to empower vterans and their loved ones in the healing process by providing gentle, accessible and holistic healing resources for Veterans
"Nationally, Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources."
American Trooper's goal is "to honor our veterans and simply say,"Thank You for your service and sacrifice!", through providing vacations, family fun weekends, and more. We hope to help Veterans relieve stress, rest, and re connect with family."
An organization that rescues dogs from euthanasia and trains them to be service dogs for veterans with PTSD and TBI.
Mission: "Improving the quality of life for Veterans by providing an environment of Creativity and Camaraderie to achieve the Healing and Peace found through playing a Musical Instrument."
The Warrior Wellness Center aims to assist our nation’s Warriors by rebuilding hope in their ability to rebuild their body, mind, and family by fostering recovery through functional fitness.
Provides post 9/11 wounded combat veterans across the US free gym memberships, in home gym equipment, personalized fitness programs, and a peer to peer support network.
"The organization’s mission is to harness the expertise and generosity of volunteer mental health professionals capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society."
Mission: "To provide 24/7 confidential, stigma free peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans, Retirees, and their families/caregivers."
Offers "Innovative and individually tailored treatment plans for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Cost-free. Bureaucracy-free."
Goal is to "help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality."
The Wounded Mind Project is a non-profit organization seeking to raise awareness regarding combat PTSD and eliminate the negative social stigma associated with PTSD.
Operation: Warrior’s Path is a non-profit organization created by veterans and dedicated to combatting PTSD in veterans using non-conventional treatments.
Operation: I.V. is a non-profit organization providing treatment services for combat veterans diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury.
Veterans Outreach Ministries offers free assistance to veterans and veterans' dependents in the benefits search and application process.
"Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity."
"Eagle Rock Camp reconnects military families at holistic retreats that are therapeutic, build spiritual resiliency, and strengthen family bonds."
"To create an environment of healthy adventure, recreation and camaraderie for healing active duty, veteran service members and their families through adaptive kayaking."
"Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings."
The Warrior Thunder Foundation offers a variety of programs and resources to injured service members, including grants, retreats, and financial assistance.
A non-profit organization seeking to challenge and empower wounded combat veterans by getting them outdoors hunting and fishing.
A non-profit organization seeking to spread public awareness and create healing opportunities for veterans and their families through art.
A non-profit organization that assists veterans on their road to recovery through holistic therapies that complement their current treatment.
"The Military Assistance Project was established to provide free legal services for active duty, reserve component, or veteran military personnel and their widow/spouses in the form of pro bono consumer and selected veterans administrative law services."
Hire our Heroes is a non-profit organization that empowers veterans and employers with the knowledge, skills, and innovative tools necessary to optimize a strategic workforce.
Active Heroes is a non-profit organization with the mission to support all U.S. military service members, veterans and their families through physical, educational, and emotional programs in an effort to eliminate suicide.
The Battle Buddy Foundation helps service disabled combat veterans re-integrate themselves back into society by providing them with the help they need. Oftentimes that help is a highly skilled and trained service dog.
"IAVA is the leading post-9/11 veteran empowerment organization (VEO) with the most diverse and rapidly growing membership in America. We don’t just support veterans, we empower them!"
"K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury, and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11."
"Warrior Health and Fitness leads up to 60 Service Members and Veterans per session through a FREE 6-month program designed to improve their physical health and well-being."
Mission is to "assist service members and disabled veterans and their dependents, particularly severely wounded warriors and single-parent service members and veterans, by helping access their benefits, improving communication and coordination with VA, and collaborating with the VA and other veterans groups, health agencies, medical professional organizations, educational organizations, and the public in support of veterans, their families, and military caregivers."
"U.S.VETS is proud to be recognized as a national leader in providing housing, employment and other critical services to veterans."
"The Foxtrot Life Improvement Program (FLIP) will assist disadvantaged veterans in increasing their career aptitude and social function."
Veterans Xtreme Adventures goal is to help America?s combat-wounded veterans reintegrate into society after proudly serving our nation. They connect veterans with a network of resources, including: hunting and fishing guides, healthcare specialists, job placement and training experts, and professional counselors, all at no expense to the veteran.
BeastMode For The Brave is the community outreach program for Guardian For Heroes Foundation. The goal is to enable every American to become a Guardian For our Heroes by using their own unique abilities to honor our every man and women who has ever served and is still serving in our armed forces.
Retreats for Veterans and Families
"The mission of the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation (CKFF) is to Honor God, Country, and Families Who Serve by providing experiences that strengthen military and first responder marriages and families."
Offers free weekend retreats to veterans and their families.
"Project Sanctuary helps military families THRIVE through an evidenced-based program built on compassionate advocacy, providing resiliency and reintegration tools, and reestablishing HOPE."
"Sandy Cove's Operation Oasis ministry was designed to help military families reconnect following the long and challenging separation caused by war…and to say, “Thank you and welcome home!”"
"Coming Home Project is a non-profit organization devoted to providing expert consultation for community-based organizations that address collective and individual trauma."
A group of "veterans serving veterans" through family retreats, support groups, and online communities.
"Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program which assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army Family. The core mission of the Strong Bonds program is to increase individual Soldier and Family member readiness through relationship education and skills training."
"National Veterans Wellness and Healing Center is providing week long retreats for Veterans, Active Duty Military, Reservists, and their significant others who have been diagnosed with PTS (post traumatic stress).
Save A Warrior offers a "War Detox" program, which "supports the healing from Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS). We specialize in connecting Active Duty Military, Returning Veterans, and First Responders experiencing psychological trauma."
State of Delaware Organizations and Resources
A "non-partisan, not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to represent issues affecting all generations of Delaware’s veterans to our state legislature."
"The purpose of Delaware Veterans Trust is to provide financial assistance or grants to assist Delaware Veterans with health care requirements; housing assistance, including utilities, and educational or training programs."
"Offers a wide range of services for Veterans who reside in areas from lower New Castle County to the Delaware-Maryland line. Services range from career counseling; guidance to access state and federal VA benefits, such as medical care and treatment; psychotherapy referrals; mental health counseling; and door-to-door transportation to medical facilities in the region."
"A network of state agencies, and external service providers who proactively work together to provide solutions for military members, veterans and families."
Delaware transitional housing facility for male and female members of all armed service branches.
Suiting Warriors supports and empowers veterans in their transition to the civilian workforce by providing them professional business attire for competing in the current job market. They are expanding and currently serve DE, PA, NJ, NYC, D.C., and northern VA.
VSCOA’s Camp Royal Oak is a transitional residence program located in Quantico, MD, established to serve disabled and/or homeless veterans. This program serves Delaware residents.
A page that lists the veteran services offered at the Delaware Technical and Community College and also contacts for each campus.
Faith Based Organizations and Ministries
An faith based community seeking to connect the military community with Jesus Christ.
The Veterans for Christ Corporation is a Christian based organization that provides the following services: "Routing health information for medical treatment, substance abuse, PTSD and depression; Help with food, shelter and reintegration back into civilian life; VA benefits advocacy; Visitation and supporting senior veterans; Spiritual and Government Advocate for the for Active Soldiers; Veteran Paralegal Advice; Spiritual Family Advocate; Veteran Homelessness; Funerals."
"Base Camp Hope is a faith-based 501(c)3 multi-functional therapeutic facility that helps veterans, service members and their families cope with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other re-integration issues."
Point Man Intl. Ministries is a Christian nonprofit organization whose mission is to connect hurting veterans and their families with others who have already begun the transition home after war.
A North Carolina ministry offering a peer support group, assistance to families with a deployed spouse, outreach opportunities, informational events, encouragement and prayer.
The WHI Program is an intense, focused three-day retreat for military veterans (and spouses); who served their country in combat and may be suffering, in varying degrees, from post-traumatic stress.
This virtual map offered by 22KILL lists events, resources, and battle buddies across the country. Every battle buddy has their contact information listed and is always willing to answer calls from veterans in need.
A ministry that provides free resources for individuals going through a life crisis. Check out "War" under"Help and Hope." It provides four different CD's: "The Demons of War," "The Ultimate Sacrifice," "Vietnam: We Remember," and "War and the Family."
An excellent read that discusses what happens to the human body under the stresses of deadly battle: the impact on the nervous system, heart, breathing, visual and auditory perception, and memory. Then it discusses new research findings as to what measures warriors can take to prevent such debilitations so they can stay in the fight, survive, and win, during the battle and after.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's website and resources. His science of "killology focuses on the reactions of healthy people in killing circumstances (such as police and military in combat) and the factors that enable and restrain killing in these situations."
A website listing numerous employment resources and opportunities for veterans transitioning out of the military.
A website offering a database of resources to promote veteran wellness mentally, physically, and spiritually.
A list of resources for veterans near the Delaware County, PA area listed by Habitat for Humanity.
"Operation Heal Our Patriots, a ministry project of Samaritan?s Purse, focuses on bringing spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment to wounded and injured U.S. military service members and their spouses."
Resources for Families
An excellent source for military families to learn about the different resources, federal programs, retail discounts, and deals available to them.
"Christian Military Wives is a ministry of Christian Military Fellowship that unites wives of US uniformed service men to equip and inspire one another to live as ambassadors to our families and communities in service that builds the Body of Christ as we seek to live in maturing love and growing knowledge of the Son of God."
Mission: "To provide real world resources that help heroes and their loved ones survive and thrive in life after combat."
"InDependent’s mission is to connect military spouses to local health and wellness resources, as well as offer virtual and in-person programs in support of their wellness journeys.
Mission: "To create stronger military families through Education, Empowerment and Support."
A camp for military children with trained counselors and camp staff experienced in helping children adapt and overcome the stressors of military life.
A page for wives, husbands, parents, children, siblings, friends, and all loved ones of vets and military members living with PTSD.
R4 is an alliance of programs joining forces to better serve military family.
"Our Military Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent."
The Veteran's Wife is a non-profit organization that advocates for and provides resources and support groups to veterans, caregivers, and families.
PsychArmor Institute is a nonprofit that provides FREE education and support to all Americans who work with, live with, or care for service members, veterans, and their families.