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Nationwide Resources

The Benefits for American Heroes Foundation have compiled an extensive list of different resources that are available to the men and women who proudly serve and have served our country. The organizations referred to in this resource are not affiliated with or endorsed by the Benefits for American Heroes nor or we responsible for the accuracy of the information about them. We attempt to keep this list up to date and would like to include links to the companies or organizations you find useful. Please feel free to contact us if there is a company, non-profit, or resource you would like to see included in our Benefit Resource Center.

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Veteran Crisis Line

Veterans Crisis Line

1-800-273-8255 Press 1

The caring professionals at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances. Many of the responders are Veterans themselves and understand what Veterans and their families and friends have been through and the challenges Veterans of all ages and service eras face.

Who they help:

  • Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans and their loved ones with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Home and Home Repair Assistance

American Homeless Veterans Foundation

AHVF is committed to President Obama’s goal of eradicating homelessness among Veterans by 2015.

The success of our organization is measured by these questions:

(1) Are the lives of the Veterans we come in contact with positively impacted by our work; and (2) Are the number of Homeless Veterans being reduced as a result of our actions.

Who they help:

  • Homeless Veterans or Veterans who are at risk of becoming homeless

Building Homes for Heroes

Building Homes for Heroes is strongly committed to rebuilding lives and supporting the brave men and women who were injured while serving the country during the time of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. The organization builds or modifies homes, and gifts them, mortgage-free, to veterans and their families. It’s our honor to support the men and women who have loyally and courageously served our country.

Who they help:

  • Severely wounded or disabled men or women that served in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Heroes at Home

Heroes at Home is a program Sears Holdings has created in partnership with Rebuilding Together in response to an urgent need to assist military families facing hardship. Rebuilding Together, the nations largest all volunteer home rehabilitation organization, is committed to bringing warmth, safety and accessibility to homeowners who do not have the financial or physical resources to complete home repairs and other necessary improvements.

Homes For Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2004 that is strongly committed to building specially adapted homes for the over 1700 Service Members nationwide who have returned home with life-altering injuries post 9/11.

Who they help:

  • They assist Veterans who were severely injured in Afghanistan or Iraq after 9/11. They do this by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor in an effort to coordinate the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

Rebuilding Together

Rebuilding Together strengthens the lives of our most vulnerable communities by providing low-income homeowners with critical home repairs, accessibility modifications and energy-efficient upgrades. Rebuilding Together’s local affiliates and nearly 100,000 volunteers complete about 10,000 rebuild projects each year.

Who they help:

  • With the help of everyday citizen volunteers, skilled tradespeople and the support of local business and major corporate partners, Rebuilding Together affiliates make life better for thousands of low-income homeowners every year.

Therapeutic and Health Related

Air Compassion for Veterans

The mission of Air Compassion for Veterans is to ensure that no financially-stressed wounded warrior, veteran, or his/her adversely- affected family member(s) is denied the ability to access any of the following: distant, specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment; counseling; rehabilitation; service dog acquisition, or any program that promotes healing and restoration for reintegration into a productive life.

Who they help:

  • ACV helps financially-stressed Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and family members.

American Military Family

American Military Family provides emergency financial assistance, therapeutic mental health relief for treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with Licensed Combat Veteran Therapists, offers reintegration assistance and peer support to our troops and their families, while also providing emotional support, working collaboratively with other nonprofit organizations and volunteers who together strive to assist those serving and those who have served in their time of need.

Who they help:

  • They provide assistance and peer support for our troops and their families.

American Widow Project

The American Widow Project recognizes the sacrifices made by the families of our fallen and believes that no military widow should feel alone in her grief. Every military widow deserves the opportunity and tangible tools available to help rebuild her life. Because of that, the American Widow Project provides the vital peer-to-peer, emotional, and educational support necessary to maximize success, healing and hope for a brighter future.

Who they help:

  • The American Widow Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to military widows with an emphasis on healing through sharing stories, tears, and laughter.

Give an Hour

The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society.

Who they help:

  • Give an Hour helps Veteran’s and their Families. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. We offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.

Higher Ground

Higher Ground Sun Valley’s mission is to enhance quality of life through inclusive therapeutic recreation and education for people of all abilities

Who they help:

  • Veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan that were severely injured and their families. Higher Ground specializes in serving veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), polytrauma, blindness, and mental illness. Our secondary injury specialization includes visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and hearing impairments. They offer rehabilitative programs including sports and family and coping therapies. Their goal is to give each veteran the physical skills, confidence, and coping strategies necessary for a successful reintegration into their families and home communities.

House of Heroes

House of Heroes is a nonprofit organization serving our nation’s military and public safety veterans (and their spouses) who are disabled, living on a fixed income, or facing other physical/financial challenges.

Who they help:

  • Volunteers perform minor repairs and make improvements to the homes of Veterans and their spouses. This is accomplished at no cost to the Veteran; through the generosity of individuals, civic organizations, and corporations.

National Center for PTSD

The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.

Who they help:

  • The National Center for PTSD provides Veterans with education on prevention, understand and treatment of PTSD.

Wounded Warrior Project

Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound, co-incident to their military service on or after September 11, 2001 and their families. On that date, America watched in horror as approximately 3,000 people died including hundreds of firefighters and rescue workers. Many warriors note a sense of duty to volunteer for the military following these tragic events.

Who they help:

    • Military personnel that incurred service-connected wounds, injuries, or illnesses on or after September 11, 2001.

    • Wounded Warrior Project provides programs for the wounded warrior’s mind and body.

    • They also provide programs for economic empowerment and engagement.

Yoga for Vets

Yoga for vets maintains a list of studios, gyms and teachers that offer at least four free classes* to war or conflict veterans that served, or are currently serving, in the United States military.

Who they help:

  • War and conflict veterans who have served or are currently serving the United States Military. Yoga for Vets maintains a list of studios, gyms and teachers that offer at least four free classes to active duty military and retired military personnel.

Financial and Financial Assistance

American Legion: National Commission on Children & Youth

Since its establishment in 1925, The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) program has awarded cash grants to minor children of veterans who are eligible for American Legion membership. These grants help families in need meet the cost of shelter, food, utilities and health expenses, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable environment.

Who they help:

  • They provide financial assistance for Veterans and families with children.

The Armed Forces Foundation

The Armed Forces Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting and advocating for active-duty military personnel, National Guardsmen, Reservists, military families, and veterans.

The AFF proactively educates Americans about the hidden wounds of war, including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and advocates for those troops and veterans who have suffered these hidden wounds. The ultimate goal of Help Save Our Troops is to reduce military suicides.

Who they help:

  • The AFF helps Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve, Veterans and their families

Army Emergency Relief

AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.” AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers.

Who they help:

  • AER funds are made available to commanders having AER Sections to provide emergency financial assistance to soldiers – active & retired – and their dependents when there is a valid need.

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

The mission of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort.

Who they help:

Disabled American Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan War. They provide many services for our nations Veterans.

Here are a few:

  • Emergency Financial Relief – Direct financial aid to disabled American veterans and their families in crisis.

  • Road to Recovery Conference – An all-expense paid educational and motivational event for wounded heroes and their families.

  • Partner Appreciation Program - Part-time, flexible employment to wounded veterans or their primary caregivers that involves making phone calls from their homes, most often to personally thank donors.

  • Online Education and Training – The opportunity to take up to 1,500 online courses offered through the Coalition’s partner, Skillsoft.

Hope For The Warriors

The mission of Hope For The Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.

Who they help:

  • Hope For The Warriors offers financial assistance to injured service members with immediate needs.

Impact a Hero

Impact A Hero provides immediate and ongoing emotional and financial support for our severely-wounded post-9/11 combat veterans and their families.

Operation First Response

Operation First Response, Inc. supports our nation’s Wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injury, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life into the civilian world. Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and financial assistance.

Reserve Aid

ReserveAid is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides financial support to Reservists and National Guard members who are currently deployed in the Global War on Terror or who have recently returned from deployment.

Who they help:

  • Reserve Aid does NOT provide loans, but helps service members and their families (on a one-time basis) by paying bills such as rent/mortgage, utilities, car insurance, telephone, etc.

USA Cares

USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need.

Who they help:

  • USA Cares takes a “holistic” approach to helping our military service members, veterans and their families. Services are free and applications for assistance are accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Veterans Plus

VeteransPlus programs were designed by Veterans and are delivered by Veterans to provide practical financial solutions geared to real life circumstances of current and former military personnel.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

VFW’s Mission – To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military, and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.

Who they help:

  • United States veterans of overseas conflicts by ensuring that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.

Educational Assistance

Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes

The mission of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort.

Who they help:

  • Disabled American Veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan War. They provide many services for our nations Veterans.

Here are a few:

    • Emergency Financial Relief – Direct financial aid to disabled American veterans and their families in crisis.

    • Road to Recovery Conference – An all-expense paid educational and motivational event for wounded heroes and their families.

    • Partner Appreciation Program - Part-time, flexible employment to wounded veterans or their primary caregivers that involves making phone calls from their homes, most often to personally thank donors.

    • Online Education and Training – The opportunity to take up to 1,500 online courses offered through the Coalition’s partner, Skillsoft.

FinAid

FinAid was established in the fall of 1994 as a public service. This award-winning site has grown into the most comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.

Who they help:

  • FinAid is a resource which discussed Financial Aid for Veterans and their Dependents.

Fisher House

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Who they help:

Benefits and Compensation Information

National Resource Directory

The National Resource Directory provides help to Service Members, Veterans, and their families. They provide access to services and resources at the national, state, and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community integration. Visitors will be able to find information on:

  • Benefits and compensation

  • Education and training

  • Employment

  • Family and caregiver support

  • Health

  • Homeless assistance

  • Housing

  • Transportation and travel

Volunteer opportunities and other services and resources

Basic Needs and Essential Resources

Blue Star Mothers of America

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political, non-sectarian organization. They are mothers, stepmothers, foster mothers and female legal guardians who have children serving in the military, guard or reserves, or children who are veterans.

Who they help:

  • They provide care packages and support for our currently serving military. They have over 200 chapters across the nation that is involved in a variety of programs offering support, recreation, information and much more.

Disabled Veterans of America

Disabled Veterans of America are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. They accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life

Who they help:

  • Veterans and their dependents by:

      • Providing free, professional assistance to veterans and their families in obtaining benefits and services earned through military service and provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and other agencies of government.

      • DAV operates a fleet of vehicles around the country to provide free transportation to VA medical facilities for injured and ill veterans. DAV stepped in to help veterans get the care they need when the federal government terminated its program that helped many of them pay for transportation to and from medical facilities. The vans are driven by volunteers, and the rides coordinated by almost 200 Hospital Service Coordinators around the country.

Housing 1 Source

Housing 1 Source was created to make the relocation process easier for our nation’s soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, DoD civilians and their families. Housing 1 Source is a Relocation Center that coordinates all of the services, resources and information you need for relocation at NO COST to you.

Who they help:

  • They help Active Duty and Veterans with the moving process.

Military One Source

Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve Component members, and their families. Information includes, but is not limited to, deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and childhood, and much more.

Who they help:

  • Service members and their families

National Veterans Foundation

The National Veterans Foundation mission is to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families. They offer public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans. The National Veterans Foundation also conduct outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

Segs4Vets

The Segs4Vets program provides successful candidates with a universally designed mobility device which does not draw attention to their disability. The Segway is a tool that is solving many of the mobility issues facing our disabled veterans, in a manner which is psychologically uplifting and physically beneficial and rekindling in recipients the desire and motivation to continue to serve their families, their nation and their fellow man.

Who they help:

  • The Segs4Vets program is only currently serving members or former members of the United States Armed Forces who while on Active Duty on or after September 11, 2001, while serving under one of the following conditions:

        • Armed Conflict; Hazardous Conditions; Conditions Simulating War; Instrumentality Of War; Combat Operation; Combat Zone; Incurred Illness or Injury resulting in Permanent Disability and Difficulty Walking.

Veteran Family Resources

Fisher House

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Who they help:

Quality of Life Foundation

Quality of Life Foundation strives to make positive differences in peoples’ lives today that will continue far into the future. By focusing on initiatives that improve the quality of life of those who have been struck by misfortune, and teaching them skills for rebuilding in spite of those life struggles, the Foundation will have indeed provided a life-long benefit to those they serve.

Who they help:

  • The Quality of Life Foundation supports families who provide a substantial amount of care giving to a wounded, injured or ill veteran. The families they help include veterans with combat and non-combat-related traumatic brain injuries; PTSD, stroke; spinal cord injuries; multiple amputations; and other poly-trauma injuries. The Quality of Life Foundation focuses on the whole family because often times, care giving responsibilities coupled with financial strain; result in family members forgoing their own quality of life needs. They address quality of life needs through local and national resources, or through the outright purchase of goods/services

State Specific

Home FrontCares (CO)

Home Front Cares provide emergency grants to pay essential life expenses like rent, utilities, and car repairs. They serve all of Colorado, and have strong partnerships throughout the state with other non-profit and referral agencies, military installations, the VA and other Veteran Service Organizations. Our case workers provide referral services to many of these agencies, ensuring our clients receive financial, family and emotional counseling and services, even when they do not qualify for our financial support.

Operation Forever Free (TX)

The mission of Operation Forever Free is to improve the lives of returning servicemen and women in the Dallas/Fort Worth area by providing comfortable, customized homes and living assistance suited to each person’s individual needs.

Who they help:

  • Operation Forever Free assists combat wounded service men and women with transportation needs, modifying/re-modeling homes, and in some cases, providing a new home at no cost to these families. The organization’s efforts include these items, but are not limited to these items. Each situation will be reviewed individually, on a case by case basis.

Department of Veterans Affairs

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA’s Mission: To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s Veterans.

Who they help:

  • VA assists Veterans with: disability compensation, pension, education, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivors’ benefits, medical benefits, and burial benefits.

VA for Vets

VA for Vets helps Veterans and transitioning Military Service Members find federal or non-profit careers.

Who they help:

  • Veterans seeking reintegration, retention and job hiring

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