VETERANS & FAMILY MEMBERS – Reach out to any of the organizations listed below.Â Free and immediate help is available.
CIVILIANS – Consider making a donation to help these non-profits continue their workÂ or volunteer some of your time.Â Be a part of the solution by actively participating in your community. Take the initiative, get involved, and care enough to give back.
Volunteer ~ Mentor a Child of a Veteran ~ Hire a Veteran ~ Spread the Word
You CAN make a real difference in someone’s life.
THE PHILADELPHIA VETERANS MULTI-SERVICE & EDUCATION CENTER:
PVMSEC provides Veteran Benefit and Entitlement Assistance- working one-on-one with Vets to process filing VA claims and GI BIll entitlements. Â PVMSEC provides Employment and Training Services, Homeless Veteran Services, Veterans Transition Assistance, On-site Resources, and Homeless Veteran Services.
Also located within the PVMSEC is The Perimeter, which provides a boundary of defense for the 17,000 homeless Veteran clients annually. Â Linked to The Perimeter are PVMSEC’s transitional residencies, LZIIÂ and The Mary Walker House, both located on the grounds of the Coatesville VA Medical Center in Coatesville, PA. Â For more information on these facilities please contact PVMSEC directly.
PROJECT H.O.M.E., SUPPORT SERVICES FOR VETERAN FAMILIES: http://www.projecthome.org/services/veteran/
Project H.O.M.E., located in Philadelphia, PA, provides a variety of services that cater specifically to veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and veteran families currently without homes or in danger of losing their homes.
THE SOLDIERS PROJECT: Â http://www.thesoldiersproject.org/
Free, confidential psychological counseling by a group of licensed mental health professionals for military service members and their loved ones. Â Toll-free (877) 576-5343. Â The Soldiers Project has therapists across the country. Â See the list of their various affiliates on their website and contact the one nearest you.
HIDDEN WOUNDS: Â http://www.hiddenwounds.org
Interim Counseling, Emergency Counseling, Family Support and Strategic Counseling. Â The mission of Hidden Wounds is to provide counseling services to ensure the psychological health and well-being to combat veterans and their families.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE:Â 1-800-273-TALK(8255) Â http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Skilled, trained counselors are available 24/7 by calling the number above or go to the website and “live chat” online.
NEW DIRECTIONS, LOS ANGELES: http://www.newdirectionsinc.org/
New Directions holds the belief that the brave men and women who serve our nation deserve to be rewarded and respected by their countrymen, and never stigmatized, devalued, or ignored.
Los Angeles has the largest population of homeless military veterans in the nation.Â The V.A. estimates that more than 8,000 homeless veterans live on our streets, accounting for eleven percent (11%) of all homeless veterans nationwide.
New Directions offers a wide array of services.Â These include substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes.Â Legal and tax assistance are available, as is an active aftercare program and resources for alumni.Â Veterans leave New Directions with a savings account, housing, a job or other income, computer skills, renewed self-confidence and the support of mentors and peers.Â Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life alteringâ€”and for many veterans, life-saving.
FAMILY OF A VET (PTSD, TBI, & Life After Combat): Â http://www.familyofavet.com/
“Family of a Vet is dedicated to helping you, your family, and your loved ones adjust to lifeÂ after combat. Â Whether staying in the military, transitioning out, or already separated, ourÂ entire staff is experienced in helping you navigate the trail you now find yourself on. AtÂ Family of a Vet, there is no judgment. Â We help all veterans regardless of their situations when they return home. There are no â€œqualificationsâ€ for us to assist you. Â You are not required to be diagnosed with PTSD, TBI, or be wounded to receive assistance from ourÂ staff. Â All staff members here are experienced in veteranâ€™s affairs and liveÂ with or are a veteran themselves.”Â – excerpt from website.
SERVICE WOMEN’S ACTION NETWORKÂ (SWAN): Â http://www.servicewomen.org/
NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE: Â 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Â http://www.thehotline.org
24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning and resources to everyone affected by domestic violence.
GIVE AN HOUR:Â Â http://www.giveanhour.org/
A nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. military personnel and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
VETERANSâ€™ CHILDREN:Â http://www.veteranschildren.com
An online community that promotes healing and the sharing of stories among sons and daughters of veterans.
UNITED CHILDREN OF VETERANS: Â http://www.unitedchildrenofveterans.com/
Food for thought about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children of War Veterans.
BLUE STAR FAMILIES: Â http://www.bluestarfam.org/
To support, connect, and empower military families; to raise the awareness of the challenges of military family life with civilian communities and leaders.
THE ERIC HALL MEMORIAL FOUNDATION: Â http://www.erichallfoundation.org/
The Eric Hall Memorial Foundation is named in honor of the late Cpl. Eric W. Hall, a Marine from Jeffersonville, Indiana.
Eric was badly wounded by a remote detonated improvised explosive device (IED) while on foot patrol in Fallujah, Iraq in June of 2005. Â He returned to the United States for a lengthy recovery. His strong young body wasnâ€™t the only part of him ravaged by that explosive, so too was his mind. For 2 1/2 years, Eric also suffered from the hidden wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder. Eric had nearly 20 surgeries to help heal his body, but no surgery could heal his mind and soul.
On February 3, 2008, Eric, who was just 24, was found dead near his auntâ€™s home just outside Punta Gorda, Fl. Bizarre events led to his disappearance. He fled the home while experiencing an intense â€œflashback.â€ Ericâ€™s family and newfound friends searched for 5 weeks before recovering his remains in a drainage tile approximately 1 mile from his Auntâ€™s home. On March 9, 2008, Charles Shaughnessy, a 60 year-old Vietnam vet and Marine, made that long crawl down inside the drainage pipe to recover his remains.
On March 12, 2008, his parents, Kevin and Becky Hall stood before local and network television news cameras and confirmed the fact their sonâ€™s remains were those that had been found. It was also at this very moment, the Halls announced to America and the world how they wanted Ericâ€™s death to be their calling to raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder along with traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain and other adjustment issues that affect our combat veterans.
The Eric Hall Memorial Foundation was founded in Ericâ€™s memory by his parents to help other combat veterans suffering from PTSD/TBI. Chronic pain and other readjustment issues.
Eric’s story is featured in this film.
MILITARY FAMILIES UNITED: Â http://www.militaryfamiliesunited.org/
Military Families Unitedâ€™s mission is to Honor the Fallen, Support Those Who Fight, and Serve Their Families. We are a national coalition of Gold Star and Blue Star families, veterans, and patriotic Americans who share a deep appreciation for our men and women in uniform and support them in their mission to keep America safe. Together, we ensure that the sacrifices of our courageous military do not go unnoticed and that these men and women and their families receive the support they need and deserve.
THE ARMS FORCES:Â http://www.thearmsforces.org/
The Arms Forces provides a caring heart and a listening ear that helps educate, empower and facilitate change for military members and veterans who have a traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress resulting in better outcomes for their lives.
SOLDIER’S HEART: Â http://www.soldiersheart.net/
Provides a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional, moral, and spiritual wounds of veterans, their families and communities. It offers a genuine healing and homecoming from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder by developing a new and honorable warrior identity supported by community. Edward Tick’s groundbreaking book, War and the Soul, explores ancient and cross-cultural warrior traditions that reveal the necessities for successful warrior return. The Soldierâ€™s Heart Model facilitates them and applies this model to promote, train, and guide military, professional and community-based efforts to heal the effects of war.
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA: Â http://www.vva.org/
VVA’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” The VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
COMING HOME PROJECT: Â http://www.cominghomeproject.net/
The Coming Homeâ„¢ Project is a non-profit organization devoted, since 2006, to providing expert, compassionate care, support, education, and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, service members, their families, and their service providers. We are an experienced team of psychotherapists, veterans and interfaith leaders committed to alleviating the unseen wounds of war. All Coming Homeâ„¢ programs are free, confidential, and non-denominational. There is no particular political or religious belief or affiliation that is represented or required.
NATIONAL VETERANS FOUNDATION: Â http://www.nvf.org/
LIVE CHAT with a NVF counselor online, or call toll free: 1.888.777.4443 for crisis management, information and referral needs for all U.S. Veterans and their families.
VETERAN ARTIST PROGRAM: http://www.veteranartistprogram.org
“To Foster, Encourage, and Promote Veteran Artists. VAP, a 501c3 nonprofit, takes artists who are also veterans, and propels their works and careers into the mainstream creative arts community through networking, mentorships, collaborations with professional artists, and original productions. We are based in the Baltimore-Washington area but we work with other like-minded organizations and individuals across the country to expand the network and visibility of veteran artists.
Our scope includes the performing and visual arts, specifically music, theater, filmmaking, acting, painting, photography and many other disciplines in the creative arts. We also provide high quality, veteran-led, professional services such as event and film production, documentation through video and photography, gallery exhibitions and much more.
AMERICAN WOMEN VETERANS: Â http://americanwomenveterans.org/home/
American Women Veterans is the nationâ€™s preeminent, non-partisan, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the legacy of servicewomen, veterans and their families. We welcome veterans and supporters from all eras and branches of service.
OPERATION HOMEFRONT: Â http://www.operationhomefront.net/
Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
“Through generous, widespread public support and a collaborative team of exceptional staff and volunteers, we aspire to become the provider of choice for emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Where there is a need we do not provide, we will partner with others for the benefit of our military families.”
VETERANS CRISIS LINE: http://veteranscrisisline.net
TAPS -Â TRAGEDY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM FOR SURVIVORS:Â http://www.taps.org/welcome/
TAPS welcomes anyone who is grieving the death of someone who died while serving in the military – regardless of where they died or how they died. If you are hurting, we are here for you. Â If you would like to talk with someone on our survivor care team who can let you know about services and programs you might find helpful, or just need someone to talk to, please call us any time at 1.800.959.TAPS (8277). Our resource and information helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.