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Military.com
 
 

We started Military.com in 1999 to revolutionize the way the 30 million Americans with military affinity stay connected and informed. Today, we're the largest military and veteran membership organization — 10 million members strong.

Military.com's free membership connects service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.


We believe that the benefits earned in the service should be easier to access and written in plain English. We're passionate about helping members make the most of military experience throughout life. Military.com's members are sharing stories, insider tips, news from the front lines, and unique slices of military life including the tough stuff of war.


Military.com provides headline news and technology updates since our community answers the call and makes news. We also cover the rest of the military experience — from great content like our user-generated videos in our popular "Shock and Awe" feature to our military equipment guide we present what makes the military unique (and fun).


In 2004, Military.com joined forces with Monster Worldwide (NYSE: MWW) to accelerate our growth and change the playing field for career and educational opportunities for servicemembers, veterans and military spouses. Monster's vision is bringing people together to advance their lives, which is a great fit with Military.com's "members first" ethos and goal of connecting the military community to all the benefits of service.

National Veterans Foundation
 
 

888-777-4443

The National Veterans Foundation offers an impressive range of free services to vets.


Call to speak to a NVF staff member about your situation.


NVF will help you if you're in crisis, need legal help, assistance with a disability claim, help finding a job, treatment for PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury, or simply want to connect with other vets. The organization also helps military families who are having a hard time affording groceries.

Veterans and Agent Orange
 
 

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/disability-compensation-agent-orange-vietnam-blue-water-veterans.html

Veterans and Gulf War Syndrome
 
 

http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/disability-compensation-gulf-war-veterans.html

Vietnam Veterans of America
 
 

http://vva.org

Veterans Benefits Administration
 
 

http://benefits.va.gov/benefits/

Wounded Warrior Project
 
 

877-832-6997


The Wounded Warrior Project offers assistance for post 9/11 military veterans who have been honorably discharged. It can help with collecting disability benefits, continuing education and other services.   If you call the organization's phone number and explain your situation, the advisor will tell you about the WWP programs that you may be eligible for, with acceptable proof of service and discharge status.

Career Assistance

Farmer Veteran Coalition
 
 

530-756-1395
FVC's mission is to mobilize veterans to feed America. It's goal is to cultivate a new generation of farmers and food leaders, to develop viable employment and meaningful careers through the collaboration of the farming and military communities. FVC offers veterans training in becoming farmers. For many vets, training on the organization's Sacramento Valley farm is a pathway to a new career in agriculture. For others who just need some peace after the chaos of war, the organization's weekend retreats offer some much needed calm. There are farms across the nation that are offering apprenticeships to military veterans who want to learn to farm.

IAVA Career Path
 
 

Resume Builder with Built-In Skills Translator

Translate your military skills into commonly used business terms for the civilian world.

Career Mapping Tool

Browse career paths and see what sort of education, experience and training is required to obtain certain jobs.

Veteran Friendly Employers

Browse listings from employers that value your military experience, including JPMorgan Chase, Cisco, AT&T, United Health Group, Target and more.

IAVA's Programs 

Visit Community of Veterans, a vets-only social network

Get exclusive rewards in The Rucksack

Calculate your New GI Bill benefits

Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles - Veterans First
 
 

877-832-6997


Program Coordinator: Jessica Cheng, 323-904-4900 x3904


JVS of LA's Veterans First program provides career coaching to veterans, helping you assess your skills and build upon them. The organization's Battle Buddy Groups will give you a chance to network and receive support from people who understand. The program is free. And if you're eligible, JVS can provide you with funding for additional education and job training as well.


JVS' Veterans First program is available to all veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and who live in the Los Angeles area.

NextGen Vets
 
 

424-259-3803


NextGenVets is a job placement organization. Go to their contact page, fill out their form, and answer questions about your education and military rank. You'll be placing your profile in the organization's database. A case worker at NextGenVets will then contact you and reach out to companies that are hiring so that they can match the right vet with the right company.

Wall Street WarFighters
 
 

888-439-3935


If you're interested in pursuing a career in finance, Wall Street WarFighters can help. The organization provides education and training to wounded vets, so they can make the transition from the battlefield to Wall Street. Even if you don't have a college degree, you can still call them.


The organization is designed to assist wounded soldiers. Veterans interested in the program need at least a 10 percent disability rating from the VA to participate.

Trauma Therapy - For Children

Defense Department Website for Military Children
 
 

Website for children experiencing the challenges of military deployments.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
 
 

A good resource for parents concerned about their children, with many printable articles.

Trauma Therapy - Locate a Therapist

EMDR Institute
 
 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy

EMDRIA
 
 

EMDR International Association

ISSTD
 
 

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

SE
 
 

Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
(formerly The Foundation for Human Enrichment)

SPI
 
 

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

Thought Field Therapy
 
 

Thought Field Therapy

Trauma Therapy - Research

David Baldwin's Trauma Pages
 
 

Lots of articles on trauma, and resources for adults and children.

ISTSS
 
 

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

The National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
 
 

Articles and resources.

The Trauma Center
 
 

Articles on trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D. and others. Information for first responders and civilians.

The VA/DoD Clinical Guidelines for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress
 
 

Recommendations on the best therapies including medication.

Warrior Resources

Allied Forces Foundation
 
 

http://alliedforcesfoundation.org/

DSTRESS Line USMC
 
 

A service of the Marine Corps
1-877-476-7734
Completely Anonymous


From the everyday stressors of life to the stressors related to combat, stress can affect even the strongest Marine. The DSTRESS Line was developed by the Corps to provide professional, anonymous counseling for Marines, attached Sailors, and families when it's needed most.

Call today to speak with one of your own.

IAVA
 
 

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America  
212-982-9699 or 202-544-7692


IAVA is the first and largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. With over 200,000 Member Veterans and supporters nationwide, IAVA strives to build the New Greatest Generation. Our programs empower our community online and offline, and include health, employment, education and community (HEEC) resources.


But don't just take our word for it.

Legal Services: National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force
 
 

877-832-6997


The National Lawyers Guild Military Law Task Force includes attorneys, legal workers, law students and “Barracks lawyers” interested in draft, military and veterans issues. It is a standing project of the National Lawyers Guild.


MLTF assists those working on military law issues as well as military law counselors working directly with GIs. It trains and mentors counselors and beginning military law attorneys in all aspects of military law through training materials and direct communication. It tracks changes in military law and policy.

Hope for the Warriors
 

 

http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org

877-246-7349

Hope for the Warriors provides many services, both clinical and recreational to post 9/11 veterans and their families.


 




NYC Veterans Alliance
 
 

http://www.nycveteransalliance.org/

Stop Soldier Suicide
 
 

http://stopsoldiersuicide.org

Team Red White and Blue
 
 

http://www.teamrwb.org/

The Mission Continues
 
 

(314) 588 8805

The Mission Continues awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local nonprofit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues.


Each Fellow works to achieve a post-fellowship goal of full time employment and/or pursuit of higher education, while maintaining a permanent role of public service. Each Fellow is also empowered to share their story and model of service in their community. Through veteran-led service projects, The Mission Continues brings veterans and civilians together in days of service nationwide. These projects are bridging the military-civilian divide, allowing veterans to feel more connected to their communities and helping civilians gain a better understanding of and appreciation for our men and women in uniform.


Driven by the deep belief that veterans are civic assets and leaders, The Mission Continues is built around challenging them to continue to serve here at home.A Mission Continues Fellow is a post-9/11 veteran who has accepted the challenge to continue serving at home through our Fellowship Program.


What does a Fellowship entail?

A Mission Continues Fellowship involves 20 hours of service per week for 26 weeks at a local nonprofit organization. Fellows are encouraged to choose a nonprofit organization to serve based on their own personal passions. Current and Alumni Fellows have worked at organizations addressing issues ranging from disaster preparedness to education for low-income youth to training service dogs for wounded veterans. These host organizations include Habitat for Humanity, American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Mothers Against Drunk Driving.


Before beginning the fellowship, Fellows attend a three-day Fellowship Orientation, joining other post-9/11 veterans from their Fellowship Class for a weekend of training, service and camaraderie. Upon returning home from orientation, Fellows officially begin their fellowships at their host organizations.


Throughout the fellowship, each Fellow will have the opportunity to lead a community service project, share their story with others, and inspire their community to take action.

The Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC
 
 

(212) 614-5753


Important Disclaimer: The Resources in this Guide have not been independently verified either by the Veterans Mental Health Coalition of NYC, or by TRR.

Vet2Vet
 
 

http://www.veteranscall.us

Wounded Warrior Project
 
 

877.TEAM.WWP (877 832.6997)


To honor and empower wounded warriors. Everyone’s recovery process is different. Depending where you are in your own rehabilitative and transitional process, we hope you find a program that fits you and/or your family’s needs.

 

ASKING FOR HELP IS STRENGTH NOT WEAKNESS


The Combat Stress Recovery Program (CSRP) addresses the mental health and cognitive needs of warriors returning from war. CSRP provides services at key stages during a warrior's readjustment process.




Warrior Resources - Mesothelioma

Asbestos Exposure and VA Claim Help
 
 

800 615-2270


Our Veterans Assistance Department is available to help with your asbestos-related VA Claims as well as assist you with questions about other forms of financial compensation.


Veterans & Asbestos Exposure


Widely used by every military branch, asbestos was highly regarded for its heat resistance and fireproofing capabilities. In fact, asbestos was so valued that the military even mandated widespread usage before eventually phasing out the material in the 1970s. As a result, veterans who served between 1940 and 1970 have a risk of developing asbestos-related illnesses. Additionally, Navy personnel and workers employed in shipyards from the 1930s through the 1970s hold a greater risk of developing a disease caused by asbestos exposure.

Mesothelioma and Veterans
 
 

800 615-2270


According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, there are currently about 21.5 million living individuals who have served in the United States' Armed Forces. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of these living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service. This has resulted in an elevated rate of asbestos-related diseases in veterans.

Mesothelioma Guide

1.888.572.9011


Veterans who develop mesothelioma as a result of their service in the military are entitled to benefits and assistance from the U.S. government.

 

Wellness Practices

Combat Paper Project
 
 

Drew Cameron, project co-director
802 316-1124

The Combat Paper Project conducts hands-on workshops across the country where veterans take their uniforms, cut them up, process them into pulp, and use that pulp to create art. While molding their old uniforms into something new, veterans get a chance to talk about their battlefield experiences with other vets who have been there and understand.


For many soldiers, these workshops have been transformative experiences, helping them process the pain lingering from their war-time tours while reshaping their identity: from warrior to artist.

Exalted Warrior Foundation
 
 

Yoga Instruction for Wounded Warriors
813-251-9668

The Exalted Warrior Foundation facilitates a yoga instruction program that is designed for wounded warriors in military and veteran hospital facilities.


Faced with the demands of both a physical and emotional recovery, yoga allows newly disabled veterans to reconnect both with themselves and their loved ones. Warriors with amputations, traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries have benefited greatly since the program began.

The gentle movements of a yoga practice support the restoration of the body-mind connection. Practice varies from subtle breath work, accompanied with gentle stretching postures, for beginners to intense exertions, as the patients’ comfort with these healing techniques increases. Through practice, the warrior will begin to release the “issues from the tissues.” While strengthening the body, a warrior is provided new pathways to release tension and frustration. By the use of tools learned from their yoga practice, the symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are also addressed. For example, forward bends and inversions deliver great benefits to those suffering from insomnia & depression. Breath work helps alleviate the PTSD sufferer’s hyper vigilance by slowing the heart rate and giving them a tool to regain a sense of control from a seemingly uncontrollable situation. These methods of yoga exercises, relaxation, and meditation are keys to wellness that the warrior can practice for a lifetime.


These keys of wellness will help the warrior reintegrate into their community after leaving the care of the military – returning home to a potentially fuller and more productive life.

There and Back Again
 
 

http://thereandbackagain.org

Veterans and Mesothelioma
 
 

Veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of active duty are entitled to benefits from the federal government.


War Writers' Campaign
 
 

347-875-0091

To promote social change surrounding veteran’s issues through written awareness.

The War Writers’ Campaign aims to maintain a long-term and historic platform that facilitates the consolidated efforts of service members and veterans to promote mental therapy through the literary word. Its continued purpose of affecting advocacy and assistance will shape and direct the programs of best in class veterans organizations for years to come.

Warrior Writers Project
 
 

Lovella Calica, project director
267 281-4325


The Warrior Writers Project brings together recent veterans and current soldiers to express themselves through art. The organization holds workshops across the country, where soldiers write stories, create poetry, and develop art projects through photography, drawing and music.

Like the Combat Paper Project, the Warrior Writers workshops have proved to be powerful experiences for many soldiers who, through art, find a way to express their feelings about their time at war.

Warriors At Ease
 
 

512-516-5031


Warriors at Ease brings the healing power of yoga and meditation to military communities around the world, especially those affected by combat-stress, PTSD, and trauma. We do this by training and deploying certified mind-body professionals to settings where they can enhance the health and well-being of servicemembers, veterans, families, and healthcare staff.

Yoga International
 
 

http://yogainternational.com

Yoga Warriors International
 
 

http://www.yogawarriors.com



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