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Support U.S. Veterans and Troops
“Madman Mike Thanks and Proudly Supports ALL who put themselves in harm's way to protect us: United States Veterans, Active Duty, First Responders. Here is some information on how to support them.”
Operation Ward 57 www.operationward57.org – Ward 57 (orthopedic ward) is now 4E, continues to house our nations most severely wounded service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. services were expanded nationwide to care for those living away from Walter Reed.
Semper Fi & America's Fund semperfifund.org – dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. facebook
Gary Sinise Foundation www.garysinisefoundation.org – “is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.” Also features the Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band. facebook
Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation tunnel2towers.org/gold-star – supports military and first responders families. Foundation has a Gold Star Family Home Program to provide a 100 percent mortgage-free home to surviving spouses with young children. It is raising $250 million to provide 1,000 homes to Gold Star Families.
DAV www.dav.org (Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust) – non-profit organization supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs that provide direct service to ill, injured, or wounded veterans, and helps veterans get the benefits they’ve earned.
The Journey Home Project www.thejourneyhomeproject.org – Charlie Daniels of The Charlie Daniels Band was chairman. Project assists not-for-profit causes that provide veterans with rehabilitation, reintegration and opportunities as they transition to civilian life. It connects donors to veterans' organizations that do the most good. facebook
Building Homes for Heroes www.buildinghomesforheroes.org – “a national non-profit organization founded in 2006 that is strongly committed to supporting the brave men and women of the military who have returned home from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with severe wounds and disabilities, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need.”
The Independence Fund www.independencefund.org – gives away All Terrain Wheelchairs. “is committed to empowering our nation’s severely wounded, injured, or ill Veterans.”
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) www.fallenheroesfund.org – “serves United States military personnel experiencing the Invisible Wounds of War: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).”
American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI) avbi.org – a web site to support brain injuried American veterans and their families or caregivers. chat room, forum, plus links to numerous resources.
Purple Heart www.purpleheart.org – official name: The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH). “The Only congressionally chartered veterans organization exclusively for combat wounded veterans. A nonprofit, charitable organization, the Purple Heart and its affiliated Service Foundation receive no government money... we rely totally on the gifts, contributions and bequests from our members and from other patriotic Americans.” gifts / vehicle donations
Paralyzed Veterans of America www.pva.org – news, resources, donations.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) www.woundedwarriorproject.org – to help “veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001.”
Vietnam Veterans of America vva.org – promote and support issues important to Vietnam veterans, seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs, identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service, change public perception of Vietnam veterans, more.
Move America Forward - Care Packages and Troopathon www.moveamericaforward.org - send care/support packages year-round to deployed front-line United States Armed Forces Troops, and through high profile fundraisers Troopathon troopathon.org
Soldiers' Angels soldiersangels.org – nonprofit provides support to wounded, ill and injured service members and their families, supports deployed service members and Veterans, more.
TroopsDirect www.troopsdirect.org – supports our front line troops, functions as a non-profit 'back line' of supply for units based in Afghanistan, Africa, at sea and other in other 'hot spots'. TroopsDirect ships in bulk every week providing hygiene, nutrition, gear and K9 support.
Support Our Troops® supportourtroops.org – “enabling local groups, companies, schools, colleges, clubs, and churches to quickly, easily and without complexity do good works for the troops and their families.”
MusiCorps www.musicorps.net – a conservatory-level music rehabilitation program that helps wounded warriors play music and recover their lives, is pioneering in the field of adaptive music, and has helped countless wounded warriors learn or relearn how to play an instrument. The
Warrior Cry Music Project www.warriorcry.org – “Volunteers at Warrior Cry teach injured soldiers to create, play, and record music. The soldiers then look forward to performing live shows for anyone interested in watching miracles at work.”
America Salutes You americasalutesyou.org – nationally televised Benefit Concerts for charities assisting military, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones.
Project Healing Waters projecthealingwaters.org – non-profit dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities, and the
Operation Quiet Comfort (OQC) www.operationquietcomfort.org – “We exist solely for the purpose of honoring and comforting America's military men and women who become sick and injured while serving in harm's way. We also provide support to those who care for them.”
Operation Care Package (OCP) www.operationcarepackages.org – “goal is to support our Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen through care packages and letters of encouragement.”
Operation Gratitude www.operationgratitude.com – Deployed Troop Care Packages, Care Packages to Veterans and Wounded Warriors plus their Care Givers, Military Families Program, First Responder Care Pouches, more.
AdoptaPlatoon adoptaplatoon.org – nonprofit supports deployed United States Service Men and Women through on-going care packages, on-going mail support system, special projects that benefit deployed troops, more.
General and Family Support Organizations
VFW – Veterans Of Foreign Wars – “Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.”
The Wall USA – “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. We remain dedicated to displaying the information in the dignified manner that it deserves.”
The American Fallen Soldiers Project – “was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. Our 501c3 non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality.”
Got Your 6 – “is a campaign that unites the entertainment industry with top veteran-focused nonprofit organizations. Got Your 6 ensures that our military veterans return home to be seen as leaders and assets, creates opportunities for veterans and civilians to join together to reinvigorate our communities, inspires Americans to understand the unique challenges and opportunities our veterans face upon their return, provides tools, platforms, and resources that Americans can use to better understand veteran and military culture, embodies for all Americans the values of duty, selfless service, and mutual respect upheld by those who have served in our military.”
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. – “to perpetuate the the memory of all the men and women who have served our country as members of the Armed Forces; the further object of this organization shall be patriotic, educational, social, and for service; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States; to educate our members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other Government information; to assist in veterans' ceremonies, to attend patriotic rallies and meetings; to foster true democracy; to care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons to the service of the Nation; to aid in bringing about recognition of the need of permanent civilian defense for each community and to ever be alert against invasion of un-American activities; to uphold the American institutions of freedom, justice, and equal rights, and to defend the United States from all enemies.”
Mesothelioma and Health Information for Veterans
Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a cancer is caused by previous exposure to asbestos. This website has important health information to share with veterans and all who may have been exposed to asbestos. There is a veteran of the United States Navy, and a proud advocate for veterans, who maintains a veteran-focused blog on Mesothelioma.com, connects with vets & members of the military community via Twitter, and assists with veteran outreach.
Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com) – We provide free services and resources to mesothelioma victims and their families. We have a staff of retired military veterans with experience in assisting veterans in applying for VA benefits related to asbestos illnesses. They assist veterans with asbestos-related claims, help them appeal previously denied claims and help them attain multiple benefits if they had not previously been receiving them.
Home Loans and General Information for Veterans
VA Home Loan Centers – “helps veterans, active duty military personnel and their families purchase homes.”
Housing and Mortgages for Veterans – “This guide will help veterans and active military to understand the benefits of, types of, and eligibility requirements for VA Loans.”
Tributes and Patriotic
VFW Foundation – Return the Favor – “Our troops sacrifice so much, now you can return the favor. Post your thank you in a video, photo, or text message.” Donate to a VFW Foundation program or cause.
Our Sacrifice – song and video. Tribute to our U.S. Service Men & Women and their families.
Iraq / Afghanistan War Heroes – dedicated to our deceased Heroes that have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.
Proud to be an American – a non-partisan site featuring stories and pictures.
United States Armed Forces Websites
Charity Navigator www.charitynavigator.org - check non-profits for ratings and percentage donated that goes to recipients.