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Assistance for Military Personnel

Across the country, military families are looking for assistance on a host of issues. The following resources are non-profits and military agencies that can help families seek answers to questions and support for personal challenges.

VA Mortgage Assistance   www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans
If you have a VA loan, this link will give you with a list of resources focused on the workout process.

USA Cares   http://www.usacares.org/
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. Help is provided to all branches of service, all components, and all ranks - while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request our help. USA Cares is a Kentucky based 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization.

Army OneSource   http://www.myarmyonesource.com
A comprehensive resource for Army service members.

Military OneSource   www.militaryonesource.mil
Throughout Military OneSource, you’ll be able to find information on every phase of military life including deployment, parenting, financial management, spouse employment and more.

Ride 2 Recovery   www.ride2recovery.com
Ride 2 Recovery organizes the commemorative bike rides that take wounded warriors from Ground Zero on September 11 through Pennsylvania to the Pentagon a week later.

Soldier Ride   http://www.sr.woundedwarriorproject.org/site/c.buISJ9NSKqLaG/b.6201801/k.BCD9/Home.htm
Like Ride 2 Recovery, the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride is dedicated to getting the wounded up out of their wheelchairs (or rehab clinics) and out onto bicycles. Both organizations are looking for riders, volunteers and fundraisers across the United States.

The Fisher House   http://www.fisherhouse.org
The Fisher House provides free housing to wounded troops on the grounds of major military hospitals. It's a terrific program because otherwise, to have my family with me, it would have been a hotel or some other strange place, said Bobby Henline, who was badly burned in an IED explosion in 2007 and moved into The Fisher House with his family.

Hero Miles   http://fisherhouse.org/programs/hero-miles/
Through its Hero Miles program, the Fisher House Foundation also provides free air transportation for the families of wounded warriors who must travel between home and hospital. The program uses donated frequent flyer miles from the public.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society   http://www.nmcrs.org/
The Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund provides trauma care nurses and volunteers to augment short-staff hospital wards.

Semper Fi Fund   http://semperfifund.org/
The Semper Fi Fund brings specially adapted clothing to amputees.

Adaptive Adventures   http://adaptiveadventures.org/
Adaptive Adventures takes disabled veterans on ski trips, organizing adaptive sports, enabling disabled warriors to go fishing, ride horses, mountain climb, even paraglide. Still others provide job counseling and training and help wounded veterans find jobs.

The Mission Continues   http://www.missioncontinues.org/
To build an America where every returning veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and where together we honor the fallen by living their values through service.

Project Healing Waters   http://www.va.gov/adaptivesports/va_groups_sportCommunity.asp
Many communities across the country are home to organizations dedicated to providing sports and recreation activities to people with physical, cognitive (e.g., PTSD, TBI) and visual disabilities, including disabled Veterans. Programs may be offered through your city's Parks and Recreation department, a local rehabilitation hospital, or an independent organization that has been established in your area. Find a program near you.

Disabled Sports USA   http://www.dsusa.org/
Disabled Sport USA's mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.

Wounded Warrior Wives   http://www.operationhomefront.net/
Wounded Warrior Wives relieves the wives of the severely wounded away from their 24/7 bedside caregiver role and flies them away for a weekend of fun and companionship.

Give an Hour   http://www.giveanhour.org/skins/gah/home.aspx
Give an Hour links up mental help professionals, who donate their time, with military service members and their families, to receive free counseling. This organization can provide assistance beyond the VA, in terms of mental health counseling.

Wounded Warriors   http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
Give an Hour links up mental health professionals, who donate their The Wounded Warrior Project aims to honor and empower warriors, who were injured on or after Sept. 11, 2001, through its athletic, employment and rehabilitative programs.

Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America   http://iava.org/
Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America works to improve the health, education, employment and community opportunities for veterans through programming and public policy initiatives.

United Service Organizations   http://www.uso.org/
United Service Organizations aims to boost our troops' morale through its entertainment and educational programming. The USO works to provide ''a home away from home'' for military servicemen and servicewomen stationed in 27 states and 14 countries

Operation Homefront   http://www.operationhomefront.net/
Operation Homefront offers a range of programs, including food assistance, vision care and moving services, for military families facing financial hardship.

ServiceNation   http://www.servicenation.org/
Launched in 2008, ServiceNation envisions a United States where a commonly asked question is ''Where do you serve?'' Through its promotion of national days of service and strategic partnerships across the philanthropic, government, military, entertainment, retail sectors, this nonprofit hopes to inspire a national culture of volunteering among citizens across the United States

Navy Seal Foundation   http://nswfoundation.org/
The Navy Seal Foundation provides immediate and continuing support to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families through its endowments and health and education programs.

National Military Families Association   http://www.militaryfamily.org/
The Military Families Association ensures that those who serve in the military -- and their family members -- gain access to the education and financial benefits that they deserve.

T.A.P.S.   http://www.militaryfamily.org/
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has assisted more than 30,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers with its peer-based emotional support, case-work assistance, and crisis intervention.

Homes For Troops   http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServer
Homes For Troops builds specially-adapted homes for servicemen and servicewomen returning home with serious injuries so that they can live in an environment that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live independently.

Disabled American Veterans   http://www.dav.org/
The Disabled American Veterans employs a virtual army of 250 national service officers who work from 88 offices across the country to help veterans and their families settle claims with the VA, the Defense Department and other government agencies.

Warrior Writers   http://www.warriorwriters.org/home.html
The organization helps the wounded express themselves through writing and art.