Programs and resources aimed to address the unique needs of veterans:
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends 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.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs strives 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. The organization has a specialized healthcare website with an access and quality tool to help Veterans make more informed. They also make it easy to donate or find volunteer opportunities within your local area.
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to raising awareness about trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. The organization conducts research and provides education on the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD. Their goal is to promote the best clinical care to Veterans through education related to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is committed to increasing leadership, collaboration, and coordination among programs serving veterans experiencing homelessness and promoting rapid access to permanent housing for all veterans.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. (PHWFF) is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings. PHWFF is nationwide and successfully operates in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces. They strive to ensure 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.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.
VeteranAid.org is an organization that was created to provide information, free of charge, to veterans, their spouses and families. If you are a veteran, the surviving spouse of a veteran, or the responsible family member of a veteran, consider applying for the VA Aid and Attendance Special Pension at the earliest time possible. This benefit could make the difference between a veteran or surviving spouse living in a high-quality assisted living facility or in a state-operated nursing home.
A Few Good Leaders (AFGL) addresses the critical employment, education, and counseling needs of our combat injured Veterans of OEF/OIF and all disabled veterans. AFGL provides empowerment oriented counseling in a community-based setting training our Nation’s heroes suffering from Severe Physical Disabilities, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) to reach a greater level of functioning.
The Pets for Vets program is dedicated to providing a second chance for shelter pets by rescuing, training and pairing them with America’s veterans who can benefit from a companion animal. Medical studies have shown that companion animals significantly improve mental and physical health, including reducing stress, depression and anxiety, symptoms experienced by many serving in the military.
The Jason Mckie Foundation raises awareness and provides emergency support for military families. They work to establish scholarships for military dependents, who mother or father have been severely injured. The Foundation also gives away tickets to various sporting events, donates holiday gift cards, provides emergency assistance for medical and financial bills for Military Families.
Tee It Up for the Troops believes in engaging and inspiring communities across the United States to do great things on behalf of the military men and women who have served and sacrificed so much for our freedoms. Tee It Up for the Troops combines golf events with an inspirational ceremony, instilling a sense of pride, honor, respect and appreciation for all those who have served and given so greatly.
Veterans Financial, Inc. enables senior veterans and their surviving spouses to protect and preserve assets for their current and future long term care needs. They work hard to ensure that every senior strategically enhances his/her financial security for current or future care needs at no cost.
Together We Served (TWS) is the online community connecting and honoring every American who has worn the uniform of the United States military. This is where veterans can reconnect with old friends and share service stories as a lasting legacy for generations to come.
Soldier’s Heart addresses the emotional, spiritual and moral needs of veterans, their families and communities using a unique and comprehensive model of healing. The organization aims to alleviate the symptoms of PTSD by developing a new and honorable warrior identity.
The Mission Continues aims to empower veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. The organization deploys veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve. They work towards improving community education resources, eliminating food deserts, mentoring at-risk youth and more.
Hire Our Heroes (HOH) is a not-for-profit organization founded by veterans for veterans. HOH provides veterans with the knowledge, skills, and innovative tools necessary to secure employment. They partner with world-class organizations and people who share in their vision to offer veterans a cost-free, best-in-class, transition experience.
G.I. Jobs serves the needs of the nation’s 400,000 service members who leave the military every year and enter the civilian workforce. The organization provides education, transition assistance, and job opportunities for military transitioners looking for careers and employment.
RecruitMilitary is a veteran-owned firm dedicated to helping other veterans achieve their dreams in education, veteran jobs and civilian careers, new business and franchise ownership, training, and much more. RecruitMilitary offers services free of charge to veterans and their spouses during their job search. They host the nation’s largest single-source veteran database, with over 1,000,000 members.
The New Directions for Veterans mission is to empower men and women who served in the military, and their families, to lead productive and fulfilling lives. The organization helps Los Angeles-area homeless veterans and veterans at risk for homelessness to effectively transform their lives.
More resources will be added regularly. Click here to suggest veteran-supporting organizations.