The links below contain information about services/benefits that you can apply for if needed. (Services from temporary housing, cars, pet adoption, help with bills, etc)
Benefits for Veterans (HOW TO FILE)
Financial Assistance (day to day needs such as meds, help with bills, gym memberships, cars, transportation, etc)
Resources for Veterans
Benefits for Veterans-How to File
- The National Archives
- http://www.archives.gov/veterans/benefits.html This website offers a robust list of government services, including resources for a veteran’s specific military branch. Plus, veterans can find out about government assistance in their communities
- Center for Minority Veterans
- www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/The Center for Minority Veterans is the Department of Veterans Affairs model for inter-and intra-agency co-operation, to ensure all veterans receive equal service regardless of race, origin, religion, or gender. We are process improvement-oriented and both internal and external customer-centric. We assist VA in executing its mission in the most equitable, efficient and humane way possible. Dignity and an acceptable quality of life are the products we seek to deliver to ALL veterans no matter what their circumstance.
- Center for Women Veterans
- www1.va.gov/womenvet The Center for Women Veterans works with female veterans to ensure that all veterans receive equal service.
- Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service
- Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
- http://www1.va.gov/vso/index.cfm?template=viewFind a veteran service officer or organization near you.
- Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility
- http://www.va.gov/healthbenefits/assets/documents/publications/IB-10-438_Combat_Veteran_Eligibility.pdfCombat Veterans who were discharged or released from active service on or after January 28, 2003, are now eligible to enroll in the VA health care system for 5 years from the date of discharge or release. NOTE: The 5-year enrollment period applicable to these veterans begins on the discharge or separation date of the service member from active duty military service, or in the case of multiple call-ups, the most recent discharge date
- Homeless Veterans
- http://www1.va.gov/homeless/Provides basic information on helping homeless veterans within the community to find temporary and basic permanent housing.
- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
- http://www.iava.orgFocused on Iraq and Afghanistan veterans of America, this website provides advocacy and support from social workers in one on one forums.
- Persian Gulf Registry
- http://www.gulflink.org/gwr/registry.htm Persian Gulf veterans with access to the registry, referral centers, and the policy manual index.
- Prosthetics Eligibility
- http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub ID=337
- Information on the eligibility requirements of receiving prosthesis and information on how to pursue entitlement.
- VA Best Practice Manual for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- http://www.healthquality.va.gov/guidelines/MH/ptsd/cpg_PTSD-full-201011612.PDF lists best practices for those in uniformed service or veteran status that are experiencing PTSD symptoms or trauma.
- VA National Hepatitis C Program
- http://www.hepatitis.va.gov/Information about living with the daily effects of Hepatitis C as well as current research, medications, and research about it for veterans and the general public.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (BILLS & DAY TO DAY NEEDS)
Find programs that offer a number of ways to get help with paying bills. Assistance is available for everything from debts to energy costs, free food, housing, and much more.
ARMing Heroes is the credit & collection industry’s charity for military veterans. It was founded in 2009, and takes the first part of its name from the “Accounts Receivable Management” industry. When we say that we are “arming” our heroes, we mean that this industry is working toward the betterment of our nation’s veterans by “arming” them with timely financial grants and job leads in the call centers that make up the industry. Because bill collectors are interested in helping veterans just as much as any other patriotic Americans.
Provides gym memberships or in-home gym equipment to wounded post 9/11 veterans anywhere in the United States.
Helps veterans and their families that qualify obtain a free vehicle. Requirements and application are online at the above weblink.
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes provides financial assistance to severely wounded and disabled OEF/OIF veterans and their families who meet criteria. Assistance with mortgage, rent, home repair, utility bills, car payments, car repair costs, gasoline costs, groceries, household supplies, school supplies, clothing, and medical bills.
Our central purpose is to assist clients during their time of need involving everyday essentials including emergency, housing, education, medical and other financial needs. We strive to meet the valid, verified, and genuine need of our clients and their immediate family by providing loans, grants, counseling, referrals, and other means. Assistance for retired, active, and reserve members of the Coast Guard which includes: short term loans, financial grants, food, shelter, utilities, funeral expenses, emergency travel, and emergency home repair.
The Navy and Marine Corps Relief agency gives active duty, retired, medicaly retired, and reserve members in the Navy or Marine Corps assistance with financial assistance and counseling, quick assist loans, education assistance, post-combat support, emergency travel, planning for baby workshops, disaster relief, and thrift shops.
Our staff of two full-time and two part-time employees spend every day providing different types of assistance for veterans and their families on a case-by-case basis. For example, we have purchased wheelchairs, scooters, ramps and other assistive technology; we have paid utility bills and deposits for veterans and their families in danger of homelessness; we have provided gift cards for family support; we’ve bought snow tires, dentures, and provided temporary housing for veterans in dire straits; we even paid a veterinary bill for a veteran’s companion animal. We’ve directed veterans to service officers to help them navigate the VA system and obtain the benefits to which they are entitled. As I said, this is a sample of what we have done, and continue to do on a case-by-case basis for veterans and their families.
The American Legion Temporary Financial Assistan
A local post/chapter can request cash assistance to help maintain the basic needs of veterans’ children. The fund helps families meet the costs of shelter, food, utilities, and health expenses when parents are unable, thereby keeping the child or children in a more stable home environment.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (DEBT)
Addressing educational debt through our retroactive scholarship invests in Veterans who face economic hardship, fall through the cracks of existing educational programs, and allows them to leverage their education for community success.
HOPE NOW is an alliance between counselors, mortgage companies, investors, regulators and other mortgage market participants. The alliance was encouraged to address challenges in the mortgage market and create collaborations to solve problems. Membership works towards creating a unified, coordinated plan to assist homeowners, communities and government partners to repair the mortgage market. They offer repayment plans to help homeowners out of mortgage debt along with many other services.
Provides assistance with rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses to and form major medical facilities.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE (EDUCATION GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS)
The revitalized Air Force Aid Society Education Fund allowed the Society to create and sustain an extremely popular grant program, the General Henry H. Arnold Education Grant Program. This program provides grants ranging from $500 to $4,000 based on need to full-time college undergraduates who are dependent children of active duty Air Force members, retirees or deceased members. Spouses of active duty members, and surviving spouses of deceased personnel are also eligible to compete for these grants. The Education Fund also supports other education programs, such as our Merit Scholarship and the Supplemental Education Loan Program.
Three specific to Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves.Two specific to children or grandchildren of Veterans, Active Duty, Guard/Reserves who are currently High School seniors in the current school year. Applications open in January of each year.
The Association of the United States Army provides scholarships to veterans, active duty, dependents, and spouses of active duty Army service members. Look under the scholarship tab on the website for more information and direct links for each scholarship to apply.
Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund assists grants to families of fallen or severely disabled service members for educational and financial assistance. Apply online.
The Freedom Alliance offers educational scholarships to the children of veterans that have become 100% totally and permanently disabled as a result of operational mission or a training incident. In addition they offer scholarships to the children of veterans that have been killed in action or are missing in action. Eligibility and application can be found on the above weblink.
c/o Dana Hendrickson
365 Amber Way
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Assists service connected OEF/OIF veterans with home repair and other issues wherever they live.
The Fisher House Foundation assists injured service members and their families with temporary housing when service members must be treated at VA hospitals, offers free airline tickets to veterans/families for travel to medical appointments, and scholarships for family members of injured veterans.
Presents information on how to search for jobs and post resumes and provides information on employers and educational programs. Designed to meet the needs of both disabled soldiers who what the chance to work and the employers who want to actively recruit these men and women.
- Hiring Heroes
- www.recruitmilitary.comA program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment by working with a vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners fro, public, private, and non-profit sectors.
- Hire Veterans
- Hire veterans offers employers access to resumes and job postings so that they can reach their unique visitors. For U.S. job seekers they offer the very best and relevant jobs offered by world class companies in the USA and abroad.
- The Honor Bridge
- http://thehonorbridge.com/Connects good companies with the finest manager-leaders and technicians in the world; former and transitioning members of American’s armed forces. They specialize in location preference placement, a win-win for candidate and company.
- Wounded Warriors Resource CenterCall: 1-800-342-9647
- Troops to TeachersCall: 1-800-231-6242 or 850-452-1320
- Operation WarfighterCall: 1-202-254-8214 or 202-357-8251
- Wounded Warrior RegimentCall: 1-877-487-6299
- Pro Bono Resources for Veterans Toll Free: 888-838-7727
- Email: CamilleS@vetsprobono.orgwww.vetsprobono.org
- The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program provides representation to veterans at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims.
- Pets for Vets
- Our goal is to help heal the emotional wounds of military veterans by pairing them with a shelter dog that is specially selected to match his or her personality. Professional animal trainers rehabilitate the dogs and teach them good manners to fit into the veteran’s lifestyle. Training may also include desensitization to wheel chairs or crutches as well as recognizing panic or anxiety disorder behaviors
- Fax: 202-6288169
- Phone: 1-202-628-8164
- Soldier for Life
- ables Army governmental and community efforts to facilitate successful reintegration. A great resource guide for Army veterans in transition from active duty to civilian life.
- Student Veterans of America
- www.studentveterans.orgThis organization ensures that all veterans are successful in their transition from active duty to the classroom by helping them develop student veteran groups on college campuses across the United States. Also, veterans can support fellow veterans in the SVO.
- Real Warrior-Suicide Prevention Toolshttp://realwarriors.net/active/treatment/suicidesigns.phpDefines warning signs and tools for help. For immediate help, call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK and press 1. You can also send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support.
- Suicide Hotline Call: 1-800-273-8255