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Resources For Veterans and their Loved Ones

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Financial Resources:

  • Jewish Free Loan Association is a non-profit agency founded in 1904 offering interest-free and fee-free loans to residents of Greater Los Angeles of all faiths. Through their new loan program “Strawberry Jam” (a veterans loan fund), interest-free loans are available to local veterans of all faiths to help cover expenses such as rent, moving costs, security deposit, car repair and basic transportation needs, family emergencies, job training and employment, medical and dental expenses, tuition, and more. Contact Shelly Meyers at (323) 761-8830 ext. 107 or shelly@jfla.org to schedule an appointment. JFLA Strawberry Jam Loan Program Brochure

 

Books and Other Resources:

  • Daddy’s Home is a picture book that helps military parents explain the invisible wounds of war (including post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury) to their children.  It can be viewed for free at: http://www.carolinanadel.com/books.html
  • Just Because You’re Suicidal Doesn’t Mean You’re Crazy: The Psychobiology of Suicide
    Written by The Soldiers Project Northwest’s Director, Randi Jensen, MA, LMHC, CCDC
  • Military Connected Children’s Resource Guide contains Southern California Area and National Resources for Military Connected Children and Families.
  • Military Connected Children’s Resources Web Guide is a web guide of toolkits and resources supporting the socio-emotional needs of military connected children and their families.
  • The Future of Children Journal The Future of Children and the Military Child Education Coalition jointly developed this issue of the journal to promote effective policies and programs for military-connected children and their families by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research.

 

Visit Resource Websites:

  • About Face
    AboutFace is a website dedicated to improving the lives of Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Here, Veterans can learn about PTSD, explore treatment options and, most importantly, hear real stories from other Veterans and get advice from clinicians who have treated thousands of cases of PTSD.
  • America’s Debt Help Organization
    One goal of this organization is to help veterans become aware of the options available to them through the federal government and the programs the VA has to help active duty service members and veterans. They also provide information and services to military personnel and their families. Other links within the site that may be helpful contain information about debt consolidation and student loans.
  • AnySoldier.com
    Want to send your support to a Soldier in harm’s way, but have no idea of what to send, who to send it to, or how to send it?  AnySoldier.com is helping approximately 59,659 service members with 1,473 military contacts!
  • Brain Injury Support Groups
    Support Groups allow people with brain injury and their family members to meet others who are in similar situations gain valuable emotional support from one another, form friendships, obtain information and resources, and hear speakers discuss a variety of brain injury topics. This site includes a map of support groups throughout the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
  • California Association of County Veterans Service Officers, Inc.
    This organization is for Veterans Service Officers to connect with one another. The link above will take a visitor directly to a listing of the counties in California which link directly to the VSO’s in each county, providing full contact information for each.
  • Civilian Medical Resources Network
    CMRN began in March 2005, working to address the unmet medical and psychological needs of active-duty U.S. military personnel who contact the GI Rights Hotline (a national effort by 25 religious and peace organizations).
  • Combat Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
    Max wants to send a message of hope to all veterans that are suffering from PTSD. It’s a difficult struggle and shouldn’t have to be faced alone. This website offers links to resources and venues for veterans to discuss PTSD.
  • Continuing Education Resources for Veterans
    Information about the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill and how to navigate and obtain benefits through the program.
  • Deployment Health Clinical Center – Department of Defense
    Health information for clinicians, veterans, family members and friends.
  • DCOE Outreach Center
    Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.  The Outreach Center is staffed 24/7/365 by health resource consultants with the latest information on psychological health and TBI issues and who can connect Soldiers, family members and veterans with agencies that promote recovery, resiliency and reintegration. The DCOE Outreach Center can be contacted at 1-866-966-1020.
  • Employer Support of The Guard and Reserve
    The vision of ESGR is to develop and promote a culture in which all American employers support and value the military service of their employees with ESGR as the principal advocate within DoD. They will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.
  • Evan Ashcraft Memorial Foundation
    Provides funds to veterans and dependants of OIF for education and healthcare needs.
  • Flashback: Vietnam
    “Flashback: Vietnam..Cover-Up: PTSD” is a book that was written by Alan C. Thomas, a veteran and aims to answer the question: “How do I heal from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?” This is a unique perspective on a very common hidden wound of war from someone who has lived it.
  • Gambill on Justice
    Veterans in Justice, Data Privacy, Process of Advocacy, Justicia en la America Latina, Homelessness, Mass Institutionalization. The focus of this website is on the intersection of veterans and justice, but the site is extremely rich in data.
  • GI Rights Hotline
    The GI Rights Hotline provides accurate, helpful counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights. Their service is free and confidential and partners with a nationwide network of counseling centers.
  • Huggalos
    These adorable “Brave Little Troopers” serve double duty – they comfort a child who is missing a loved one due to deployment and they provide 20% of the proceeds from their sales to The Soldiers Project.
  • Inner City Law Center
    ICLC’s Homeless Veterans Project serves those who have served our country, especially those who have one or more disabilities as a result of their military service.  Working with pro bono attorneys from law firms or retired from active practice, we assist veterans to file new or reopened claims, or to appeal denials from the VA.  We help veterans receive monthly benefits, increased access to healthcare, and access to subsidized housing.  For veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, this can mean the stability and independent living that they need in order to receive regular treatment for their disabilities.Our work focuses on the more difficult cases to prove, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • The Jewish Free Loan Association
    The Jewish Free Loan Association of Los Angeles offers interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial resources.
  • Make the Connection
    Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. Hear inspiring stories of strength. Learn what has worked for other Veterans. Discover positive steps you can take – all in the words of Veterans just like you
  • Mehadi Foundation-Assistance with PTSD
    Support network for veterans with PTSD, addictions, and other psychological issues.
  • Mesothelioma
    This is an online resource for service members and veterans, as well as their families, to learn more about mesothelioma, how it relates to military service, and current treatment options.
  • Military-Civilian Advocate Resource Network
    The Military-Civilian Advocate Resource Network is a resource for military and civilian victim advocates who serve military-related victims of intimate partner violence. The term “military-related” on this site includes active duty military, Reserve, and National Guard personnel, as well as veterans, and their intimate partners who may be military or veterans themselves or may be civilian.
  • Military and Veterans Discount Network
    We are a small veteran run organization in Seattle, Washington and we have put together, with the help of military spouses nationwide, a comprehensive directory of businesses that provide military and veteran discounts. In addition, we are collecting information and coordinating with state veterans organizations nationwide to provide veterans with information about states that provide veteran designations on drivers licenses.
  • MilitaryConnection.com
    Government jobs, up-to-date information on military schools, federal jobs, as well as military loans and detailed information on military pay charts. Our online directories of resources and information feature vital information on military education and benefits including the GI Bill, employment opportunities, the latest military job postings, pay charts and salary calculators. Don’t wait any longer, search through our directory for government, federal jobs and civilian employment opportunities today!
  • Military One Source
    This comprehensive site provides information and resources for troops and their families, addressing all areas of military life, including deployment and post-deployment concerns.
  • Military PTSD Family Resources
    PTSD is a difficult injury to understand, to tolerate, and to overcome.  The goal of this site is to provide information about PTSD for both the veteran and the military family.
  • Military Women in Need
    Our mission is to provide support in the form of housing assistance, resource and referral services, and home visits for female veterans and widows of veterans.  Military Women in Need empowers these women, who sacrificed for our present freedom, to live their lives with continued independence and dignity.
  • The Mission Continues
    The Mission Continues empowers veterans adjusting to life at home to find new missions. We redeploy veterans so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service. The Mission Continues has helped thousands of post-9/11 veterans transition successfully by focusing their talents and energy on tackling challenges here at our home front.
  • NeedyMeds
    Find help with the cost of medicines. Includes a listing of sliding scale and free clinics around the U.S. and other assistance for consumers who are uninsured or under-insured.
  • Operation Homefront – Southern California
    Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
  • Purple Star Veterans and Families
    PSVF is dedicated to strengthening the homecoming safety net for Veterans and their immediate and extended families and for the families of Veterans who are not surviving homecoming due to suicide accidents, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Real Warriors
    The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration  of returning service members, veterans, and their families.
  • Returning Veterans Project
    Provides free counseling for veterans and families in Oregon.
  • SAMHSA
    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. SAMHSA was established in 1992, providing leadership and devoting its resources – programs, policies, information and data, contracts and grants – toward helping the nation act on the knowledge that: *Behavioral Health is essential for health; *Prevention works; *Treatment is effective; and *People recover from mental and substance use disorders.
  • Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)
    SWAN supports, defends, and empowers today’s servicewomen and women veterans of all eras, through groundbreaking advocacy initiatives and innovative, healing community programs.
  • Social Security Disability Resource Center
    Many veterans at some point will file for Social Security Disability benefits.  The Social Security and Disability Resource Center website (www.ssdrc.com) explains what benefits are available, how to apply, and also provides answers to many questions that veterans typically have, but often have trouble finding answers to.
  • Social Security Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
    Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the the disability occurs.
  • Stars, Stripes, & Hearts, Inc.
    Stars, Stripes, & Hearts, Inc. is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that gives voice to the healing power of music through benefit concerts. The organization supports charities that provide culturally competent, evidence-based mental health programs for Hispanic/Latino military service members affected by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), severe depression, and other invisible wounds of war.
  • Stateside Legal
    Legal help for military members, veterans, their families, and advocates. This site offers easy-to-read self-help legal information, teaching videos about servicemembers’ rights under the SCRA, commonly used interactive forms, an interactive map of free legal aid offices, research tools for legal advocates, and news. Legal topics include divorce and child custody, training and re-employment opportunities (including USERRA and VRAP), VA benefits, servicemembers’ rights under the SCRA, and the legal rights of women who serve.
  • USVAA
    The Los Angeles-based United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) was founded in 2004 as a multi-disciplinary, non-profit arts organization. From our inception our mission has been to provide veterans of all eras and all branches of the military with opportunities in the arts. It has been our experience that providing veterans both a foundation for their work and freedom to pursue it as they see fit, is the best means to bringing quality work forward while maintaining the organization for the long-term – so that we are able to consistently assist veterans and artists.
  • U.S.VETS
    U.S.VETS provides comprehensive services to the veterans we serve, including case management, employment assistance, job placement, counseling, as well as drug and alcohol free housing. At our facilities veterans progress through a seamless continuum of services designed to help them increase their level of responsibility and prepare them to live independently in the community. We coordinate our services with the medical and mental health services provided by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the Employment Development Department, local businesses to employ veterans, and a wide variety of service agencies and community partners.
  • VA Caregiver Support Line (855.260.3274)
    Located at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center campus, this support line serves as a resource/referral center for caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information; provide referrals to local VA Medical Center Caregiver Support Coordinators and VA/community resources; and provide emotional support.   It is also available to respond to inquiries about the new caregiver benefits associated with Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010. The Caregiver Support Line will provide a “warm” referral service to VA medical center Caregiver Support Coordinators (CSCs) for call backs to caregivers.  The CSCs will provide caregivers support, information, education, and referrals to appropriate VA and community resources.  Please make sure to find out the name and contact information for the CSC at your VA medical center.  The CSC plays a critical role to the successful implementation of the national Caregiver Support Line and caregiver support programming at your medical centers.
  • Veterans Administration
    The mission of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs is 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.
  • Veterans Crisis Line (formerly the Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline)
    The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential service available 24/7/365 for Veterans, Service Members, and their loved ones even if they are not registered with the Department of Veterans Affairs or enrolled in VA healthcare. Veterans, Service Members, and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or chat online at www.VeteransCrisisLine.net to receive support from caring, qualified Department of Veterans Affairs responders – many of whom are Veterans themselves – who are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances through any emotional or personal crisis.
  • Veterans and Families Coming Home
    Provides resources for vets to ease their transition from military to civilian life.
  • Veterans-For-Change
    The purpose of Veterans-For-Change is to make major changes in the treatment and rights for all veterans. We conduct research, develop ideas, solutions, and programs and do our best to make sure they’re put into action. We also provide guidance and assistance to veterans, spouses, their children and widows with their claims and appeals and the support of all veterans who seek assistance.
  • Veterans Resources Guide (July 2013-4rd Edition) – Free and downloadable, more sections with resources were added to the previous version from July 2012. It’s a great tool for individuals working with Veterans, Active Duty and their Families.
  • Volunteers of America – Greater Los Angeles – Veterans’ Services
    Responding to the challenges facing veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq is a top priority at VOALA. Far too many veterans suffer invisible wounds including Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD which make the transition to civilian life very difficult.

These links do not constitute an endorsement of these organizations or their programs by The Soldiers Project and none should be inferred. Any reference to a commercial product, process, service, or company is not an endorsement or recommendation by The Soldiers Project or any of its components. The Soldiers Project is not responsible for the content of the individual organization Web pages found at these links.