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Services and resources noted below are included on this page because they are provided by national organizations. Similar services may be offered by state or local organizations. Be sure to read the pages devoted to state and local military assistance resources.
Military One Source is a comprehensive resource web site and helpline that provides extensive resource information and publications on family life, deployment, benefits as well as three types of short-term, non-medical counseling services for active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members and their families through face to face, telephone and online consultations.
If you would like to contact a Military OneSource consultant for assistance with a particular issue, please use the phone numbers below or go to the Military One Source website to access the online tools.
•Stateside: CONUS: 800.342.9647
Military OneSource is once again offering a free, electronic tax filing service. If you are eligible under the Military OneSource program, you can complete, save, and file your 2013 federal and up to three state returns online for free.
Army One Source provides resource information on family readiness, benefit and entitlement programs along with the most current information available to assist active-duty, guard or reserve members their family. Learn more about the services provided here or call 877.811.ARMY (2769).
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a resource website that connects Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics that supply an abundance of vetted resources. For help finding resourceso n the site, visit the How to Use this Site section of their website. Major information categories include:
Military4Life is a website for men and women in uniform and their families. It outlines the latest military discounts, online bargains, and offers and includes a wide assortment of military discounts and other online bargains that you cannot afford to miss.
Army Morale, Welfare & Recreation is a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers (active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, civilian employees, military retirees and other eligible participants.
The Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation Division administers a varied program of recreation, social and community support activities on U.S. Navy facilities worldwide. The programs provide active-duty, reserve and retired Navy personnel and their families with sports and physical fitness activities, child development and youth programs, and a variety of food and beverage services.
The Coast Guard Morale, Well - Being, and Recreation (MWR) program is to uplift the spirits of the Coast Guard Family and be an essential element of Coast Guard readiness, retention, and resiliency through customer - owned and driven MWR programs and services.
TheMarine Corps Community Services (MCCS) is a comprehensive set of programs that support and enhance the operational readiness, war fighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines, their families, retirees and civilians. The programs include employment, education and transition assistance; fitness and recreation, deployment support and family team building, child care and youth activities, prevention, counseling, and victim support; golf courses; dining and entertainment; and shopping.
The Defense Centers of Excellence provides advocacy services to active military, veterans, and families of active military and veterans. Services include advocacy, specialized information and referral, and veterans benefits assistance. Services are targeted to individuals dealing with mental health issues and traumatic brain injuries. The Center, located in Rosslyn, Virginia provides services free of charge and has no geographic restrictions. To learn more call their Service/Intake and Hotline at 866-966-1020. Find out more information about the services offered by The Defense Centers of Excellence at their website.
National Caregiver Support Line
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has opened a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line. The support line serves as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, veterans and others seeking caregiver information to help in the care of our nation's veterans. Calls to the National Caregiver Support Line are answered by VA employees who are licensed clinical social workers.
The Support Line provides information on VA/ community caregiver support resources and "warm" referral to dedicated Caregiver Support Coordinators located in every VA Medical Center; emotional support for the caregiver is an integral component of this service. The National Caregiver Support Line is also available to respond to inquiries about the caregiver benefits associated with Public Law 111-163, Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010.
Open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time, the National Caregiver Support Line toll-free number is 1-855-260-3274. Learn more.
VeteranCaregiver Fosters Connections
VeteranCaregiver (VCG) has provided strong public and private peer support for Caregivers and for "singleton" Veterans without Caregivers. While VeteranCaregiver is initially an online peer program, what goes on behind the scenes is off-line and personal. VCG has helped resolve hundreds of frustrating situations including emergency funds, crisis assistance, suicide and mental health spirals, and family relationship matters, including children. The VeteranCaregiver website is focused on helping you make connections with others who are similarly situated. Take a tour.
CouponChief has put together a wide range of discounts and discount programs on retail purchases that are available to veterans and their families. Visit their Veterans Retail Savings page for more information.
Military.com is a free membership service which connects service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service - government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions and much more. Visit their Military Discount Center, Deals and Discounts page for more information.
Military Benefits provides targeted and up - to - date military benefits information to active duty, veterans, spouses and family. Visit their Military Discounts page for more information on these offers.
Upgraded Points has recently launched a resource that offers advice specific to the military community of travel ideas, discounts, and resources. It is a comprehensive guide to getting recognition for military service in the form of discounts, special offers, and incentives. Find out more information here.
Each airline has different eligibility criteria and benefits for military personnel. Find out more information by viewing the 'Ultimate Guide to Airline Benefits for Military Families.'
The U.S. Department of Labor has devoted a portion of their website to VETS Veterans' Employment and Training Servicestating that the focused pages "Proudly Serves Veterans & Service Members!" You will find resources and expertise to assist and prepare veterans to obtain meaningful careers, maximize their employment opportunities, and protect their employment rights. Visit their website for further information or call 866.487.2365 (TTY: 877.889.5627). For more employment resources visit our employment page for returning veterans.
Family Assistance for Military Personnel
The VFW National Home for Children serves American servicemen and women by providing help and resources to their families. Located in Eaton Rapids, Michigan, but serving the entire country, the VFW National Home for Children has been a safety net for the families of our nation’s veterans and active duty military since 1925.
The National Home’s Military Family Program is open to families of active - duty military personnel, veterans and - recognizing that the effects of war can last for generations. The family can be one or both parents with one or more children. Families are welcomed to the small - town community where they may live for up to 4 years. They work to identify what they need and want to accomplish, during which time they are provided: housing, education, daycare, basic needs, recreation, case management, and more.
To learn more about the Military Family Program or any of the other programs please visit their website or call the National Home Helpline at (800) 313-4200.
Mortgage Assistance for Military Personnel
Mortgage payment relief and protection from foreclosure is provided to active military personnel and reservists through the Service-members Civil Relief Act (SCRA). To be eligible for this program you must have had mortgage commitments before enlisting or being called to active duty. Reservists, guardsmen and other eligible service-members should contact their lenders and other creditors and provide documentation that they have been called to active duty and are eligible for certain relief under the SCRA. To learn more about this program you can call 800-CALL-FHA (225-5342). Learn more.
Social Security Benefits Expedited
Military service members receive expedited processing of their disability applications from Social Security. Under an agreement initiated by Social Security, the Department of Defense transmits information that allows Social Security to quickly identify military personnel injured in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The expedited process is available for any military service member who becomes disabled during active duty on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. Depending on the situation, some family members of military personnel also may be able to receive benefits, including dependent children and spouses.
If you, or someone you know, was wounded while on active duty in the military, find out more about what Social Security can do for you by visiting the website that was designed specifically for wounded veterans.
Download this fact sheet for more information on the subject:
Disability Benefits for Wounded Warriors
Alcohol Abuse and PTSD
Alcohol is often consumed to mask the triggers of trauma or forget terrifying incidents. The consumption of alcohol can also affect a veteran's PTSD. Not only can it prolong the PTSD symptoms, but it can also intensify them as well. Since alcohol is a depressant, drinking can exacerbate some PTSD symptoms such as anxiety, depression and insomnia. Seeking professional help from an alcohol treatment center is the safest and most effective way to overcome a drinking problem. Find out more information by visiting the Alcohol Rehab Guide here.
Veterans often cope with stress after returning from multiple deployments. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs offers treatment plans to support veterans as they recover from substance use disorders. Find out more information here.
The VA has a National Homeless Call Center that is available throughout the year at any time of day or night. The number is 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838). This free service will provide information on VA homeless programs and mental health services in your area and help you get connected to the nearest Homeless Point of Contact at your closest VA facility.
The VA works with local partners to provide a broad array of services, including
To learn more about this program visit the Homeless Veterans website where you will also have access to a confidential chat option or call the hotline at 1-877-424-3838. Download the Help for Homeless Veterans brochure.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
Under the SSVF program, Veteran Affairs awards grants to private non-profit organizations and consumer cooperatives that can provide supportive services to very low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing. Agencies that are awarded funds through this program then provide eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits, which may include:
In addition, agencies may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g., landlords, utility companies, moving companies, and licensed child care providers) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. Find out about local SSVF programs on our local resources page.
Military Pathways Provides Anonymous Assessments
This free, online mental health screening tool provides anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. The self-assessments are a series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling and whether they could benefit from talking to a health professional.
The primary goals of the program are to reduce stigma, raise awareness about mental health, and connect those in need to available resources. The self-assessments address depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder, alcohol use and bipolar disorder. After an individual completes a self-assessment, s/he is provided with referral information including services provided through the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Learn more.
Vets4Warriors Connects Military Personnel
Call 1-855-VET-TALK (1-855-838-8255) - This 24-hour peer support line is staffed by Veterans of the United States Military who are committed to helping the men and women who are currently serving or have served in the National Guard and Reserve. While their mission is to serve military and Veterans, they are a separate organization outside of the military and apart from the Veterans Administration. Calls and emails are not discussed with the military, the VA, or anyone else. All conversations are completely confidential and, if you choose, you may remain anonymous.
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service. Veterans and their families and friends are encouraged to call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or text to 838255 to speak with qualified VA professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Visit the Veterans Crisis Line website for information on signs of crisis and a self-check quiz; a resource locator to find support; materials such as posters and flyers to download and distribute and more.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Focuses on Providing Veteran Resources
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.The NAMI website hosts a Veterans Resource Center where visitors will find information about treatment programs for military personnel and their families suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related conditions; bereavement classes; and other support services for children and families of military personnel.
NAMI has partnered wth the VA to bring their Family-to-Family Education Program (FFEP) to veterans' families in an effort to address PTSD and the increased risk of suicide veterans and family members often face. This partnership between NAMI and the Veterans Administration is bringing the free, 12-week course to families of veterans across the country. The three-year agreement was recently renewed because "there was such a positive response to a previous session that families asked for more," according to the VA. Learn more about FFEP.
Based on the nationally recognized NAMI Family - to - Family program, NAMI Homefront is designed to address the unique needs of family, caregivers and friends of those who have served or are currently serving our country. The program is taught by trained family members of service members/veterans living with mental health conditions. Learn more about Homefront.
Resources for Survivors
Survivor Outreach Services is the official Army program designed to provide long-term support to surviving families of fallen soldiers. This site provides detailed information on topics most often requested by fellow Survivors including information regarding benefits and entitlements, governmental and non-governmental resources, important legislative news, Survivor Outreach Services support office locations, and more. You can contact them by phone at 855.707.2769 or by email.
Sesame Workshop’s Military Families Initiatives - Talk, Listen, Connect
As many as 700,000 children under the age of five have a parent in the military. Recognizing the need for first-rate media-based resources to support military families, Sesame Workshop launched the bilingual (English/Spanish), multimedia outreach initiative Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment (TLC). This critical outreach tool helped military families and their young children cope with the challenges of deployment and build resilience in times of separation and change.
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