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“I Thank and Proudly Support ALL who put themselves in harm's way to protect us. And I thank everyone who Volunteers or Donates to Support Our Veterans, Active Duty, and their families. This page offers some information on where to volunteer and donate.”
Madman Mike Your Musical Slave is involved with the Music Fest 4 Vets annual music festival in Michigan, proceeds go to U.S. Veterans in need. musicfest4vets.org
DAV (Disabled American Veterans) – a veterans advocacy and assistance group. “DAV is an organization of veterans helping veterans. We receive no government funding and look out for our members 100% of the time because we have been in their shoes. We are proud of our 90+-year history of helping our country’s veterans, proud of our record of fighting for your rights and proud of working alongside so many other non-profits and advocacy organizations to make sure that we fulfill our promises to the men and women who have served. Most of all, we are proud to serve our country’s veterans as you so steadfastly served us. We invite everyone, veterans and civilian, men and women, young and old, to join us as we stand up for those veterans who risked it all when they stood up for us, our country, and our ideals.”
TroopsDirect – “You will be shocked to learn what our frontline troops go without! TroopsDirect supports our front line troops exclusively at larger unit levels with the objective of making them the healthiest, most energized and highest spirited Marines, soldiers, aircrew and sailors that we can. We function as a non-profit 'back line' of supply for units based in Afghanistan, Africa, at sea and other in other 'hot spots'. We communicate with the front lines daily and provide -in bulk- detailed hygiene, nutrition, gear and K9 support. Contrary to most groups providing smaller and seasonal care packages for individual soldiers, TroopsDirect ships in bulk every week in battle proven cartons manufactured to our exacting specifications. Furthermore, TroopsDirect support is the most timely, accurate and adaptable amongst known support organizations. Supported by the contributions of citizens like you, TroopsDirect is a registered 501c3 tax exempt organization with 87 cents of every dollar going to our program expenses.”
Homes for Our Troops – “We are a national non-profit organization founded in 2004 that is strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious injuries since September 11, 2001. We assist severely injured veterans and their families by raising money and coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. The homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at NO COST to the veterans we serve.”
Building Homes for Heroes – “a national non-profit organization founded in 2006 that is strongly committed to supporting the brave men and women of the military who have returned home from the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan with severe wounds and disabilities, with a goal to build homes for families in dire need. We build homes from the ground up or modify existing homes. These mortgage-free homes not only help to remove the family's financial burden, they help to restore the individual's freedom, and enable the veteran to lead a more independent and productive civilian life.”
The Independence Fund – this is the organization that gives away All Terrain Wheelchairs. “Mission is to provide the tools, therapies and guidance that those veterans severely injured in the Line of Duty that they are otherwise not receiving. It is an entirely 100%, all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 whose Board of Directors is comprised entirely of combat veterans.”
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) – IFHF is doing a $100 million campaign - Make It Visible - to build centers across the country to serve returning veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress. “The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. An independent not-for-profit organization, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public.”
Operation Ward 57 – Supports wounded warriors, their families and medical staff at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center by providing items that assist in recovery, maintenance and morale of the hospital environment and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances.
American Veterans with Brain Injuries (AVBI) – mission is to offer support to brain injured American Veterans and their families or caregivers. We offer support through our web site, on line forum, live chat, advocacy, and public awareness. This web site offers personal stories, resources, and announcements of services available to these American Veterans.
Gary Sinise Foundation – “is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.” Also features the Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band. Tax-deductible donations are accepted through foundation website.
Purple Heart charity – official name: The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH)
Fallen Patriot Fund – “The Fallen Patriot Fund of The Mark Cuban Foundation was established to help families of U.S. military personnel who were killed or seriously injured during Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Donate a Vehicle: Wheels Helping Warriors Vehicle Donation Program – run by Paralyzed Veterans of America. Looking for another way to make a difference in the life of a paralyzed veteran? Consider donating your vehicle, boat, RV or motorcycle regardless of their current condition and help build brighter futures for our veterans and their families... and receive a tax deduction when you itemize your return!
Paralyzed Veterans of America – news, resources, donations. “Whether it's a Paralyzed Veterans of America national service officer who helps a veteran secure benefits that have been denied or the Paralyzed Veterans' vocational rehabilitation counselor who helps a veteran get back to work, everyone throughout the organization is on a mission to help veterans.”
Vietnam Veterans of America – news, resources, donations.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) – “From the battlefield to their bedside, the WWP (a non-profit organization) is there to meet the needs of our Wounded Heroes. It seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the war on terrorism, conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world. Many of the injuries are traumatic amputations, gunshot wounds, burns and blast injuries that will retire these brave warriors from military service.”
Support Our Troops.org (SOT) – “Your place to connect, support, and donate. Support Our Troops® provides morale and well-being to the troops and their families everyday, worldwide, at home and abroad. Our name says it all. Nobody knows the needs of the troops like we do and comprehensively addresses them like we do. Nobody has built a collaborative network to comprehensively address their needs like we have. A national 501(c)(3) public purpose organization providing an easily accessible framework enabling local groups, companies, schools, colleges, clubs, and churches to quickly, easily and without complexity do good works for the troops and their families.”
Project Healing Waters – non-profit organization “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.”
Operation Quiet Comfort (OQC) – “We exist solely for the purpose of honoring and comforting America's military men and women who become sick and injured while serving in harm's way. We also provide support to those who care for them.”
USO – "The USO makes sure your help goes to those who need it the most: troops serving in combat, their families, our wounded warriors and their families, and families of the fallen. Thanks to your generosity, the USO fulfills its mission of lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families. Through the USO, you touch their lives through an extensive range of programs at more than 160 locations in 27 states and 14 countries, and at hundreds of entertainment events each year. Thousands of USO volunteers do everything possible to provide a home away from home for our troops and to keep them connected to the families they left behind."
Operation USO Care Package – “Anyone who's ever been away from home for long periods of time can relate to the excitement and joy of receiving a Care Package. And the USO takes great pride in extending that touch of home to troops deployed overseas. The program also takes care of families by providing a Military Family Care Package. The USO works closely with the Department of Defense to distribute packages.”
Operation Care Package (OCP) – Send care packages and mail to deployed troops. Website has a supply list of needed items. “We are an all volunteer not for profit organization, dedicated to our goal of making sure that no deployed Hero goes without mail.”
Operation Gratitude – “annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors and their Care Givers. Our mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people.”
Troopathon – annual fundraiser to send Troopathon Care Packages (for active duty), Wounded Warrior Care Packs (for wounded veterans), and Military Working Dogs K9 Care Packs.
Care Packages For The Troops (Year Round) – Move America Forward makes it easy to send different size care packages, throughout the whole year, from small packs up to Battalion Packs. They also have Wounded Warrior Care Packs and Military Working Dogs K9 Care Packs.
AdoptaPlatoon (AAP) – “a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving deployed United States Service Men and Women ensuring they are not forgotten. AdoptaPlatoon provides an on-going mail support system, creates projects that meet the need of military requests, and establishes special projects that benefit deployed troops.”
Soldiers' Angels – “a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families.”
Warrior Cry Music Project – “Healing Through Music. Warrior Cry volunteers help teach our wounded service members to create music, play music, record music and to just have fun. The soldiers then look forward to performing live shows for anyone interested in watching miracles at work.”
MusiCorps – “Severely wounded warriors recovering at Walter Reed, MusiCorps is a music rehabilitation program that uniquely meets their needs, helping them play music and recover their lives. MusiCorps integrates regular visits by accomplished musicians who serve as mentors, the use of traditional instruments along with computer workstations and custom equipment, and projects tailored to individual circumstances, interests, and goals. Working in a variety of styles, and overcoming any obstacles, wounded warriors are able to learn, play, write, record, and perform music as a core part of their rehabilitation. The MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band is the performance component of MusiCorps, and has performed with Roger Waters, Yo-Yo Ma, Sheryl Crow, Oleta Adams, John Rich, Ricky Skaggs, and the Kansas City Symphony, among others.”
America 4R Marines – “to date has shipped over 60 Tons of year round support to our deployed Marines and Navy Corpsman (the USMC's Medics) since our birth in October 2006! We focus on those Marines and Sailors who are deployed in some of the most unfriendly and hellish spots in the Middle East. These Out Post assignments are usually hundreds of miles from main bases and, therefore, hundreds of miles from many of the basic humane amenities that we take for granted on a daily basis. Items that bring a bit of the USA to them in their caves, their tents or simply in their back packs. America 4R Marines also supports spouses and children of deployed Marines and Sailors during each of the holiday seasons.”
General and Family Support Organizations
VFW – Veterans Of Foreign Wars – “Annually, VFW members and its Auxiliary contribute more than 13 million hours of volunteerism in the community, including participation in Make A Difference Day and National Volunteer Week. From providing $2.5 million in college scholarships to high school students every year to encouraging elevation of the Veterans Administration to the president's cabinet, the VFW is there.”
The Wall USA – “Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall USA website is dedicated to honoring those who died in the Vietnam War. We remain dedicated to displaying the information in the dignified manner that it deserves.”
The American Fallen Soldiers Project – “was formed to help provide comfort and healing to the grieving families of our fallen military. Our 501c3 non-profit organization makes available at no cost to the family an original portrait of their fallen loved one that fully captures their appearance and personality.”
Got Your 6 – “is a campaign that unites the entertainment industry with top veteran-focused nonprofit organizations. Got Your 6 ensures that our military veterans return home to be seen as leaders and assets, creates opportunities for veterans and civilians to join together to reinvigorate our communities, inspires Americans to understand the unique challenges and opportunities our veterans face upon their return, provides tools, platforms, and resources that Americans can use to better understand veteran and military culture, embodies for all Americans the values of duty, selfless service, and mutual respect upheld by those who have served in our military.”
Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. – “to perpetuate the the memory of all the men and women who have served our country as members of the Armed Forces; the further object of this organization shall be patriotic, educational, social, and for service; to maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States; to educate our members and others not to divulge military, naval, or other Government information; to assist in veterans' ceremonies, to attend patriotic rallies and meetings; to foster true democracy; to care for the unsupported mothers who gave their sons to the service of the Nation; to aid in bringing about recognition of the need of permanent civilian defense for each community and to ever be alert against invasion of un-American activities; to uphold the American institutions of freedom, justice, and equal rights, and to defend the United States from all enemies.”
Mesothelioma and Health Information for Veterans
Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a cancer is caused by previous exposure to asbestos. This website has important health information to share with veterans and all who may have been exposed to asbestos. There is a veteran of the United States Navy, and a proud advocate for veterans, who maintains a veteran-focused blog on Mesothelioma.com, connects with vets & members of the military community via Twitter, and assists with veteran outreach.
Mesothelioma Center (Asbestos.com) – We provide free services and resources to mesothelioma victims and their families. We have a staff of retired military veterans with experience in assisting veterans in applying for VA benefits related to asbestos illnesses. They assist veterans with asbestos-related claims, help them appeal previously denied claims and help them attain multiple benefits if they had not previously been receiving them.
Home Loans and General Information for Veterans
VA Home Loan Centers – “helps veterans, active duty military personnel and their families purchase homes.”
Housing and Mortgages for Veterans – “This guide will help veterans and active military to understand the benefits of, types of, and eligibility requirements for VA Loans.”
Supporting Veterans In Michigan, USA
Support Our Troops Festival – in Baroda, MI (southwest Michigan). Held annually “To honor, respect & help our wounded U.S. Armed Forces Service Personnel & Veterans.” www.supportourtroopsfestival.org facebook
Suits for Soldiers – helps the transition from the military to a civilian life. Services include Business Attire Clothing for job interviews, Resume Help, Mentors (job/business related), plus other resources for veterans.
Stiggy's Dogs for Veterans with PTSD and TBI – “nonprofit organization that provides our military veterans living with PTSD and TBI another method of healing through service and companion dogs. All of our dogs are rescued. The come from rescue organizations, shelters, animal control agencies and humane societies. We believe that many mixed breed and rescue dogs can make wonderful service dogs and provide a mutually beneficial relationship with a veteran living with PTSD and/or TBI. By doing this, we are rescuing one to rescue another.” facebook
Honor Flight Michigan – “After flying nearly 1,600 Michigan WWII veterans to Washington DC free of charge to see the National WWII Memorial, Honor Flight Michigan is proud take on the new mission of leading the effort to create The Michigan WWII Legacy Memorial.”
Jam For Vets Project – “Bringing Music Services to our Heroes in the VA Hospital System. We believe that music is healing and therapeutic, especially for those that have suffered physical and psychological trauma.” facebook
Tributes and Patriotic
VFW Foundation – Return the Favor – “Our troops sacrifice so much, now you can return the favor. Post your thank you in a video, photo, or text message.” Donate to a VFW Foundation program or cause.
Our Sacrifice – song and video. Tribute to our U.S. Service Men & Women and their families.
Iraq / Afghanistan War Heroes – dedicated to our deceased Heroes that have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan.
Proud to be an American – a non-partisan site featuring stories and pictures.
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