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"My Grandfather, Samuel Selvin Stuart was a WW1 veteran. He came home shell-shocked and was never able to function in society again. He died in 1963 at the VA Hospital in St Louis MO. He left 3 children and now there are many grandchildren, gr-children, gggrandchildren and ggggrandchildren. I never saw him. I know very little about him. What I do know is that his sacrifices made it possible for all of us to be here now and live in the country he loved."

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Your Caring Support Can Make The Difference

Though severely wounded service members have not paid with the ultimate sacrifice of their lives, our wounded may never be able to go back to their lives as they once knew them.

They will face an extended healing process, frightening uncertainties about their injury, and fear about their long-term prognosis. Caregivers are uprooted from their communities, often facing disruptive transfers, making it very difficult to hold a steady job or build a support network. As with anyone facing a crisis, they need help with everyday activities: Rides to appointments, assistance with in-home care, meals and childcare. Once home, they need more – sometimes they just need someone to cut the grass.

These service members and families need our emotional and practical support – today and for many years to come. They should not have to manage alone. And, we can help.

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Discover Ways to Help the Wounded and their Families

Although much more needs to be done to support our wounded and their families, many organizations are making a valiant effort to address their concerns.

You can participate with these organizations.

Operation Hero Miles

Through this simple program, travelers can donate their frequent flyer miles to give family members of wounded service men and women free plane tickets to visit their loved ones recovering at military hospitals across the country.

SEW Much Comfort

SEW Much Comfort is a non-profit specializing in providing adaptive clothing for servicemen who are injured or maimed and re-adjusting to prosthetic limbs. They are always looking for materials, clothing and volunteers to help with the program.

Yellow Ribbon Fund

Long-term rehabilitation at any hospital is not easy. Yellow Ribbon Fund volunteers arrange opportunities for injured soldiers at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital and their families to enjoy the local community, taking them to sporting events and other outings. In addition, the mentoring and internship program gives veterans a chance to learn job skills at a local company or technical institution.

You can support these organizations that help.

Operation Mend

UCLA Operation Mend is a groundbreaking program that provides returning military personnel with severe facial and other medical injuries access to the nation’s top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as comprehensive medical and mental-health support for the wounded and their families. Supported by Lockheed Martin Corporation and other organizations, the program has expanded to include orthopaedic reconstruction for severely damaged limbs, urologic treatment, otolaryngological care, the examination and treatment of reproductive issues, repair of airways, and design of new prosthetic ears.

Hire Heroes USA

Hire Heroes USA (Hire Heroes) is dedicated to creating job opportunities for US military veterans and their spouses through personalized employment training and corporate engagement. Lockheed Martin supports Hire Heroes USA, which partners with the USO to provide workshops and one-on-one assistance to prepare transitioning Warriors for civilian employment.

Wounded Warrior Project

The Wounded Warrior Project serves wounded, active duty serviceman and their families as the soldiers are rehabilitated and adjust to civilian life. Through a recently instituted collaboration with Operation Homefront these organizations are expanding emergency financial assistance to more wounded warriors. 

Disabled American Veterans

DAV builds better lives for America's disabled American veterans through their Benefits Assistance and Voluntary Service programs as well as their Charitable Service Trust. They provide opportunities to receive assistance or get involved as a volunteer.

American Veterans Disabled For Life Memorial Foundation

Dedicated to constructing the nation’s first, permanent national tribute to America’s disabled veterans.

Military Order of the Purple Heart

Chartered by Congress in 1958, this organization is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Membership is restricted to the combat wounded; however the Order supports all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs.

Vet Dogs

Started in 2006 by The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, VetDogs provides specialized guide dogs and therapy dogs to service members that require assistance in their day to day living once they’ve returned home.

Operation Second Chance

Operation Second Chance provides support for soldiers and Marines at Walter Reed and assists them when they transition back to duty or to civilian life. This includes aiding in rehabilitation and recovery, assisting in the modification of housing to accommodate disabled veterans and helping families in any way needed.

Fisher House Foundation

Supporting America's military in their time of need, Fisher House Foundation provides a “home away from home” that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time – during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. Fisher House helps families of patients receiving care at major military and VA medical centers throughout the country and overseas.

Sentinels of Freedom

Sentinels of Freedom gives injured veterans the gift of time – helping them readjust to civilian life and their new physical challenges while finding life paths that best suit their abilities, interests and needs.  Recipients receiving assistance with housing, transportation, employment and education and are connected to a team of caring volunteers who provide guidance, mentoring and friendship during a four-year program. 

Hope for the Warriors™

The mission of Hope for the Warriors™ is to enhance the quality of life for U.S. service members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Projects include the Run for the Warriors Spouses’ Scholarships, adapted living quarters and Immediate Needs Grants for transportation and other necessities.

USO – Operation Enduring Care

The USO is raising funds to help the wounded, ill and injured troops and their families and caregivers restore lives unraveled by war and do so in the warm and caring context that such sacrifices deserve – two warrior and family centers as well programs to be offered at USO Centers around the world.

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund

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Military and Government Sites Offering Assistance

Office of Wounded Warrior Care – Blog

Now you can follow breaking information from the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy on Facebook and Twitter to get updates on news and events impacting wounded warriors, transitioning Service members, and their families.

Wounded Warrior Program – U.S. House of Representatives

The Wounded Warrior Program was established to create fellowships that provide employment opportunities within the House of Representatives.

Department of Labor’s VETS

The Veterans’ Employment and Training Service is dedicated to helping injured veterans return to fulfilling, productive civilian lives. There is a complete network of resources to address the professional and educational goals of veterans while they deal with the realities of rehabilitation and recovery.

Career Center for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans

This one-stop website lists employees interested in helping severely injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and provides a toolbox for veterans seeking employment, including resume creation, a skills translator, salary calculator and job fair information. It also provides links to additional transition, rehabilitation and employment resources.

US Air Force Wounded Warriors

US Navy Wounded Warriors

US Marine Wounded Warrior Regiment

Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)

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Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury has become a hallmark injury of the recent conflicts, affecting at least 30 percent of the wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.  To learn about traumatic brain injury visit:

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

The mission of the DVBIC is to serve active duty military, their dependents and veterans with TBI through state-of-the-art medical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

The NINDS traumatic brain injury information page defines TBI and discusses treatment, prognosis and current research. It also provides links to a number of organizations that can help.

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Stress Resulting from Trauma

Another long-term issue for many soldiers returning from the home front is the struggle with post-traumatic stress.  Symptoms include depression, nightmares and other sleep troubles, panic attacks, flashbacks, alcohol and drug abuse, and marital difficulties.  There are a growing number of resources nationwide that address this concern.

Military and Veterans Crisis Hotline

Veterans Crisis LineThe Military and Veterans Crisis Lines connect Service members and 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. Service members, 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. Support for deaf and hard of hearing individuals is available.

Defense Suicide Prevention Office

The Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO) works with the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and National Guard Bureau to support our Service members and strengthen a resilient and ready force. To reduce the impact of suicide on Service members and their families, DSPO uses a range of approaches related to policy, research, communications, law and behavioral health. DSPO strives to help foster a climate that encourages Service members to seek help for their behavioral health issues.

National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

NCPTSD aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. Veterans through research, education and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders.

National Institute of Mental Health

NIMH is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to research on the understanding, treatment and prevention of mental disorders and the promotion of mental health. This website explains the signs, symptoms and treatment for PTSD and where to get help.

Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & Traumatic Brain Injury

DCoE is a specialized section of the DoD dedicated to exploring and providing educational references for treatment related to psychological illnesses and effects suffered by returning service members.

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