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Coalition for Iraq and Afganistan Veterans
This national nonpartisan umbrella organization includes partners that are committed to working with and for military, veterans, families, survivors and providers to strengthen the existing system of care available to soldiers and their families.
GI Rights Hotline
The GI Rights Hotline provides free, confidential and accurate information on U.S. military regulations and practices to service members, veterans, potential recruits and their families: 1-877-447-4487.
HireVeterans.com is a job board where employers post jobs and hire U.S. military veterans returning to civilian employment.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
This nonpartisan, nonprofit organization is dedicated to advocating for veterans and connecting them with civilian supporters. The website includes updates on pending legislation and suggested action steps.
This nonprofit organization provides emergency and morale assistance for troops, the families they leave behind, and for wounded warriors when they return home. The website includes information about upcoming campaigns, like their backpack brigades, and different ways they can help.
National Resource Directory (NRD)
The National Resource Directory is an online tool for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans, their families and those who support them. The NRD provides access to more than 11,000 services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Maintained by the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs, the NRD links to federal and state government agencies; veterans service and benefit organizations; nonprofit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.
National Veterans Legal Services Program
As a watchdog and advocacy organization, the NCLSP has been instrumental in the passage of landmark veterans' rights legislation. Their site provides details of class action suits they have brought, a round-up of veterans news stories from across the Web and a number of publications that help veterans obtain the benefits that they deserve.
National Veterans Foundation
The National Veterans Foundation has a national hotline for veterans seeking resource referral, benefits information or emotional support: 1-888-777-4443.
Swords to Plowshares
Veterans and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area can contact Swords to Plowshares for counseling and case management, employment and training, housing and legal assistance. The mission of this 35-year-old organization is to heal the wounds that affect soldiers beyond the battlefield. They work to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to significantly reduce homelessness and poverty among veterans. Their resource section is organized into helpful categories like housing/shelter, legal and women veterans and useful to veterans across the country.
Transition Assistance Online
Transition Assistance Online is the largest single source of transition assistance information and tools for today's separating military. Service members, both prior and current, can find all the resources needed to transition smoothly from military service to a suitable civilian career.
Veterans and Families Foundation
The Veterans and Families Foundation is a nonprofit community service and support organization, founded and directed by veterans, parents, grandparents, family members, employers, mental health professionals, academics, philanthropists and community leaders.
Vets4Vets is a nonpartisan veteran organization dedicated to helping Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans heal from any negative aspects of service and war through the use of peer support. In addition, Vets4Vets hosts free workshops in locations around the country.
Vietnam Veterans of America
Composed of advocates for a wide range of issues of concern to Vietnam veterans, this organization provides a variety of policy and advocacy resources.
The Welcome Home Project Community Network
The purpose of the Welcome Home Project Community Network, a social networking website, is to encourage civilian awareness of veterans' issues and to create a visible community in support of returning veterans.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs
The website of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs serves as a one-stop website for all official government programs and policies related to veterans and includes dedicated pages for teachers and children. Locate your local vet center by using their helpful interactive map.
"Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace" by Maxine Hong Kingston. (Kihei, HI: Koa Books, 2006)
For more than fifteen years, National Book Award-winning author Maxine Hong Kingston has led writing-and-meditation workshops for veterans and their families. The contributors to this volume — combat veterans, medics, and others who served in war; gang members, drug users, and victims of domestic violence; draft resisters, deserters, and peace activists — are part of this community of writers working together to heal the trauma of war through art.
"War and the Soul: Healing our Nation's Veterans From Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder" by Edward Tick. (Wheaton, IL: Quest Books, 2005)
Clinical psychotherapist Edward Tick explores the devastating psychological effects that occur from participating in a war. Drawing on history, mythology and soldiers' stories from World War I to Iraq, Tick provides insight into the veteran's world while teaching us how we may help them heal.
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