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HELP MILITARY FAMILIES

As Americans, we unite on Memorial Day to remember our fallen heroes, but we also resolve to support our active-duty troops, veterans and their families. They all face the challenges of military service: from multiple deployments that separate family members, to recovering from the wounds of war.

If you need help, or want to give help, a good place to start is right here on our website, where you will find resources and organizations that help veterans and their families. Ideas and useful links are provided throughout this section, which offer various forms of assistance and support. Make a meaningful difference in the lives of our courageous military families, starting today.

CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT (COVID-19)

CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

This information hub will answer questions, provide guidance, as well as resources for any person who may need extra precautions, first responders, frontline workers, healthcare professionals, children and people of all ages.

U.S. DEPT. OF VETERAN AFFAIRS – PUBLIC HEALTH
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS DISEASE (COVID-19)

The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, health care providers, and staff in the face of this emerging health risk. They are working directly with the CDC and other federal partners to monitor the outbreak of the virus.

GARY SINISE FOUNDATION EMERGENCY COVID-19 COMBAT SERVICE

This resource is a gateway for providing grants to first responders in need of personal protective equipment when answering COVID-19 service calls. Financial assistance is also available to healthcare professionals, service members, veterans, first responders, and their families who have been impacted by the novel coronavirus.

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What you should know about the novel Coronavirus through all the latest updates from PBS NewsHour.

THE MILITARY AND VETERANS CRISIS LINE

Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for veterans in crisis and their families and friends.
If you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of emotional distress, including thoughts of suicide, immediate help is available by calling 1-800-273-8255 (Press 1). Confidential help is also available in a chat online, or by sending a text message to 838255.

BLUE STAR FAMILIES

With over 200 events a year, Blue Star Families is always in need of passionate volunteers. Blue Star Families’ wide range of programs include career development for military spouses, fun and educational events for children, caregiver support, and most importantly, the chance to build community with their Blue Star Neighbors — individuals, business owners and organizations who create a network of support for military families. Learn more about different volunteer positions that are currently available.

VETERANS COMING HOME

Veterans Coming Home, a campaign to bridge the civilian-military divide through public media, has teamed up with nonprofit partners to aggregate a wealth of resources for active military service members, veterans and their families. Find assistance with everything from healthcare to healing through the arts.

VA VOLUNTARY SERVICE

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has many ways to volunteer time or donate funds to help our nation’s veterans including the Volunteer Transportation Network, Welcome Home Events, Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, National Cemeteries Volunteer, National Salute to Veteran Patients and Student Volunteer Program initiatives.

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA

Wreaths Across America’s mission is to Remember, Honor and Teach. Each December they coordinated wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,200 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea and abroad.