Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Department of Veterans' Affairs Main Site Links to VA facts sheets, including compensation and pension programs, education and training, medical care and research, home loan assistance, insurance, National Cemeteries, VA facilities by state, special programs, medical automation, legislation and testimony.
Veteran Data and Information This VA web site is designed to provide you with information regarding VA policy and planning issues. Included are social and economic information about veterans, demographical and geographical veteran information, statistical information by veteran program areas and veteran survey information as well as references to other veteran information sites.
Federal Register Proposed and final regulations that eventually end up in the annual Code of Federal Regulations--Search the data base for the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 Federal Register (Volumes 60, 61, 62, 63, and 64).
List of Sections of the Code of Federal Regulations (annual compilation) affected by new final regulations published in the Federal Register.
Search decisions and opinions of the Court of: Appeals for Veterans Claims
CAVC list (by state) of lawyers and non-lawyers admitted to practice before the court.
Appeals from decisions of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims go to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court decisions (1893 to now)
Veterans Crisis Lines
Project Sanctuary Retreat Sites
Veterans Administration (VA) Links
Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Links
Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Links
Veterans Crisis TEXT line: Text 838255 for help.
Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 1-800-273-8255 for confidential help for veterans and their families.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve – a Department of Defense organization
Gold Star Wives of America (National): http://www.goldstarwives.org/
Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is an organization of military widows/widowers who lost a spouse on active duty or from service-connected disabilities. This military survivors’ organization has been serving war widows from all conflicts and service-connected disabilities since it was founded in 1945.
Higher Ground (adaptive sports)
Hiring Our Heroes: http://www.hiringourheroes.org/
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning servicemembers, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, their goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 650 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia.
I’m Already Home…Again: http://www.imalreadyhome.com/index.html
…is an essential tool for military personnel preparing for active duty. The first edition of this work, “I’m Already Home,” is widely used by over 21,000 families. Now expanded and updated, this second edition includes special features that make it even more useful and relevant to the unique demands of the military family.
MilitaryOneSource: www.militaryonesource.com or 1-800-342-9647
Whether it’s helping with child care, personal finances, tax preparation and filing, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, this interactive website includes locators for education, child and elder care, online articles, access to free educational books and CDs, referrals to military and community resources, financial calculators, live online workshops, an option to “Email a consultant,” and much more. Provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families, the site is a virtual extension of installation services.
Operation We Are Here: http://www.operationwearehere.com/index.html
Operation We Are Here works to create an awareness of the challenges of the military community; offers practical suggestions to churches, communities and individuals on how to support and encourage the military community, and provides a comprehensive list of resources for the military community and its supporters.
Project Healing Waters (fly fishing)
R4 Alliance: http://r4alliance.org/
Project Sanctuary is proud to be a founding member of R4 Alliance, a membership of programs of excellence providing therapeutic and community based Recreation services to Our Military Family. We are focused and committed to achieving the highest quality services through collaborative efforts in Research, education, standards of excellence, economic viability, and continuum of care across our service community. We believe these services are essential to the holistic Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Our Military Families. – The website includes links to numerous vetted programs.
Team River Runner (kayaking)
Team Rubicon: http://www.teamrubiconusa.org/
“Join, serve, and deploy. Bridge the gap.” Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
Team RWB: http://teamrwb.org/
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.
Veterans Farm (based in Florida, started by Project Sanctuary alumni): http://veteransfarm.org/
The Veterans Farm is building handicap accessible farms for our disabled combat veterans to provide a “Prescription without Medication” through horticulture therapy. Through a 14-week fellowship, program veterans will learn how to grow organic fruits and vegetables. After completion, veterans will be provided with resources to go out and start their own farms, or to work for larger farming organizations. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars)
Warrior Gateway: www.warriorgateway.org
The Warrior Gateway program has been designed to promote easier reintegration into home communities. It establishes a single online access point that serves as a resource for the military community to locate service organizations quickly that satisfy their needs, to identify academic programs in which they are interested, and to easily find employers seeking their valuable skills. Support organizations, resources, jobs, and higher education resources are all searchable by ZIP code.
We Serve Too! http://weservetoo.com/
This warm and touching book deals honestly with the issues of deployment from a young child’s point of view. By linking their daily activities (playing, eating, etc.) with daily activities of their absent parent, We Serve Too! makes imaginative, and yet real connections with Daddy (or Mommy) in the common routines of the day, while honoring the child’s own sacrifice and service to country.
American Military Family (AMF): http://www.amf100.org/Home_Page.html
AMF provides emergency financial assistance to wounded warriors and their families who are struggling with a financial crisis (rent/mortgage payments, utilities, transportation, food/toiletries and/or crisis intervention), while providing budgeting guidance to alleviate future financial pressures and anxieties.
AMF also provides free one-on-one mental health therapy sessions for our wounded warriors. All sessions are with Combat Veteran Therapists. Wounded warriors feel safe and comfortable addressing their struggles with PTSD, depression, suicidal thoughts and tendencies and reintegration concerns with someone who has served and fought in combat and therefore understands the related issues and traumas of war.
Art of War Project (art therapy) – Denver, CO
Colorado Resource Portal for Veterans: http://www.veteransresourceportal.com/
The Colorado Veteran’s Resource Portal is provided by Veteran’s Passport to Hope and was built with veterans in mind by both veterans and civilians working together. Key elements of the Portal site include the following:
VFW Post 1 (Denver, CO): http://www.vfwpost1.org/
VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 1 is a progressive network of veterans, including many from OIF and OEF, actively engaged in supporting each other and community projects. Founded in 1899, this is the oldest and the first VFW post. The 900 plus members, officers and auxiliary of Post 1 invite you to join their Post and help them take service to fellow veterans and the community as a whole into the 21st century. Email Izzy Abbass at email@example.com for more information. To find a VFW Post near you, visit the national VFW website at http://vfw.org.
Go Noodle: www.gonoodle.com
We help kids channel their physical and emotional energy for good. GoNoodle’s short desk-side physical activities — also called brain breaks — help teachers manage their classrooms and improve student performance.
Love and Logic: www.loveandlogic.com
Jay Faye would like parents to lock in our empathy, love, and understanding” prior to telling kids what the consequences of their actions will be. To find a facilitator, click on “facilitator,” then your state for more information.
Military Child Education Coalition: www.militarychild.org
MCEC is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.
Parental Boundaries: www.parenting.org
Parental Boundaries reaches out to fragile children and families in need of compassionate and effective care, helping to lift them up, heal their wounds and put them on the path to a brighter future.
Stress Free Kids: www.stressfreekids.com
Stress Free Kids provides fun parenting solutions to reduce stress and bring wellness to daily living. The accessible tips, stories, and parent’s guide show families how to integrate relaxation exercises and activities effortlessly throughout the day.
Mount Hermon (Mt. Hermon, CA)
National Ability Center (Park City, UT)
Winding River Ranch (Grand Lake, CO)
YMCA – Snow Mountain Ranch (Granby, CO)
Benefits Administration (VBA) Website
VBA Compensation and Pension Service
VBA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service (VR&E)
VBA Home Loan Guarantee Service
VBA Life Insurance Service
VBA Education and Training
VA Dependent or Survivor Benefits
VA Benefit Rate Tables
WARMS – Web Automated Reference Materials System
Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
VHA Health Care Eligibility
VHA Non-VA Medical Care Program
VHA C&P Examination Worksheets
VHA Foreign Medical Program
VHA CHAMPVA (Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs)