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National Resource Directory:
Providing resources is always a winning strategy not only for Veterans and their families, but others in need of direction as well. I strongly encourage you to check out their website at the link below. It is truly a one stop, wealth of information, put out by the Armed Forces Services Corporation.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
With help comes hope! Are you in crisis?
Then call 1-800-273-TALK or Chat, right now.
If you or someone you know is in an emotional distress or
suicidal crisis, please call the Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255),
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
Phone: 1-800-273-8255 (24/7 Availability)
Wounded In Action Family Foundation
The Wounded In Action Family Foundation (WIAFF), creates the opportunity
for Wounded In Action families to successfully transition from a military
hospital environment back into civilian society. Focus is on equipping the WIA
family to become self supporting. It is not lifetime aid or charity. The WIAFF
executive staff, board of directors, and board of advisors include
distinguished top retired military officers, business professionals, and active
The WIAFF salutes all our
“Wounded Warriors Families” and wants to make sure they are given every
opportunity to return home and experience the American Dream for sacrificing so
much for our country. We will never
leave them behind … Never.
Our transition program is specifically designed to render the following
types of support for discharged WIA patients and their families:
•Access to housing and sustenance in the area chosen by the family.
•Find employment to establish a sound financial basis for family fiscal
•Arrange school enrollment or job training to support the educational
needs of all family members.
• Assure availability of functioning medical support and transportation.
•Assist in locating government and other available support programs.
•Coordinate with a religious organization or other support groups to
establish and implement family transition success
Wounded In Action Family Foundation
Suite 300, 374 Maple Avenue, East
Vienna, VA 22180-1658
is a free 24-hour service available to all active duty, Guard, Reserve
members and their families regardless of activation status.
Information and referrals are given on a wide range of issues
including behavioral health.
Face-to-face, phone and online counseling services are available.
Phone: 1-800-342-9647 (24/7 Availability)
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund:
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate
financial support for injured and critically ill members
of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We direct
urgently needed resources to post 9-11 service
members from all branches of service - Marines, Navy,
Army, Air Force or Coast Guard - as well as their family
members. The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) provides relief
for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and
recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating
needs. Our program provides support in a variety of ways
including: Service Member and Family Support, Specialized
and Adaptive Equipment, Adaptive Housing, Adaptive
Transportation, Education and Career Transition Assistance,
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury
Support and Team Semper Fi.
Injured Mrine Semper Fi Fund
Wounded Warrior Center • Bldg. H49
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
Phone: 760-725-3680 or 760-207-0887
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
715 Broadway Street
Quantico, VA 22134
The American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross, Service to the Armed
Forces, Keeping Pace with the Military. The American
Red Cross links members of the U.S. Armed Forces with
their families during a crisis. Twenty-four hours a day,
365 days a year, the Red Cross quickly sends emergency
communications to deployed service members on behalf of
their family. Both active duty and community-based military
can count on the Red Cross to provide emergency
communications that link them with their families back
home, access to financial assistance in partnership with the
military aid societies, information and referral and assistance
to veterans. Red Cross personnel form a global network
in 700 U.S. chapters, military installations worldwide and in
forward deployed locations in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
To Find Your Local Chapter:
Phone: 1 800 RED CROSS (1 800 733 2767)
Contacting National Headquarters:
Phone: (202) 303 – 5214 - Staff / Dept. directory
American Red Cross National Headquarters
2025 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led 501(c)(3)
nonprofit providing aid and comfort tothe men and
women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy,
Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Founded
in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, its
hundreds of thousands of Angel volunteers assist
veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their
families in a variety of unique and effective ways.
"May No Soldier Go Unloved," encapsulates the
motivation behind Soldiers' Angels.
The volunteers of Soldiers' Angels work tirelessly
to demonstrate active care and concern for veterans,
the wounded, deployed service members and their
President/CEO: Patti Patton-Bader
1792 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
Voice Mail: (615) 676-0239
The Warrior Transition Command (WTC):
WTC's mission is to develop, coordinate, and integrate
the Army's Warrior Care and Transition Program (WCTP)
for wounded, ill, and injured Soldiers, their Families or
caregivers to promote success in the force or civilian life.
The establishment of the WTC also represents a milestone
in the Army's transformation of outpatient care and services.
This began with the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
and continued with Warrior Transition Units (WTUs)worldwide.
Warrior Transition Command
200 Stovall Street, 7S27
Alexandria, VA 22332-5000
Phone: (703) 428-7118
Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline
“Staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week”
Toll Free: (800) 984-8523
Overseas DSN: (312) 421-3700
Stateside DSN: 421-3700
U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
200 Stovall Street, Suite 7N57
Alexandria, VA 22332-5000
Toll Free: (877) 393-9058
Overseas DSN: (312) 221-9113
Homes for Our Troops:
Homes for Our Troops: a national non-profit, non-partisan
501(c)(3) organization founded in 2004. We are strongly
committed to helping those who have selflessly given to
our country and have returned home with serious disabilities
and injuries since September 11, 2001. It is our duty and our
honor to assist severely injured Veterans and their immediate
families by raising donations of money, building materials and
professional labor and to coordinate 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.
Homes for Our Troops Contact Information:
John Gonsalves - Founder
Major General (U.S. Army, Retired), Tim McHale, President and Director
Dawn M. Teixeira, Executive Director
Homes for Our Troops
6 Main Street
Taunton, MA 02780
Phone: 508-823-3300 or Toll Free: (866) 7 TROOPS
The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (CSAH):
The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes (CSAH)
was created to provide a way for individuals, corporations
and others to help our severely wounded and disabled
Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom
veterans and their families rebuild their lives.
The mission of the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes
is to assist individuals and their families who have been
severely injured while serving in the U.S. military during
our country's defense against terrorism and to encourage
and assist other organizations and the general public to
participate in this effort.
Roger Chapin; President, CEO
CSAH is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, non-partisan organization
founded in 2004 and headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut.
Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes
12 Godfrey Place
Wilton, CT 06897-3030
Blue Star Riders:
Blue Star Riders is a non-profit organization. We are
Mothers, Fathers, Brothers, Sisters and fellow Vets who
support those who defend our freedom. We are dedicated
to supporting our troops and veterans, as well as honoring all
wounded troops and fallen heroes.
Our activities include visiting the wounded and their families
at Level 1 Poly Trauma Centers, Hospitals and Outreach
Centers; to let them know they have not been forgotten;
Providing comfort items, as well as personal hygiene products
to our hospitalized heroes; attending funerals for fallen heroes,
and spreading the word of the Fallen and Wounded Warrior Torch.
Founder & President: Richard "Wolf" Hamilton
Blue Star Riders
P.O Box 121
Oakley, CA/ USA
*** EAGLE CANE PROJECT***
Our goal is to provide PRESENTATION CANES
to a select group of Post 9-11 Veterans who have received some
manner of leg disability from combat related actions.
The Presentation Canes are based upon an eagle head design,
personalized for the veteran. When possible and or practical, canes
are to be carved and presented by participants from the same state
as the veteran.
In January 2004, while watching an ABC News about our wounded
post 9-11 Veterans, I realized that there was, perhaps, a little
something that I, a woodcarver and cane maker, could do to indicate
to these young people our support and to bring some measure of
honor to them. Since many of the Veterans presented on the ABC
segment displayed leg wounds and amputations and would most
likely be using a cane at some time, I thought that we could carve
symbolic “Presentation” canes - not as an everyday use object -
but as an artistic representation of our support and respect.
-- Jack Nitz
If you know of a veteran with leg injuries sustained in post-9/11 service;
Contact Jack Nitz
Phone: 1 (918) 299-2251
E-mail Jack Nitz at: email@example.com
or Stan Townsend at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s in the nature of Military and Veterans to step up.
So we did! The kind of people who volunteer to serve
their country, the ones who put their nation first and
their own lives second, are the kind of people we need
to honor every day. Not just on Memorial Day, Veteran’s
Day and the Fourth of July, but every day. Through The
Veteran Tickets Foundation, now those who care about
our Military and Veterans have a way to give back.
Every day, in every city, there are events with empty seats
that could be filled by those who serve or served. More
than that, many event tickets are simply unaffordable for
average people. We believe the events that bring
Americans together in the spirit of celebration, competition
and camaraderie—those all-American moments are the
times we need welcome and acknowledge our Veterans.
Veteran Tickets Foundation
3401 East Turquoise Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85028
FAX:fax your documents to 520-350-9314
(cover sheet required)
AmpSurf is a non-profit organization made up of
amputees, veterans and friends and family of the disabled.
We want to Promote, Inspire, Educate, and Rehabilitate
people with disabilities. Especially, our Veteran Heroes,
through adaptive surfing and fun safe outdoor activities
that everyone can participate in and enjoy.
One in five Americans will struggle with a life-long disability.
Nearly two million men and women have served our country
in Iraq and Afghanistan. They are coming home looking for ways
to feel whole again and to fit back in to normal life. Whether they
are an amputee, visually impaired, suffer from PTSD (Post-
Traumatic Stress Disorder), or have quadriplegia. Whether they
served in WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf war, Iraq or Afghanistan.
AmpSurf offers a unique program to bring the healing power of the
ocean and adaptive surfing together for an experience that is both
mentally and physically one of the best forms of rehabilitation on
Phone: 1(805) 744-8622
P.O. Box 5045
San Luis Obispo, CA 93403
Van Curaza Surf School (VCSS):
Van Curaza Surf School (VCSS) is the premier surf school serving the central coast of California. Founded and run by legendary waterman, Van Curaza. We teach safety in surfing, along with ocean, community and environmental awareness. From first-timers and beginners to expert surfers, physically to cognitively disabled people, we invite anyone to enjoy a surfing experience of a lifetime! Your dream to surf will be fulfilled!
Over the past two years, Van also worked hand-in-hand with Ampsurf (Association of Amputee Surfers.) As an instructor with Ampsurf, Van successfully helped disabled students – many of them veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars – catch and ride waves for their first time.
Contact the Van Curaza Surf School for surfing lessons and various surf camps ran by professional surfers in Pismo Beach, Shell Beach, Avila Beach, Morro Bay, Cayucos, and San Luis Obispo, California!
Van Curaza Surf School
P.O. Box 1581
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
Office: 805-543-SURF (7873)
Amazing Surf Adventures is proud to “serve those who serve us” through the annual hosting of our Operation Surf events. Operation Surf is a recreational and rehabilitative surfing clinic for wounded, active duty service men and women who are recovering at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. This highly successful clinic has helped our nations wounded warriors to overcome their challenges and develop new, positive perspectives towards concentrating on finding their abilities. This community supported event gives our local residents and businesses a unique opportunity to directly show appreciation for some of America’s true heroes.
Amazing Surf Adventures
PO Box 1581
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
THE CHANCE PHELPS FOUNDATION:
The Chance Phelps Foundation is dedicated to supporting and honoring our nation's warriors. CPF coordinates vital assistance and hosts several special events, including a week-long mountain camp for veterans and their family, fishing, hunting and snowmobile trips, and a Gold Star parent's retreat.
Nineteen-year-old Pfc. Chance Phelps, of Dubois, Wyoming and Clifton, Colorado, was killed in action in Al Anbar, Iraq, April 9, 2004. He was with the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, Marine Expeditionary Force from Twenty Nine Palms, California. He was posthumously awarded LCpl.
Chance, the son of Gretchen Mack, of Dubois, Wyoming, and John Phelps, of Cody, Wyoming, was the fallen Marine featured in the HBO television movie TAKING CHANCE, starring Kevin Bacon.
Gretchen L. Mack, Founder and President
Chance Phelps Foundation
PO Box 1715
Duboise, WY 82513
Chair-Bound Sportsmen (Utah):
Giving Wounded Warriors, Veterans, and Sportsmen
who are wheelchair bound, or with severe mobility problems,
a positive, healing outdoor hunting experience, through the
interaction of other sportsmen, wounded warriors and veterans
thru the volunteerism of Professional Guides, Private Land
Owners, Adaptive Equipment, Special Permits, Transportation
and Lodging as required to meet the needs of each individual
Sergeant Daniel Gurr Foundation:
Sgt. Daniel David Gurr was 21 years old when he was killed in action in
the Sangin valley, Helmand province, Afghanistan on August 5th 2011.
He was in The 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, 3rd Marine
The Sgt. Daniel D. Gurr foundation’s mission is to help the active and in-active
members of the United States Armed Forces.
By sending packages to Afghanistan we are trying to make our warriors lives a
little bit better.
We have started a wounded warrior hunt in Eastern Utah to give something back
to our wounded heroes.
We will also make donations to the Fisher house in Dover Delaware.
SGT. Daniel D.Gurr Foundation
1827 N 1500 E
Vernal, UT 84078
THE COLONIAL FLAG FOUNDATION:
Colonial Flag Foundation develops and implements many programs to promote
patriotism, a sense of civic duty and honor for those who serve our country. Our
programs encourage volunteerism and unity, generate awareness and raise funds for
issues in support of civic, service and other nonprofit organizations, and create an
environment that helps to heal, honor, celebrate and educate.
Colonial Flag Foundation was organized in 2003 shortly after the first Healing Field
display was orchestrated by Paul Swenson, President of Colonial Flag in Sandy, Utah.
That first event was organized as a way to visualize the sheer enormity of
human loss that occurred in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. It became
a personal gesture of support, a tangible expression of mourning, and a very real healing experience. Through Colonial Flag Foundation communities come together, visitors
are educated and uplifted; and most importantly, individual hearts are healed.
Colonial Flag Foundation
9362 South 300 West
Sandy, UT 84070
Toll Free: 866.375.3524
More Places on the "Web" for Information:
The following list contains more awesome top charity
organizations and programs and resources to help our
wounded warriors and their families. Just type the name
or reference in bold into the search engine on your
computer to find out more about them.
General and Multiple Assistance
Armed Forces Foundation:
Housing renovations, outdoor sports, grants,
Freedom is Not Free:
Hope for the Warriors:
Grants, family housing during recovery, spouse
scholarships, family/spouse support, "wishes" for
the severely wounded
National Resource Directory:
Clearinghouse for national, state and local private/gov
info & resources
Operation Second Chance:
Hospital visits, home renovation, transition support
Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Help with health care, benefits and career
Wounded Warrior Regiment
Full range of support for Marine/Navy wounded and
Wounded Warrior Project
Sports activities, grants, transition/employment, family
Recovery and Sports
Angels of Mercy
Gifts/visits for hospitalized
Azalea Charities Aid for Wounded Soldiers
Gifts for hospitalized/veterans
Free patient blogs
Heroes on the Water (KASA)
Fishing and Kayak outings (at major medical
Operation TBI Freedom
Free care coordination services (advocacy/advice)
Therapeutic massage and spa services for wounded
and family (San Antonio, TX)
Texas Honor Ride
Supporting the Soldier Family Assistance Center at BAMC
The Mission Continues
Fellowships to empower wounded and disabled veterans
to serve in their communities
Wounded Heroes Foundation
Outings, hospital visits, care packages
Families of the Fallen
Patriot Guard Riders
Honor guard and protection for funerals
Housing and Transportation
Air Compassion for Veterans
Transportation for specialized treatment/rehab
Housing for family/outpatients at medical facilities
Veterans Airlift Command
Private plane transportation for wounded during
Employment and Advocacy
American Combat Veterans of War
VA advocacy and PTSD support
America's Heroes at Work
Employment support for veteran with TBI or PTSD
(Dept. of Labor program)
Job Opportunities for Disabled American Veterans
Special Operations Command Care Coalition
Advocacy, information and transition assistance
Christian prayer support
A PHONE contact list of organizations whose primary
focus is on crisis and crisis prevention, and help
programs for ALL Soldiers and their Families:
Military One Source
It is 24 hour help by phone. Help with life’s “Big”
and “Little” issues. Not a question or topic that cannot
be discussed. From Physical and Mental Health concerns
Social concerns, Fear and Anxiety to how to change your
car oil or bake a cake. No Kidding!
AIR FORCE: 800-707-5784
National Veterans Foundation
This is the only nationwide
non-governmental national hotline for
Veterans and their Families. They provide
emotional support, crisis intervention, and
Also see their web site at:
Social Security Office Locator
Veterans suffering from PTSD may be able
to obtain Social Security Benefits even if the
VA refuses them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Note: 9255 spells TALK. (800)-273-TALK.
The ONLY National Suicide Intervention hotline
funded by the Federal Government, this number works
24 hours a day, seven days a week and has over 100
crisis centers nationwide.
Currently suicide is taking the lives of more of our
soldiers than the enemy is in Afghanistan. It has to stop.
If you think you know someone in need of help, please
do not look away. Help is out there! Help is available!
They offer Employment Assistance for seriously wounded
veterans who otherwise could not return to work.