For Soldiers, Service Members and Veterans

The United States Veterans Administration – Regardless of their recent track record, the VA has been providing services to veterans for a long time. All veterans should apply for services and help here before looking to other sources. So many of the people who work at the VA care deeply for those that they serve.

Justice For Vets – Non-profit that raises money for Veterans that should go to specialized courts for Veterans. A large number (some speculate that 40%) of Veterans have either mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. Often, these disorders lead to legal entanglements.

Veterans Haven North, NJ – “Veteran’s Haven North is located on top of a scenic mountain in Glen Gardner, New Jersey. With its tranquil surroundings, state of the art facility, and specialized staff, Veteran’s Haven North boasts the perfect combination for a highly effective and efficient transitional housing program for homeless veterans.”

Veterans Haven South, NJ – “Veterans Haven is located in Camden County, rural South New Jersey in Winslow, New Jersey on the border of Atlantic and Camden Counties and serves veterans from all over the State of New Jersey. The program occupies one three story building on State property half way between Atlantic City and Camden on the Route 30 corridor. The facility is also on the main bus link between Atlantic City and Camden as well as the high speed train line.

The facility boasts a newly completed addition which increased facility capacity by 44 beds and added a new high tech computer lab, laundry rooms with state of the art machinery, an advanced fitness room, and renovated dining area.”

The Military Order of the Purple Heart – “The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Program exists to assist Veterans, ALL veterans, in working with the VA and filing claims for the many benefits that are available. You do NOT need to be a Member of the Purple Heart Organization to seek assistance. The program provides veterans’ benefits experts at various veterans administration regional offices, hospitals, vet centers, and state and county veterans facilities.”

How To Apply For the GI Bill

CRC Health Group Military Programs – This program provides “clinically superior behavioral healthcare treatment opportunities to Veterans and the men and women who serve in our nation’s Armed Forces and their families. Point of contact is Victor Morales, MA, CSAC, National Military Liaison, CRC Health Group, (903) 505-1451,  vmorales@crchealth.com.

Wounded Warrior Regiment – This a program for Marines that have non-physical, medical injuries (so, it is for Marines with mental health disorders and/or addiction issues). The point of contact is Lisa Eley, LCSW, 1998 Hill Avenue, Quantico, VA 22134, 703-445-3627.

Wounded Warriors Project – I would avoid this group. There was been a number of scandals and mishandled finances. A real shame.

SemperFido – The Mission of Semper Fido’s program is to unite wounded warriors suffering with PTSD with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. The result is a positive, non judgmental, unconditional relationship desperately needed by both.

CHAMPVA – The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a health benefits program in which the Department of Veterans Affairs shares the cost of certain health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. To be eligible for CHAMPVA, you cannot be eligible for TRICARE/CHAMPUS and you must be in one of these categories:

  • The spouse or child of a veteran who has been rated permanently and totally disabled for a service-connected disability by a VA regional office, or
  • The surviving spouse or child of a veteran who died from a VA-rated service-connected disability, or
  • The surviving spouse or child of a veteran who was at the time death rated permanently and totally disabled, or
  • The surviving spouse or child of a military member who died in the line of duty, not due to misconduct (in most of these cases, these family members are eligible for TRICARE, not CHAMPVA).

Make the Connection – This is a new site whose goal is to “connect veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.”

Vets4Warriors Helpline: 1-855-838-8255. This is a helpline manned by veterans of all 4 branches. They will talk to current servicemembers and vets about a variety of issues.

Since 2010, thousands of Service members have found confidential assistance using our Peer Support Line. Who better to understand the challenges of military life than someone who has lived it? Veterans provide support to military members, engaging them in a personal, non-threatening way.  Our peer support network is confidential and caller information will not be shared with the military or the VA.

Sometimes, the issues will require specific expertise, such as financial resources, legal advice or medical services. Our Veteran Peers will work to find the best options for the caller and help make the connection in their local communities.

– See more at: http://www.vets4warriors.com/About.htm#sthash.j57TscN6.dpuf

Since 2010, thousands of Service members have found confidential assistance using our Peer Support Line. Who better to understand the challenges of military life than someone who has lived it? Veterans provide support to military members, engaging them in a personal, non-threatening way.  Our peer support network is confidential and caller information will not be shared with the military or the VA.

Sometimes, the issues will require specific expertise, such as financial resources, legal advice or medical services. Our Veteran Peers will work to find the best options for the caller and help make the connection in their local communities.

– See more at: http://www.vets4warriors.com/About.htm#sthash.j57TscN6.dpuf

Since 2010, thousands of Service members have found confidential assistance using our Peer Support Line. Who better to understand the challenges of military life than someone who has lived it? Veterans provide support to military members, engaging them in a personal, non-threatening way.  Our peer support network is confidential and caller information will not be shared with the military or the VA.

Sometimes, the issues will require specific expertise, such as financial resources, legal advice or medical services. Our Veteran Peers will work to find the best options for the caller and help make the connection in their local communities.

– See more at: http://www.vets4warriors.com/About.htm#sthash.j57TscN6.dpuf