Websites For Veterans
The men and women who serve and have served in our armed forces deserve nothing less than our thanks. They share a camaraderie with each other that civilians may not understand and it is important that they have places to go to share their experiences with those who do. Thanks to the Internet, veterans and active service members can gather, get information and share. With more young veterans coming home every day, it's important that they can find places to communicate with others who were there. Here are a few excellent sites for veterans.
The Navy -
This pithy site for Navy veterans touts itself as a social network site but it is so much more. You can create your own page and keep up with Navy-related events. There are some great videos including tributes to past veterans and veterans of the year. Most of all, veterans can share experiences and photos or just shoot the breeze. There's a joke thread and a place to announce any planned reunions. Navyvets.com encourages veterans to write a blog and keeps them apprised of current veterans' health information. This is a welcoming site for our U.S. Navy heroes.
Decklog created its website to help U.S. Navy veterans get information, find shipmates and keep up-to-date on reunions. Veterans can search for shipmates by name or by ship and can get connected to those they met in Boot Camp. Decklog has a section that is titled "Today in History". There you can find a timeline of naval ship activity throughout history all the way to the present. By clicking on any ship's name, a new window provides information on the ship's profile and history. Interesting stuff. Membership is free and encouraged.
This comprehensive website is packed full of both useful and interesting information for the Navy veteran. Sponsored by the Naval History and Heritage Command, it offers plenty of fodder for the Naval history buff including Civil War technology and features about women in the U.S. Navy. In the Resource section they provide links to ship histories, in-depth biographies and a Navy Art Gallery with over 15,000 prints, painting and sculptures from all eras of Naval history. This site will intrigue both veterans and curious civilians as well.
The Army -
Though this website serves as a recruitment page, it also offers up-to-date Army related news and headlines. Here you can find anything you might want to know about the U.S. Army. Veterans can enjoy a variety of interesting blogs covering diverse topics like science and technology and human interest stories. There are great slideshows and videos available in the Media center. Veterans might want to check out the Hot Topic of the day or click on the History link for a fascinating look at armies past.
This discussion forum covers a lot of ground and includes discussions about the U.S. Army as well as the Army National Guard and Reserves.They explore several Army-related topics from uniforms and awards to special operations and air assault. You can learn about Army history or talk about Army retention issues. There are categories for medics and military intelligence and police. This forum site is very active and veterans can take a break and discuss the football game or a favorite recipe. It's a good place to unwind and get answers from fellow military veterans.
If you want to keep up with the latest news concerning the U.S. military, this online magazine is packed with up-to-date interesting information. This Gannett publication keeps its eye on the political and legalistic aspects of the military. Not shy about taking a realistic look at the Department of Defense activities, the Armed Forces Journal is sometimes cutting edge. There's a shop to buy military-related books and coins and a commentary section that deals with some of the hard issues. Veterans can write a letter to the editor or just keep apprised with what's going on in this excellent publication.
The Marines -
This website is exclusively for U.S. Marines and not for the general public. Once registered, veterans can reconnect with those they served with. Together We Served makes it easy by providing a list of those who were "Also There". Veterans can also take advantage of the "Shadow Box" where photos, awards and ribbons can be displayed as their own personal web page for sharing. Together We Served covers member service from World War II until present day. Their lively discussion boards are a great place to not only reminisce but to interact with old friends and make new friends.
Founded by Vietnam veteran "Sgt. Grit", Grunt.com serves as a great resource guide for Marine veterans. The site operates a store where veterans can find everything from T-shirts to custom Marine unit items. That itself is worth the visit. But it doesn't end there. Sgt. Grit's website offers an active community where every Marine is important. Members can share photos and enter the photo contest. Marine Corps stories and videos are encouraged. Don't forget to check out the USMC tattoo section. Sgt. Grit also maintains an interesting blog keeping readers apprised of current Marine news and tidbits.
With a membership of almost 100,000 and several hundred online at the same time, Leatherneck.com is the go-to place for Marine veterans. This comprehensive site not only offers the latest news but includes information about upcoming reunions and events and a very active forum. Veterans can shop at the PX or learn about Marine Corps history. There's an arcade to play games and a link that lists every Marine base around the world. Veterans can also take advantage of the classified ad section. Leatherneck.com encourages the submission of articles and videos too.
The Air Force -
Armed Forces Crossroads is a one-stop site for Air Force veterans. Veterans can browse through a comprehensive menu directing them to various website portals. Some of the information included covers Air Force news, education and employment. They are also active in providing support services for Air Force spouses and family. Their forum and chat room are always open. Clicking on the Leisure Activities tab will allow veterans to check out the Reading Room, Recipe sharing, air show schedules and travel tips including where to find lodging. This is a very comprehensive site for all veterans.
This site is called the official website of the U.S. Air Force and it holds up to its name. There is a lot here to explore. There's detailed news coverage in both the Top Stories and Headlines section. Readers can find commentary and opinion pieces in the Through Airmen's Eyes feature. The website offers many easy to access links that lead to everything from Air Force TV news to dealing with PTSD to weather reports. Veterans and active duty alike will find much to keep them busy here. Some great videos and photos are available too.
This digital edition by the Gannett Company covers all the news pertaining to the Air Force. But it is so much more. Here veterans can enjoy vivid photographs and amazing videos. The Blog section explores money matters, the latest in military gear and the Broadside Blog which features odd but true material by cartoonist, Jeff Bacon. Air Force Times has an active community and a lively forum. The Honor The Fallen link features photos of those who gave their lives in service to their country. Veterans can visit the Off Duty page for lighter fare including technology and gadgets, sports, automotive and travel.
The Coast Guard -
Fred's Place touts itself as "the place to meet old shipmates". It is that but it also offers a variety of activities to keep Coast Guard members, veterans and their families connected and informed. There are links to several boards including a discussion board, a memorial board and free classified ads. Established in 1995, Fred's Place has grown from its original two members to over 50,000. Pertinent links are plentiful. Veterans can find information about the history of the Coast Guard, check out the latest reunion or visit the Ship's Library. You can also find Fred's Place on Twitter and Facebook.
This site considers itself a social network and a place for friends. Once you become a member, you can create your own page and get involved in one of the Groups. There are numerous group options. Some are regional and other cover Coast Guard veterans' interests like the Coast Guard Sea Veterans or U.S. Coast Guard Modelers. Member submitted photos and videos are available and welcome. The forums are active and the site is friendly and easy to navigate. The Coast Guard Channel store carries some great collectible items and you can find them on Facebook and Twitter.
Jack's Joint touts itself as "An Unofficial Coast Guard Library and More". And more it is. The Coast Guard Stories section contains over 900 essays, poems, articles and stories both modern and older. Founder of this website, Jack A. Eckert, passed away in 2005. He served 27 years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Yet Jack's Joint is a timeless tribute and well worth a long visit. Veterans can explore links to Lighthouse Stories or check out Coast Guard history and books. Stories and poems are invited and welcomed. Many pages have a musical background.
Thank you to all veterans for your service.
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