Do Your Part - They've Done Their's
Programs that help our veterans, soldiers and wounded warriors are in desperate need of YOUR help now.
Here are 12 very important veteran-related organizations and information about an award-winning documentary. The documentary's relevance just grew after the attacks at Ft. Hood, TX, check it out.
The Soldiers Project - A group of licensed mental health professionals who offer free psychological treatment to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserves and veterans) who have served or who expect to serve in OEF and/or OIF.
Treatment is also available to members of their families and other loved ones.
The therapists are all volunteers and their services are entirely confidential as they do not report to any governmental agency. Donations can be made here.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund was established in 2000 to provide financial support for the dependents of United States military personnel lost in performance of their duty. The Fund then moved on to The Center for the Intrepid, a $55 million world-class state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX.
This Center serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, veterans severely injured in other operations and in the normal performance of their duty. It includes state-of-the-art physical equipment and extensive indoor and outdoor facilities and is co-located with two 21-room Fisher Houses that house the families of patients.
The Fund has now turned toward another critical issue faced by our wounded troops: the treatment of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) will be a 72,000 square foot, two-story facility located on the Navy campus at Bethesda, MD, adjacent to the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
It will provide the most advanced services for advanced diagnostics, initial treatment plan and family education, introduction to therapeutic modalities, referral and reintegration support for military personnel and veterans with TBI and post traumatic stress disorder. Further, NICoE will conduct research, test new protocols and provide comprehensive training and education to patients, providers and families while maintaining ongoing telehealth follow-up care across the country and throughout the world.
The Center is on track to open in mid 2010 but is $3 million short of the total $60 million needed for this critically important new Center. It is our duty as Americans to make this resource available as soon as possible to the brave men and women who sacrifice for our nation. You can make donations here.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the Troops and Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the civilian supporters of those Troops and Veterans. Membership is free for veterans. There is also a social network exclusively for these veterans at Community of Veterans. Make A Donation Here.
The Wounded Warrior Project - show your support by contacting your congressperson regarding Senate Bill 1963 (S.1963). The Wounded Warrior Project's Policy program "creates and pursues legislative and policy changes that will benefit severely wounded service members and disabled veterans of the current military conflicts. With advice and input from the wounded service members and families we serve, we develop policy and legislative proposals covering the range of problems they face."
Blue Star Mothers of America - The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political organization. Members are mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military.
Blue Star Mothers is a non-profit (501[c]3) service organization supporting one another and their children while promoting patriotism. You can make donations here.
Defending Freedom/Nevada Benefits Foundation - Defending Freedom.net raises money to help those who are making the ultimate sacrifice – the American soldier. The money donated to Defending Freedom.net goes to military charities supporting wounded soldiers and the families of deployed soldiers in need. They are 100% non-profit, every cent given to Defending Freedom.net goes directly to benefit our soldiers and their families.
Some of the charities benefited from Defending Freedom include The Armed Forces Relief Trust, The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, USO Wounded Warrior Project of North Carolina, Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund, Soldier Ride, and The Fallen Patriot Fund.
Canines for Combat Veterans - NEADS' Canines for Combat Veterans program was recently featured in the New York Times and in the Boston Herald. These specially trained dogs help vets transition to prosthetics, help with tasks for a person using a wheelchair, retrieve and carry objects, press buttons and open doors, turn lights on and off, assist on ramps, respond to sounds for those who are deaf or hard of hearing, provide social interaction and help provide balance when walking.
Thanks to the donations of thousands of individuals, private foundations and small businesses specifically for Canines for Combat Veterans, Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans/NEADS is able to provide these fully-trained Assistance Dogs at no cost to qualified veterans. Visit them here to make donations
Who Will Stand - More American soldiers kill themselves than are killed by the enemy. As many as 18 soldiers a day are committing suicide and most of those soldiers kill themselves after they return home. Their divorce rate has tripled since the beginning of the war and substance abuse among veterans is four times the national average.
This two hour award-winning documentary covers the plights of dozens of soldiers who have returned either physically or psychologically wounded. Producer/Director Phil Valentine and Director of Photography Michael Bedik began travelling in Sept. 2007 to find soldiers who were in trouble and willing to talk. They Found that a soldier's biggest obstacle was their willingness to seek help for their psychological issues.
Amputations can be fixed with prosthetics but mental problems lead to a myriad of other, more severe issues like unemployment, homelessness, divorce, substance abuse, child and spousal abuse and suicide.
The film also addresses why the military and the VA and are not doing enough to combat these problems. The film not only addresses the problems of our wounded warriors but also uncovered solutions to the problem. It is an eye opening, heart wrenching and inspirational look at life in the military.