Support the Armed Forces

There are many organizations that support the U.S. Armed Forces, but are not part of the military or civilian government. The military is very large with many aspects and the support organizations correspondingly cover a wide range. This page provides links to a selection of those support groups.

VFW Korean War Blood Drive
VFW Korean War Blood Drive.

Today in WW II: 22 Sep 1943 Operation TOENAILS completed, with the occupation by US troops of all important islands in the New Georgia group, Central Solomons.  

General Armed Forces Support Resources

Click here for Military Family Support Organizations.

Services are available to assist service members who are deploying overseas with finding appropriate temporary homes for their pets. The American Humane Association has the linked page of advice and help for military pet owners.

AnySoldier.com has a network of military volunteers in the Armed Forces, around the world. You can send mail or packages through these contacts into the hands of Soldiers who don't get much or any mail. Your support from the home front is enormously beneficial to the men and women serving the country in harms way.

Armed Services YMCA provides educational, recreational, social and religious support to the military. Established in 1861 and continues today with the Defense Department through the Armed Services YMCA headquarters in Springfield, Virginia.

TheBalance.com covers a full range of information for your military career, from recruitment to retirement, including how to get your benefits, current regulations, assignments, bases and units and much more.

BestSchools.com has published a user-friendly Guide to Veteran Education Benefits that includes the universities that have programs designed specifically to support veteran higher education.

Buddie's Veterans Adaptive Golf was developed with the support of the Kansas City VA Hospital to enhance the lives of Veterans with physical challenges. They provide specialized adaptive golf and life skills instruction to promote Veterans' physical, mental and personal well-being, free to all who attend. Participants learn to use their capabilities to improve themselves both on the golf course and in their everyday lives. This is a non-profit 501-(c)(3), USGA Supported Program.

Desert Vets was conceived and is operated by Desert Vets for Desert Vets. They work to unearth problems being experienced by Desert Vets and their families, formulate a legitimate solution for those problems, and engage in battle to resolve the problem. They use their website put Desert Vets together in communication and camaraderie.

Flag Retirement. You can retire your tattered, worn out and frayed American flags by sending them to the Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638-8866. Each year on 14 June, Flag Day, they hold ceremonies with full honors and dignity, pursuant to the United States Flag Code Section 8K. The same group provides other services to remember, honor and assist hospitalized veterans in the U.S. and overseas.

Fundera: Veteran's Guide to Starting a Small Business. An in-depth guide for veterans who are interested in starting their own business.

Gathering of Eagles is an organization of veterans and others who support the U.S. military. They were formed to counter protests and demonstrations that threaten military memorials, especially The Wall in Washington, DC but also at locations nationwide.

GoGrad.org offers a special guide for graduate scholarships specifically for service veterans, along with a directory of master's degree programs and other veteran aid resources.

Gulfvet Communications operates a ring of websites that support veterans and their families, such as Veteran Survival that identifies needy veterans and matchs them with appropriate private sector assistance.

The Halls of Montezuma honors the Marine Corps and other US services with rememberance, veteran information, history, and a place to gather.

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans � World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

Military City portal to info and services for active and retired military personnel. Has database to search for over 10 million people currently or formerly in the services.

Military Connections is designed to help current and former military personnel and their families find each other and keep in touch. Features directories, photo albums, message boards, group news, reunion planners, and more.

The Military Jeepers Jeep Club consists of more than 4000 Jeep owners who are serving in or have served in a branch of the United States Military. The family friendly Military Jeepers provides a support system for members which extends around the world.

Military One Source is a 24/7 resource for military service members, spouses and family. They offer information and counseling on career, benefits, education, deployment, legal problems and more.

Military Partners reaches Armed Forces members worldwide. With 67% of the military community actively surfing the web for news, entertainment, purchases, and other information pertaining to their lives, Military Partners has met these needs with a "Military One Stop" web site including an Armed Forces Resource Center, a Military Lifestyle Section, and Commercial Sponsors offering information on their support and services to the military community.

The Military Salute Project honors American veterans with multimedia presentations made available at no charge to non-profit groups conducting events or unit reunions. They have also released Welcome Home, a 43-minute Microsoft PowerPoint tribute to those who served honorably in the United States Armed Forces or in support of our Military during the Vietnam War years.

Military School is a place to find a variety of information and learn about the fascinating world of military school life and opportunities. Whether you�re interested in a military school for yourself or your children, or just to know more about the military school system, this site offers you broad information.

The Military Uniform Exchange exists to serve US Military personnel, to provide a worldwide site for US Military members to buy and sell (Exchange) secondhand service uniforms and military books. Think of Military Uniform Exchange as a worldwide electronic combination of your local base newspaper classified ads and your local thrift shop.

Military Web, your link to todays military. A site with many useful features and links. Photos (planes, tanks, personnel, weapons, more), patriotic music files, Vietnam memories and tribute to POW/MIA, military families web ring, and a trivia quiz. Many links and ideas of where to get information or help.

National Military Appreciation Month encompasses both the history and recognition of our military, honors the men and women who have served and are serving, the sacrifice of those who gave their lives, and the contributions made to our American history for over 227 years.

eMail Our Military is an email group dedicated to supporting the troops online through popular social networking sites. See the web site or email eMOM@DayngrZone.com for more imformation.

Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American veterans and others with mobile disabilities in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Lori Stevens, Founder and Executive Director of Patriot PAWS, was named Woman of the Year by the American Legion Auxiliary in August 2009.

Vets Helping Heroes was created by a WWII veteran and a Korean War veteran from Florida with the goal to help the heroes of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan get the assistance dogs they need. Requests from disabled heroes range from dual-trained dogs for balance/stability (physical therapy), retrieval, responders to alarms, and assistance with activities of independent living to Trekker GPS training to therapy dogs for active military personnel - providing emotional support for those who have PTSD and other combat-related challenges.

Pin-Ups for Vets is Gina Elise's project to raise money and raise morale. She has created WW II style pin-up calendars, posters, T-shirts and other items featuring her own versions of Betty Grable and other famous pin-ups. Sales benefit hospitalized Veterans. Gina will personally deliver gift purchases when possible or will send them overseas to deployed troops.

Wreaths Across America was started in 1992 by Worcester Wreath with the donation and laying of 5000 Christmas wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery. The program got a big boost in 2005 when a photo of Arlington's stones adorned with wreaths and covered in snow generated national attention. In 2008, over 300 locations held wreath laying ceremonies in every state, Puerto Rico and 24 overseas cemeteries. Over 60,000 volunteers participate to place 100,000 wreaths on veteran's graves annually.

For and About the Military and Military Service

Airborne-Ranger has information and links for the members of the elite Ranger brotherhood.

Army Times Online has a mix of free and member-only content. The free features include their Library of hundreds of images of aircraft, ships, tanks, and other major weapon systems, military sound files, from bugle calls to bomb blasts; military clip art; military-interest software files, and selected text files ranging from fact sheets on aircraft to important reports, transcripts and speeches. News includes a top story, top photo and Fast Track news update from each Times newspaper. Many other features and links. Part of the "Times" family which includes Air Force Times, Navy Times, Marine Corps Times etc.

Association of the United States Army is dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense with special emphasis on landpower and the essential role of the United States Army. AUSA is the only professional organization uniquely supporting the needs and interests of all components of the Total Army (Active Duty, Army Reserve, National Guard, Department of the Army civilians, retirees, and family members). AUSA publishes "ARMY" Magazine.

Army Aviation Association of America ("Quad-A") represents Army Aviation to the United States Army, to the Legislative Branch of the U.S. Government and to the public. Quad-A works on exchanging ideas and disseminating information pertinent to Army Aviation through the media and on inspiring interest in Army Aviation careers. Quad-A has chapter and national meetings, Army Aviation magazine and other channels of communication and organization.

DCMilitary.com covers the extensive military establishment in the Washington, DC area. Base guides, news, and all kinds of information and services for military, families, and anyone interested.

The Goat Locker is the home of the US Navy Chief Petty Officer. This site has comprehensive information and services for Chiefs and their friends.

Gyrene! USMC Songs and Stories. This is a very comprehensive site devoted to the men and women of the USMC, past and present. Huge list of links to other Marine sites.

Marine Corps Intelligence Association, Inc. is a non-profit professional organization of regular, reserve, retired, and former Intelligence Marines. MCIA, Inc. promotes professionalism among the Marine Corps Intelligence Community through collective action by its membership and through its affiliation with other associations.

Marine Guestbook has a registry, message center, photos, links and other services for anyone who was or is associated with the USMC.

Military Woman Home Page. Information and links make this a highly useful site for women in the military, women contemplating military service, and women veterans.

National Army Security Agency Association home page. The Association consists of former and current members of the United States Army Security Agency, and its predecessor and descendant services.

Service-Connected is a social networking site, for military only, that connects you with other military personnel around the world. This is your place to stay connected no matter where you are.

Soldiers for the Truth, founded by Ret. Col. David H. Hackworth, has the mission to inspire our citizens to reform our military institutions to insure we have an efficient, hardened, effective force that will defend and protect our values, culture and integrity against all enemies, foreign and domestic, at a reasonable cost. [Col. Hackworth, a highly decorated soldier himself and champion of the infantryman, died 4 May 2005. He lied about his age to join the Merchant Marine when he was 14, during WW II. At 15 he enlisted in the Army, spending seven out of the next 26 years in combat, including Korea and Vietnam.]

SoYouWantToJoinMyNavy.com provides information about careers in the U.S. Navy as a resource for potential enlistees, parents, spouses and family members.

US Army and Army National Guard links page.

US Army Quartermaster Foundation, Inc has Quartermaster traditions and history, Mortuary Affairs history, Aerial Delivery/Riggers history, Subsistence/Cooks history, Army heraldry, Clothing history, Remount history, and lots of links to Quartermaster units on the web, and Military museum and history links.

The United States Field Artillery Assn provides services and support to current and former Field Artillerymen everywhere.

The United States Navy Memorial Foundation, founded in 1977, honors all who have served in the sea services and perpetuates their heritage, values and traditions.

West-Point.org Inc., an Internet Web site operated by a group of parents and graduates, is comprised of a series of electronic forums for various groups of the West Point community: class year groups of graduates, parents of cadets, West Point societies , athletic team boosters, and others. Through these forums, news and information can be quickly and inexpensively sent to all members of our distributed community.

Thanks to Carl Rambush for help with this page.