Military Family Support Organizations

USAF SSgt Burton Piper, 438th Expeditionary Communications Flight, opens a care package full of goodies sent from his home unit to a forward-deployed location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 22 October 2002.
USAF SSgt Burton Piper, 438th Expeditionary Communications Flight, opens a care package full of goodies sent from his home unit to a forward-deployed location in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, 22 October 2002.

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Military Family Support Organizations: U.S.

The families of individuals in military service bear significant burdens, especially when the service member is deployed overseas. In the event of the injury or death of the serving family member the burdens can become crushing. In recognition of this, organizations have emerged to help financially and with services. This page provides a guide to some of these family support organizations.

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To help with the plague of substance abuse, especially acute among veterans, Advanced Recovery Systems LLC has published guidance on substance abuse and addiction for veterans and their families.

Air Force Crossroads provides a long list of services the USAF community including families. Use this site for information about all the necessities of daily living plus education, entertainment, and more.

American WW II Orphans Network helps children of MIA/KIA servicemen and women find records and contacts. PO Box 4369, Bellingham, WA 98227. awon@aol.com

Ammo.com believes in supporting those who fight to protect our freedoms, whether that fight takes place in the courtroom, at the ballot box, in the halls of a legislature, or on a distant battlefield. You pick who we support with every purchase, and we donate one percent of your order - all at no cost to you.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service, AAFES, founded in 1895, has served with our nation's military during peacetime and wartime. AAFES is a $6.9 billion global retail business serving members of the United States Army and Air Force in 25 countries and all 50 states.

The AT&T Military Guide provides a wealth of Internet resources for military service members and their families. Includes information for all branches of the US services and information on military moving, education, insurance, and other aspects of military life. (Thanks to Michele Schade for this suggestion.)

Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a non-profit organization that was founded in October 2003 as a means of providing College Grants and Financial Assistance to surviving children and spouses of our U.S. military service members who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

No pet should ever be surrendered to a shelter due to a military commitment. Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit providing a central network for military members to find volunteers willing to board their pets during deployment or other temporary service commitments.

Dental Care Resources for Veterans provides a guide to the dental benefits available to veterans, active duty and retired. If you need routine or emergency dental care, you'll find help here.

Ecommandpost is a membership program that will provide on-line shopping with the highest military discounts and rebates for the military community. All present or former members of any servive are eligible.

E.L.F. Entertainment offers a program for Christmas called the Decorated Families Program. Visitors to Olive-Drab.com can register for selection to have their homes decorated. Each year a few families are chosen for complete decorating services at no charge. Contact Maury Frankel by email or phone: 724-449-9200.

Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers for the use of military families. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Give2TheTroops has already supported hundreds of thousands of deployed U.S. troops with loving care packages and letters from all over the nation, made possible with the help of tens of thousands of generous and patriotic friends in the U.S. and abroad. Give2TheTroops wants the recipiants to know that we support and appreciate the sacrifices they make for us, our families, and our future, giving back to those who give all.

Gold Star Siblings is a support organization for siblings of fallen servicemen and servicewomen. Through their programs and communications, Gold Star Siblings provides comfort and understanding to those left behind.

Hire our Heroes welcomes transitioning veterans back into civilian workforces, administering the tools necessary to secure employment. The HOH team of veterans is ready to Train, Mentor and Coach the transitioning veterans into the civilian workforce.

Honor and Remember has proposed the Honor and Remember Flag as a national emblem and officially recognized symbol, a daily reminder of the sacrifices made by members of the American military and the lives lost in service to the country.

The Independence Fund was originally started in 2007 because of the observations of its founder that neither the Department of Defense nor the Veteran's Administration were sufficiently providing some of the most severely mobility challenged veterans (spinal cord injured, triple and quadruple amputees) with the state-of-the-art wheelchairs that they deserve. By 2013, the Independence Fund provided more than $700,000 in mobility devices to deserving veterans of the War on Terror and the need continues.

Let's Say Thanks provides a way to recognize U.S. troops stationed overseas. By submitting a message through this website you have the opportunity to send a free, personalized postcard greeting to deployed servicemen and women. The postcards depict patriotic scenes and hometown images, selected from a pool of entries from children across the country. The message is mailed in care packages by military support organization Give2TheTroops.

Military Living Publications offers a range of books, maps, atlases, to make military life easier: travel tips, Washington Assignment, How-to etc. And lots of useful and interesting links.

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 Salute honors America's Military, past and present. This project originated with a Navy Vet at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, who put together the informative and useful website with vets in mind. They offer a moving and beautiful free 34-minute Windows-XP CD/DVD with patriotic songs, service songs and much more content that you can view on-line, download or order by mail.

The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their actions will inspire future generations to serve.

Move America Forward is committed to supporting America's efforts to defeat terrorism and supporting the brave men and women of our Armed Forces. MAF sponsors the shipment of tens of thousands of CARE packages to Iraq and Afghanistan, filled with personal gifts that tell the troops they have the full support of the people at home.

The National Military Family Association is a non-profit, predominately volunteer organization with membership from the seven uniformed services, active duty, National Guard, reserves and retired, their families and survivors, as well as interested civilians. NMFA is the only national organization whose sole focus is the military family and whose mission is to serve those families through education, information and advocacy.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization that provides financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, and their eligible family members and survivors, when in need.

Operation First Response supports wounded military and their family. They send backpacks to Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq, Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, and visit Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Bethesda National Naval Medical Center to meet with our wounded Servicemembers and their families. OFR provides items such as groceries, clothing, hygiene items, books, and monetary assistance.

Hundreds of Operation Gratitude volunteers overflow the Army National Guard Armory, Van Nuys, CA, 17 April 2010. During each day of activity, thousands of care packages are individually created, addressed and shipped to deployed servicemembers.  An M1070 Heavy Transporter looms in the background
Hundreds of Operation Gratitude volunteers overflow the Army National Guard Armory, Van Nuys, CA, 17 April 2010. During each day of activity, thousands of care packages are individually created, addressed and shipped to deployed servicemembers. An M1070 Heavy Transporter looms in the background.

Operation Gratitude is an organization whose focus is to lift the spirits of American military personnel by sending care packages to service members stationed overseas. Operation Gratitude packages contain food, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation, all wrapped with good wishes of love and support, providing a way for civilians anywhere in America to express their respect and appreciation to the men and women of the U.S. military in an active, hands-on manner.

Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. Operation Homefront provides aid to families struggling not only with emergencies, but also the problems of everyday life. By 2007, Operation Homefront had provided critical assistance to more than 45,000 military families in need.

Founded by a Marine with 26 years of service, Operation Interdependence (OI) uses their unique Civilian-to-Military Delivery System to put individual quart-sized packages into the hands of deployed troops. The packages contain a personal note from a caring civilian at home and a few treats such as snacks, games and personal care products. Using their service experience, the OI system minimizes the burden for the military organizations to handle the distribution. Moreover, approximately 25% of the items OI receives are given to family groups on military bases, VA hospitals and other veterans organizations.

Operation ShoeBox was founded in 2003 to send support, snacks and much needed personal care items to troops deployed outside of the USA. Operation ShoeBox will send packages to someone you designate (family member, friend, relative) or will use your donation to support others. If you can't afford to send items or just postage, write a letter of support to be included in packages to the troops.

Project Valour-IT (Voice-Activated Laptops for OUR Injured Troops) provides voice-activated laptop computers for wounded servicemembers. As of October 2006, Valour-IT distributed nearly 650 laptops to severely wounded Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines in medical centers across the U.S. 100% of donations received go to purchase or ship the laptops, everything else is provided by volunteers.

Rolling Thunder is an organization of veterans and others that actively supports the American servicemen and women. In addition to many other activities, Rolling Thunder spends hundreds of thousands of dollars each year in financial aid, food, clothing and other essentials to veterans, homeless veterans and veterans' families in need, women's crisis centers and toys for children. They are very active supporters of measures to help POW/MIA families. Rolling Thunder is well known for their distinctive patriotic group rides that include arrays of motorcycles and American flags.

Sgt. Mom's, the Internet Site for Military Families is a self service interactive website featuring message boards and guestbooks. It is a "one.stop.web.shop." for all your military family support needs. Started by an Army wife, and now run by a Navy wife, there is a focus on the nitty-gritty of surviving a military career. Loads of links to military medical, insurance, legal, relocation, career, travel, schools and education, retirement, and all the other things you need to get along.

Soldiers' Angels provides comfort and aid to the troops and their families. Soldiers' Angles has a plan for you to adopt a soldier, solo or with a team, to provide letters and care packages so the soldier is not alone. Teams undertake projects such as sending handmade blankets to the wounded, supporting military chaplains, helping soldiers distribute toys and clothing to children in Iraq and Afghanistan, sending special cards to soldiers, helping out families of deployed troops, and much more. You can also support the effort by a donation to the organization.

TheSoldierConnection.com is a website designed to help bridge the gap between soldiers overseas and their friends and family at home. They display stories about soldiers around the world and also news about different military branches.

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Through continued service, Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.

The United Service Organization (USO) is chartered by the Congress as a non-profit charitable corporation to provide morale, welfare and recreation services to uniformed military personnel. It is not a part of the United States Government and receives no direct government funding, but is endorsed by the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense.

Unmet Needs. Since 2003, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, through the VFW Foundation, has provided millions of dollars of support to Americans serving in harm�s way. As this risk continues abroad and here at home, financial demands on the families of those serving continue to grow. Helping ease the burden of our military families in need is the mission of the VFW Unmet Needs Program.

USA Cares provides military families (Active, National Guard and Reserve) with financial support and other critical resources in their time of need. USA Cares maintains a call center in Radcliff, KY staffed with Family Resource Coordinators dedicated and ready to assist the millions of Americans who have service members in their family. USA Cares' family support account, created with generously donated money, is used exclusively for military families.

Veteransday-ecards.com gives you the opportunity to send elegant electronic greeting cards to honor the service of a current or former member of the military. Select from dozens of designs. The beautiful and moving cards are available free of any cost. The website also has an informative history of the American Veterans Day holiday.

Vetfriends.com has Military & Veteran search, military record information, bulletin boards, reunion information and much more! They host the Veterans Business Directory, a nationwide directory of veteran services, products and veteran owned companies. Do business with a vet! List your veteran owned business.

The Wounded Warrior Project provides tangible support for severely wounded veterans and helps them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally. WWP's signature program: WWP backpacks delivered bedside to wounded warriors. They also sponser the Soldier Ride, a rehabilitative cycling program and advocacy program for today's wounded warriors.

The Yellow Ribbon Fund has helped thousands of veterans and their families to cope with the stress of injuries and illnesses and adjust to civilian life after service. Even though combat wounds have mercifully dropped, they are still assisting the wounded, ill, and injured service members as they move forward and thrive after their setbacks.

Many organizations that support military veteran can be found on the Veteran's Organizations page of Olive-Drab.

Supporting the Military and Their Families: Non-US

Bulgarian Defence Forces Social Work Foundation. A charity organization that will assist people in need from the personnel of the Bulgarian Defence Forces and their families - disabled or elderly veterans, people suffering from serious illness, orphans of deceased military personnel, young people at risk, minority groups. 27 Rakovski St.. 4000 Plovdiv Bulgaria , +359 32 236 669 tel/fax. helpch@plovdiv.techno-link.com

Forces Reunited is the largest UK database of serving and ex-forces personnel run by ex-forces personnel, looking for lost forces friends on the web. For Forces, Ex-Forces and Civilian Personnel who were attached to the Forces, Army, Navy or RAF wherever they are in the world, who wish to find old friends, mates or pals from the past. The service gets over 60,000 visitors a month and has 14,000 registrants.