Monday, September 24, 2012

Resource List

I compiled this list over several years & my goal is create a "one stop" resource list. I haven't personally utilized all of the resources. As I discover new websites & organizations I update the list, so come back continually to see what's new! Clicking on a link will take you to the website.

Resources for Caregivers of Wounded Soldiers: (formerly Wounded Warrior Wives) -Quality of Life Foundation

VA Caregiver Support Program: -search for VA Form 10-10CG to apply. This is Post 9/11 veterans
*Note to VA approved caregivers: you're entitled to Hero Miles for respite care as well as in home/inpatient respite care. Ask about it! -National contact person for caregiver program

SCAADL- active duty version of caregiver compensation: -info about SCAADL for active duty DD Form 2948 -Fact sheet from WTU -SCAADL Calculator -DOD instructions on SCAADL -to search US Code-Title 37, Section 439

Retreats/Leisure for couples/families: -Purple Heart recipients

Retreats & Resources for kids: -free membership to "sitter city"  for childcare services - an affiliate of the YMCA for military installations

Organizations that build/adapt homes:

Travel Assistance: (888) 294-8560 -Assist wounded warriors & veteran's when flying: from curbside, thru security and to the gate.

Resources for navigating the MEB process:

Acquiring Medical Records & DD214: 

HIPPA complaints:


Mental Health & TBI/PTSD Education: -peer support groups based in TX

Education/Scholarships for spouses/children:


Service Dog Organizations: -full listing of ADI members by state -Wilmington, NC -Rockwall, TX -CA and FL -Smithtown, NY -Bedford Hills, NY -Highpoint, NC -Marlton, NJ -NY and CT -Englewood, CO Tampa, FL -Nogal, NM -N Berwick, ME -Princeton, MA -Orange City, FL -Savage, MN  -Ipswich, MA  -Dripping Springs, TX

Financial Assistance:

General Resources: - TX Veteran's Commission -grants free tickets to events -vacation deals -vacation deals -Nat'l Veterans Legal Svc Program -bringing vets together to heal -assisting Iraq/Afghanistan vets in health, community & education -provides temporary housing -assistance for those being treated at BAMC in TX -assist w/hardhips, MEB, coordinate legal issues -motorcycle group that attends funerals of fallen service members -Christian based books to aid in PTSD/TBI and combat healing -Housing & employment, based in CA - Blind Veterans Assoc - Paralyzed Veterans Assoc -provides free plastic/reconstructive surgery, orthopaedic reconstruction, urologic treatment, otolaryngological care, mental health, exam & treatment of reproductive issues. -San Antonio coalition for vets to find resources & help with the VA -for wounded soldiers in the D.C., Maryland & Virginia areas -resources for vets located in TX -TX -assisting wounded soldiers w/ranching & farming -Nat'l Military Family Assoc - Recv'd Purple Heart medal in  Iraq or Afghanistan -veteran's forum & resources -site specific to dealing with amputation -American Pain Foundation

Leisure/Healing activities for wounded service members: -Colorado -FL -activities for soldiers to incl-Soldier Ride -helping wounded vets heal thru cycling events -fishing events for vets to aid in PTSD recovery -ranch in WA for vets/families to enjoy the outdoors -hunting -hunting/fishing trips for wounded svc members (not just Marines) -hunting & outdoor trips -sponsors kayaking events for wounded soldiers & families -fly fishing in MT -sporting events around the country for disabled soldiers -promotes independence for ppl w/disabilities thru their facility in AL -sponsor svc members to participate in sporting events around the USA -free outdoor trips -funds different sporting events incl. travel/lodging for marathons, bike races. -sponsors wounded svc members to attend sporting events - horse therapy located in TX - horse therapy located in TX -Hunting trips for soldiers/veterans in TX -"Boots of Honor" equine therapy in TX -"Horses for Heroes"  located in N. TX -activities for wounded soldiers

VA /Government websites: -Independent Living Program -Appeals -Small business programs  -Center for minority veterans -Center for veteran's enterprise  -Center for women veterans Compensation Gulf War disablty -Compensation rate tables 12/03 -Disability exam worksheet index  -Due process -Duty to assist -Electronic Code of Federal Regulations Homeless veterans -Fee basis for outpatient svcs -Guideline for chronic pain/fatigue Geriatrics & extended care -Depleted Uranium FAQ

Helpful Books:

"Rule #2 Lessons I Learned in a Combat Hospital" author Heidi Squier Kraft
"Once a Marine: An Iraq war tank commanders inspirational memoir of combat, courage & recovery"
author-Nick Popaditch (OIF vet) with Mike Steere
"Exit Wounds: A survival guide to pain management for returning vets & their families" author-Derek McGinis (OIF vet) and Stephen R Braun
"Hope for the Home Front" -author Marshelle Waddell
"Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope & Healing for Families..." author Waddell & Orr
"When War Comes Home" authors-Adsit, Adsit & Waddell thru
"Combat Trauma Healing Manual" available thru
"Forgive for Love" author: Luskin (not only applies to relationships, but forgiveness in general.
"The Love Dare" author-Kendrick (as featured in the movie Fireproof)
"Penny's from Heaven" author-Patsy Swendson (book about service dogs)