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:

www.heartsofvalor.org (formerly Wounded Warrior Wives)
www.familyofavet.com
www.whenwarcomeshomeretreats.com
www.hopeforthehomefront.com
http://qolfoundation.org -Quality of Life Foundation

VA Caregiver Support Program:

http://www.va.gov -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!
margaret.kabat@va.gov -National contact person for caregiver program


SCAADL- active duty version of caregiver compensation:

www.woundedwarriorregiment.org -info about SCAADL for active duty DD Form 2948
http://wtc.army.mil/factsheets/wtc_SCAADL_fact_sheet.pdf -Fact sheet from WTU
http://militarypay.defense.gov/Tools/scaadl.html -SCAADL Calculator
http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134112p.pdf -DOD instructions on SCAADL
http://uscode.house.gov/search/criteria.shtml -to search US Code-Title 37, Section 439


Retreats/Leisure for couples/families:

www.woundedwarriorsfamilysupport.org -Purple Heart recipients
www.heroreward.com
www.independencefund.org
www.operationrestoredwarrior.org
www.projectsanctuary.us
www.projectnewhope.net
www.cominghomeproject.net
www.strongbonds.org
http://vailveteransprogram.com
http://www.warriorbeachretreat.org
http://www.familycamp.webs.com
http://operationblackhillscabin.org
www.oaeamerica.org
www.wwfamilycamp.webs.com

Retreats & Resources for kids:

www.operation300.com
http://kidsbrigade.org/
http://campcope.org/
www.campcoral.org/
www.militarychild.org/
www.campcamp.org
www.militaryfamily.org
www.ourmilitarykids.org
http://campdreamga.org/
www.operationmilitarykids.org
www.sittercity.com/dod -free membership to "sitter city"  for childcare services
www.asymca.org - an affiliate of the YMCA for military installations

Organizations that build/adapt homes:

http://www.buildinghomesforheroes.org
www.homesforourtroops.org
www.rebuildingtogether.org
www.militarywarriors.org
www.homesforheroes.com
http://www.helpingahero.org
http://www.operationfinallyhome.org

Travel Assistance:

www.lukeswings.org
http://www.veteransairlift.org/
www.fisherhouse.org/programs/heromiles (888) 294-8560
http://aircompassionforveterans.org/
http://www.tsa.gov/traveler-information/military-personnel -Assist wounded warriors & veteran's when flying: from curbside, thru security and to the gate.

Resources for navigating the MEB process:

http://www.pebforum.com/site/forum/
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/documents/walter-reed/HeroHandbook.pdf

Acquiring Medical Records & DD214:

http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/
http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personnel/address-list.html
www.archives.gov 

HIPPA complaints:

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hippa/complaint/index.html

TSGLI:

http://www.insurance.va.gov/sglisite/tsgli/tsgliguide/tsgliproceduresguide.pdf

Mental Health & TBI/PTSD Education:

http://www.biausa.org
www.lapublishing.com/blog
www.brainlinemilitary.org
www.avbi.org
http://afterdeployment.org/
http://www.thesoldierproject.org
http://silentsiren.org/
http://healingheroes.org/
http://www.thepathwayhome.org/
www.giveanhour.org
http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/programs/
www.aerhq.com
www.thearmsforces.org
http://www.vetsprevail.org
www.texvet.org
www.milvetpeer.net -peer support groups based in TX

Education/Scholarships for spouses/children:

www.foldsofhonor.org
www.militaryscholar.org
www.hopeforthewarriors.org
http://whitman.syr.edu/ebv/programs/families

Blogs:

http://claudenewsptsd.blogspot.com
www.wifeofawoundedveteran.blogspot.com
www.tbiwarrior.com
www.wifeofawoundedsoldier.com
www.hopeforthewarriors.blogspot.com
www.warriorandwives.com
http://tbi-ptsdwife.blogspot.com
www.AdventuresofTeamAllen.blogspot.com
http://armyreservistwife.blogspot.com
http://fromwartohomefront.blogspot.com

Service Dog Organizations:

www.assistancedogsinternational.com -full listing of ADI members by state
http://www.caninesforservice.org -Wilmington, NC
www.PatriotPaws.org -Rockwall, TX
www.cci.org -CA and FL
www.vetdogs.org -Smithtown, NY
www.puppiesbehindbars.com -Bedford Hills, NY
www.dogs4disabledveterans.org
http://patriotrovers.org -Highpoint, NC
http://www.semperfido.org -Marlton, NJ
http://www.ecad1.org/ -NY and CT
http://www.freedomservicedogs.org/ -Englewood, CO
www.caninesforwarriors.org/ Tampa, FL
http://www.lekennels.org/home.html -Nogal, NM
http://www.muttswithamission.com/ -N Berwick, ME
www.neads.org/ -Princeton, MA
http://www.newhorizonsservicedogs.org/ -Orange City, FL
http://www.pawpads.org/ -Savage, MN
http://www.servicedogproject.org/  -Ipswich, MA
http://www.servicedogs.org/  -Dripping Springs, TX

Financial Assistance:

www.defendersoffreedom.us/
www.legion.org/financialassistance
www.amf100.org
www.dav.org
www.thehomefrontcares.org
www.mercyforme.org
www.unmetneeds.org
www.naavets.org
http://wish4ourheroes.org/
http://operationfamilyfund.org
http://www.saluteheroes.org
http://www.impactahero.org
http://www.operationsecondchance.org
http://operationfirstresponse.org/?page_id=3600
http://usacares.org/faq/family-assistance-process/
http://www.rebuildhope.org/sources_of_financial_assistance_public.php
http://www.pentagonfoundation.org/site/PageServer?pagename=heroes_index
http://www.semper4soldiers.org
http://nmcrs.org
http://www.goodguysmarinefund.org/
www.SemperFiFund.org
http://freedomalliance.org
http://www.operationhomefront.com

General Resources:

http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/Home.aspx - TX Veteran's Commission
www.vettix.org -grants free tickets to events
http://www.afvclub.com -vacation deals
http://www.vacationsforveterans.org -vacation deals
www.nvlsp.org -Nat'l Veterans Legal Svc Program
http://www.warriorgateway.org
http://oprecov.org/
http://vet.syr.edu/pdfs/benefits-guidebook.pdf
http://nationalresourcedirectory.gov
www.maketheconnection.net -bringing vets together to heal
www.iava.org -assisting Iraq/Afghanistan vets in health, community & education
www.soldiersangels.org
www.fisherhouse.org -provides temporary housing
www.hopeforthewarriors.org
http://operationcomfort.org/ -assistance for those being treated at BAMC in TX
http://operationmilitaryembrace.com -assist w/hardhips, MEB, coordinate legal issues
www.patriotguard.org -motorcycle group that attends funerals of fallen service members
www.militaryministry.org -Christian based books to aid in PTSD/TBI and combat healing
www.usoinvisiblewounds.org
www.swords-to-plowshares.org -Housing & employment, based in CA
http://bva.org - Blind Veterans Assoc
http://www.pva.org - Paralyzed Veterans Assoc
http://operationmend.ucla.edu -provides free plastic/reconstructive surgery, orthopaedic reconstruction, urologic treatment, otolaryngological care, mental health, exam & treatment of reproductive issues.
http://www.sacv.org -San Antonio coalition for vets to find resources & help with the VA
www.sempermax.com
http://www.yellowribbonfund.com -for wounded soldiers in the D.C., Maryland & Virginia areas
www.texvet.org -resources for vets located in TX
http://www.lonestarmilitary.com -TX
http://agrability.org -assisting wounded soldiers w/ranching & farming
www.nmfa.org -Nat'l Military Family Assoc
http://vacationsforveterans.org - Recv'd Purple Heart medal in  Iraq or Afghanistan
http://www.vets.yuku.com -veteran's forum & resources
http://www.veteransforamerica.us/
www.amputee-coalition.org -site specific to dealing with amputation
www.painfoundation.org -American Pain Foundation

Leisure/Healing activities for wounded service members:

www.challengeaspen.org -Colorado
http://americanevergladesguide.com -FL
http://operationsecondchance.org/
www.woundedwarriorproject.org -activities for soldiers to incl-Soldier Ride
www.ride2recovery.com -helping wounded vets heal thru cycling events
www.riversofrecovery.org -fishing events for vets to aid in PTSD recovery
www.woundedwarriorranch.org -ranch in WA for vets/families to enjoy the outdoors
www.patriothunts.org -hunting
http://www.combatmarineoutdoors.org -hunting/fishing trips for wounded svc members (not just Marines)
http://patriotsandheroesoutdoors.com -hunting & outdoor trips
http://www.teamriverrunner.org/ -sponsors kayaking events for wounded soldiers & families
http://warriorsandquietwaters.org -fly fishing in MT
http://www.warfightersports.org/ -sporting events around the country for disabled soldiers
http://www.lakeshore.org/ -promotes independence for ppl w/disabilities thru their facility in AL
www.hopeforthewarriors.org -sponsor svc members to participate in sporting events around the USA
http://www.outwardbound.org/index.cfm/do/vets.index -free outdoor trips
www.sempermax.com -funds different sporting events incl. travel/lodging for marathons, bike races.
www.semperFiFund.org -sponsors wounded svc members to attend sporting events
http://www.manegait.org/ - horse therapy located in TX
www.equest.org - horse therapy located in TX
http://highgroundhunters.com//hometown-heroes/ -Hunting trips for soldiers/veterans in TX
http://www.pawsforreflectionranch.org/Home_Page.php -"Boots of Honor" equine therapy in TX
http://www.rockytoptherapy.org/default.aspx -"Horses for Heroes"  located in N. TX
http://txwoundedwarrior.com -activities for wounded soldiers

VA /Government websites:

www.vba.va.gov -Independent Living Program
http://www.warrelatedillness.va.gov/WARRELATEDILLNESS/contact.asp
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch05.doc -Appeals
http://www.va.gov/osdbu/programs/index.asp -Small business programs
http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/  -Center for minority veterans
http://www.vetbiz.gov/default2.htm -Center for veteran's enterprise
http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/  -Center for women veterans
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/part6%20/ch07.doc Compensation Gulf War disablty
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Rates/comp01.htm -Compensation rate tables 12/03
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm -Disability exam worksheet index
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21/m21_1/mr/part1/ch02.doc  -Due process
http://www.warms.vba.va.gov/admin21_1/mr/part1/ch01.doc -Duty to assist
http://www.ecfr.gov -Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
http://www1.va.gov/homeless/ Homeless veterans
http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_=206 -Fee basis for outpatient svcs
http://www.oqp.med.va.gov/cpg/cpgn/mus/mus_base.htm -Guideline for chronic pain/fatigue
http://www1.va.gov/geriatricsshg/ Geriatrics & extended care
http://www1.va.gov/gulfwar/docs/DepletedUraniumFAQSheet.doc -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 www.militaryministry.org
"Combat Trauma Healing Manual" available thru www.militaryministry.org
"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)