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Blindness
Hearing loss
Inspiration
Resource websites, apps
Substance abuse
TriCare
Veterans benefits
Wounded Soldier and family hotline


Blindness

Blinded Veterans Association
www.bva.org
If you are a blind or visually impaired veteran, or if you are a relative or a friend of one, or if you just wish to become involved or assist in some way, please write, call, or send us an email message. The Blinded Veterans Association was established specifically to help veterans and their families meet and overcome the challenges of blindness. The organization welcomes those who can offer their ideas, thoughts, and service in achievement of this worthy objective.

Our mission is:
  • To promote the welfare of blinded veterans so that, notwithstanding their disabilities, they may take their rightful place in the community and work with their fellow citizens toward the creation of a peaceful world.
  • To preserve and strengthen a spirit of fellowship among blinded veterans so that they may give mutual aid and assistance to one another.
  • To maintain and extend the institution of American freedom and encourage loyalty to the Constitution and laws of the United States and of the states in which they reside.”

National Library Service (NLS) for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-library-service-for-the-blind-and-physically-handicapped/about-this-service
NLS is a free braille and talking book library service for people with temporary or permanent low vision, blindness, or a physical disability that prevents them from reading or holding the printed page. Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS offers books the way you want them: in braille or audio formats, mailed to your door for free, or instantly downloadable.

NLS works to ensure that all may read by providing eligible patrons access to NLS materials regardless of age, economic circumstances, or technical expertise. Explore the tabs using the menu on the left. Share the gift of reading, and spread the word about NLS so that all may read.

Operation Night Vision (Homewood, Alabama)
www.lakeshore.org
Operation Night Vision will be held May 20-23, 2010  - Operation Night Vision brings sport and recreation to servicemen and women who have suffered significant eye injuries or blindness while recently serving our country. Activities will include water skiing, rock climbing, paddling lessons for canoeing and kayaking, cycling, track & field, judo, goalball and scuba diving.

Operation Night Vision will be held at the Lakeshore Foundation facility and at locations around the greater Birmingham community. There is no cost to military personnel with severe service-related injuries and one guest. The weekend includes all meals, lodging, air and ground transportation, and all sports and recreation activities. 


Hearing Loss

Hearing Loss Association of America
http://www.hearingloss.org/content/veterans
Do you have a hearing loss due to military service? A report from the Department of Veterans Affairs estimated that more than 59,000 military members are on disability for hearing loss from OIF and OEF.

Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is here to help. We have some offers and information for you. Please check periodically with this site as we are adding content as available.

Heroes with Hearing Loss
http://www.heroeswithhearingloss.org/
Our mission is to raise awareness and initiate meaningful dialog about shared hearing loss experiences among veterans, their families and friends. The Heroes With Hearing Loss program is a platform of engagement, providing insightful solutions and successful lifestyle-focused results.


Inspiration

Joni and Friends Radio
www.joniandfriendsradio.org
Welcome to Joni and Friends! We're certain that you'll be inspired and encouraged as you tour our website and learn about our worldwide programs that serve people with disabilities and their families in the name of Christ. Joni and her team founded Joni and Friends in 1979, shortly after her international best seller "Joni" was published and the movie about her life was released in theaters across the U.S. Joni and the board of directors wasted no time in hammering out a clear mission statement for the ministry: Joni and Friends exists to communicate the Gospel and equip Christ-honoring churches worldwide to evangelize and disciple people affected by disabilities.


Resources 

After Deployment
www.afterdeployment.org
Our mission is to help you and your loved ones manage the challenges that are often faced following a deployment. 

Here you will find information and self-guided solutions for dealing with post-traumatic stress and war memories; conflict at work; depression; anger; sleep problems; alcohol and drug abuse; stress; relationship problems; kids and deployment; spiritual guidance and fitness; living with physical injuries; and health and wellness.

Challenge America
www.challengeamerica.com
Challenge America is a national initiative to provide support to our country's returning wounded military. The initiative's mission is to work with communities across the United States in linking new and existing services and supporting the development of recreational and occupational programs to better serve returning injured military and their families. Challenge America was officially launched by Amy Grant and Vince Gill at a star-studded concert event to honor wounded warriors in Washington, DC, on June 8, 2009.  On July 30, 2009, Challenge America was officially established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.

At present, links to resources available in 27 states - Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin - and the District of Columbiafor injured military and their families are being added to this website.  Resource links for all 50 states will be added as the site expands.

Mil Health Directory
www.milhealthsdirectory.com
Milhealth’s Directory is a compilation of carefully selected and evaluated military health information resources. Some of the resources are 'consumer health' appropriate, others are clinical research such as what your physician or health care provider would view. 

Carefully researched and evaluated, resources and materials are summarized and arranged in easy to understand subject topics (easy to use), organized (easy access) and maintained (currency). 

Military One Source
http://www.militaryonesource.mil/health-and-wellness/wounded-warrior
Military OneSource (MOS) supplements existing family programs by providing a website and a worldwide, 24 hour, seven-day-a-week information and referral telephone service to ALL active, Guard and Reserve Soldiers, deployed civilians and their families. MOS services are provided at no-cost.This site is designed to help military families deal with life's issues. Call 1-800-342-9647 for confidential, compassionate support.

National Resource Directory
www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov
The National Resource Directory (NRD) is a website for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, veterans, their families and those who support them.

It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Visitors can find information on a variety of topics including benefits & compensation, education & training, employment, family & caregiver support, health, homeless assistance, housing, transportation & travel and other services & resources.

The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. The information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veterans service and benefit organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

Opportunities for Veterans and Wounded Warriors
Facebook Page
Opportunities for Veterans and Wounded Warriors provides resources to aid veterans, Wounded Warriors, and families to aid transition and recovery. Its vision is also to be able to have veterans, Wounded Warriors, and families a place to get to know one another and develop lines of communication between one another for life long friendship and support lines

Warrior Care Portal
www.warriorcare.mil
These resources range from specific programs to sources of information. All play a role in ensuring you get the assistance to which you are entitled.

WarriorCare.mil serves as a portal to these various resources. Whether you are currently active-duty military, veteran, a family member or a concerned neighbor, the links on this site will provide answers to your questions or ideas for where to turn next.

Wounded, Ill and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook
Link
A free handbook and smart phone app (available on iTunes and Android) released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the Wounded, Ill and Injured Compensation and Benefits Handbook provides service members and their families with access to comprehensive information upon separation or retirement as a result of a serious (SI) or very serious (VSI) injury.

Wounded Warriors Resource Center
www.woundedwarriorresourcecenter.com
The Wounded Warrior Resource Center Website (WWRC) is a Department of Defense website which provides wounded service members, their families, and caregivers with information they need on military facilities, health care services, and benefits. It supports access to the Wounded Warrior Resource Call Center and trained specialists who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at 1-800-342-96471-800-342-9647 or by email at wwrc@militaryonesource.com.

Information is also available on how to connect to other families for support and recreation.


Substance Abuse

New Directions (Los Angeles County, CA)
www.newdirectionsinc.org
New Directions offers a wide array of services, including substance abuse treatment, job training and placement, parenting and money management classes, legal and financial assistance, counseling, remedial education and resources for alumni.  Clients leave New Directions with a job, housing, a savings account, computer skills, renewed self confidence and the support of mentors and peers.  Such a transformation takes hard work, motivation and accountability, but the results are life-altering -- and for many veterans, life-saving.


TriCare

Wounded, Ill and Injured Toolkit
www.tricare.mil/wii
Welcome to TRICARE's Toolkit for wounded, ill and injured Service Members. We have provided a variety of communication's vehicles for you to view and utilize whenever suitable in educating audiences regarding their TRICARE benefits. Please feel free to share and distribute this information.


Veteran's benefits

Disabled American Veterans
www.dav.org
The DAV is dedicated to building better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families. Annually, the DAV represents more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.

Iraq War Veterans Organization
www.iraqwarveterans.org
The Iraq War Veterans Organization was created to organize and represent Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans.

The Iraq War Veterans Organization provides information and support for: Operation Iraqi Freedom Veterans, Global War on Terror Veterans, Operation Enduring Freedom Veterans, active military personnel and family members related to pre-deployment, deployment, and post-deployment issues, as well as service member and family Operation Iraqi Freedom Deployment Readiness problems, information about PTSD, health issues and veterans benefits. The Iraq War Veterans Organization website has links to information about Veterans Administration health care, readjustment after deployment, education, employment, military discounts, PTSD issues, support-chat forums, family support and deployment information.

Military Order of the Purple Heart
www.purpleheart.org
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Program exists to assist Veterans, ALL veterans, in working with the VA and filing claims for the many benefits that are available. You do NOT need to be a Member of the Purple Heart Organization to seek assistance. The program provides veterans' benefits experts at various veterans administration regional offices, hospitals, vet centers, and state and county veterans facilities.

What we do:
  • Provide available assistance to ALL Veterans, their dependents, widows and orphans. 
  • Process veterans' claims for compensation, pension, medical care, education, job training, employment, veterans preference, housing, death, and burial benefits. 
  • Serve on President's Committee for employment of people with disabilities. 
  • Assist in identifying and helping homeless veterans. 

National Veterans Foundation
www.nvf.org
Our mission: to serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. veterans and their families through:
  • Management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families.
  • Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans.
  • Outreach services that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

Paralyzed Veterans of America
www.pva.org
Paralyzed Veterans of America works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people with SCI/D as a leading advocate for health care, SCI/D research and education, veterans’ benefits and rights, accessibility and the removal of architectural barriers, sports programs, and disability rights.

We are the only Congressionally chartered veterans organization dedicated solely to serving the needs of SCI/SCD veterans.

The Kitchen Table Gang
www.kitchentablegang.org
The Kitchen Table Gang Trust is a free resource designed to provide news and valuable content to veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families. The site offers news features and insightful information covering current military and world events, veteran benefits, and stories featuring the men and women that bravely serve and have served our country.


Hotline

Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline (Medical Related Issues)
www.armyfamiliesonline.org   or 1-800-984-8523 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Many of our Soldiers injured in support of the Global War on Terror and their families have been enduring hardships in navigating through our medical care system. Our Army is committed to providing outstanding medical care for the men and women who have volunteered to serve this great nation. The Acting Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army have directed the establishment of the “Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline” to provide wounded Soldiers and their families with a way to seek help to resolve their medical related issues. 
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