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Adaptive clothing
Assistance to combat support hospitals
Books
Cane, free
Child development program
Comfort items: other
Comfort items: blankets, pillows, quilts
Entertainment
Mentor program


Adaptive clothing

Sew Much Comfort (closed March 2019)
www.sewmuchcomfort.org
Our mission is to provide custom-made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to our injured service members which aides in their recovery, provides a tangible reminder of our gratitude for their sacrifice and gives them an added measure of comfort and freedom as they recover from their injuries and return to everyday life.  Adaptive clothing accommodates their medical devices and situations, provides ease of use, increases personal independence and minimizes the visual impact of their medical condition.

Wounded Wear (closed early 2019)
https://combatwoundedcoalition.org/
Wounded Wear provides free clothing and free clothing modifications to wounded warriors and raises national awareness of the sacrifices of America's wounded and their families.


Assistance to combat support hospitals

Operation Comfort
www.operationcomfort.org
Operation Comfort provides support to our service members who have been wounded in Afghanistan or Iraq and are receiving treatment at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC). Our goal is for our wounded military, who have given so much for our country and the world, to see in tangible ways that we appreciate their sacrifices and that we want to help them recover as quickly and completely as possible.

Operation Military Embrace
www.operationmilitaryembrace.com
Operation Military Embrace supports wounded military & their families at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) and other military & private facilities by: 
  • Providing one-on-one support and comfort through monthly visits to BAMC 
  • Filling individual private requests of injured personnel (portable DVD players, autographed sports memorabilia, etc.) 
  • Sponsoring a monthly breakfast and free PX ("military store") in honor of our wounded outpatients and their families (this is like a pay raise for them - a welcome event since their pay is already so low). 
  • Hosting outings & dinners for outpatients & families 
  • Providing financial assistance in their time of crisis (Example: a single Mom leaves her job for over a year to care for her wounded loved one)

Operation Undergarment (currently on hold)
www.operationundergarment.org
Operation Undergarment is a grass roots clothing drive to provide injured and sick soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen that are deployed in combat zones with clothing items to make their hospital stays more comfortable.

Support our Wounded
www.supportourwounded.org
Angels Of Mercy Program - Serving  our  wounded  military and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center & National Naval Medical Center. Providing assistance to Combat Support Hospitals in Zone.

No Soldier Left In Need  - Serving the long-term needs of our wounded military and their families, working with the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Severely Injured Center and other programs to identify long term needs of discharged wounded military.

Books

Operation Paperback
https://operationpaperback.org/
Operation Paperback provides books to wounded warrior programs located within the United States.

Cane, free

Eagle Cane Project
https://www.mainewoodcarvers.com/eagle-cane-project/
Our goal is to provide presentation canes to a select group of post 9-11 veterans who have received some manner of leg disability from combat related actions.


​Child development program

Easter Seals "Little Warriors" Child Development Program
http://www.easterseals.com/DCMDVA/our-programs/military-veteran-services/little-warriors.html
The Wounded Warrior, their children and spouses have unique needs resulting from relocation to Walter Reed and other medical facilities.  Not only is the family adjusting to severe injury and disability, but the special circumstances they face in an unfamiliar community without their usual support systems. Easter Seals “Little Warriors” Child Development Program is positioned to meet families’ urgent need for stability.


Comfort items

Blankets, pillows, quilts - Operation First Response Cot Quilts
https://www.operationfirstresponse.org/ofr-backpacks/
Operation First Response is always in need of handmade blankets and quilts (sizes may vary)

  • Smaller sizes will be included in our backpacks sent to our wounded cot size = 45×45 or 45×60
  • Larger sizes will be had delivered to military medical facilities in the States

Blankets, pillows, quilts - Operation Pocket Field Pillow
http://justforbabygifts.wordpress.com/how-to-make-acu-pocket-field-pillows/
A group of volunteers in my community began Operation Pocket Field Pillow in February 2009, when my son deployed to Afghanistan. To date, we've made and shipped over 10,000 ACU pocket field pillows to our combat troops and over 2,000 fleece travel pillows to our wounded. Our aim is simple; to keep working to let our troops know that we will not forget them. Our pillows are small enough to store in a ruck or pocket, and are meant to be taken out in the field on missions.

All the ACU and fleece we use is donated, and the few donations we receive help pay to ship boxes of our field pillows to Iraq, Afghanistan and Germany. Visit our blog to learn how you can make an ACU pocket field pillow.

Blankets, pillows, quilts - Quilts of Valor
http://qovf.org/
The mission of the QOV Foundation is to cover ALL those service- members and veterans touched by war with Wartime Quilts called Quilts of Valor (QOVs). This foundation is not about politics. It's about people.


​Comfort items

American Citizens Encouraging Support
http://acescares.org/aces/comfortkits.aspx
https://www.facebook.com/American-citizens-encouraging-support-aces-236742513038022/
Comfort Kits are special kits that we send to various hospitals for our wounded soldiers and also to a couple of VA Hospitals for other Veterans to help them be more comfortable in their hospital stays. 

Armed Services YMCA San Diego, CA
http://www.sandiegoasymca.org/#!wounded-injured-and-ill-services/c1w0u
Support & Appreciation - Opportunities for community individual and organizations to share in our care of active duty military that are wounded, injured or ill at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.
  • Donate tickets to sporting events or local attractions
  • Sponsor a group meal
  • Sponsor a group activity
  • Provide a service
  • Donate an annual subscription to newspaper or magazine(s)

Recreation Services - Our team of volunteers are on the hospital wards at Naval Medical Center San Diego providing support from gaming systems and movies to therapy dogs and outdoor recreation therapy. Outdoor Recreations options include:  
  • Wood working
  • Fishing Excursions
  • Jewelry Making
  • Equine Therapy 
  • More

Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (Cause)
http://cause-usa.org/
Cause recreation and entertainment programs reach thousands of injured service men and women facing months of medical care and rehabilitation far from home and family. These programs are designed to bring a bit of relaxation and fun into what are, for many, very challenging circumstances. But they also serve a much more serious purpose: that of helping wounded warriors begin the normalization process and the re-entry to home and community as they take their long journey back to health.

Programs include: Gift Packs: filled with items designed to bring a bit of comfort and recreation to soldiers and to the family members at their side -- are delivered monthly to Walter Reed; Events: "lightening the load" through spa days, video game tournaments, Sunday brunches, UFC nights.

Hearts Across Miles
www.heartsacrossthemiles.org
Special request for entertainment items: dvds, board games, electronic games, etc. for injured troops in Iraq. Site also lists other items needed for our injured.

Landstuhl Hospital Care Project
http://landstuhlhospitalcareproject.org
The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project (LHCP) is a non-profit organization that provides comfort and relief items for military members who become sick, injured, or wounded from service in Iraq, Kuwait, and Afghanistan.  Donated items are distributed to patients at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany, the largest American military hospital outside the U.S.; to field hospitals in Afghanistan and Iraq; and to VA facilities throughout the United States.  

Donations to LRMC are done through the Wounded Warrior Ministry Center.  This allows all in-patients, out-patients, LRMC liaisons, LRMC nurses, and medical escorts access to supplies.  The purpose of the program is to enhance the morale and welfare for troops and veterans by contributing quality of life items. 

Operation Comfort Warriors (American Legion)
www.legion.org/troops/operationcomfort
Operation Comfort Warriors is a program dedicated to meeting the non-medical needs of wounded military personnel, providing them with comfort items not usually supplied by health care. OCW ensures that patients at U.S. military hospitals and warrior transition are given items like sweat suits, DVDs, puzzles, electronic devices, books, calling cards and more.

Operation First Response
www.operationfirstresponse.org
The mission of Operation First Response, Inc (OFR) is to support our nation's wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs. OFR backpacks are sent to combat support hospitals in Iraq and Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. The backpacks are given to our wounded when they arrive at the hospitals with no personal belongings. These backpacks ensure that our wounded have a little love from home to comfort them until they return to the states. Operation First Response is always in need of handmade blankets and quilts.

Operation Quiet Comfort
http://www.operationquietcomfort.org/
Your contributions of time, talent and resources help OQC provide meaningful support to our wounded warriors and the amazing medical professionals who care for them. OQC is positioned at U.S. Combat Support Hospitals, Troop Medical Clinics, and with medic teams on the front lines.

Care packages are sent to "Any American Hero" at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center (LRMC) in Germany and Combat Support Hospitals in the Middle East. Often our injured men and women arrive for medical care without their belongings. You can help in our mission to provide honor and comfort for our troops. The war on terror is dynamic and the needs of our units change frequently. As a result, our projects change to meet those needs.

Operation Second Chance
www.operationsecondchance.org
Our mission: to aid in the recovery and rehabilitation of wounded service men and women, to assist in the modification of housing to accommodate disabled veterans, to assist the families of wounded service men and women, to facilitate the transition of wounded service men and women back into civilian society. Some programs included: DVD Drives, Gift Card Collection, Letter/Card Distribution.

Project Lifting Spirits
www.projectliftingspirits.com
Since 2007, Project Lifting Spirits has been providing blankets, games, books, etc. to our wounded service members at the VA and Eisenhower hospitals in Augusta, Georgia. We have also purchased and distributed Girl Scouts cookies, organized greeting card signings with local elementary schools for the Veteran's Day Augusta Green Jackets game, and created/delivered cards, posters, bookmarks, and drawings from elementary schools and daycare facilities in Columbia County , Georgia and Springfield, Tennessee. These items are provided to the service members as small tokens of appreciation to let them know that they serve a grateful nation. 

Our goal is to provide these cards and gifts to our local wounded troops and goody boxes to our deployed wounded troops on a more regular basis throughout the year. Currently, we provide items to Fort Gordon Army Base, the Veteran's Administration Hospital's Active Duty Rehab Unit in the Augusta, Georgia area as well as Fort Campbell, Kentucky and the CBWTU - Alabama. The CBWTU covers Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Each location will have various delivery schedules and frequencies based on their needs and requirements. We are slowly getting bigger and need your continued support. Please help us by getting the word out and letting us know of any fundraising opportunities available. 

Soldiers' Angels
www.soldiersangels.org
Soldiers' Angels provides support to our wounded, ill and injured service members through two unique programs.

Our largest wounded support program is managed through our Soldiers' Angels office in Landstuhl, Germany. Many wounded warriors from Afghanistan and Iraq are extracted by a medevac helicopter to a combat support hospital at a forward operating base (FOB). If additional treatment is needed they typically are transported from the FOB to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, which is a level II military treatment facility. Our Angel team in Landstuhl is a group of amazing volunteers, both military and civilian, who live in Germany and have a desire to serve these warriors. They provide blankets, pillowcases, snacks, hygiene items, clothing and other items requested by the wounded patients.  Soldiers' Angels also provides laptop computers and IPads to wounded, ill and injured warriors who need specialized software to acccomodate their disability needs through our Valor-IT program.

Warmth for Warriors
http://warmthforwarriors.com/
As an all volunteer organization, we are always looking for more help.  We are knitting and crocheting homemade hats to comfort our soldiers as they serve for us in Iraq and Afghanistan.  These hats are sent to medical units where the sick and wounded are prepared to leave for hospitals in Germany or back home in the United States.  A warm, wool hat, made with love, provides both physical comfort and a "hug of thanks".


Entertainment

Armed Services YMCA San Diego, CA
http://www.sandiegoasymca.org/#!wounded-injured-and-ill-services/c1w0u
Support & Appreciation - Opportunities for community individual and organizations to share in our care of active duty military that are wounded, injured or ill at Naval Medical Center, San Diego.
  • Donate tickets to sporting events or local attractions
  • Sponsor a group meal
  • Sponsor a group activity
  • Provide a service
  • Donate an annual subscription to newspaper or magazine(s)

Recreation Services - Our team of volunteers are on the hospital wards at Naval Medical Center San Diego providing support from gaming systems and movies to therapy dogs and outdoor recreation therapy. Outdoor Recreations options include:  
  • Wood working
  • Fishing Excursions
  • Jewelry Making
  • Equine Therapy 
  • More

Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services - Cause (Spa days, Sunday brunches, etc.)
http://cause-usa.org/
Cause recreation and entertainment programs reach thousands of injured service men and women facing months of medical care and rehabilitation far from home and family. These programs are designed to bring a bit of relaxation and fun into what are, for many, very challenging circumstances. But they also serve a much more serious purpose: that of helping wounded warriors begin the normalization process and the re-entry to home and community as they take their long journey back to health.

Programs include: Gift Packs: filled with items designed to bring a bit of comfort and recreation to soldiers and to the family members at their side -- are delivered monthly to Walter Reed; Events: "lightening the load" through spa days, video game tournaments, Sunday brunches, UFC nights.

The Aleethia Foundation (Dinners, recreation outings)
www.aleethia.org
The Aleethia Foundation supports recently injured troops in their rehabilitation upon returning home. We are just a few people, all volunteers, trying to aid in the initial phase of recovery. We do this by providing dinners and short term recreation outings and small grants.


​Mentor program

Navy Safe Harbor Anchor Program
https://www.navywoundedwarrior.com/transition/anchor-program
The Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor Anchor Program is a voluntary program for wounded warriors to receive support on a personal level while adjusting to civilian life and living with a disability.

The Anchor Program connects sponsors (active-duty or retired Navy or Coast Guard personnel) to wounded warriors upon their retirement from military service. They share local knowledge and lend emotional support while the wounded warrior integrates back into the community.

It is not within the Anchor Program sponsors' jurisdiction to provide advice on legal issues and health-related concerns. Wounded warriors should consult with their Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor non-medical care management team about such matters.

Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor is always looking for volunteers from the Navy and Coast Guard family interested in sponsoring a wounded warrior in their geographic location. To get involved, call 855-NAVY WWP/855-628-9997 or email [email protected].

SemperMax
http://sempermax.com/index.html
The mission of SEMPERMAX Support Fund is to enhance morale and welfare of service disabled veterans and their families through peer to peer, on-site visits by other service disabled veterans, trained to motivate and advocate on their behalf, so that they understand they have the continued support of a team. ONE TEAM! In doing so it is our hope that we can reduce isolation, disenfranchisement from society and suicide among veterans and their family members.

Troops First Foundation Operation Warrior Call
http://www.troopsfirstfoundation.org/operation-warrior-call/
The wounds of war, both visible and invisible, sustained by the force through multiple deployments have been well documented. Many service members return from the battlefield facing a host of serious challenges. Once home, the possibility of becoming disconnected from their fellow warriors can be acerbated simply by the challenges and demands of everyday life. Moving forward, the health of the Warrior community can be strengthened by Warriors staying connected to Warriors. In response, we have launched Operation Warrior Call.

Wounded Warrior Mentor Program
http://wwmp.us/
In 2004 the West Point Class of 1958 initiated a mentoring program for wounded Soldiers and Marines at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. when it became apparent that Wounded Warriors needed more individual attention than the Army could provide.  We found that Wounded Warriors needed additional, one-on-one, assistance to orient them on a new profession and a new life, as well as counseling on benefits, jobs, educational opportunities, and handling of finances as well as navigating the complexities of the military medical system.
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