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Note: Real War Photos does a preliminary check for site accuracy and reviews (positive or negative) prior to posting, but we do not endorse any specific company and all vets need to be aware that mistakes can happen and evil-doers can creep into any online marketing. We live in a world where you must be awake and aware before you give any personal info or if you are required to pay for services from a site the offers "help". See our notes below on HOW TO CHECK IF A WEBSITE IS LEGITIMATE. (Scroll down to bottom of this page.)
Thanks to Paul Brooks, a proud American, "...who is very concerned by the homelssness situation facing our veterans...", has forwarded two helpful websites for homeless veterans:
1. Homeless accommodation directory https://www.homelessaccommodation.com/
2. Homeless shelters and housing options https://www.thehomelessassistant.com/
Our thanks goes out to David Garcia of spiritfinder.org| for his many and varied suggestions and helpful links for veterans. David writes:
"The challenges American veterans face are complex and varied, whether it’s readjusting to civilian life after serving, buying their very first home, or saying goodbye to a fallen comrade. And while hundreds of thousands of veterans seek mental health support each year, it is only half — half — of those afflicted. Those who suffer in silence may feel too embarrassed or ashamed to pursue the help they need. " Below is a list with links for help:
Suicide prevention - Help in a Crisis....
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their loved ones with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Support is available for deaf and hard of hearing and homeless -
Don't wait another day, another minute....call now!
If you are a Veteran in crisis or are concerned about a Veteran...please act now! You are not alone.
Help for Addiction
Hope for New Beginnings
Freedom from addiction can move your life forward in powerful ways. Better health, stronger relationships, steady employment and living with purpose – these are among the rewards of recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.
Our goal at drugrehab.org is to help people reclaim their lives. It takes courage to get help for a substance abuse disorder, and addiction is not easy to overcome – especially alone.
Talk with us in confidence about what you’re going through. Or let us help your loved ones. Our professional, compassionate addiction counselors are available 24/7 to help you find the right care. That includes the latest, evidence-based treatment approaches and aftercare programs that give you the best chance for real recovery. Start the Journey Toward Recovery Now! email: drugrehab.org
A reported $30 billion has been set aside by the U.S. Government and America companies to cover mesothelioma claims. Settlements have been reached in some cases and these results are available online for your review.
If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma cancer, you can file a claim to help you with expenses and damages. If you are a veteran or have worked for the U.S. Government, or an employer that still exists, or is now out of business, you can file a claim. Even if your past employer is bankrupt, the company was required to set aside money in trust to compensate future claims.
Research available attorneys as they seem to be coming out of the woodwork claiming to be experts. When you contact a lawyer, make sure that they are fully informed about mesothelioma and in fact, have filed and won cases. Attorneys should not charge you for a first consultation and should be able to answer all related questions and prove success with such claims. Ask for references! The prep time you and your family spend in research, will result in you being compensated fairly and as quickly as possible.
We all know to hang up on phone solicitors these days as so many are scams.
We’ve seen the news and read about the disgraceful activities of the popular Wounded Warrior Project. Consider dropping them from your charity list until they get their act in order regarding dollars spent on actually helping veterans and in transparency of their organization.
We’ve become aware of how much top executives are paid and how little money actually goes to the veterans who deserve them.
Before you give, do some simple research online. Below find some helpful clinks to guide you.
Which Veteran charities give the most collected donations to veterans, have their financial house in order, and provide the most accountability & transparency:
Charity Navigator http://www.charitynavigator.org/ Below are a few 4 STAR RANKINGS:
You may want to double check by making sure the organization you plan to contribute to has been reviewed and certified by the BBB http://www.give.org/ as an “Accredited Charity.”
Lastly, before you give your hard earned dollars away, look at the ratings from the AIP American Institute of Philanthropy (US) https://www.charitywatch.org/home The AIP has been around 20 years and is much more than a watchdog group, not simply repeating what a charity reports, but instead, “…diving deep to let you know how efficiently a charity will use your donation to fund the programs you want to support.”
I want to honor my brother who served in Iraq because I know that his service ensures our country’s safety and freedom. With that said, I can’t understand why so many of our returning veterans are reduced to begging and homelessness once their tours are over. I want to show my solidarity by sharing the educational resources I've gathered through our research, which hopefully will add to what you already have on the “Veteran Services” section of your website:
AMERICAN LEGION - the American Legion is synonymous with veterans education, being instrumental in the first and most recent GI Bill's passage and helping the modern-day veteran navigate the confusing world of education benefits. http://www.legion.org/education
GI BILL COMPARISON TOOL - Compare VA-approved institutions and review other information to choose the educational program that works best for you. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/
MILITARY EDUCATION BENEFITS AND PROGRAMS GUIDE - If you’re an honorably discharged veteran or currently serving member of the military, you have many options for funding your higher education. Active-duty personnel and selected Reservists have access to programs like tuition assistance (TA). Veterans, depending on when they served, can take advantage of the Montgomery GI Bill, Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program and other aid. There are excellent resources for military spouses and dependents as well. Explore the sections below to learn about these military education benefits, find exceptional degree programs and career paths, and discover the school that’s right for you! http://www.usnewsuniversitydirectory.com/military-education-resources/
MILITARY CHILD EDUCATION COALITION - The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, the MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies. http://www.militarychild.org/
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) launched the Make the Connection campaign to help Veterans and their families connect with services that improve their lives. The campaign encourages Veterans and their families to “make the connection”—with other people, with resources, with symptoms of mental health issues, and with treatment and support—to get their lives on a better track.
The success of the Make the Connection campaign depends on support from everyone who interacts with Veterans: people in communities nationwide as well as Veterans Service Organizations, community-based groups, and local health care providers that have direct contact with Veterans every day. These groups are partners in our efforts to build greater awareness among Veterans and their families and friends of http://maketheconnection.net/ and the numerous other resources that are available to help improve their lives.
As a VA partner or Veteran supporter, you play a critical role in spreading the word about the campaign and encouraging Veterans and their families and friends to visit MakeTheConnection.net. In addition, if you know a Veteran who sought and received mental health support—from any source, including VA, community providers and faith-based organizations—and is in a better place today because of it, please send an email to info@MakeTheConnection.net.
Help ease the suffering of wounded service members -
Many injured service members make the long journey from the battlefield to the hospital without any personal items. Help the Red Cross warmly welcome them at a military hospital with comfort kits filled with items such as a robe, shower shoes, toiletries and a music gift card. Go to the RED CROSS website and send a holiday gift that really counts!
Comfort kit for 1 service member
Item # G14004
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation." General George Washington, November 10th, 1781
Connecting Wounded Warriors, Service Members, Veterans, Their Families and Caregivers with Those Who Support Them.
Established to help disabled American veterans stay in their homes!!!
Helping disabled vets in need with routine outdoor home maintenance such as:
Visit their website at www.dvhmf.org
A congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members-veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
PVA will use that expertise to be the leading advocate for:
To enable PVA to continue to honor this commitment, we must recruit and retain members who have the experience, energy, dedication, and passion necessary to manage the organization and ensure adequate resources to sustain the programs essential for PVA to achieve its mission.
State/Territory Veterans Affairs Offices
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Click on your state above to go to your local VA office.
Active soldiers and veterans are important members of American society: soldiers because they fight to keep the American people safe, and veterans because, additionally, they bring their past experiences and wisdom back to society–which can help catalyze better decisions surrounding war and protection in the future. In 1944, when the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act (the G.I. Bill) was created, it was meant to provide benefits to World War II veterans that could help them acclimate back into life outside of fighting. Since then, the bill has grown to focus very heavily on providing subsidies and scholarships for the education and career-based training of America’s veterans. However, the G.I. Bill system has been wrought by technological instability, as well as an overwhelming influx of returning veterans seeking its benefits, resulting in late reimbursement. If you are pursuing financial assistance for higher education as a veteran from the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill, there are some important things you need to be aware of as you navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
Check out the complete article, RESOURCES, submitted by contributing writer, Evelyn Rogers from the online project "Working Together to Provide Veterans Information About the G.I. Bill."
The article is a wealth of information for Veterans that helps to answer many lingering questions regarding qualifying educational programs along with many links to other helpful sites and resources.
Check out the schedule for the DAV Mobile Service Office (MSO) a free service that comes to your local community to help you with your benefits.
Thanks in part to a $2million commitment from the Harley-Davidson Foundation, the DAV MSO program is able to bring these free service to veterans in the communities where they live.
A trained DAV officer will provide you with the best counseling and claim filing assistance you can get from any source, anywhere!
DAV is committed to building better lives for all our nations's disabled veterans and their families.
Who We Are
The Mission Continues is a community service organization that helps post-9/11 veterans transition from military to leadership roles at home. The Mission Continues provides the tools, the direction, and a living stipend to these veterans while the veterans deploy their experience, their skills, and their desire against our communities’ most pressing needs.
Through service to their community, veterans find new missions here at home and are able to rebuild the sense of purpose, accomplishment and camaraderie they found in the military, which eases their readjustment to the civilian world.
What We Do
The Mission Continues sponsors veterans’ enrollment in a 6-month service and leadership program. Through our intensive Fellowship Program, veterans dedicate themselves to serving in their community, volunteering for at least 20 hours a week in community organizations to address issues like homelessness, illiteracy and unemployment. Theveterans selected for fellowships are service-minded, goal-oriented leaders working towards a set of both personal and professional goals at the conclusion of their fellowship. These goals include full-time employment, pursuit of higher education and a permanent role of service. The Mission Continues benefits veterans and communities in equal measure. Every year The Mission Continues partners with corporations and provides a tangible impact in the community by executing service projects. Our Service Project Program engages the broader community and provides an additional opportunity for civilians to learn about militaryexperience and veterans’ leadership.
....IT’S NO T A CHARITY. IT’S A CHALLENGE
Our mission is to support, serve and promote wounded warriors in business. Therefore we promote these businesses by reaching out to government procurement officials and large prime contractors that may appreciate doing business with our veterans. VeteransDirectory.com is “The Wounded Warrior Directory” of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses. We believe if you Support the Troops you will Hire a Veteran!
Check out this site - Veterans Make the Best Employees: http://www.vetjobs.com
VET Technologies specializes in the development and manufacture of audio, video, e-learning and personal training methods, devices and content in support of our nation’s Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel – and all veterans who have proudly worn our Country’s uniform in war and peace.
VET Technologies works in partnership with U.S. Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that the training support material provided is specifically designed and thoughtfully adapted to suit the military educational requirements unique to each one of our Nation’s Armed Services. VET Technologies is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). To learn more, visit www.vettechnologies.com
- JOB APPLICATIONS ONLINE !
Check out a a fantastic website for Veterans needing employment at
Veterans can either apply to armed forces jobs online or locate other businesses and simply download their application to fill out in the comfort of your home.
Check out a comprehensive consumer guide on housing and mortgages for
veterans and active military that covers what loans are, its benefits,
how to apply for one, special protections against foreclosure, etc.
If you disagree with Congress exempting themselves from the laws they pass for every other U.S. citizen, as in the latest, having their own healthcare that does not fall under the ObamaCare/National Healthcare Act, support Citizens United in demanding that Congress not exempt themselves from the law they forced on us.
Resources & Recourses.....
HOW TO FLY THE UNITED STATES FLAG CORRECTLY...
AND OTHER HELPFUL FLAG FLYING INFO CAN BE FOUND AT EHOW
USA Flag Etiquette.
How to fly the flag during National Flag Week.
How to fly the US Flag on Memorial Day.
Flag at Half Mast.
Flag Code Half Staff.
Flag Flying Protocol.
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HOW TO CHECK IF A WEBSITE IS LEGITIMATE:
1.Call, write or email the website using the contact info provided on their website.
2. Check out the address bar – is the site verified by google? Most large, and safe sites are. However, watch for a mutual backscratching of ads and third party vendor links (such as new browsers or related info, etc.)
3.Look at the Google SafeBrowse report. http://google.com/safebrowsing/diagnostic?site=
4.Visit the Whois website too validate and access the company’s information. www.whois.net
5.Look at content and photos on the website to make sure they are original and related to the company’s products and services. (Watch for copying and pasting photos or info from other websites.)
6.www.backgroundalert.com run a search on the site owner or president’s name.
7.www.scams.com or www.scamers.com
8.Lastly, watch for sites that grab your information and use your personal information without your permission. To safeguard, you may wish to create a second email address (for free) and give that one out to avoid scammers.
Note: Real War Photos does a preliminary check for site accuracy and reviews (positive or negative) prior to posting, but we do not endorse any specific company and all vets need to be aware that mistakes can happen and evil-doers can creep into any online marketing. We live in a world where you must be awake and aware before you give any personal info or if you are required to pay for services from a site the offers "help".
DVNF - Disabled Veterans National Foundation:
Financial Help for Disabled Veterans:
Grants for Disabled Vets:
How To Get Help-Veterans Families United:
Housing Grants for Disabled Vets:
Health Benefits, Pension Programs, Counseling and Spousal Servies and much more. Click the link above or copy and paste the following into your browser:
Check it out! Click on the link below
Vets Fish Free in Cape Coral, FL & surrounding areas thanks to the generosity of...
SSG (RET) Mike Montange
Contact Mike at:
YOU CAN ALSO DONATE TO TAKE SOMEONE FISHING!
Camp Liberty provides inclusive outdoor recreation programs that aid in the reintegration of U.S. military service members, veterans, and their families, with an emphasis on assisting those with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
We can also be reached at
or by sending an email to
James M. Kelley, M.A.T.
Don't mimimize yourself...
CALL NOW! 800-273-8255
Sign up and start now!
107 S. West Street, Suite 550
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Help us Build the Center
After building The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) continues its mission to honor, educate and heal by building the Education Center at The Wall. The Center will be the place on the National Mall where the stories and sacrifices of our heroes will never be forgotten.
Serving Honor and Need!
Building for America's Bravest!
The Gary Sinise Foundation is dedicated to serving the Nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
Traditional in their help and transparent in their finances:
A wealth of Navy info can be found at: www.history.navy.mil/fleet_veterans.html
Check out our reunion tabs for upcoming reunions.
Become a member and part of the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world! Nearly 800,000 wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and granddaughters!
White County POW Memorial
...has lots of info for vets... www.VFW.org
FAMILIES UNITED TOWARD UNIVERSAL RESPECT...
Co-founders of Families United Toward Universal Respect (F.U.T.U.R.E), Joan and Fareed Betros, started the nonprofit organization as a result of their experiences and service in Iraq since 2003.
"To heal our nation,we must heal our families,
and the women are the key."
--Siham, Member of "Women for Future - Iraq"
Take special note of the 'Hugs for Healing' flight.
(Photo courtesy of Fareed Betros)
Check out the US Army War College website from Carlisle, PA
Louis Zemperini, passed from this life on July 03, 2014 at the age of 97yrs. To read more of his incredible story of strength and determination, and to link to Amazon, click on our VETERANS AUTHORS tab (top of this page). "Unbroken: A WWII Story of Survival, Redemption and Resilience" by Laura Hillenbrand and just released movie.
REAL WAR PHOTOS provides photographs to individuals and groups worldwide:
Federal Government -ship’s commissioning ceremony; dignitary/officer’s retirement.
Veterans & their families
Call, write or email with your area of interest or special request and we'll forward via U.S. Mail a free custom catalog complete with 'thumbnail- sized' photos to see what you are ordering, plus descriptions, dates and an order form.
HERO TO HIRED/HERO 2 HIRED
Guide to Online Military Student Resources:
Camp Liberty’s Mission Statement
Camp Liberty, Inc.
PO Box 1335
Brighton, MI 48116