National Organizations

Non-governmental organizations with national outreach that offer specialized information, programs and resources directed toward service members and their families, health care providers and the community at-large. These groups can include nonprofit groups, advocacy organizations and associations that advocate and educate on a variety of topics including mental health, brain injury, military resources and military families.

National Organizations

Alliant International University Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Department at Alliant International University has developed a comprehensive suite of classes to help prepare clinicians to work effectively with today's returning veterans and their families. Delivered online, the classes are convenient, informative and engaging. The introduction classes are among the lengthiest and most substantive continuing education courses Alliant International University provides, and are available without continuing education units for free to all interested parties. 

American Academy of Physician Assistants

The American Academy of Physician Assistants is a national organization representing more than 84,000 certified physician assistants across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and within the uniformed services. The organization is the leader in providing support and advocacy for physician assistants, a premier participant in healthcare transformation and a passionate champion of patient-centered care.

American Association of Suicidology

The American Association of Suicidology is a membership organization for individuals involved in suicide prevention and intervention, or touched by suicide. The organization is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education, training, the development of standards and resources and survivor support services.

American Music Therapy Association

The American Music Therapy Association's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education and community settings. The American Music Therapy Association is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials and research in support of the music therapy profession.

American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. With 150,000 members, the American Psychological Association is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. It seeks to advance psychology as a science, a profession and a means of promoting health, education and human welfare. To achieve this goal, the American Psychological Association disseminates psychological knowledge through meetings, professional contacts, reports, papers, discussions and publications.

American Red Cross

The American Red Cross’ Service to the Armed Forces division provides around the clock humanitarian support to service members, veterans and their families worldwide. Programs include emergency communications, support to military and veteran medical care facilities, and social services to families including two mental health support courses: Coping with Deployments: Psychological First Aid for Military Families and The Coming Home Series.

American Veterans with Brain Injuries

American Veterans with Brain Injuries is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving veterans who have suffered a brain injury while serving our country. Through its online community, American Veterans with Brain injuries provides unique programs, services and resources to address the specific needs of these veterans and their family caregivers.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America

The ADAA is the only national nonprofit organization solely dedicated to informing the public, health care professionals and media that anxiety disorders are real, serious and treatable. The ADAA promotes the early diagnosis, treatment and cure of anxiety disorders, and it is committed to improving the lives of the people who experience them. The ADAA provides information about the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety and related psychological health conditions for clinicians, researchers and individuals and their families. 

Armed Forces Foundation

The Armed Forces Foundation provides comfort and solace to members of the military community in the form of financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs. Programs offered include a Family Assistance Program, Classic Outdoors Sports Program and Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Programs. Armed Forces Foundation programs are available to service members, veterans, members of the National Guard and Reserve and their families.

Armed Services YMCA

The Armed Services YMCA (ASMYCA) is the preeminent social services provider of resiliency programs to junior enlisted men, women and their families. Through its network of branches and YMCA affiliates across the country, the organization is the partner of choice for non-profits and foundations serving service members and their families. ASYMCA offers essential programs such as childcare, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, computer training classes, health and wellness services, and holiday meals, among many others. In 2009 alone, more than 9,400 individuals nationwide donated over 169,000 hours of service in support of the organization.

Army Wife Network

Army Wife Network (AFN) is an information and support resources sharing site by and for army wives. The website features columns that address topics, such as military family life challenges, parenting, careers, education and finances. Listen to podcasts, read blogs and interact with AFN wives to gain a resiliency support network. Military spouses are encouraged to sign up for the upcoming Field Exercise event in September at Fort Meade, Md. for access to survival tips, resources and networking opportunities.

 

Association of the U.S. Army Family Programs

The Association of the U.S. Army's Family Programs Directorate is dedicated to providing Army Families with information and resources to help them manage the challenges of military life. The organization also works to address Army family concerns through its legislative efforts and by being active on a number of Department of Defense and Department of the Army councils and working groups.

Aurora Foundation

The Aurora Foundation’s mission is to enable student veterans to successfully graduate from college and enter the workforce. The organization envisions this as a transition from “Boots to Books to Business” and has designed its programs and partnerships around these three phases of transition. By working with colleges, universities and businesses, the organization assists others who support military men and women in uniform to enable veteran students to succeed in the scholastic environment and ultimately enter the workforce.

Birdies for the Brave

The PGA TOUR has joined with players, corporate partners, tournament fans and TPC members to raise money for military homefront groups, which are supported by PGA TOUR players. These groups provide programs and services to meet the needs of service members, veterans and their families. In addition to fundraising for these military homefront groups, Birdies for the Brave also supports Military Appreciation Day celebrations and hosts military families at PGA TOUR events.

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families provides online and physical chapter-based communities by serving as a bridge between families and support and service organizations that help make military life more sustainable through outreach and involvement with national and local organizations, civilian communities and government entities.

Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc.

The Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a non-partisan, non-political organization that the military represents all aspects of America, as does its organization. The Blue Star Mothers of America is comprised of mothers who now have, or have had, children honorably serving in the military. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) veterans service organization supporting our nation's sons and daughters serving in the military, while promoting patriotism.

Bob Woodruff Foundation

The Bob Woodruff Foundation (BWF) is the national nonprofit dedicated to ensuring injured service members, veterans and their families are thriving. BWF diligently navigates the maze of more than 40,000 nonprofits providing services to veterans, finds and funds the most innovative programs and holds those programs accountable for measurable results. To date, through its charitable investments, the Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested more than $12 million in 70 organizations, reaching more than a million service members, support personnel, veterans and their families. ReMIND.org is a public education movement of the Bob Woodruff Foundation that educates the public about the needs of injured service members, veterans and their families as they reintegrate into their communities.

Brain Injury Association of America

The Brain Injury Association of America is the leading national organization serving and representing the individuals, families and professionals who are touched by traumatic brain injury (TBI). Together with a network of state affiliates, local chapters and support groups across the country, the organization provides information, education and support to Americans with TBI, as well as their families. 

Brain Trauma Foundation

The Brain Trauma Foundation is dedicated to improving the outcome of traumatic brain injury patients worldwide by developing best practices guidelines, conducting clinical research and educating medical professionals and consumers. Our efforts also focus on public education aimed at increasing awareness and understanding of the symptoms of a concussion. Our goal is to better educate coaches, nurses, athletes, parents and all citizens about the importance of recognizing concussions and taking the appropriate steps to ensure people receive appropriate care.

BrainLine

BrainLine is a national multimedia project that offers information and resources about preventing, treating and living with traumatic brain injury (TBI). BrainLine includes a series of webcasts, an electronic newsletter and an extensive outreach campaign in partnership with national organizations concerned about TBI.

BrainLine Military

BrainLineMilitary.org provides military-specific information and resources to service members, National Guardsmen, reservists and veterans with brain injuries and their families. Through videos, webcasts, articles, personal stories, research briefs and current news, individuals who have experienced an invisible wound of war can learn more about brain injury symptoms and support, rehabilitation and family concerns associated with care and recovery.

CBR YouthConnect

Formerly known as Colorado Boys Ranch, CBR YouthConnect (CBRYC) is a national residential treatment facility that provides accredited psychological health services and education to at-risk boys ages 10 to 21 from across the United States. Located on 340 acres in southeastern Colorado, CBRYC serves youths who have coexisting psychiatric, behavioral and educational concerns that prevent them from successfully functioning in their homes, schools and communities. In addition to academic classes, vocational education, animal-assisted therapy and individual and family counseling, residents also benefit from the rural location, community support and strong emphasis on post-discharge care. CBRYC is a TRICARE-approved provider and is contracted with TriWest as an In-Network Provider.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Cell Phones for Soldiers aims to provide every U.S. soldier with a way to call home for free. To date, the organization has distributed more than 500,000 prepaid calling cards to soldiers serving overseas.Through increased fundraising efforts, Cell Phones for Soldiers hopes to raise more than $9 million in the next five years to fund new programs, such as providing video phones with prepaid service to allow soldiers abroad to see their families on a regular basis.

Center for BrainHealth

The Center for BrainHealth is a Texas-based research institute whose mission is to understand, protect and heal the brain. The Center’s cognitive neuroscience experts are dedicated to discovering ways to build resilience, regain cognitive function and retrain the brain to maximize the potential of our most vital organ. The Center’s research includes programs to help military service members optimize brain health, including two Department of Defense-funded studies focusing on posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries.

Center for Veterans Issues

Center for Veterans Issues supports service members, veterans and military families with reintegration. The Center provides veterans with adjustment assistance programs and resources to navigate the transition to civilian life including benefits counseling, housing assistance and psychological and physical health support services.

Challenge America

Challenge America provides support to returning service members and their families by connecting them to services in their communities that help ease the transition from the battlefield to the home front. The organization also supports the development of recreational, occupational and housing programs to better serve wounded service members in their home communities.

Citizen Soldier Support Program

The Citizen Soldier Support Program works to connect service members and their families to primary health care and behavioral health providers trained to address issues that affect service members and the people who support our nation's troops before, during and after deployment. Citizen Soldier Support Program hopes to make this connection possible through a variety of methods including evidence-based best practice training, a robust searchable provider database and other innovative solutions. The Citizen Soldier Support Program is hosted by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)

CURE, Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy, is a nonprofit organization founded by parents of children with epilepsy who were frustrated with their inability to protect their children from the devastation of seizures and the side effects of medications. Unwilling to sit back and accept the debilitating effects of epilepsy, these parents joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure. CURE’s mission is to find a cure for epilepsy by raising funds for research and by increasing awareness of the prevalence and devastation of this disease. CURE has also worked to establish post-traumatic epilepsy as a disease that merits and now receives crucial funding support for research.

Comfort for America's Uniformed Services

Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services (Cause), a nonprofit organization founded by four West Point graduates and their wives, provides relaxation and recreation to members of the US Armed Forces recuperating from wounds and injuries suffered in Iraq and Afghanistan. All Cause programs—a digital entertainment library, massage and Reiki programs, Sunday brunches and picnics, Fisher House dinners, gift packs, and live broadcasts of sporting events—take place in residential outpatient facilities located on military medical campuses; this deliberate proximity is designed to reduce the isolation and depression that often accompanies severe injury by creating opportunities for wounded military to interact with one another and with volunteers from the wider community. No member of the military should ever go into combat wondering if he/she will be cared for if injured. Cause is dedicated to being “here for those who are there for us.”

Congressional Medal of Honor Society

The Congressional Medal of Honor Society of the United States of America is perhaps the most exclusive organization in our country - it is certainly one of the most unique. Its small membership includes individuals of all races, social classes and economic levels. They range in stature from 5'2" to 6'7", range in age from 60 to 100 and live in all areas of our country. Among them are scholars and ordinary people, successful entrepreneurs and struggling laborers, ministers and misfits and the very rich to the very poor.

Connected Warriors

Connected Warriors is a charitable organization whose mission is to teach proven yoga techniques to military veterans and their families through a nationwide network of volunteer teachers. The organization currently offers classes at local yoga studios, VA centers and other donated spaces. Future plans include establishing yoga teaching and retreat centers for military veterans around the country.

Disabled American Veterans

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) empowers veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. It is dedicated to a single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served. DAV does this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life. DAV, a non-profit organization with 1.2 million members, was founded in 1920 and chartered by the U. S. Congress in 1932. Learn more at www.dav.org.

Easter Seals Community OneSource

Easter Seals Community OneSource provides information, resource navigation and personalized follow-up support to service members, veterans, National Guard members and reservists with disabilities as they integrate back into their home communities. The organization helps veterans and their families access benefits by identifying public, private and non-profit resources most suited to their needs. Typical requests are for benefit information, financial assistance, family services, caregiver resources, housing options, senior benefits and more. To contact Community OneSource, call 866-423-4981 or email veterans@easterseals.com.

ECAD

ECAD aims to train and place assistance dogs to help people with disabilities gain independence and mobility. With training facilities in Connecticut and New York, ECAD has placed assistance dogs in over a dozen states since 1995. Through Project HEAL, ECAD offers veterans the opportunity to utilize its services and service dog training program to help rebuild and better their lives.

Final Salute Inc.

Final Salute Inc. is a national organization that provides homeless female veterans with safe and suitable housing. Final Salute Inc. also aims to prevent homelessness for at-risk female veterans by offering supportive services and helping to ease financial hardships.

Folds of Honor Foundation

The Folds of Honor Foundation provides post-secondary educational scholarships for children and spouses of military service members killed or disabled while serving our great nation.

Fred Friendly Seminars

For more than 25 years, televised Fred Friendly Seminars have added a unique dimension to public affairs programming on PBS. Exploring urgent social and public policy issues, the seminars invite PBS viewers to struggle with gripping dilemmas drawn from real scenarios facing Americans and determine what their own choices would be if faced with these challenges. Today, the Fred Friendly Seminars are creating a multimedia platform, MINDS ON THE EDGE: Facing Mental Illness, to carry the legacy of this distinguished television format into the digital future. This project is using social media, user-generated content and Web-only content extensions to amplify the extraordinary power of a Fred Friendly Seminar as a catalyst for critical thinking.

Freedom Is Not Free

Freedom Is Not Free is a mission driven organization dedicated to assisting wounded service members and their families and the families of the fatally wounded. We fulfill our mission in the fallowing manner: Freedom Is Not Free makes grants to Purple Heart recipients and their families to meet their immediate financial needs, including but not limited to, the expenses associated with medical care, travel, home modification, and paying bills. We support community projects doe wounded veterans and provide support and healing activities for families of wounded service members, particularly their children.

Generations of Warriors Project

The Generations of Warriors Project works to inform the public about the need to handle the recovery of returning warriors more effectively. Members of the Generations of Warriors Project are bound together with a common bond of compassion for those grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters who have experienced the price of sacrifice yet continue to struggle with readjusting into the society of peace and freedom for which they fought. The Generations of Warriors Project provides information, commentary and resources to help raise awareness of common issues experienced by service members and veterans.

GI Film Festival

The GI Film Festival is the first film festival in the nation that exclusively celebrates the successes and sacrifices of the American military through the medium of film. The GI Film Festival presents films from new and established international and domestic filmmakers that honor the heroic stories of the American armed forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty.

Give An Hour

Give An Hour is a nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. military personnel  and their families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Give an Hour consists of a network of volunteer mental health providers who donate an hour of their time each week to provide these free services. 

Gold Star Wives of America

Gold Star Wives of America is an organization made up of widows and widowers whose spouses died while on active duty in the military services, or as the result of a service-connected cause. Through its advocacy and programs, Gold Star Wives of America works to provide service, support and friendship to its members and fellow widows and widowers around the country.

Grace After Fire

Grace After Fire was founded to serve women veterans from all eras and branches of service. A virtual organization that reaches across the nation, Grace After Fire is an online community where women veterans and their family members can connect with each other and our professional partners to find resources, learn and get involved.

Heroes on the Water

Heroes on the Water was created with the purpose to help wounded warriors relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate through kayak fishing and the outdoors. The organization serves all military personnel who have been wounded, injured or disabled, allowing participants a chance to decompress from the challenges associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Heroes on the Water provides its fishing trips near installations and at various locations around the country at no cost to the participants.

Hidden Wounds

The mission of Hidden Wounds is to provide peace of mind and comfort through counseling to military personnel coping with combat stress injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other psychological post-war concerns. The organization serves as a liaison between counselors and veterans, as well as their families, to help dispel fear, reduce the stigma and help our military heroes overcome emotional and psychological challenges.

Higher Ground Sun Valley

Higher Ground Sun Valley uses therapeutic recreation to enhance the lives of participants. Through its military program, the organization hosts free sports camps for veterans and service members coping with psychological health concerns. The camps promote physical fitness and activity and also include therapy and sharing sessions for service members and caregivers. Higher Ground Sun Valley also commits to three years of follow-up care for each participant, helping to connect service members and veterans to local resources and dedicating a reintegration budget for each participant to help them achieve their individual goals.

Home Front Hearts

The mission of Home Front Hearts is to serve the families that serve our country by providing them with support and resources, increasing public awareness of their struggles and sacrifices and engaging both individuals and businesses in building communities that are responsive to their needs. When service members deploy, spouses are left juggling children, work, school and household responsibilities, and they must address whatever else needs doing in the absence of their loved one. Home Front Hearts is committed to making sure that military families have access to "military friendly" resources that will best serve their needs. 

Homes for Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops is committed to helping those who have selflessly given to our country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001. The organization assists severely injured veterans and their families by raising monetary donations, building materials and professional labor and coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently. Homes provided by Homes for Our Troops are given at no cost to veterans.

Honor for ALL

Honor for ALL is a non-profit organization that promotes the recognition and honor of past and present service members coping with post-traumatic stress disorder and minor traumatic brain injury. The organization’s mission is to raise awareness of the invisible wounds of war by sponsoring and hosting educational forums and public events.

Horses Healing Heroes

Horses Healing Heroes utilizes equine-assisted psychotherapy to combat the damaging effects traumatic events can have on an individual's life. The organization uses its Release, Readjust and Reconnect program to help service members and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder — as well as police officers, firemen, prison guards and children — begin the process of healing by overcoming their fears and building confidence.

Horses4Heroes

Horses4Heroes is a national non-profit organization that provides affordable recreational, educational and health and wellness equestrian programs to active duty military personnel, combat veterans, first responders and other local heroes and their families. The program is found in communities from coast to coast. Through this national network, Horses4Heroes is able to serve all ages and riding levels. Horses4Heroes' Operation Free Ride program gives members of the military community and their families the opportunity to ride a horse for free.

Institute for Veterans and Military Families

Founded by Syracuse University, the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) leverages the resources of higher education to support the nation’s veterans and military families. IVMF acts as a bridge between veterans and potential employers by providing support for veterans transitioning to a civilian career and offering resources for employers looking to hire veterans. IVMF also designs and develops educational programs and conducts research to address the primary economic and public policy concerns of service members, veterans and their families.

Iraq Star Foundation

Iraq Star is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing the necessary reconstructive surgeries to assist war veterans recovering from physical and mental injuries. Through a national network of 200 surgeons in 42 states, the organization provides free reconstructive surgery to active duty service members and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Iraq Star works in close partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Angel Flight.

Jacob's Light Foundation

Jacob's Light Foundation is a volunteer organization that works to send necessities and comfort items such as toiletries, sunscreen, batteries, food and reading materials to servicemembers overseas. The organization sends out care packages on a monthly basis and focuses its efforts on servicemembers without family or support from home.

Jason's Box

Jason's Box supports service members and veterans by sending care packages to deployed troops and providing resources to assist veterans and their families with reintegration challenges. The organization also coordinates community, regional and national services to treat posttraumatic stress disorder and other post-deployment health concerns.

Joshua's Mission

Joshua's Mission is an organization providing financial, educational, spiritual and morale-boosting support to Marines wounded in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as their families. The organization's mission is to help Marines' family members financially, to defer the cost of transportation, lodging, meals and other expenses involved in travel to the hospital where their loved one is being treated. Joshua's Mission also assists in meeting the spiritual needs of injured Marines and their families.

Luke's Wings

Luke's Wings is dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle. The organization provides travel planning services and airplane tickets for the families of wounded warriors currently hospitalized at medical and rehabilitation centers around the country. Luke’s Wings also partners with corporations and other non-profits to provide hotel rooms, meals and transportation vouchers to ease the financial burden on families and service members during their visit.

Mental Health America

MHA is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental and substance use conditions and achieving victory over mental illnesses and addictions through advocacy, education, research and service. 

Military Child Education Coalition

The Military Child Education Coalition works to ensure that quality educational opportunities are available for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation and transition. A model of positive leadership and advocacy, the Military Child Education Coalition performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences and publishes resources for all constituencies.

Military Officers Association of America

The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is the nation’s largest association of active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired and former military officers and their families and survivors, and is the fourth-largest veterans’ association, with more than 370,000 members. The association promotes a strong national defense by advocating equitable treatment of those who serve and have served their country in uniform.

MilitaryOneClick

MilitaryOneClick is a free website providing quick and easy access to the newest resources available for service members, military families and those who support the U.S. military. MilitaryOneClick is divided into eight subject areas including Home and Relocation, Finances and Discounts, Jobs and Volunteer, Moving and Travel, Education, Family Support, Military Community and Health and Wellness. Each category provides both military and non-military resources. In addition to its website, MilitaryOneClick has active Facebook and Twitter pages, which facilitate direct interaction with the military community. MilitaryOneClick's mission is not complete until every military family knows that help, support and compassion are only one click away.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. To create awareness about the issue and promote the promise of recovery, the organization engages in numerous programs, initiatives and activities, and has over 1,100 state and local affiliates that engage in research, education and advocacy to support communities across the United States.

National Association of State Head Injury Administrators

The National Association of State Head Injury Administrators (NASHIA) is a nonprofit organization created by State government employees administering public programs for individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families. NASHIA assists State government in promoting partnerships and building systems to meet the needs of individuals with brain injury. NASHIA provides information on State contacts, public programs and resources within States; hosts a web site containing materials and information; sponsors an annual national conference; training through web casts and radiocasts; monitors State and Federal public policies and legislation; and advocates for public policies and funding to assist States in better meeting the needs of individuals with traumatic brain injury and their families.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors

The National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors serves as the national representative and advocate for state psychological health agencies and their directors, and supports effective stewardship of state psychological health systems. The organization informs its members on current and emerging public policy issues, educates on research findings and best practices, provides consultation and technical assistance, collaborates with key stakeholders and facilitates state to state sharing.

National Center for Veterans Studies at The University of Utah

The National Center for Veteran's Studies at the University of Utah is a research institution dedicated to improving the lives of veterans. Through research, education, outreach and advocacy, the Center seeks to better position skilled, experienced veterans for continued service that further advances American values, prosperity and security.

National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans aims to end homelessness by shaping public policy, promoting collaboration and building the capacity of service providers. The organization offers resources and technical assistance to a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies. This national network provides emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training, placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

National Football League Players Association

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is the union for professional football players in the National Football League. Established in 1956, the association has a long history of assuring proper recognition and representation of players’ interests. By negotiating matters concerning wages, hours and working conditions, the NFLPA has shown that it will do whatever is necessary to assure that the rights of players are protected. The NFLPA recognizes the importance of psychological health and wellness for its members, as well as those who serve our nation.

National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association educates military families concerning their rights, benefits and services available to them and to inform them regarding the issues that affect their lives. NMFA provides resources and programs to educate the public, the military community and Congress on the rights and benefits of military families and to advocate an equitable quality of life for those families. NMFA sponsors Operation Purple® Camps for children of deployed service members in many U.S. military communities around the world. 

NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute

NCIRE is a leading non-profit research institute devoted to advancing veterans health research and pioneering new treatments and understandings of military medicine and care. Along with partners at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco, NCIRE provides care for veterans, discovers and develops effective, safe and practical treatments for military injuries and diseases and trains health care providers and new researchers in veterans health. NCIRE focuses on psychological health, post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury, Gulf War illness, heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, chronic kidney and liver diseases and reintegration.

Not Alone

Not Alone provides no-cost programs and services to warriors and families impacted by combat stress and PTSD. At Not Alone.com, members can participate in online group sessions, workshops and trainings. Topics of discussion center around the issues service members, veterans and families face every day when dealing with life after war. Not Alone also provides face-to-face counseling, as well as access to a 24-hour crisis line.

Operation College Promise

Operation College Promise is a national policy, research and education program based in Trenton, New Jersey, which supports the transition and postsecondary advancement of our nation’s veterans. Originating in 2008 as a web-based resource, the project was founded by the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities to centralize transition information for service members on a comprehensive website. Today, the project has partner institutions across the nation and has established a National Advisory Council to support its rapidly expanding mission.

Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude helps boost morale among the U.S. Armed Forces by delivering care packages to service members deployed overseas. The organization sends care packages filled with snacks, toiletries, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation directly to those serving in harm's way. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude has shipped more than 800,000 packages to deployed service members.

Operation Helping Hands for Heroes

Operation Helping Hands for Heroes is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that provides heartfelt help and gratitude, through care packages and other remembrances of home, to service members and their families currently deployed or recovering stateside. In addition to care packages, the organization provides other remembrances of home during the year through its Operation Thank You and Wreaths Across America programs.

Operation Homefront

Operation Homefront provides emergency financial assistance and other support to the families of Service members and wounded warriors. The organization provides direct services including food, home repairs and furniture, as well as counseling and recovery support to alleviate any financial burdens felt by military families or individuals. Operation Homefront currently provides services across the nation with 23 chapters serving 32 states.

Operation Military Kids DC

Operation Military Kids DC is part of the Army’s collaborative effort with America’s communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Operation Military Kids DC connects military children with local resources to enhance well-being and help achieve a sense of community support. Through a range of recreational, social and educational programs, military children gain leadership, organizational and technical skills and learn how to cope with the stress of a deployed parent.

Operation Never Forgotten

Operation Never Forgotten is an all-volunteer organization that creates national non-partisan awareness public service announcements using outdoor billboards, airport signs and TV/radio broadcast campaigns for our deployed troops, wounded warriors, fallen heroes and military families. Operation Never Forgotten educates the public and veterans about the invisible wounds of PTSD and TBI, and provides inspirational outdoor billboards for gold star families. Operation Never Forgotten hosts "Operation SAS," a benefit for wounded warriors to experience extreme sports, hunting and fishing in Montana. This benefit introduces wounded warriors from all over the country to a life of excellence, and helps other military support organizations with similar missions.

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that trains service dogs for disabled veterans. It takes between 18 months and over two years to train a certified service dog at a cost of $25,000 to $30,000, but the wounded veteran receives the dog free of charge. The facility is located in Rockwall, Texas.

Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs

Pawsitive Perspectives Assistance Dogs' mission is to enrich the lives of people with disabilities by providing them with trained assistance dogs. Paw Corps, an innovative program offered by the organization, helps veterans who are experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder re-connect with their civilian lives, their families and society in general. Service members and veterans involved with the program have the opportunity to focus on positive interactions, controlling their frustrations and re-learning patience as they train service dogs for their wounded warrior colleagues.

Pets for Patriots, Inc.

Pets for Patriots helps veterans, wounded military and service members in transition through companion pet adoption. The charity supports the honorable adoption of adult shelter pets, large dogs and special needs dogs and cats by veterans at any stage of their military careers and from any branch of service. Learn more at their website and become a member Patriot today.

Pets for Vets

Pets for Vets supports service members and veterans coping with psychological health concerns through companion pet adoption. The organization matches pets to veterans at no cost to the veterans. The companion pets are matched based on personality and lifestyle and are professionally trained to assist with the needs of their new owners, including learning behaviors to help veterans coping with posttraumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International changes and enriches lives by promoting excellence in equine-assisted activities and therapies. The organization helps and supports more than 42,000 men, women and children with special needs each year through a variety of programs. Specifically, PATH International's Equine Services for Heroes program helps military service members and veterans overcome physical, mental and psychological wounds by promoting healing through equine-assisted therapies.

Project Welcome Home Troops

Project Welcome Home Troops is a resilience-building program specially designed for veterans and their families. The targeted Power Breathe Workshop is taught by trained facilitators over a 5-7 day period and helps veterans relieve stress and anxiety through powerful breathing patterns and techniques. With emphasis on resilience and readiness, the workshop supports veterans in coping with their psychological health concerns.

Project: Return to Work

Project: Return to Work, a non-profit organization established in 1998, provides personalized vocational rehabilitation and employment services to Americans with disabilities, including recently injured soldiers returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and other locations around the world. Project: Return to Work provides each client with specialized vocational evaluations, career counseling services, job development support, individualized work plans and entry into a nationwide database reaching over 10,000 employers to help individuals transition back into the workforce. Project: Return to Work clients receive continuous support from caring and personable employment counselors.

Reserve Officers Association

The Reserve Officers Association is the 60,000-member professional association for all uniformed services of the United States. Chartered by Congress in 1950, and in existence since 1922, the association advises and educates Congress, the President, and the American people on national security, with unique expertise on issues that affect the 1.5 million men and women now serving in America's Reserve Components.

ReserveAid

ReserveAid is a nonprofit organization that provides need-based grants to military families with a member of the National Guard or reserve who is currently deployed or returned from deployment within the past 12 months. The organization works closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs and representatives from the military services to help identify members of the National Guard or reserve who may be in need. ReserveAid grants typically meet emergency financial needs for rent or mortgage payments, assistance with utility bills, car payments, car insurance and gift cards for food and fuel.

Saratoga WarHorse

Saratoga WarHorse provides service members and veterans coping with psychological health concerns with a free three day horse-based support program that focuses on resilience and the transition from military to civilian life. The organization runs based on the understanding that the retired race horses and military personnel share a connection that helps each redevelop trust and overcome their challenges – the service members find an alternative way of coping with invisible wounds and the horses find meaningful work post-racing career.

Satcher Health Leadership Institute

The Satcher Health Leadership Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine develops a diverse group of public health leaders, fosters and supports leadership strategies and influences policies and practices toward the reduction and ultimate elimination of disparities in health care. It currently offers programs in behavior health, center of excellence for sexual health, community voices and the health policy institute.

Semper Fi Fund

The Semper Fi Fund provides financial assistance and quality of life solutions to Marines, Sailors and service members who have served in support of Marine forces, when they become injured in post 9-11 combat or training operations; and their families. The organization offers financial relief for needs that arise during hospitalization, rehabilitation and recovery. Assistance can range from the purchase of specialized equipment and modified vehicles to travel expenses for family members. Since 2004, the Semper Fi Fund's mission has remained constant, “to serve those who preserve our freedom.

Sesame Workshop

Sesame Workshop's Talk, Listen, Connect initiative uses friendly and familiar characters to provide resources for military families with young children coping with issues related to deployments, changes from combat-related injuries and the death of a parent. On www.SesameStreetFamilyConnections.org you can find extensive video and print resources on these topics, or use child-friendly tools to create a family network and stay connected.

Sierra Club Military Families and Veterans Initiative

Sierra Club's Military Families and Veterans Initiative (MFVI) plans free and discounted retreats and outdoor activities for service members, veterans and their families to encourage them to get outdoors to use the land they defended.   MFVI networks with a diverse set of partners to raise awareness of the challenges facing the military community and show that outdoor experiences are critical in helping heal and empower service members, veterans and their families.

Soldier's Heart

Soldier’s Heart has created a unique and comprehensive model to address the emotional, moral and spiritual needs of veterans, their families and communities. By creating a network of community based services, Soldier's Heart seeks to facilitate a healthier and more successful reintegration for veterans. In addition to providing direct services, Soldier's Heart helps educate communities on how to start support services for veterans and their families, and conducts seminars to train other professionals in the unique needs of veterans.

Soldiers' Angels

Soldiers' Angels is a volunteer-led non-profit organization providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard and their families. Founded by the mother of two American soldiers, Soldiers’ Angels has over 225,000 volunteers assisting veterans, wounded and deployed personnel and their families in a variety of unique and effective ways.

Sports Legacy Institute

The Sports Legacy Institute was founded in reaction to the emergence of medical research indicating brain trauma in sports had become a public health crisis, and later expanded its services to the military. The Sports Legacy Institute aims to solve the concussion crisis in sports and the military through medical research, treatment, education and prevention. The Sports Legacy Institute is primarily focused on the study of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repetitive concussive and sub-concussive brain injuries. Through this work, the Sports Legacy Institute hopes to prevent future cases of chronic traumatic encephalopathy — the only preventable dementia — while learning to treat and eventually cure the disease in those who already suffer from it.

Stars, Stripes, & Hearts

Stars, Stripes, & Hearts is a national nonprofit organization that supports culturally and linguistically competent, evidence-based treatment programs for Latino/Hispanic military service members and families coping with the invisible wounds of war. The organization’s goal is to raise funds in support of programs and services that provide meaningful assistance to Latino/Hispanic military service members and their families to help those in need to lead healthy and productive lives.

Still Serving Veterans

Still Serving Veterans is an Alabama-based veterans service organization that seeks to empower veterans and their families by facilitating reintegration. Still Serving Veterans coordinates counseling for veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder and offers transition assistance through workforce and community counseling, coaching, job placement services and guidance in obtaining VA benefits.

Stop Soldier Suicide

Stop Soldier Suicide is an organization founded by Army veterans designed to bring awareness to and prevent suicide among service members and veterans. The organization works with active-duty service members who want to receive support outside of their chain of command and provides veterans with access to local resources and support.

 

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists

SOFAR: Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists is a non-profit mental health organization that provides free support, therapy, psychoeducation and prevention services to the extended family of National Guard and other Reservists who have served or are serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. SOFAR believes when a soldier deploys, the whole family serves and once a soldier returns home, the whole family is impacted.

Strong Families Strong Forces

Strong Families Strong Forces aims to develop a family program to support the healthy reintegration of soldiers from Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom into their families. The program will be designed for families with children up to five years old and will recognize the particular needs and developmental challenges that arise when parenting young children. The goal of this home-based family program is to mitigate the impact of combat and separation-related stress on the parent-child and family relationships.

Student Veterans of America

Student Veterans of America is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States. Founded in January 2008, Student Veterans of America works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state and national level.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education is a national non-profit group dedicated to preventing suicide through public awareness and education. The organization offers a variety of prevention and education programs including community education, professional education, public awareness campaigns, and grief support and resources. The programs are designed to increase public knowledge and understanding about the signs and symptoms of depression, signs of suicidal ideation and intervention skills that can help prevent the tragedy of suicide.

Talking With Heroes

Talking With Heroes honors and supports military personnel by giving them an opportunity to share their stories of service with people back home. The Talking With Heroes team interviews service members in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as gold star moms and dads, military wives, wounded warriors, veterans and veterans groups for stories of hope and progress. The team produces a weekly radio program and numerous video segments; visit the Talking With Heroes video page for the latest updates.

Team Red, White & Blue

Team Red, White & Blue is a veteran support organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of wounded veterans and their families by developing a national network of supporters. The organization aims to transform the process of reintegrating wounded veterans into society by hosting endurance running events, connecting veterans and civilians through one-on-one friendship-based relationships and creating a robust social leadership-based network.

Tee it up for the Troops

Tee it up for the Troops is a charitable organization whose mission is to honor, respect and remember those who have served in uniform. Every year, the organization hosts events at more than 100 golf courses around the country to raise awareness and funds for military veterans of all branches and conflicts. The proceeds from these events, as well as from additional fundraisers, benefit numerous programs that support veterans and their families.

TeenCentral.net

TeenCentral.net is an anonymous, password-protected website for pre-teens, teens and young adults to discuss common concerns and challenges that they experience as they grow up. The website, which was developed by KidsPeace, the leader in teen crisis counseling, provides social media based e-mentoring and is professionally monitored by experts in teen counseling and psychology. As part of the White House’s Joining Forces effort, TeenCentral.net will begin providing specialized mentoring and resources to Defense Department families coping with deployment related stress in late 2012.

The American Legion

The American Legion is the largest Veterans Service Organization in the United States, with 2.4 million members and 14,000 posts. The organization has been instrumental in advocating on behalf of veterans to ensure that they receive the appropriate medical care and benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs, especially for the signature wounds of the current conflicts - traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress. The American Legion has a team of highly qualified Department Service Officers in each state who assist veterans in filing claims. This professional service is free and is available for any servicemember or veteran.

 

The Brain Injury Recovery Network

The Brain Injury Recovery Network is non-profit organization dedicated to helping survivors of brain injuries and other serious injuries, and their families. Its goal is to see that survivors of brain injuries are given every chance possible to recover. It provides practical, actionable advice from people who have suffered through the same experience. The Brain Injury Recovery Network educates, commiserates with and helps buoy the spirits of survivors and families as they deal with the effects of brain injury. It provides information and support for both the crisis and the long-term care phases of recovery, as well as prevention programs.

The Coming Home Project

The Coming Home Project is a nonprofit organization devoted to providing compassionate care, support and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, their families and their service providers. Free and confidential programs address the emotional, spiritual and relationship challenges faced by veterans and families before, during and after deployment. 

The Home Base Program

The Home Base Program is a partnership between the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital. It is dedicated to improving the lives of veterans who deployed in support of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and live with deployment-related stress and/or traumatic brain injury. The program provides clinical care to veterans, support for their families and educational courses and materials for health care providers and the public. The Home Base Program also brings together world-class researchers seeking medical breakthroughs in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of traumatic brain injury and stress-related disorders.

The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues is a national nonprofit organization challenging post-9/11 veterans to rebuild a sense of purpose through community service. Founded in 2007 when Navy SEAL Eric Greitens returned from Iraq, the organization offers paid service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans. The Mission Continues is reshaping the way this country welcomes home our veterans by showing that these men and women are tremendous assets whose leadership and skills can be vital to their community's improvement. For more information, visit www.missioncontinues.org.

The National Center on Family Homelessness

The National Center on Family Homelessness is a leader in preventing and ending veteran homelessness. The organization develops and provides innovative online resources such as the “Organizational Guide to Providing Trauma-Informed Care to Female Veterans.” The center's multi-site program, Community Circles of Support for Veterans’ Families, strengthens relationships between returning veterans and their loved ones.

The Soldiers Project

The Soldiers Project is a group of volunteer, licensed psychological health professionals who provide free counseling to service members, members of the National Guard and Reserve, and veterans who have served or expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Soldiers Project's services focus on helping service members, veterans and their families cope with stressors commonly experienced throughout the deployment cycle.

There & Back Again

There & Back Again is a nonprofit organization that supports the well-being of service members. The organization’s mission is to provide reintegration support services to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan by offering a whole body approach to wellness. 

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) provides ongoing emotional help, hope and healing to all who are grieving the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography or circumstance of the death. TAPS meets its mission by providing peer-based support, crisis care, casualty casework assistance and grief and trauma resources.

United Service Organizations (USO)

The United Service Organizations (USO) is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare and recreation-type services to our men and women in uniform. The original intent of Congress — and the enduring style of USO delivery — is to represent the American people by extending a touch of home to the military. The USO currently operates more than 135 centers worldwide, including 10 mobile canteens located in the continental United States and overseas. Overseas centers are located in Germany, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Japan, Qatar, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, Guam and Kuwait. Service members and their families visit USO centers more than 6.9 million times each year. The USO is the way the American public supports the troops.

United States First Responders Association

The United States First Responders Association is a non-profit, professional and social network of firefighters, emergency medical service providers, rescue workers, police officers, and military and civilian support teams. The purpose of the association is to advance the profession of fire, emergency, police and military services through proactive community leadership, education, advocacy, policy, procedures and guidelines.

United Through Reading

United Through Reading is a nonprofit organization that helps families facing physical separation remain bonded by facilitating the experience of reading together aloud. The organization's military program eases the stress of separation by recording deployed parents reading children's books on DVDs that their child can watch at home. This powerful program is available to all deploying military units, as well as through select USO locations.

University of Colorado Depression Center

A leader in depression treatment and research, the University of Colorado Depression Center is an important resource for health professionals and the public at-large. In addition to providing treatment and conducting research, the University of Colorado Depression Center works to build partnerships with medical and mental health providers, government agencies and other private and non-profit organizations to combat stigma, coordinate services and help people with depression access appropriate treatment.

University of Michigan Depression Center

The University of Michigan Depression Center tackles issues of stigma through education and outreach. It is the first comprehensive center dedicated to research, education and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder. Bringing together world-class resources, the University of Michigan Depression Center applies a unified approach to diagnosing, understanding and treating depression — and eventually preventing it. The Center’s Welcome Back Veterans and Under the Helmet programs address mental health issues facing military service members and their families and athletes, respectively.

USA Cares

USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-Sept. 11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all armed services, components and ranks, while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request help. The goal of these programs — which include support for combat injuries (including PTSD and TBI injuries), housing assistance and basic needs programs — is to help restore financial stability and self-sufficiency by giving “a handup, not a handout.” 

Veteran Artist Program

The Veteran Artist Program gives veterans the opportunity to pursue their love of the arts after serving their country. The program promotes and encourages veterans in the arts through networking, mentorship, collaborations and original productions. The Veteran Artist Program recognizes the therapeutic advantages of art therapy and also helps veterans explore careers in the arts as they transition out of the military.

VeteransPlus

VeteransPlus provides education and counseling services to veterans, active-duty service members and their families in support of their financial well-being. The organization provides its services through face-to-face seminars at Yellow Ribbon events, by appointments requested through its interactive website or by phoning the toll-free call center. VeteransPlus’ financial counselors are available to offer sound guidance to help establish a better quality of life and a solid financial future for the men and women who have served in uniform.

Voice of Warriors

Voice of Warriors brings warriors and communities together through education and resources.  In addition to free videos and other educational materials, Voice of Warriors hosts a weekly live radio show that features topics to help veterans and their families with reintegration.  Voice of Warriors also has guest speakers from the military community who are available to attend conferences and events to speak about their experiences with reintegration.

Warrior Gateway

Warrior Gateway is a web portal for the military community designed to answer the question, “Where do I go for help?” Their mission is to connect service members, veterans and military families with government and non-profit resources in their local community. Warrior Gateway harnesses the power of crowd sourcing and collaboration to help veterans make informed decisions about which government program or non-profit organization to go to for help.

Warriors for Freedom Foundation

Warriors for Freedom Foundation is dedicated to supporting and improving psychological, physical and holistic services for our nation's active duty service members, veterans and their families. The organization works with community leaders, businesses, schools, legislators and nonprofit organizations to enhance veteran's awareness and promote veteran's initiatives through speaking engagements and fundraising. Warriors for Freedom provides support to our nation's heroes and their families in the areas of outdoor activities, scholarships, legal assistance and psychological health to promote awareness of posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and combat stress reaction.

WarWithin

WarWithin is a comprehensive online database of health providers who are trained in, or have demonstrated an interest in, serving the specific needs of military service members and their families. Service members and their families can use the site to search for health providers by location. Other criteria, such as the type of health insurance that is accepted, can help narrow the search results to meet the needs of the individual using the database. WarWithin is a product of the Citizen Soldier Support Program, hosted by the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Work First Foundation

The Work First Foundation is a national organization that promotes employment as the first step in improving the economic self-reliance, health and well-being of individuals in need. The Work First Foundation sponsors job placement and applicant support programs that serve long-term unemployed individuals. In addition to facilitating job placements, the foundation also promotes research and evaluation projects to help design and support Work First programs.

Working Minds

Working Minds provides tools and networks to workplaces to assist with suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. Working Minds seeks to engage workplace communities with three strategies: establishing a workplace suicide prevention network, providing state-of-the-art training and changing the culture of suicide prevention in the workplace.

Yellow Ribbon Registry Network

The Yellow Ribbon Registry Network is the nations first centralized source and clearinghouse that allows service members and veterans to complete one request for help and have their application quickly validated and submitted to multiple non-profit funding partners through the network for response to their critical needs. The growing list of partner organizations that have joined forces to become part of the Yellow Ribbon Registry Network includes nationally recognized resources such as USA Cares, PenFed Foundation, Our Forgotten Warriors, VeteransPlus, Rebuild Hope, Freedom is Not Free, TAMCO Foundation: Embracing Florida's Wounded, CredAbility, Our Heroes Journey, Blue Star Families, Soldiers' Angels and Final Salute.

Zero To Three

Zero To Three is a national nonprofit organization that informs, trains and supports professionals, policymakers and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers. The organization works to increase awareness and collaboration throughout the military community so that parents and professionals can more effectively care for very young children and their families impacted by such deployment-related issues as trauma, grief, and loss.

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