Local Organizations

Organizations that offer specialized programs and resources to service members, their families and their health care providers on a state or local level. These organizations may be affiliates of national organizations as well, but have programming specific to a smaller geographic area.

Local Organizations

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention National Capital Area Chapter

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading, national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy. The organization also reaches out to people with psychological disorders and those impacted by suicide. The National Capital Area Chapter currently serves Montgomery and Frederick Counties in Maryland, Fairfax County in the Northern Virginia area, and the District of Columbia.

BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative

BraveHeart: Welcome Back Veterans Southeast Initiative is a partnership between the Atlanta Braves and Emory University focused on decreasing stigma associated with post-traumatic stress disorder and connecting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans and their families with treatment resources. The program provides online services, educational outreach, clinical care coordination, anonymous online self screening tools and local referral sources.

California Department of Veterans Affairs

The California Department of Veterans Affairs works to serve California's veterans and their families to ensure all former service members achieve the highest quality of life and live with dignity and honor. The department's Operation Welcome Home Campaign is a statewide effort to connect with each and every returning veteran to determine their needs and connect them with services that can help them transition successfully from the battle front to the home front.

Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Inc.

Faith*Hope*Love*Charity, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in southern Florida that provides support for veterans, active duty service members and their families through supportive services, financial assistance, housing, life skills education, community outreach and mental health services for combat- and non-combat-related issues. Current programs include OIF/OEF community reintegration services and Stand Down, a multi-tiered program that assists and supports male veterans who are struggling with addiction and have become homeless as a result of that struggle.

Illinois Patriot Education Fund

The Illinois Patriot Education Fund provides financial assistance to support the educational needs of Illinois service members who have given their lives or become disabled in service to our country and their families. The organization's goal is to ensure the children of Illinois service men and women have access to the schools, programs, supplies and materials necessary to prepare them for vocational careers and college. Assistance provided by the Illinois Patriot Education Fund includes school supplies and materials, professional tutoring programs, funding to help offset charter school costs and scholarships.

Lone Star Veterans Association

The Lone Star Veterans Association was established as a social networking group to support Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans and their families in the Greater Houston Area. The association provides a support system and social outlet for service members transitioning from military to civilian life. Through programs, events and peer mentoring, the Lone Star Veterans Association works to ease the transition process for local service members, veterans and their families.

Lone Survivor Foundation

The Texas-based Lone Survivor Foundation provides therapeutic retreats to service members and veterans coping with posttraumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. The foundation emphasizes the use of natural settings and outdoor activities to heal and empower wounded warriors and their families through targeted recreational and sports therapy activities.

Maine Military & Community Network

The Maine Military & Community Network is a community based organization facilitated by the Maine National Guard that helps connect service members, veterans and their families with community support throughout the state of Maine. Together, the network works to raise awareness about the challenges faced by service members and their families, the resources that exist to help them and how to help connect service members and their families toresources in their communities.

Marine Corps Community Services Henderson Hall - Marine & Family Services

Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) Henderson Hall's Marine and Family Services supports Marines, civilian Marines, and family members attached to the Headquarters Battalion in the National Capital Region Command to promote individual and family readiness and retention. The group offers programs designed to provide support and quality of life efforts focused on behavioral health, personal and professional readiness, and family care and readiness. 

MHA Colorado

Mental Health America of Colorado, the state affiliate of Mental Health America, serves to promote strong mental health and expand access to quality mental health services across Colorado. MHAC’s Military & Veteran’s Mental Health program provides educational information and resources to help reduce the stigma of mental health and advocates for the high quality care service members, veterans and their families deserve.

MHA Texas

Mental Health America of Texas, the state affiliate of Mental Health America, serves to promote strong mental health, prevent mental illness and substance abuse and ensure access to quality mental health care for Texans. Through research, advocacy and outreach, MHA Texas provides recovery assistance for service members, veterans and their families and educates about the importance of resilience and reducing the stigma of seeking help.

Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN)

Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) was developed to address the needs and challenges faced by members of the National Guard, reservists and their families throughout the deployment cycle. The organization offers innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma and the design and delivery of programs for military families. M-SPAN was developed in partnership with the Michigan Army National Guard Yellow Ribbon Program, Michigan State University and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

NAMI Alabama

NAMI Alabama, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for persons with a mental illness in Alabama. Through its programs, NAMI Alabama provides information, support and a sense of belonging to persons and veterans with serious mental illness and their families.

NAMI New Hampshire

NAMI New Hampshire, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons of all ages affected by mental illness and/or suicide, through education programs, individual and group supports, professional trainings and legislative advocacy.  NAMI New Hampshire's Connect Suicide Prevention Project is designated as a National Best Practice Program that increases the competence and confidence of professionals and communities to respond to suicide incidents across the lifespan.

NAMI North Carolina

NAMI North Carolina, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is dedicated to the resiliency of people affected by mental illness. The military and veteran families initiative, NAMI Homefront, provides educational information and support resources in order to help break down the stigma of seeking help. Over a six session course, service members and veterans are led by trained peers to discuss uniquely military-related challenges associated with mental illness and how to manage them.

NAMI Tennessee

NAMI Tennessee, the state affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, offers service members, veterans and their families statewide programs designed to unite civilian and military psychological health agencies. The NAMI Tennessee Veterans' Council advocates for early and effective psychological healthcare to support recovery and community reintegration of veterans, service members and their families. Their programs provide an outlet to share firsthand experience with the day-to-day challenges of coping with and recovering from psychological concerns. The Battle Buddies Program connects veterans with service members, veterans and military families to help them deal with the common challenges of military service. Other programs include classes and support groups for family members, as well real people sharing personal testimonies of success.

New Directions for Veterans

New Directions for Veterans (NDVets) connects veterans in the greater Los Angeles area with support services and resources as they transition back to civilian life. NDVets offers transitional housing, psychological health care and support, residential treatment centers, employment resources, and financial, educational and legal services to veterans and their families in an effort to help them maintain resilience and reintegrate into civilian life. NDVets also has specific resources for Post 9/11 transitioning veterans through Operation: Welcome Home.

New England Center for Homeless Veterans

The mission of the New England Center for Homeless Veterans is to extend a helping hand to homeless men and women veterans who are coping with the challenges of psychological health concerns, addiction, trauma, and/or unemployment, and who will commit themselves to sobriety, non-violence, and working for personal change. Recognized as one of the most effective private veteran's transition programs in the country, the organization provides a residential program, specialized counseling, case management services, job and housing placement programs and a veterans training school.

North Carolina Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families

North Carolina Governor’s Working Group on Veterans, Service Members, and their Families’ mission is to create a community state that caters to service members’ needs. The Working Group connects service members to targeted services for all stages of deployment, including access to physical and psychological health care, employment opportunities, helplines and veterans’ benefits. Through these services the Working Group promotes resilience, readiness and recovery for all service members, veterans and their families.

North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program

The North Dakota Suicide Prevention Program is a state-sponsored initiative designed to reduce the risk of suicide. The program educates the public on the warning signs and symptoms of suicide and provides resources to help people who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. The program also focuses on developing a systems approach to suicide prevention within organizations and affecting suicide prevention policy.

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 Revamp

Operation Revamp provides art exploration and healing opportunities to help veterans and their families cope with combat related stress, posttraumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and other invisible wounds. The purposes of the organization are to create opportunities for a variety of healing activities for veterans and military family members; enhance community redevelopment and historical preservation; create employment opportunities for veterans; raise awareness of psychological health concerns and traumatic brain injuries and the benefits of artistic practices in healing; provide free or inexpensive home repairs and remodels to veterans and military families; and establish functional creative art studios and galleries for use by veterans and military families.

Project New Hope of Massachusetts

Project New Hope assists combat veterans and their families with making the transition from wartime back to peacetime living through weekend retreats. By providing the opportunity to get away and reconnect, the organization offers tools for recognizing the symptoms and triggers of military-related occupational stress injuries, as well as assists in developing coping mechanisms within the family structure to manage the injuries and help all family members live a fulfilled life. Project New Hope offers retreats at Elm Hill Farm in Brookfield, MA and Clara Barton Center in North Oxford, MA.

Returning Veterans Project

The Returning Veterans Project is a nonprofit organization comprised of politically unaffiliated and independent health care practitioners who offer free and confidential services to returning veterans and service members of the current Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns and their families. The services provided are available in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Rotary Club of Arlington

The main objective of Rotary is service - in the community and throughout the world. Rotarians build goodwill and peace and provide humanitarian services. The Rotary Club of Arlington was founded on July 4, 1929. The organization meets each week to share each other's company, enjoy a fine meal and hear an informational presentation from a community leader.

SAFE: Soldiers and Families Embraced

SAFE aims to support the psychological health needs of service members, their families and the communities that support them. The organization offers training for both psychological health professionals and families to enable them to provide care that meets the specific needs of military personnel. SAFE currently has a small network of trained providers in Tennessee and expects to expand to other states in the near future.

Serving Together

Serving Together, a project of Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, Md., helps service members, veterans and their families access the local services they need. Serving Together coordinates with local nonprofits, community organizations, businesses and the local government to design a system of care to better support members of the military community.

Star Behavioral Health Providers

Star Behavioral Health Providers is a registry that helps service members and those who care about them locate civilian behavioral health professionals with military understanding within the state of Indiana. To ensure providers are qualified to be listed in the registry, the organization recruits and trains interested civilian psychological health providers in military specific culture and treatments that focus on the needs of the military population. The training curriculum was created and is partially taught by the Center for Deployment Psychology, and is available to all licensed psychological health providers in the state of Indiana.

Step Up for Soldiers

Step Up for Soldiers is a volunteer-run organization that provides financial assistance, home modifications and support for disabled veterans in North Carolina. Through events and fundraisers, the organization works to enhance the lives of veterans and their families by providing disabled veterans with the resources necessary to adjust to civilian life.

Swords to Plowshares

Swords to Plowshares is a community-based organization dedicated to helping veterans reintegrate into civilian life. Swords provides services to help veterans stay resilient during the transition, including employment trainings, legal services, supportive housing programs, health and social services, and advocacy and reintegration trainings for health care and management professionals.

Team River Runner - Atlanta

Team River Runner (TRR) gives active duty service members and veterans an opportunity to find health, healing and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports. TRR’s innovative paddling programs help wounded warriors and their families through the recovery process by supporting both physical and emotional healing. TRR builds confidence and inspires hope among injured service members and veterans by encouraging them to set goals and helping them to excel at sports.

The Virginia Wounded Warrior Program

The Virginia Department of Veterans’ Wounded Warrior Program provides timely supplemental behavioral health, rehabilitation services and support to veterans, National Guard members, reservists and family members who are coping with the effects of combat stress, operational stress and other combat-related injuries resulting from their service and sacrifice. The program focuses on TBI and PTSD, and is administered through three regional directors working closely with existing local Community Services Boards. Services that may be available through networks of public and private providers include assessment, case management, outpatient treatment, rehabilitative services, family support and linkage to benefits services, housing, employment and educational programs.

Trauma and Resiliency Resources

Trauma and Resiliency Resources’ Mission is to end Military Suicides. TRR’s program - Warrior Camp® - provides 7 days of intensive, residential trauma treatment in the context of community, with an emphasis on Moral Injury.  It is free and available to Combat Veterans of ALL eras, including active duty and reserve components.  For more information or to register for TRR's Warrior Camp® visit their website.

Veteran's Heart Georgia

Veteran's Heart Georgia attends to the spiritual and emotional needs of veterans and their families by addressing the effects of war through a community-based network of services, resources and education. The organization provides consultations with trained counselors, clergy and mental health clinicians, develops workshops for veterans and families, and organizes community gatherings to promote community education and involvement.

 

Veterans 360

Veterans 360 is a California-based organization that helps young, recently-separated combat veterans develop the professional and interpersonal skills they need to succeed in civilian life.  Through engagement and education, Veterans 360 helps veterans use what they learned during their military service and manage the resources available to them to successfully transition to civilian life.  During their engagement with Veterans360, veterans receive vocational and educational training, opportunities to participate in community service projects, and the support and fellowship of their fellow veterans.

Veterans Conservation Corps

Vet Corps is a Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs program that assists transitioning veterans attending college, while providing the opportunity for veterans to serve again. Members of Vet Corps are stationed at colleges throughout Washington State and the Warrior Transition Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The program strives to assist military veterans in every aspect of their transition from military to civilian life. Corps members help veterans achieve their higher education goals by navigating Washington's higher education system and training programs, as well as veteran's services.

Veterans Yoga Project

Veterans Yoga Project (VYP) supports resiliency and recovery in service members and veterans coping with invisible wounds through the practice of yoga therapy. VYP provides trainings for both veterans and yoga teachers in understanding yoga therapy for military personnel and their families, in addition to offering resources for practicing yoga therapy in support of PTSD and other psychological health concerns.

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