It is the mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation to provide opportunities and support to people with physical challenges so they can pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive athletics. The Challenged Athletes Foundation believes that involvement in sports at any level increases self esteem encourages independence and enhances quality of life.
Grace After Fire was first started as The Women’s Heart by Stephanie Moles in 2002, with a focus on increasing access to healthcare services for women Veterans, especially those who struggled with drug and alcohol abuse.
Over time, the leadership of the organization transitioned from Stephanie Moles to retired Air Force Colonel Kim Olson, then to US Navy Veteran Mea Williams.
As Grace After Fire matured, the focus of the organization shifted from the challenges of the woman Veterans to the empowerment of the woman Veteran. Grace After Fire’s mission became centered on helping the woman Veteran help herself by connecting her with the resources and the tools she needs to be a productive citizen in her community, her work and her home after transitioning from the military.
Ever since 2008, Grace After Fire has been serving the Veteran community by providing community resource navigation services, social events, and annual retreats to women Veterans and their families. In 2012, Grace After Fire launched the Table Talk Color Me Camo peer-to-peer support group programming designed specifically for women Veterans, and in 2017, Grace After Fire began providing financial basic needs assistance to women Veterans and her family.
The mission of Grace After Fire is to provide the means for women Veterans to gain knowledge, insight and self-renewal.
To help women Veterans help themselves.
We serve to protect the Veteran, connect the resource and renew the women.
We value and respect all women Veterans seeking support.
We demonstrate visionary leadership.
We create an environment that fosters committed community integration, belonging and social connectedness, for the women we serve, our employees, key stakeholders and partners.
We engage in and promote the access of resources to all women Veterans and improve their quality of life.
We practice the highest ethical behavior and personal integrity.
We implement responsible financial management in the development of resources and programs.
- There is an overwhelming stigma, across all branches, regarding mental health in the military.
- Service members feel they cannot talk about their mental health difficulties without losing rank or being dishonorably discharged.
- They are being told to suck it up, being mistreated by their chain of command and being mocked by peers.
IAVA’s mission is to connect, unite, and empower post-9/11 veterans.
Our Core Values
Everyone Is Welcome
Respect Must Be Paid
Lead in Service
Attitude + Effort = Victory
Make the Juice Worth the Squeeze
We Are the Changemakers
Keep It Fun (Don’t Be an Asshole)
Think of the Children
Win the Day
Quick Reaction Force – A concierge veteran empowerment program helping veterans navigate an often complex road map to quality free services.
The Vote Hub – Voting is important! Regardless of political views, it is your duty to vote. The Vote Hub is a resource to help you find registration information for your state and your local polling location.
Advocacy – IAVA fights and wins battles for the post 9/11 generation of veterans. IAVA gets results. Our members tell us what’s important, and we engage policy makers and the media to bring about positive change.
Big 6 – IAVA’s members have identified 6 priority issues that matter most to them (combat suicide, burn pits & toxic exposures, modernize VA, women veterans, alternative therapies, and education benefits)
Take Action – IAVA cannot do our work without your help. Please let your representatives know how important these issues are to you and to the veteran community.
Policy Agenda – IAVA has recommended specific policy priorities to address the issues that matter most to post-9/11 veterans.
Jewish Family Service of Greater Dallas is a nonsectarian mental health and social services agency that impacted over 39,000 lives last year. For more than 70 years, JFS has welcomed anyone through our doors regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or the ability to pay.
RESTORING HERO’s & REUNITING THE FAMILY
The most painful injuries are not always visible. Whether it’s Post Traumatic Stress (PTS), combat stress or any other mental health condition, we are here to help you get through it. Every veteran and 1st responder affected by PTS has unique challenges and goals. We provide a variety of programs and services to help these individuals take the steps each day needed to put trauma and pain behind them and pursue a brighter tomorrow.
LOVE HOPE RANCH operates to provide tools for healing and restoration for the entire family. Our programs will allow our veterans the opportunity to make strides to positively change their lives and others affected by PTS. Our program model addresses the physical and mental health needs of each individual.
Are you someone affected by or experiencing PTS? Can you imagine your life free from fear and anxiety? Know that PTS does not have to be a lifelong disorder. Healing, Restoration and Recovery is possible.
This program is fully funded by donors and grants through our 501(c)3. There will be no cost for the veteran and family.
LOVE HOPE RANCH
Restoration camp gives the guests and family members the tools to overcome the obstacles they face in life. In an all-male, all-female, couples retreat or youth camp, you’ll participate in activities such as interacting with horses, nature trail walking, fishing, camp fire sessions, outdoor cooking, scavenger hunts and more. Through a multi-day adventure with PTSD trained professionals and fellow warriors, you’ll find yourself not only building strong relationships, but also healing, restoring your sense of self, and rediscovering a new YOU.
Horses have been used as healing therapy since ancient times. The beauty and spirit of these animals is very much like our own: rough, strong, ready to run great lengths for freedom, however calm and peaceful inside. Through this therapy we will find a sense of peace, love, friendship, trust, and unity with our animal companion.
Our Youth Program offers fun filled options for your child to make memories that will last for a lifetime. We make time for outdoor fun, art creation, healing moments with Jesus’ teaching, self-development, athletic obstacles for team building, and more.
Trauma affects everyone in its path. It is vital that we understand that this state of mind is only temporary. By learning to embrace each other’s needs thru grace, patience and forgiveness, we can bring back the peace, love and spark that you once had within your relationship.
RELAXATION & TRANQUILITY
Our minds and bodies tend to get away from us at times. In order to regain control and find inner peace, we must enter a state of relaxation. The quiet and stillness is critical for our mind, body and soul to align. Are we really out of control, or do we just feel like it?
We are the only one in control of our thoughts and feelings, so it is up to us to maintain a healthy body and sound mind. With a little restoration and polish, you can feel brand new. With a little vulnerability and trust, you step out of the dark loop of trauma that plays over and over.
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is the central coordinating agency, providing support, care, advocacy and service to veterans and their families. MVAA was created by Executive Order 2013-2 and began operations on March 20, 2013, the 10th anniversary of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
MVAA is a state government agency and is housed within Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
The agency works to identify and break down barriers veterans face in employment, education, health care and quality of life, making Michigan a great place for veterans and their families to call home. Unlike the federal Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides health care, educational, compensation and pension benefits, and more, the MVAA assists veterans and their families by connecting them to their federal resources and benefits, as well as those state benefits they have earned. The agency does this by working with various state departments and agencies, as well as hundreds of community-based veteran programs to create a no-wrong-door access to benefits and services.
Services provided by MVAA include:
The Michigan Veteran Resource Service Center (800-MICH-VET) and MichiganVeterans.com website provide one-stop access for veterans and their families seeking information, resources and staff support.
Michigan Veterans Trust Fund grants help combat-era veterans and their families weather unforeseen, temporary financial emergencies.
MVAA’s Discharge Document Retrieval Service provides veterans copies of DD-214 discharge documents.
For Michigan to be the place veterans choose to live, raise a family, work and retire.
The MVPN is made of TVC-Certified Peer Service Coordinators and their peer volunteers strategically placed within the local mental health authorities across Texas to create a statewide peer-to-peer network for any service member, veteran, or family member. The MVPN provides services including direct peer-to-peer support, training on suicide prevention and military cultural competency, coordination of mental health first aid, and warm-handoffs to local resources based on the individual needs of the veteran and family.
The Military Veteran Project’s mission to prevent military suicide through treatments and research not accessible or available by the Department of Defense or Veterans Affairs, veterans can come home after war to serve their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service. We bridge this gap between a Veteran’s service and a healthy civilian life by training them how to return home after war..
We understand that returning service-members want and need to continue a life filled with purpose outside of the military. Through the generous and thoughtful donations, we invest those funds into treatment facilities and research. The chosen facilities that we closely partner with have years of proven experience to provide sustainable, community-invested concierge medical attention to Veteranss all around the world.
Our work is fueled by a deep belief that our Veteran’s are assets to our communities, whose compassion, integrity, leaderships skills and hard work ethic is needed now more than ever before. Through the Military Veteran Project, we have funded treatments and research in 27 cities nationwide and 4 countries around the globe – in America, Europe, Germany and Australia. Post-service suicide, improper diagnosis, lack of adequate medical care, family integration/education and strong partner organizations are all factors of the growing need for programs provided by MVP and our funded partners. We focus on providing Veterans with the quality care and attention they need and we feel they deserve.
We also partner with corporations, foundations, and other nonprofit organizations to plan and execute veteran-led service projects nationwide. We believe all Veterans have the capacity to lead and unite both Veterans and civilians in service to our local communities.
– Christopher K. Greca…..And this story is far from over.
With each passing milestone, human lives—the lives of veterans—are being dramatically improved through the support of the Military Veteran Project. The continued momentum of this effort relies on volunteers and has everything to do with one very small but powerful word. You.
Discover how you can help write the next chapter by joining the Military Veteran Prjoect.
To create a community that raises awareness and combats suicide by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families through traditional and non-traditional therapies.
History of 22KILL
In 2012, the Veterans’ Administration (VA) released a Suicide Data Report that found an average of 22 veterans die by suicide everyday. The 22KILL initiative started in 2013, at first just as a social media movement to raise awareness, and later became an official 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in July of 2015.
In 2016, as our push-up initiative (later known as the #22pushupchallenge) swept social media, 22KILL began its transformation from awareness to suicide prevention. By the end of that year, the viral campaign, and the fundraising that accompanied it, allowed us to donate over half a million dollars to sponsor other veteran service organizations.
In 2017, 22KILL began to acquire and develop traditional and non-traditional mental wellness programs, and now offers a myriad of services through Stay The Course, Tribal Council, Forge, Wind Therapy, WATCH, and White Star Families.
Restore the value of life by empowering veterans, first responders, and their families
Prevention begins with awareness. This means educating ourselves and the general public, opening up the conversation, and learning to become comfortable with the uncomfortability and fear of being vulnerable. By doing this, we can identify the often avoided or unaddressed issues that can lead someone to thoughts of suicide, and confront those issues as they come, rather than letting them accumulate into something much worse.
The next step is empowerment. One of the biggest challenges veterans and first responders face is finding a sense of purpose after service. 22KILL has built a vast network of organizations and resources across the country, and whether through its own programs, or through external sources, veterans, first responders, and family members can find services for mental wellness and empowerment programs to help them find or rediscover that sense of purpose. The other side of this is engagement. Often times one may come to realize that all they really needed was the brotherhood and camaraderie that may have been absent from their lives since leaving service. The 22KILL “Tribe” allows service members to connect with like-minded individuals and gives them the opportunity to get involved with community events and projects, and be a part of something great.
It all started with a letter written by Claire and Rev. Charles Orr, calling for the community to address the ever-increasing issue of homelessness. In response, on the night of December 8, 1983, 60 people gathered together to figure out how to help people who were experiencing homelessness in their neighborhoods. On that night, PATH was born.
The group started by distributing food and clothing to people living on the streets. As homelessness continued to grow nationwide, research revealed that Housing First—a best practice model that first connects people to permanent housing and then focuses on stabilization through voluntary supportive services, proved more effective. Now, over thirty years later, we provide services in more than 140 cities in six regions, and have more than 1,500 units of permanent supportive housing completed or in the pipeline.
Across the state, we help people find permanent housing and provide case management, medical and mental healthcare, benefits advocacy, employment training, and other services to help them maintain their homes stably. Since 2013, we have connected more than 9,000 people to permanent homes.
OUR MISSION, VISION, AND VALUES
Our mission is to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. PATH envisions a world where every person has a home. Our values include creative collaborations, strategic leadership, empowerment for all, and passionate commitment.
Greater Los Angeles
Santa Barbara/ Central Coast
Greater San Diego
San Jose / Bay Area
SAFE Project was founded in November 2017 by Admiral James and Mary Winnefeld, following the loss of their 19-year old son Jonathan to an accidental opioid overdose. Read more about Jonathan Winnefeld.
The Winnefelds immediately channeled their grief into action, hoping to save more families from the pain of loss. Whether it was seeking treatment, getting answers, or understanding the nature of the disease – they knew there needed to be a different solution to help other families facing the same journey with substance use disorder.
They swiftly built our SAFE Project team of experts who strive for meaningful action through our programs, and lead efforts that are unifying, non-partisan and evidence-based. SAFE seeks meaningful metrics that strengthen our interdependent six lines of operation, and ultimately aim to achieve SAFE Communities, SAFE Campuses, SAFE Workplaces and SAFE Veterans across the nation.
To contribute in a tangible way to overcoming the addiction epidemic in the United States.
To support action that will prevent fatal drug overdoses, and to otherwise mitigate substance use disorder’s impact on our society.
Our Core Beliefs
SAFE’s core beliefs are the foundation of its approach to end the addiction fatality epidemic. Click here to see the Core Beliefs.
We believe that First Responders and Veterans are the true American heroes, and when they receive a mental injury, they should be provided the top-tier rehabilitation program to get them back on track.
Shields and Stripes provides first line defenders the opportunity to heal visible and non-visible wounds, helping those we need the most to live meaningful lives in service to our communities.
Shields and Stripes are bringing Special Operations resilience experience to care for our first-line defenders. Our innovative solution treats a sub-population suffering in silence to increased levels of mental health issues. Additionally, Shields and Stripes encourages help-seeking culture change among the service members, veterans, and first responder community. Our compassion and determination decreases negative perceptions, minimizes bias and eliminates discrimination against those isolated and in pain so they don’t get left behind.
The South Texas Afghanistan Iraq Veterans Association is a non-profit organization which helps ease the transition for military members of all branches and their families from military to civilian life. Our goal is to help, advocate, educate, assist veterans to any needed resources, funding, medical care and emotional support.
To serve and honor Veterans and their families by empowering them to build meaningful lives through connections to fulfilling careers, benefits and services; and to proactively strengthen Veteran communities through leadership and collaboration.
Our Core Values
Commitment to Excellence – We provide valued, relevant and tailored services for our clients, partners and communities.
Calling – We serve with passion and commitment. We are called to this significant work.
Teamwork – We are caring, knowledgeable individuals delivering quality services as a team. Everyone contributes to the collective good.
Respect – We honor clients, stakeholders and each other with compassion and dignity.
Stewardship – We are unwavering in the proper handling of the lives, information and resources entrusted to us.
Integrity – We hold honesty, fairness and ethical behavior as non-negotiable.
We can’t fulfill this mission without you! Join us today as we continue to serve Veterans who served us all – many at great cost!
Since 1927, the mission of the Texas Veterans Commission has been to advocate for and provide superior service to veterans that will significantly improve the quality of life for all Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.
The Texas Veterans Commission will aggressively advocate for Texas veterans, their families, and survivors.
The Texas Veterans Commission will provide quality service through eight program areas: Claims Representation and Counseling, Veterans Employment Services, Veterans Education, Veteran Entrepreneur Program, Health Care Advocacy, Veterans Mental Health Program, Women Veterans Program, and the Fund for Veterans’ Assistance.
The Texas Veterans Commission will provide quality service through a dedicated, professional, and well trained workforce.
The Texas Veterans Commission will connect with all veterans across the state, and tailor its service to meet their needs and the needs of their families and survivors.
The Texas Veterans Commission will take the lead in coordinating efforts between our eight programs and with federal, state, and local governmental offices and private organizations that provide services and assistance to veterans.
The Texas Veterans Commission will ensure that Texas veterans maintain the highest quality of life and well-being through its advocacy and dedication to veterans’ services.
We hold ourselves personally and professionally accountable to provide exemplary customer service to veterans, their families, and survivors through our core values.
Perform your duties to the highest standard and providing excellent customer service in every program area.
Provide fair, honest and objective advocacy in an ethical manner while displaying the highest standard of conduct both on and off duty.
Consistently demonstrate care, concern and understanding in every encounter with Veterans, family members and stakeholders.
Fully dedicated to develop yourself to become the best you can be in carrying out the mission of the TVC.
Working together in a positive and productive manner to accomplish the mission and goals of the agency.
The Texas Veterans Commission was created in 1927 as the State Service Office to assist veterans of the Indian wars, Spanish-American War and World War I. Our purpose has always been to act as the state appointed advocate of Texas veterans as they attempt to secure the benefits rightfully earned in exchange for their service in our nation’s armed forces.
We are able to do this through our eight program areas:
- Claims Representation and Counseling serves veterans, their dependents and survivors, in all matters pertaining to veterans’ disability benefits and rights. It is the designated agency of the state of Texas to represent the State and its veterans before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
- Veterans Education Program approves all programs for Chapter 30, 33, 35, 1606, and 1607 federal educational benefits. Through an approval process, the Texas Veterans Commission ensures that institutions and employers are in compliance with federal guidelines and are qualified to provide the type of training offered.
- Veterans Employment Services offers employment services to Texas veterans and helps employers find qualified veteran job applicants. The goal of these services is to match veteran job seekers with the best employment opportunities available.
- The purpose of the Veteran Entrepreneur Program (VEP) is to foster and promote veteran entrepreneurship throughout the state of Texas. The Texas Veterans Commission, with the help of the Governor’s office and several prominent Legislators, passed Senate Bill 1476 in 2013. This allowed for the funding of a team of experienced business consultants to be available for any veteran in the state of Texas to consult with, free of charge to the veteran.
- Fund for Veterans’ Assistance is a program that makes grants to eligible charitable organizations, local government agencies, and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) that provide direct services to Texas veterans and their families.
- The Health Care Advocacy Department is a team of highly-trained Texas Veteran Commission staff, strategically positioned across the state to act as liaisons for Texas veterans in addressing issues involving Veterans Administration health care related services.
- In collaboration with the Department of State Health Services, the Texas Veterans Commission’s Veterans Mental Health Program consists of multiple initiatives focusing on peer support, clinical mental health care access, and community collaboration.
- The Women Veterans Program serves women veterans by helping them to obtain their benefits and services. We strive to raise awareness of women veteran contributions and services to our country and state, as well as inform and educate women veterans and their resource providers about the benefits and services to women veterans.
Through these program areas, the Texas Veterans Commission provides excellent service so that each veteran receives every benefit that they deserve. As a veteran works with our counselors, the quality of life for that veteran and their family significantly increases.
Today, Texas is leading the country by making sure each veteran is represented and cared for. The people of Texas have sent a clear message that the sacrifices made by veterans and their families are deeply appreciated, and that there is an agency that will stand by them and take care of them: the Texas Veterans Commission.
Serving our Rescue Warriors, Veterans, and Families
That Others May Live Foundation (TOMLF) provides support to the U.S. Air Force Rescue community and their families. We provide full post-secondary education funding to surviving children of fallen Rescue Heroes and merit-based scholarships for children of current and past warriors. In addition, we deliver immediate tragedy assistance funds to aid families and provide visible & invisible wound support to our active duty, veteran warriors, and their families.
USAF Rescue warfighters and families receive superior support from TOMLF so they can continue to confidently execute their high-risk missions “That Others May Live”.
Visible & Invisible Wounds Support
To decrease and eliminate veteran and first responder suicide. By providing a community of support from fellow warriors who have found their way out of the darkness by a healing process they are now prepared and ready to teach and provide to others.
We keep challenges from turning into crises
Vets4Warriors, housed at the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care National Call Center in New Jersey, is a one-of-a-kind 24/7 peer support network. Originally supported by the National Guard Bureau and the U.S. Department of Defense, today Vets4Warriors operates independently of the U.S. military, complementing official government resources available to service members and veterans. We are committed to ensuring that all veterans, service members, their families, and caregivers always have direct and immediate access to a peer who understands their life experiences and the challenges they face, and can provide support whenever they confront an issue, wherever they are in the world.
We believe that there is no physical, mental, or social challenge that we can’t help find a solution for. Regardless of the complexity of the issue, or how long it takes, we will continue to follow up, seek out possible avenues, and pursue different options until an answer is found. We go the extra mile.
Who we serve
We serve veterans of all generations and the entire military community, from those who just put on a uniform, to the caregiver of a veteran who has long since stopped wearing a uniform.
Our Mission – Restoring Hope
Our mission is to reduce suicide among our warriors: our Veterans, First Responders and Care Givers!
Like us all, Veterans, First Responders and Care Givers need a helping hand now and then and we help these men and women through Healing and Support.
Check out our flagship Warriors For Life Virtual Community Support Group and our Wellness Center initiative under way!
Non-profit (501c3), public foundation to serve Veterans by reducing suicides, homelessness, joblessness, and effects of PTSD and other emotional struggles and disabilities.
We reduce suicides by providing Employment opportunities. Lack of employment accounts for up to 20% of suicides. We are working on Health and Housing initiatives as well, so please check back often to learn more and see how you can help out.
Also, check out our events (motorcycle) at : https://victoryforveterans.org/veteran-programs/