Below, you can find resources for veterans with disabilities, including nonprofits and organizations, Military Branch Associations, and places to find statistics.
Nonprofits and Organizations
- Paralyzed Veterans of America – A congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, PVA has a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of their members – veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction. They advocate for health care, research and education, employment, benefits and independence for their members.
- American Red Cross Services to the Armed Forces – The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all veterans and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through our network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.
- Combat Stress Recovery Program – Sometimes the most painful injuries aren’t physical. Whether it’s PTSD, TBI, combat stress, or any other mental health condition, the Wounded Warrior Project is there to help you get through it. From their educational resources to their outdoor workshop, you can find a way to make a positive change in your life.
- Disabled American Veterans – DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1-million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. Annually, the organization provides more than 600,000 rides to veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with well over 200,000 benefit claims. In 2018, DAV helped veterans receive more than $20 billion in earned benefits. DAV’s services are offered at no cost to all generations of veterans, their families and survivors. DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible.
- Make the Connection – MakeTheConnection.net is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.
- Operation Homefront – Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For more than fifteen years, they have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems.
- PTSD Resources from the VA – The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
- U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs – Veteran Services – This website has general information about the VA, Health Benefits, PTSD, TBIs and Mental Health. It also has specific health groups – Combat Vets and Returning and OEF/OIF OND SMs.
- The VA’s Center for Limb Loss & Mobility –The VA Center for Limb Loss and Mobility (CLiMB) is a research group focused on preserving and enhancing mobility in veterans and others with foot and leg impairments or amputations.
- Warrior Care Network – The Wounded Warrior Project has partnered with four of the leading medical centers across the country to treat people with PTSD and TBI. Since the Warrior Care Network started, their partners have completed more than 92,000 hours of intensive outpatient and therapy sessions. And thanks to their donors, not only is the treatment you’ll receive completely free, so is the travel for you and your family.
- Wounded Warrior Project – The Wounded Warrior Project serves veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness or wound while serving in the military on or after Sept. 11, 2001. More than 52,000 servicemen and women were physically injured in recent military conflicts. 500,000 are living with invisible wounds, from depression to post-traumatic stress disorder. 320,000 are experiencing debilitating brain trauma. The Wounded Warrior Project empowers them to begin the journey to recovery.
5 Military Branch Associations for Veterans
- Association of the US Army (AUSA) – The Association of the United States Army is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Total Army, our Soldiers, Army civilians, and their families; our industry partners, and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA provides a voice for the Army, supports the Soldier, and honors those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation. This page has resources for retired soldiers.
- Air Force Association (AFA) – AFA created the Wounded Airman Program in 2011 with a focus on Airmen taking care of Airmen. The program provides life-changing assistance to seriously wounded, ill, and injured Airmen and their families. They step up to help in the times they need it most. The Wounded Airman Program supports the Air Force Wounded Warrior (AFW2) program on its mission to provide personalized support and advocacy to wounded Airmen and their families.
- Navy League – The Navy League of the United States, founded in 1902 with the support of President Theodore Roosevelt, is a nonprofit civilian, educational and advocacy organization that supports America’s sea services: the Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and U.S.-flag Merchant Marine. It enhances the morale of sea service personnel and their families through national and council level programs, provides a powerful voice to educate the public and Congress on the importance of our Sea Services to our nation’s defense, well-being and economic prosperity, and supports youth through programs, such as the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Junior ROTC and Young Marines, that expose young people to the values of our sea services.
- Marine Corps League – The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 60,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans, qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and qualified Navy FMF Chaplains and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.
- Coast Guard Foundation – The Coast Guard Foundation is a national nonprofit organization that supports the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families. Founded in 1969, the Coast Guard Foundation provides education, support, and relief for the brave men and women who enforce maritime law, protect our homeland, and preserve the environment. We are an independent organization separate to the U.S. Coast Guard. As a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit, we provide vital support that the U.S. government cannot provide to Coast Guard members and their families. We are committed to serving them with high quality programs and resources that enhance their service and better prepare them for duty.
Disabled Veterans Statistics
- From Disabled-world.com – statistics from the U.S. Census
- From the VA’s National Center for Veterans Analysis and Statistics
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