Here is a list of some of the groups that we believe have really mastered the three C’s (contact, comradeship, and community) and are making a difference. They are representative of three broad categories of organizations that serve those who served, including (1) healing the wounds of war and easing the burdens of service for service members and their families; (2) transitioning veterans and their families to civilian life; and (3) preparing veterans and their families for a lifetime of leadership and service to the nation. Some of them are featured in the documentary “Veteran Nation.”
America Works is a for profit company which pioneered performance-based government contracting - a business model that is still not commonly used in the social services field. States and cities pay only when people move from dependency into employment. Most other contractors are paid when clients enroll in their programs, regardless of whether they enter employment. America Works has two programs that assist veterans. One program works with homeless veterans. A second program works with referals through the Veterans Administration.
The Aleethia Foundation
The Aleethia Foundation supports recently injured troops in their rehabilitation upon returning home. The foundation is a small non profit in the Washington, DC area dedicated to helping the newly injured troops. It is just a few people, all volunteers, trying to aid in the initial phase of recoveryby providing dinners, short term recreation outings and small grants.
Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation has undertaken a broad range of initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents. The Foundation is particularly grateful to the Medal of Honor recipients for all they do to help us perpetuate their legacy of courage and sacrifice and for the many generous individual and corporate donors who have made the initiatives possible.
The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America's military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service by meeting a humanitarian need beyond that is normally provided by the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. There is at least one Fisher House at every major military medical center to assist families in need and to ensure that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 19,000 families, and have made available over four million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. By law, there is no charge for any family to stay at a Fisher House operated by the Department of Veterans Affairs; and Fisher House Foundation uses donations to reimburse the individual Fisher Houses operated by the Army, Navy, and Air Force. No family pays to stay at any Fisher House!
A talent-management software company based out of Durham, North Carolina, that offers veterans a free “pipeline” to create online resumes that reflect their skills and match them to potential employers.
Gary Sinise Foundation
The Gary Sinise Foundation honors veterans and their families by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
Hiring Our Heroes
Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, was launched in March 2011 as a nationwide initiative to help veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s network of 1600 state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, its goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day. Hiring Our Heroes has hosted more than 430 hiring fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. Through December 31, 2012, more than 18,400 veterans and military spouses had obtained jobs.
Operation Renewed Hope Foundation
A charitable 501(c)(3) veteran-led organization headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, with a mission to provide quality housing and supportive services to America’s homeless veterans.
K9s for Warriors
This non-profit organization provides services dogs for veterans with PTSD. Service canines are a medically proven recovery aid for our warriors suffering from PTSD. Service canines are considered medical equipment and are recognized by the U. S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, and the American disability act of 1990. K9s For Warriors involves the veteran in the training of their new service canine partner, allowing them the opportunity to be part of the solution to their recovery. Our academy is staffed by skilled certified canine handlers and trainers. Each academy is three weeks in length where the warrior learns the skills needed to train their own canines. The organization provides a service canine, training, certification, equipment, seminars, vet care, most meals, and housing, free of charge. Each warrior is responsible for their own transportation to and from our facility which is located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Classes are limited to three to five warriors in each session.
Military Outreach USA
Military Outreach USA is a faith-based organization with a mission of empowering a Military Caring Network dedicated to serving those who have served in our nation's military. They work to build a national, community-based outreach program that celebrates, supports and networks with the Military Community. Their goal is to "accomplish our mission and realize our vision with the help of a national network of community based Military Caring Houses of Worship and Organizations."
The Mission Continues
Awards community service fellowships to post-9/11 veterans, empowering them to transform their own lives by serving others and directly impacting their communities. Mission Continues Fellows serve for six months at a local non-profit organization addressing key educational, environmental or social issues. Each fellow works to achieve one of three outcomes at the conclusion of the fellowship: full-time employment, pursuit of higher education, or a permanent role of service.
No Greater Sacrifice
No Greater Sacrifice was created to raise funds to support the educational needs of children and families. In so doing, they honor the sacrifice and commitment to the men and women in uniform. NGS accomplishes its mission in part by partnering with charities already on the ground to ensure that children of wounded warriors with a disability rating of 60 percent or greater will be able to attend and successfully graduate.
Not Alone is a separate non-profit division of Centerstone, the largest community based non-profit behavioral health provider in the nation. Within the first two years, Not Alone provided over 10,000 treatments for PTSD and combat stress to warriors and their families. All of Not Alone's programs are anonymous, confidential, and provided at no cost to warriors and their families.
Special Operations Warrior Foundation
A top-rated non-profit organization that supports the military's special operations forces and their families through three programs: (1) college scholarships for the surviving children of fallen Special Operations Forces, (2) family services, including educational counseling, and (3) wounded Special Operations Forces support.
The Staff Sergeant Donnie D. Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Community Services
A non-profit team of experts working in partnership with Easter Seals. They collaborate and coordinate services to support employment, education, health and other issues of importance to promote reintegration and success in civilian, family and community life. The Center’s expert team provides advice, technical assistance and training to individuals, government and public and private organizations.
Student Veterans of America
Student Veterans of America provides Veterans with the resources, support, and advocacy needed to succeed in higher education and following graduation. SVA member chapters are student groups that have formed on college and university campuses to provide peer-to-peer networks for Veterans attending those schools. These groups coordinate campus activities, provide professional networking, and generally provide a touchstone for Student Veterans in higher education.
ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, charitable effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to "thank" the men and women of the United States armed forces. We're doing that by providing need-based college, technical and vocational school scholarships for their children and spouses.
Transition Assistance Program for Survivors
A non-profit, non-government organization that serves as a 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for anyone who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.
USA Cares focuses on meeting the critical needs of military families, providing over $10 million of assistance to date, and is the only military charity with a dedicated program to remove veterans' financial barriers to receiving treatment for PTSD and TBI.
Wall Street Warfighters Foundation
Mentors and trains wounded warriors interested in a career in the finance industry.
A non-profit whose mission is to connect individuals in the military, veterans, and their families with federal, state, and local government programs as well as non-profit organizations in their local communities. Warrior Gateway’s efforts were recognized in 2011 with the Federal Computer Week Fed-100 award for significant contributions to the Federal IT community.
Warriors and Quiet Waters
Provides traumatically injured U.S. servicemen and women from Iraq and Afghanistan with a high-quality restorative program, utilizing the therapeutic experience of fly fishing on Montana waters.
Yellow Ribbon Fund
The Yellow Ribbon Fund provides practical support to injured service members and their families while they’re at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, and after they return to their hometowns.