Organizations providing support services for veterans

1. Veteran's History Project:  http://www.loc.gov/vets/kit.html

A program that records the stories of WWII Veterans. With WWII Veterans dying out, it is important to put their memories to paper so that their stories will not be forgotten. Family relatives, friends, or community volunteer can conduct the interviews to help commemorate the veteran.  Volunteers fill out application form and follow simple steps to interview veterans and help record their stories.

2. Kids for Our Troops (A division of Homes for Our Troops): http://kidsforourtroops.org/index.htm

Encourages children to do their part by coming up with local projects that help raise funds for veterans and awareness.

3. "Operation Uplink" from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundations: 
http://www.vfwfoundation.org/programs_uplink.aspx?main=3&smain=pg2

"Operation Uplink" funds calling cards for soldiers and hospitalized veterans stationed abroad so that they can stay in contact with families and speak with them as often as they want.

4. Email our military:  http://www.emailourmilitary.com/index.html

A website that allows civilians to send greeting cards, messages of support and thank you notes to the troops.

5. Takepride.com:  http://www.takepride.com/home.php

TakePride.com, an online designer T-shirt company targeting college students, offers apparel that reflects the sentiment of supporting the troops without supporting the war. The company, run almost entirely by college-aged adults since August 2005, donates 20 percent of profits generated by T-shirt sales to nonpartisan veterans' charities.

6. Veteran's Linkage Line (Minnesota):  1-888-LINKVET (546-5838)

A 24-hr hot line designed to get veterans help with everything from counseling to health and education benefits.  The toll-free customer service line is the first of its kind in the nation
and will provide information referrals, immediate crisis intervention and psychological counseling 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-888-LINKVET (546-5838). The new line is up-and-running as of today.

7. TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors):  www.TAPS.org

Provides aid to families that have lost loved ones in American wars.  Their youth program centers around a "Good Grief Camp" held every Memorial Day weekend that teams children with mentors and teaches them how to deal with their grief. Civilians can make donations to the program in order to facilitate funds to in order to support the camps.  The camp is open to any grieving military child. Participants must pay for transportation to Washington DC, but the entire program is free.

8. Hireahero.com:  http://hireahero.com/

This is a networking service that connects veterans with military friendly employers so they can find work after they return from their tours abroad. Employers can subscribe to the network and post job listings and veterans can search for jobs on the network by city.

9. Operation USO Care Package:  http://www.usocares.org/src/uso_home.htm

With a donation of $25 you can sponsor a care package and include a personal message of support and encouragement. These USO Care Packages at minimum, include requested items such as pre-paid worldwide phone cards, sunscreen, travel size toiletries, disposable camera and a message from the donor thanking them for their service and sacrifice.

10. The Jonathan Schulze "I Can't Hear You" Foundation:  http://www.jschulzefoundation.org/

The foundation was started in honor of Jonathan Schulze, a Marine who committed suicide after a tour of combat duty in Iraq. It attempts to match veterans with mentors in order to provide veterans with personal connections that social services can't provide.