Here, you will find every resource I think are helpful, insightful, or just fun. I will continuously build as I find new ways to improve our lives and our relationships, and I will always invite and seek your opinions as to what you think is working or not working.
None of us can do this alone. As strong as we feel, and are, there is always room for a fellow “fighter” to help and stand beside. Check out the resources compiled here
- view, schedule, and cancel military hospital or clinic appointments for yourself or your authorized family members
- receive email and text message appointment reminders
- refill and check the status of your prescriptions at your military hospital or clinic
- view, download, or share your personal health data via the Blue Button
- access your patient centered medical home site to communicate with your health care team
- access the online health risk assessments
National Military Family Association
Military Family Research Institute
The Flagship Newspaper
Military Newspapers of Virginia
Veteran’s Administration Hospital Hampton
Military Spouses Career Network
USO of Hampton Roads
VA Home Loans
Army Spouse Employment Partnership
4 Military Families
Army Housing Solider & Family Newsletter
Emergency assistance for servicemembers:
Air Force Aid Society The Air Force Aid Society is the official charity of the United States Air Force. The Society has promoted the Air Force mission by providing worldwide emergency assistance, sponsoring education assistance programs, and offering a variety of base community enhancement programs that improve quality of life for Airmen and their families.
Air Force Crossroads
This is the official community Website of the US Air Force, providing informatin on installations, finances, family member employment and much more.
Air Force Personnel Center This site offers a wealth of information including Airman and Family Readiness Flight (A&FRF) programs and services, benefits and pay, and many helpful links.
Air Force Retirees Services The Air Force Retiree Services Section, AFPC/DPSIAR, manages the Air Force Retiree Activities Program and the Survivor Benefit Plan; supports the Air Force Retiree Council; and advises the Air Force retirement community via various means of communication including the Afterburner, News for USAF Retired Personnel, and postings on the Internet.
Armed Forces Legal Assistance (AFLA) This web site is a joint initiative of the Armed Forces legal assistance offices that aims to provide general legal information to the military community to enhance its readiness. The information provided through this Web site is for educational and general information purposes only. It is not legal advice.
Army Emergency Relief AER is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff. AER’s sole mission is to help soldiers and their dependents.
Army Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Office – Consumer Information This site informs military members on personal legal affairs and preventive law.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) is a non-profit charitable organization established to provide financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family. While CGMA works closely with the U.S. Coast Guard, it is an independent corporation. Its mission is to promote the financial stability and general well being of Coast Guard people through interest-free loans, grants, and financial counseling.
Coast Guard Office of Work-Life The Coast Guard’s Work-Life Program is managed by the Office of Work-Life, a Headquarters program manager staff within the Health and Safety Directorate. This staff is responsible for establishing, developing and promulgating Work-Life policy and interpreting program standards for Coast Guard-wide implementation. The overall objective is to support the well-being of active duty, reserve and civilian employees and family members.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the Consumer This section of the FTC website offers practical information on a variety of consumer topics. The information here can help you avoid rip-offs and exercise your consumer rights.
ID Theft Complaint Links for Members of the Armed Services The U.S. Federal Trade Commission maintains a special “Military Sentinel” website where members of the armed services can report identity theft complaints.
Military Homefront MilitaryHOMEFRONT is the official Department of Defense web site for reliable Quality of Life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders and service providers. Whether you live the military lifestyle or support those who do, you’ll find what you need!
Military Money Magazine The magazine’s website explores such personal finance issues as money management, home and family life for military families, education and career advice, deployment and relocation, and transitioning to the civilian world. Find specific consumer Information on credit and money.
MyArmyBenefits is your official Army benefits resource for the Regular Army, Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Family Members and Retirees.
Myarmyonesource.com provides accurate and up-to-date articles and information on various topics…from Army customs, home and personal safety, managing deployment to understanding military pay.
Mymoney.gov is the Federal Government’s website dedicated to helping Americans understand more about their money – how to save it, invest it, and manage it to meet their personal goals. You can use the resources on this site to learn how to do these things and manage your money better.
National Association of Insurance Commissioners This site addresses insurance issues for military personnel.
National Military Family Association (NMFA) NMFA – “The Voice for Military Families” is dedicated to serving the families and survivors of the seven uniformed services through education, information and advocacy. NMFA’s Money and You provides a wide range of information that will help you take control of your personal finances by connecting you to wide range of services and materials helpful to service members and their families when dealing with financial matters.
Navy Fleet and Family Support Center The Fleet and Family Support Program (FFSP) provides unified, customer-focused, consistent, and efficient FFSP programs and services to support sustained mission and Navy readiness. We provide the right services at the right time, to strengthen personal and family competencies to meet the unique challenges of the military lifestyle.
Navy/Marine Corps Consumer Protection This site provides consumer protection information on topics such as credit, debt, identity theft and more.
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.
OnGuardOnline.gov provides practical tips from the federal government and the technology industry to help you be on guard against Internet fraud, secure your computer, and protect your personal information.
SaveAndInvest.org is a free service of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation—helping protect you from investment fraud and providing information to help you confidently handle your finances.
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for Military Personnel and Their Families. The SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy has teamed with the NASD Investor Education Foundation and the Department of Defense on a multi-faceted financial education program serving members of the military and their families.
www.benefits.va.gov/homeloans If you have a VA loan, this link will provide you with a list of resources focused on the workout process.
http://www.usacares.org/ USA Cares exists to help bear the burdens of service by providing post-9/11 military families with financial and advocacy support in their time of need. Assistance is provided to all branches of service, all components, all ranks while protecting the privacy and dignity of those military families and veterans who request our help. USA Cares is a Kentucky based 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization.
http://www.myarmyonesource.com A comprehensive resource for Army service members.
www.militaryonesource.mil Throughout Military OneSource, you will be able to find information on every phase of military life including deployment, parenting, financial management, spouse employment and more.
www.ride2recovery.com Ride 2 Recovery organizes the commemorative bike rides that take wounded warriors from Ground Zero on September 11 through Pennsylvania to the Pentagon a week later.
Like Ride 2 Recovery, the Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is dedicated to getting the wounded up out of their wheelchairs or rehab clinics and out onto bicycles. Both organizations are looking for riders, volunteers and fundraisers across the United States.
http://www.fisherhouse.orge The Fisher House provides free housing to wounded troops on the grounds of major military hospitals. “It’s a terrific program because otherwise, to have my family with me it would have been a hotel or some other strange place,” said Bobby Henline, who was badly burned in an IED explosion in 2007 and moved into The Fisher House with his family.
http://fisherhouse.org/programs/hero-miles/ Through its Hero Miles program, the Fisher House Foundation also provides free air transportation for the families of wounded warriors who must travel between home and hospital. The program uses donated frequent flyer miles from the public.
The Navy Marine Corps Relief Fund provides trauma care nurses and volunteers to augment short-staff hospital wards.
http://semperfifund.org/ The Semper Fi Fund brings specially adapted clothing to amputees.
http://adaptiveadventures.org/ Adaptive Adventures takes disabled veterans on ski trips, organizing adaptive sports, enabling disabled warriors to go fishing, ride horses, mountain climb, even paraglide. Still others provide job counseling and training and help wounded veterans find jobs.
http://www.missioncontinues.org/ To build an America where every returning veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and where together we honor the fallen by living their values through service.
Many communities across the country are home to organizations dedicated to providing sports and recreation activities to people with physical, cognitive (e.g., PTSD, TBI) and visual disabilities, including disabled Veterans. Programs may be offered through your city’s Parks and Recreation department, a local rehabilitation hospital, or an independent organization that has been established in your area. Find a program near you.
http://www.dsusa.org/ Disabled Sport USA’s mission is to provide national leadership and opportunities for individuals with disabilities to develop independence, confidence, and fitness through participation in community sports, recreation and educational programs.
http://www.operationhomefront.net/www/ Wounded Warrior Wives relieves the wives of the severely wounded away from their 24/7 bedside caregiver role and flies them away for a weekend of fun and companionship.
http://www.giveanhour.org/skins/gah/home.aspx Give an Hour links up mental help professionals, who donate their time, with military service members and their families, to receive free counseling. This organization can provide assistance beyond the VA, in terms of mental health counseling.
http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/ The Wounded Warrior Project aims to honor and empower warriors, who were injured on or after Sept. 11, 2001, through its athletic, employment and rehabilitative programs.
http://iava.org/ Iraq And Afghanistan Veterans Of America works to improve the health, education, employment and community opportunities for the veterans through programming and public policy initiatives.
United Service Organizations aims to boost our troops’ morale through its entertainment and educational programming. The USO works to provide “a home away from home” for military servicemen and servicewomen stationed in 27 states and 14 countries.
http://www.operationhomefront.net/ Operation Homefront offers a range of programs, including food assistance, vision care and moving services, for military families facing financial hardship.
http://www.servicenation.org/ Launched in 2008, ServiceNation envisions a United States where a commonly asked question is “Where do you serve?” Through its promotion of national days of service and strategic partnerships across the philanthropic, government, military, entertainment, retail sectors, this nonprofit hopes to inspire a national culture of volunteering among citizens across the United States.
http://nswfoundation.org/ The Navy Seal Foundation provides immediate and continuing support to the Naval Special Warfare community and their families through its endowments and health and education programs.
http://www.militaryfamily.org/ The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has assisted more than 30,000 surviving family members, casualty officers and caregivers with its peer-based emotional support, case-work assistance, and crisis intervention.
http://www.homesforourtroops.org/site/PageServerHomes For Troops builds specially-adapted homes for servicemen and servicewomen returning home with serious injuries so that they can live in an environment that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live independently.
The Disabled American Veterans employs a virtual army of 250 national service officers who work from 88 offices across the country to help veterans and their families settle claims with the VA, the Defense Department and other government agencies.
http://www.warriorwriters.org/home.html The organization helps the wounded express themselves through writing and art.