This section is a salute to the United States Military and all local law enforcement. It is not uncommon for some individuals to have membership within the ranks of both. Here you will find valuable information about organizations that provide vital support for members and their families in times of need. When government fails, good people step in.
In addition to agencies that assist active members of the military, veterans, law enforcement agencies and their families in times of need, you will also find links to organizations that serve good purpose in a variety of ways. Therefore, I encourage you to scroll down to the bottom in order to gain full benefit, as interesting new additions are provided from time to time and their order may not remain the same.
Military Relief Societies
If you would like to know more about organizations that help wounded veterans and their families, please contact the following relief societies:
Stop Soldier Suicide
A place where veterans and active duty service members help their brothers and sisters in arms who suffer from deep, dark, invisible wounds of war. Since veterans commit suicide at much higher rates than the civilian national average, this not-for-profit organization works to prevent such tragedies. With chapters all over the country, help is nearby. If you know someone who needs help, please contact them.
For All Members of Law Enforcement & the Military Who Care About This Precious Republic –You Need To Be Prepared For Anything and You Need Support From Other Like Minded Individuals.
This is a very much needed community for those who serve in law enforcement and national defense who honor the United States Constitution as the highest law of the land, yet are starting to have concerns about a police state rising and what duties they may be called to perform in the future. However, I do not necessarily agree with everything that I found on their website. For example, I do not think that Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are heroes, nor do I agree with another website I found listed called, StormCloudsGathering.com. Please check the details carefully for yourself. The bottom line is that you can connect with others who cherish our traditional constitutional Republic and know that you are not alone in your concern for it’s survival. I liked what policemag.com had to say about this group, perhaps you will too. At this time Oath Keepers is renovating their website, so for now the link offered is to their blog. For more information about Oath Keepers, please click on flag photo.
Operation Heal Our Patriots
Restore Your Marriage
Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization, offers an all expense paid and wonderful program to help emotionally and physically wounded veterans and their spouses heal and unite on a strong Christ centered basis. Though the focus group that they work with primarily consists of combat veterans, I encourage anyone in law enforcement who is interested, to give them a call.
Operation Heal Our Patriots provides an opportunity for physical renewal, marriage enrichment and spiritual refreshment in a setting that is breathtaking. Click on the photo for more information.
Couples participate in Biblically-based seminars to help strengthen their relationships with God and others as they enjoy the beauty of God’s creation with outdoor activities at an Alaskan wilderness lodge owned by the ministry. After their initial stay, continued efforts are made to support the spiritual needs of these men and women is as marriage and family are top priority. A second stage of this program is conducted at a lovely retreat in North Carolina, called ‘The Cove’, I have been there and I can confidently report that the food is delicious, the lodging is excellent, the programs are worth attending and the setting is also awesome.
All costs related to travel and stay at Samaritan Lodge Alaska or The Cove are provided by Samaritan’s Purse with profound gratitude to our military personnel for their service to our country. But we need your partnership to make it a reality for as many couples as possible. Please prayerfully consider sponsoring the spiritual refreshment, physical renewal, and marriage enrichment of a military couple. Samaritan’s Purse
Samaritan’s Purse is one of the best run and finest charity organizations in the world and Operation Heal Our Patriots, is on of my personal favorites. Also, for those who own corporate or private jets, Samaritan’s Purse invites you to stay and enjoy the fishing, as well as any other experiences, as a thank you for transporting couples to and from the lodge. To find out more about Operation Heal Our Patriots, just click on the banner.
The Gary Sinise Foundation
This foundation honors our national defenders, first responders and their families by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. From building support systems within the homes of physically challenged veterans, to building a ‘smart home’ from the ground up and providing training for jobs in advanced technical trades, the Gary Sinise Foundation is making a big difference for many Americans.
Operation Freedom Paws
Helping Veterans Deal With PTSD
This wonderful organization provides a range of classes and private instruction to help veterans and other individuals with disabilities restore their own independence and sense of well being.
Eagle’s Healing Nest
A retreat where veterans can live and heal at their own pace in Sauk Centre, MN. Eagle’s Healing Nest’s (EHN) mission is to provide assistance with the healing of the invisible wounds of war carried by our service men and women…past, present, and future. EHN offers programs to help foster purpose and direction to those who feel that they left it somewhere on the battlefield. However, this non profit organization also offers support and assistance to family members of suffering veterans. EHN to works to ensure that a new generation of vets is not lost to homelessness, broken family units, or suicide. In addition to a lovely farm where they can stay, they educate on suicide prevention, substance abuse, dependency and treatment of PTSD, TBI and other disorders.
Eagle’s Nest HealinFor Combat Veterans
Eagle’s Nest Christmas 2013 and Cornerstone Buffet Outing
What the Ronald McDonald House is for families with sick children, Fisher Houses are for military members and their families. Never a lodging fee, the Fisher House Foundation is best known for providing a network of comfortable homes where military members and their families can stay at no cost to be with a loved one who is receiving treatment. Located on or near major military and VA medical centers nationwide, these beautiful facilities offer up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room and an inviting living room.
Fisher House Facilities
The mission of the Green Beret Foundation is to provide immediate financial assistance to Green Berets who are injured in the line of duty, to their families, and to the families of our fallen brothers. We also distribute funds to support the extended care an injured Green Beret requires in the event the Veteran’s Administration is unable or unwilling. The Foundation is focused on the immediate special needs of our wounded and is dedicated to the long term health of our Green Beret Family.
The Wounded Warrior Project”
The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) takes a holistic approach when serving warriors and their families to nurture the mind and body, and encourage economic empowerment and engagement. Through a high-touch and interactive approach, WWP hopes to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.
- To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
- To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
- To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members
Nowzad is a nonprofit organization that reunites soldiers with the stray dogs and cats that comforted them during their days of combat deployment. A project started by Pen Farthing, a former sergeant in the Royal Marines, Nowzad does their best to track down the dogs and cats that befriended soldiers who served in Afghanistan. So far Nowzad Dogs, has helped more than 700 soldiers from eight countries reconnect with the little critters they left behind, but could not forget. These pets are great therapy for combat veterans because unlike others, they shared a war zone. As many of these animals age and die from natural causes, Nowzad is also actively working within Afghan villages to offer veterinarian services and teach ‘be kind to animal’ practices for over worked horses and donkeys.
The Chris Kyle Frog Foundation
Serves those who us by providing meaningful interactive experiences that enrich family relationships. This is achieved through experiences that:
- Provide time and space to reconnect after deployment without the distractions of everyday life
- Provide power to return to the ‘family unit’
- Provide new common ground after military involvement
Lone Survivor Foundation Introduction
The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support. Overseas deployments and combat action can take a serious toll on everyone involved – from the men and women on the front lines to the friends and families who wait patiently for their loved ones to return home. America’s Armed Forces are asked to perform at exceptionally high standards in the most demanding circumstances and that service demands incredible sacrifice, dedication, and in some cases debilitating personal transformation. Transitioning to post-military life, whether wounded in combat or simply adjusting to the civilian sector, will often cause difficulty for the service member and his or her family. The unfortunate reality for many service members and their families is that life changes after the loved one returns home and the effects of their experiences begin to manifest in negative ways. In short, the normalcy of life prior to their service may have been lost forever. Therefore, the Lone Survivor Foundation is here to help America’s wounded service members and their families adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into what may be looked at as their ‘new normal’ – providing an understanding and acceptance of who they are as a person, a family, and a community.
Purpose – Community – Self Worth
Team Rubicon seeks to provide our veterans with three things they lose after leaving the military: a purpose, gained through disaster relief; community, built by serving with others; and self-worth, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, TR also aims to “bridge the gap” between military and civilian life.
When Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon at the head of his legions and marched on Rome, it marked a point of no return. The phrase “crossing the Rubicon” has since survived in reference to any group committing itself to a risky course of action. On January 17th, 2010, despite government and large aid organization’s advice not to proceed, Team Rubicon members crossed the Artibonite River separating the Dominican Republic and Haiti, carrying crucial gear and medical supplies to the people of Port-au-Prince. Once across, they were irrevocably committed to their task. Hence the name: Team Rubicon
The mission of Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
“Bridge the Gap” refers to Team Rubicon’s primary mission of providing disaster relief between the moment a disaster happens and the point at which conventional aid organizations respond. The “gap” is primarily time; the crucial window following a disaster when victims have traditionally been without outside aid. When the “Gap” closes once conventional aid organizations arrive – Team Rubicon moves on.
Equine Service For Heroes!
PATH International Equine Services for Heroes assists military veterans through services provided by PATH International members and by providing leadership and guidance for equine assisted activities and therapies.
To accomplish this mission, PATH International centers connect with Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and Clinics, as well as individual veterans. Veterans of any age can benefit from the program and by being involved with equines.
Appreciating the power of the horse to change lives is our goal, and PATH International wants to provide positive change for these very special lives. Our service personnel have fought to preserve our freedom, and, for many, at a very dear cost. We must be certain that if our wounded service personnel and veterans need and want this kind of help, they will get the best PATH International has to offer. Dr. Paul Spiers, Former President Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH International)
Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors – TAPS offers help, hope, and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in America’s Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
With a special focus on brain injuries and PTSD, this organization is entirely funded through private donations. This fund delivers world class, state of the art rehabilitation centers that serve the needs of wounded warriors with programs based on hard science, as well as holistic healing therapies.
Patient care each center is approached in a manner similar to NICoE, with each Intrepid Spirit center incorporating the following facilities:
- Intake/Clinic area including psychiatric testing, chiropractic treatment, acupuncture, neuro psych testing rooms, and typical exam rooms.
- Physical Therapy with open gym layout with standard physical therapy equipment.
- Sleep Lab equipped with a sleep system and ambient therapy music and a control room equipped with a computer monitoring system.
- Central Park, a calm atmosphere for patient and family member relaxation and family education, with a meditative feel and including ambient therapy music.
- Family Room, centrally located and adjacent to the outdoor patio, providing a space for patients and family to spend time together, a critical part of the healing process.
Intrepd Spirit Center program:
- Fort Belvoir, Virginia, operations begun August 2013
- Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, operations begun August 2013
- Fort Campbell, Kentucky, operations begun August 2014
Centers under construction:
- Fort Bragg, North Carolina, completion projected in 2015
- Fort Hood, Texas, completion projected in 2015
Up to four additional Intrepid Spirit centers are planned. Once complete, the Intrepid Spirit centers will treat thousands of patients annually, providing them and their families the most advanced care possible.
BattleSaint.com sells bracelets, tags, etc..to fund Intrepid Spirit Centers to treat servicemen and women with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Save Big Bucks on Recycled Military Equipment
Defense Logistics Agency, (DLA) Disposition Services disposes of excess property received from the military services. The inventory changes daily and includes thousands of items: from air conditioners to vehicles, clothing to computers, and much more. That property is first offered for reutilization within the Department of Defense (DoD), transfer to other federal agencies, or donation to state and local governments and other qualified organizations. Reutilization means big savings. In the past four years more than $2.2 billion worth of property was reused each year. Every dollar’s worth of property reutilized is a tax dollar saved. DLA Disposition Services also supports disaster relief at home, and humanitarian assistance and foreign military sales programs. DLA Disposition Services manages the DoD surplus property sales program. Excess property that is not reutilized, transferred or donated may be sold to the public. The property, no longer needed by the government, is only sold if it is appropriate and safe for sale to the general public. DLA Disposition Services manages the disposal of hazardous property for DoD activities, maximizing the use of each item and minimizing environmental risks and costs through monitored compliant disposal. Certain property is demilitarized (i.e., rendered useless for its originally intended purpose). Surplus property with inherent military characteristics must undergo “demil.” Offensive and defensive weapons and associated material are demilitarized prior to sale or as a condition of sale.
Former Service Member Looking For A New Career?
You’ve served your country, now serve your community!
Military service can be a perfect entrance into a law enforcement career. While military police and security forces may have the most directly applicable skill set, service members from a variety of occupational specialties are also well suited to police service. Military veterans make good police officers!
FBI Internship For Wounded Warriors
WOUNDED WARRIOR PILOT PROGRAM (WWPP)
The FBI Wounded Warrior Pilot Program (WWPP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) initiative that follows the Government Executive Order # 13518, November 9, 2009, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government.
This program affords the FBI the opportunity to support veterans during their medical recovery as well as prepare them for future employment with the federal government.
Through the WWPP, the FBI provides career development opportunities for active duty service members recovering from a medical procedure through rewarding assignments that enable wounded individuals to:
- Build a resume
- Explore employment interests
- Develop job skills
- Gain valuable federal government work experience prior to their transition back to the military or into the civilian workforce
A participant must be an active duty service member recovering from a medical procedure and be authorized by the Department of Defense (DoD) to participate in the WWPP. The Wounded Warrior must be a U.S. Citizen; have been adjudicated in a single scope background investigation; or have the ability to secure such adjudication. Additionally, the WWPP offers the participant a formal means of transitioning back to the military or civilian workforce. FBI hiring managers view the internship as a working interview opportunity to evaluate candidates for possible permanent employment. This internship is available at select FBI offices.
May I Introduce:
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Military Family Values
America The Land of Brave Warriors
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