As you wait to attend your retreat, we would like to share some of our resources with your family. YOU and your family are your best advocates.

Veterans Crisis TEXT line: Text 838255 for help.

Veterans Crisis Line: Dial 1-800-273-8255 for confidential help for veterans and their families.

Warrior Gateway (National): www.warriorgateway.org

The Warrior Gateway Program has been designed to promote easier reintegration into home communities. It establishes a single online access point that serves as a resource for the military community to locate service organizations quickly that satisfy their needs, to identify academic programs in which they are interested, and to easily find employers seeking their valuable skills. Support organizations, resources, jobs, and higher education resources are all searchable by ZIP code.

MilitaryOneSource (National): www.militaryonesource.com or 1-800-342-9647

Whether it’s helping with child care, personal finances, tax preparation and filing, emotional support during deployments, relocation information, or resources needed for special circumstances, this interactive website includes locators for education, child and elder care, online articles, access to free educational books and CDs, referrals to military and community resources, financial calculators, live online workshops, an option to “Email a consultant,” and much more. Provided by the Department of Defense at no cost to active duty, Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) and their families, the site is a virtual extension of installation services.

Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars: www.texasvfw.org

Hire Patriots (National and Texas):
www.hirepatriots.com and www.hirepatriots.com/warriors-to-the-workforce

Hire Patriots is committed to finding a job for every US Veteran and their spouses. Job Fairs, Online Education, Resumes, Interviews, Career Blogs and more.

Veterans Farm (Florida): www.veteransfarm.giving.officelive.com

The Veterans Farm is building handicap accessible farms for our disabled combat veterans to provide a “Prescription without Medication” through horticulture therapy. Through a 14-week fellowship, program veterans will learn how to grow organic fruits and vegetables. After completion, veterans will be provided with resources to go out and start their own farms, or to work for larger farming organizations. Email Veteransfarm@yahoo.com for more information

Adopt a US Soldier (National): www.adoptaussoldier.org

Adopt a US Soldier is a non-profit organization that seeks volunteers to help show the brave men and women fighting for our freedom that their sacrifices will not go unnoticed. It connects supportive civilians with deployed troops and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to those brave men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces.

We Serve Too! www.weservetoo.com

This warm and touching book deals honestly with the issues of deployment from a young child’s point of view. By linking their daily activities (playing, eating, etc.) with daily activities of their absent parent, We Serve Too! makes imaginative, and yet real connections with Daddy (or Mommy) in the common routines of the day, while honoring the child’s own sacrifice and service to country.

Calico Junction New Beginnings Ranch (Tennessee): www.calicojunctionnewbeginningsranch.org

For thousands of years, horses have been mystical, magical creatures playing the role of transportation, gladiator, companion, entertainer and more. Now they are also playing the role of psychotherapy assistant through a discipline known as Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), which is increasingly being used to treat war veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Gold Star Wives of America (National): www.goldstarwives.org

Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. is an organization of military widows/widowers who lost a spouse on active duty or from service-connected disabilities. This military survivors’ organization has been serving war widows from all conflicts and service-connected disabilities since it was founded in 1945.

I’m Already Home…Again (National): www.imalreadyhome.com

…is an essential tool for military personnel preparing for active duty. The first edition of this work, “I’m Already Home,” is widely used by over 21,000 families. Now expanded and updated, this second edition includes special features that make it even more useful and relevant to the unique demands of the military family.

Additional Resources:

Veterans Administration (VA) Links

Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Links

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Links