Helping Marines and their families
THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO RESOURCES FOR MARINES AND THEIR FAMILIES. WE ARE NEVER ALONE, WE ARE A TRIBE OF MARINES.
ARTICLES and books
Thank You For Your Service. Now What? A great article in Popular Mechanics from October 2018.
Tribe a book by Sebastian Junger
Invisible Scars a book by Bart P. Billings Ph.D.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping Veterans of all ages and circumstances.
- Send a text message to 838255 to connect with a VA responder.
- Start a confidential online chat session at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Chat.
- Take a self-check quiz at VeteransCrisisLine.net/Quiz to learn whether stress and depression might be affecting you.
- Find a VA facility near you.
- Visit MilitaryCrisisLine.net if you are an active duty Service member, Guardsman, or Reservist.
- Connect through chat, text, or TTY if you are deaf or hard of hearing.
Call: 800-273-8255 and Press 1
FROM DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS – JUNE 4, 2019
In 2018 Congress passed and President Trump signed a landmark law that changes how VA does business, read further to learn about those changes.
The VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act (MISSION Act) strengthens VA’s ability to deliver trusted, easy to access, high quality care whether at VA facilities, virtually through telehealth, or in the community.
VA has developed specific education for Veterans about receiving VA care, healthcare benefits and other related updates as the MISSION Act goes into effect on June 6, 2019. This educational booklet is titled “Health Care Options Through VA.”
Veterans can receive this educational booklet in three ways:
1. Download the electronic version of Health Care Options Through VA booklet.
2. Contact a Public Affairs Officer at their nearest VA Medical Center for a printed copy of the booklet
3. Request a printed copy of the booklet at no cost by filling out a print form available online www.missionact.va.gov and at the medical centers
Link to booklet: Health Care Options Through VA
Marine Corps League Foundation
The foundation has a blocked scholarship fund which assists funding the Marine Corps League’s Scholarship Program. These scholarships are granted to children and grandchildren of members of the Marine Corps League and its Ladies Auxiliary. Applications are encouraged by League members from every state and the local sponsoring Detachment is responsible for determining that the applicant(s) it is sponsoring have demonstrated through activities or interviews that values such as respect, attitude, patriotism and self-discipline are held.
The Foundation supports the educational activities of the Young Marines of the Marine Corps League and the Youth Physical Fitness Program of the Marine Corps League. Both of these programs have been widely recognized as being very effective in the area of drug prevention and character development. The Young Marine of the Year is awarded recognition in the form of funds to further their education. The Youth Physical Fitness National Team Competition is held annually and top scoring male and female teams and individuals are recognized with cash awards.
The foundation provides Humanitarian Aid through grants to individual Marines and families of Marines who are in a difficult position due to circumstances beyond their control. The needs are verified by local Marine Corps League officials, who often rally local Marine Corps League members to provide additional assistance as needed.
Phone: (404) 547-6651email: email@example.com
The Mission of the MCA is to be the preeminent association for all Marines and Friends of the Corps dedicated to leadership development, recognition of professional excellence and expanded awareness of the rich traditions, history, and spirit of the United States Marine Corps. www.mca-marines.org
Supports Marines through four programs which provide unit libraries, commanders’ forum events and professional military education trips to Marines throughout the world. www.mcafdn.org
“Vets 4 Warriors is the leading national peer support and resource connection network for veterans, service members, family members and caregivers who need answers and understanding from someone who knows what they are going through.” We serve veterans of all generations and the entire military community, from those who just put on a uniform, to the caregiver of a veteran who has long since stopped wearing a uniform. Vets 4 Warriors provides peer to peer support, access to resources and a confidential no judgment zone where veterans, service members, family members and caregivers can get help finding answers to any question they may have.
Call 855-838-8255 Follow @vets4warriors on social media
Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB), a nonprofit organization founded in 2010, insists that all veterans have the opportunity to reclaim what was most precious about their military service: an unwavering sense of belonging born of challenges that show us what we are capable of. Team RWB is where veterans belong. For more information, visit teamrwb.org.
Give Something to Those Who Gave.
(From their website) Vet Tix * provides tickets to events which reduce stress, strengthen family bonds, build life-long memories and encourage service members and veterans to stay engaged with local communities and American life. We support our troops by honoring their service and providing positive family and life experiences, during and after their years of service to our country.
Vet Tix provides tickets to all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA.
Vet Tix secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation. VetTixers sign up online. We verify their service. VetTixers request tickets to events that interest them, then pay a small delivery fee to receive their free tickets.
(From their website) Patriots like you deserve the best deals and savings. That’s why we built GovX exclusively for the men and women who’ve served our country.
Every day we work to create the ultimate members-only experience for current and former uniformed professionals, with exclusive deals on on-duty gear, apparel, technology, event tickets, travel and a lot more.
At GovX, we go beyond outstanding deals. Every month, our GovX community comes together to raise funds for a deserving non-profit in the military/first-responder space. We call it GovX Gives Back.
When the country called, you were there. When a life needed saving, you arrived. When a tough job needed doing, you did it. This is our way of saying thanks!
You’re part of a military family that numbers in the millions. You share common experiences, values and feelings of being in this together. That’s community. To support and bolster your own family, lean on your military community – including Military OneSource – to find answers and guidance from those who have been there, done that.
- To be the ONE SOURCE that stands ready to assist as you master military life.
- To give you expert support and information that is proven and practical.
- To be there, day and night , wherever you are, when you need a trusted voice, private and confidential.
- To have answers you can depend on in pursuit of your best goals and your best MilLife.
- To be one dedicated community whose sole mission is you.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative launched in March 2011 as a nationwide effort to connect veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses with meaningful employment opportunities.
Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and strategic partners from the public, private, and non-profit sectors, our goal is to create a movement across America in hundreds of communities where veterans and military families return every day.
Our digital resources include distinct resume builders for veterans and transitioning service members as well as military spouses; a jobs portal that allows veterans and service members to search for employment opportunities in America’s fastest growing job markets and industries; an interactive employer best practices site; and a virtual mentorship program that connects veteran and spouse protégés with experienced mentors.
These online tools have also been integrated into the employment workshops that take place at hundreds of our fairs. Our goal is to ensure veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses are able to utilize our resources to connect with employers no matter where they are in the world.
Marine For Life Network (M4L) connects transitioning Marines and their family members to education resources, employment opportunities, and other Veterans services that aid in their career and life goals outside of military service. The Marine For Life Network offers Marines and family members connections to military-friendly employment, education, and other Veteran and community resources. To connect with our LinkedIn network please visit us on https://www.linkedin.com/company/marine-for-life-network.
Marine Corps League POC: David Ossian
Supporting Our Heroes recover, transition, & thrive. Semper Fi Fund focuses on innovative and effective programs that make a difference. They provide financial assistance and lifetime support to post-9/11 combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured service members and their families. You are not alone. From injury through recovery, comprehensive programs improve the lives of wounded veterans and address the unique needs of their immediate families.
- Service Member and Family Support Program – Bedside Financial, Housing Assistance, Transportation Assistance, Kids Camp, Canine Program, Horsemanship Program, Adaptive Equipment, Caregiver Support & Retreats
- Transition Program – Education & Career Assistance, Veteran 2 Veteran Support, Apprenticeship Program, Veterans & Unit Reunions, Odyssey Retreat
- Integrative Wellness Program – Neuro Fitness, Specialized Equipment, Counseling, Doc’s Corner, Post Traumatic Growth Video Resources, and Sports Program
LCpl Parsons Welcome Home Fund for Vietnam Veterans – The program will expand the mission to care for veterans from all US military service branches who are catastrophically injured from combat operations in Vietnam.
The mission of Focus Marines Foundation (FMF) is to develop and administer programs for wounded warriors which will assist them in their transition from military to civilian lives. FMF developed a week long program called FOCUS, located west of St. Louis, Missouri. The program is conducted four times each year with a maximum of 30 per class. Participants arrive on Saturday and depart the following Saturday.
If you or someone you care about is struggling with the transition from military life to civilian life, you are not alone and there is help! Many men and women who have left the military are experiencing the same problems, like:
- ANXIETY: Quick to anger. The smallest things can trigger anger
- DEPRESSION: Lacks motivation, focus and purpose. Not working or attending school
- ADDICTION: Addicted to drugs, alcohol, porn or video gaming
- INSOMNIA: Poor or erratic sleep. Little or no sleep at night and little sleep during the day
- ISOLATION: Avoids public places, friends and family
- RELATIONSHIPS: Problems with family, friends and coworker relationships
- NEGATIVITY: Most things have a negative meaning, the glass is always half empty
- SELF-DOUBT: Lacks self-confidence and has lost pride and self-respect
Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises.
Team Rubicon’s mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.
Through continued service, 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 identity, from recognizing the impact one individual can make. Coupled with leadership development and other opportunities, Team Rubicon looks to help veterans transition from military to civilian life.
Irreverent Warriors is a nonprofit organization that hosts unique “Silkies Hikes” in an effort to end isolation and prevent Veteran suicide. The hikes are the treatment; an outlet for all Veterans, Active Duty Members, Guard/Reserve, and Foreign Service Military members to reestablish camaraderie, express our shared military experiences, and bond through our humor. Hikes are nationally hosted, and 44 hikes will be conducted this 2020 season. Irreverent Warriors also supports varied social media groups in local context to keep Veterans engaged with their local support peers. Since 2015, over 60,000 Veterans have attended a Silkies Hike. Irreverent Warriors believes, if we end isolation we end Veteran suicide.
To get to a Hike, Purchase Memorabilia, or Donate please go to www.irreverentwarriors.com
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is the leading national organization providing compassionate care and survivor support services for the families of America’s fallen military heroes. Since 1994, TAPS has offered support to more than 80,000 survivors of fallen military in the form of peer-based emotional support, grief and trauma resources, grief seminars and retreats for adults, Good Grief Camps for children, case work assistance, connections to community-based care, online and in-person support groups and a 24/7 resource and information helpline for all who have been affected by a death in the Armed Forces. Services are provided free of charge.
TAPS Helpline: 800-959-8227 (TAPS)
With a mission focused on empowering student veterans, SVA is committed to providing an educational experience that goes beyond the classroom. Through a dedicated network of more than 1,500 on-campus chapters in all 50 states and 4 countries representing more than 750,000 student veterans, SVA aims to inspire yesterday’s warriors by connecting student veterans with a community of like-minded chapter leaders. Every day these passionate leaders work to provide the necessary resources, network support, and advocacy to ensure student veterans can effectively connect, expand their skills, and ultimately achieve their greatest potential. For more information, visit us at www.studentveterans.org.
The Marine Executive Association is a national, volunteer, non-profit organization of former and current active duty Marines.
MEA provides resume review, job hunting tips and tools, job posting by employers, resume posting by Marines, and resume and interview coaching by volunteer Marines.
Members now have access to over 600,000 lodging options worldwide, and at rates up to 65% off or more. The Marine Corp League Travel Planner sources rates from dozens of supplier channels to bring you the best rate and terms for your hotel for your specific dates. You can also book flights and other travel services right from the site. Make the Marine Corp League Travel Planner your one-stop shop for travel and SAVE Now.
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