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
Tribe a book by Sebastian Junger
Invisible Scars a book by Bart P. Billings Ph.D.
Job Search Sites / Relationship Development
ACP’s free Mentoring Program connects post-9/11 veterans, active duty spouses and eligible military spouses (Protégés) with corporate professionals (Mentors) for customized mentorships. ACP assists veterans and eligible spouses on their path towards fulfilling, long-term careers, whether the veteran is job searching or newly employed.
Typical mentorship goals include:
- Résumé review and interview preparation
- Career exploration and understanding job opportunities
- Career advancement once a position is obtained
- Work-life balance
- Small business development
- Leadership and professional communication
The FREE resource library for active, guard, reserve, veteran, military-spouse, dependent children, Blue-Star & Gold-Star Families, and caregivers. Providing knowledge, connections, opportunities and, more importantly, HOPE
VETERANS CRISIS LINE
Call: 988 and Press 1
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: 988 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) 547-6651 email: President@MCLFoundation.org
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 that provide unit libraries, commanders’ forum events, and professional military education trips to Marines throughout the world. www.mcafdn.org
Founded in 2016 as a 501c3, Hero’s Bridge specializes in services for Veterans who are 65+ that are at a higher risk for experiencing various diseases and disorders as a result of their service. They have six programs to help Veterans: Battle Buddy, Honor Guard, Resource Scouts, Paw Patrol, Homefront, and TeleHero. Please visit their website for more information.
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.
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
Semper Fi & America’s Fund cares for our nation’s critically wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and military families. Supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, we provide one-on-one case management, connection, and lifetime support. Today. Tomorrow. Together.
The Fund is dedicated to providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to our nation’s critically wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, and military families.
We operate our programs and services through a “needs-based” approach. Staff and volunteers work one-on-one with our service members, veterans, and military families–providing ongoing support for as long as legitimate needs require.
Experienced at anticipating needs, our case managers often introduce new programs to further assist service members and military families throughout the journey to recovery and transition back into their communities.
The Fund can process, on average, over 130 grant requests each day. We typically deliver assistance within 24-48 hours of receiving an emergency request, and within a week for non-urgent cases.
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)
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. Check out their Hot Jobs board.
The Maj. Steven Roy Andrews Fishing Outreach Program Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit program that was started in 2008 out of a need to help veterans and at-risk and needy kids. The purpose of this program is to get veterans and kids hooked on fishing. For veterans it gives them a way to deal with issues from their service, be it mental or physical ones. Kids find a new hobby they can get involved with and make better choices in life as opposed to hanging around on the block and getting into trouble.
Joe Kowalski takes a vet or kid out on the boat for a day of fishing. “It’s a lot like a one-day fishing lesson. I try and teach them all I know about this great sport,” explains Kowalski. Each vet or kid receives a rod and reel and a tackle box full of the latest baits. This is theirs to keep free of charge. Also included are contacts for local fishing clubs in the area they live so they can continue on if they wish or they can call Joe anytime with questions.
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