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Helpful Online Resources for Military Veterans

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Make the Connection, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs public awareness campaign designed to help Veterans overcome and seek treatment for mental health conditions. Make the Connection provides extensive resources for Veterans suffering from mental health conditions, including:

Video testimonials from Veterans from all eras and branches

• Information on how to recognize and seek treatment for mental health conditions

• VA approved treatment and support resources

Google for Veterans - This site was made by veterans, family of veterans and friends who work at Google and understand the challenges of serving, coming home, and transitioning to civilian life. It contains:

Tools for Veterans - designed to make transitioning easier.

Tools for Families - helping to connect families of veterans with those who share their experiences.

National Archives - Veteran's Service Records - Veterans can request military records ands research other useful information regarding their military service.

U.S Department of Veteran's Affairs - A good first stop for information.

Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF - Learn about the benefits offered those returning from military service by the VA.

Vet Center - Established shortly after the Viet Nam Era, the goal of the Vet Center program is to provide a broad range of counseling, outreach, and referral services to eligible veterans in order to help them make a satisfying post-war readjustment to civilian life. - Site designed specifically to provide information and resources to current, former, and future servicewomen. - Excellent resource links to numerous wellness resources for the military community.

MilitaryHOMEFRONT - The Department of Defense website for official Military Community and Family Policy (MC&FP) program information, policy and guidance designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers.

American Wartime Vets - AAWV is a privately held community outreach service formed in 2002 to educate wartime veterans, surviving spouses and their families on the Aid & Attendance pension under the Improved Pension Program (IPP) payable by the Department of Veteran Affairs. AAWV is an organization that works in harmony with senior independent living, assisted living and private pay nursing home communities to educate veterans and families on the benefit, its qualifications, and what is needed to apply.

My Wonderful Life - Free on-line service to help you plan and personalize your own funeral, so it reflects the way you lived. If you are struggling with post-effect of combat service, PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc. (or have a friend or family member dealing with these issues), this website has information that is helpful in determining what the struggle is about and where to seek help.

National Military Family Association - Founded in 1969, the National Military Family Association focuses on issues important to military families: comprehensive child care, accessible health care, spouse employment options, great schools, caring communities, a secure retirement, and support for widows and widowers.

The Military Family Network - To support military families and increase their readiness and well-being by connecting them with their communities and the organizations that provide the best service and value.

Healing Combat Trauma - Therapeutic resources for veterans with combat-based Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD"), focused on integrative medicine and hope.

Mesothelioma Veteran's Center - Organization developed to help veterans suffering from service related mesothelioma get the benefits and treatment they are entitled to receive.