Support comes in many forms, and sometimes what is needed is that sense of community that was lost. Check out some of the resources below, that specialize in forming that new community and providing support with and by people who have been where you are.
Allegiance Ranch - https://allegianceranch.org/ "At Allegiance Ranch, we strive to provide a safe and welcoming place for veterans, active duty military, first responders, and their families, to find release from every day challenges. We rely on donor support to ensure ongoing care and training for our rescued horses and offer. OUR MISSION is to help horses and heroes by offering a safe place for healing, developing a sense of purpose, and establishing meaningful connections between horses and humans. "
Allegiance Ranch Veteran Musters - https://allegianceranch.org/allegiance-veteran-community/veteran-musters/ "Please join us for our monthly Allegiance Ranch Veteran Muster and bonfire. The purpose of the ARR Muster is to provide a forum for military veterans and first responders to come together for connection, support, sharing stories, or simply spending time with like-minded comrades. Food and drinks are provided. Held the first Friday of each month from 6:30PM-9:30PM. PLEASE JOIN US! No registration required.
3448 County Road 4, Allegiance Ranch, Erie, Co 80516"
American Valor Foundation - https://americanvalorfoundation.org “American Valor Foundation is a registered and approved 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation committed to supporting our military Veterans, First Responders and their families through programs of fund raising efforts and direct support to individuals. AVF also honors our heroes through Memorial Scholarships.” https://www.chriskylememorialbenefit.com/chris-kyle-memorial-scholarship
BattleForged Nation - https://www.battleforgednation.org "Help. Heal. Share. BattleForged Nation engages and assists Veterans and First Responders by providing tailored support to improve the individual’s quality of life and self-worth.
Big Fish Foundation - https://www.bigfishfoundation.org “Our Mission: to enhance Veteran’s lives by reconnecting them to fundamental principles of service in order to reemphasize accountability towards each other through shared common purpose in a campaign to improve psychological wellness, effectively manage post traumatic/combat stress, and prevent suicide.”
Call Sign 22 ~ https://www.callsign22.com “Callsign 22 is a platform addressing the root causes of poor mental health outcomes in veterans. Our goal is to build community and social connectedness through social media challenges and raise money for causes we believe in.”
Camp Southern Ground - https://www.campsouthernground.org (678)561-9600 “We are committed to serving the men and women who have fought to protect our country. Warrior Week and Warrior PATHH specifically care for the health and wellbeing of post-9/11 veterans while providing the necessary support in their transition to life after military service. Both are provided at no cost to veterans. If you or someone you know is a Warrior struggling to find your new mission, we can help.”
Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project - https://thecharliedanielsjourneyhomeproject.org (615)443-2112 x 114 "The mission of The Charlie Daniels Journey Home Project is to help identify, support and implement the various needs of the men and women of America’s armed forces returning from service."
Coast x Coast - https://coastxcoast.org “Founded by Special Operations members to provide healing treatments to those in need. Our mission is to honor fallen U.S. Special Operations Forces, and enhance the quality of life of wounded members. As we honor the memories of fallen Special Operations Soldiers by sharing their stories, we are able to raise funds to provide alternative medical treatment for active and non-active veterans still dealing with injuries from war.”
Code of Vets - https://www.codeofvets.com "We are bringing awareness & seeking practical solutions to the daily struggles & issues of our veteran community. Our mission is to take care of our own. One veteran at a time. We are coalescing our base to be a powerful voice speaking for the rights of veterans with dignity & respect. We provide immediate intervention for veterans in crisis, at-risk and/or in need."
Combat Vets Association ~ https://www.combatvet.us “We are an Association of Combat Veterans from all branches of the United States Armed Forces who ride motorcycles as a hobby. As a registered 501(c)(19) veterans’ charity, our mission is to support and protect those who have defended our country and our freedoms. Our focus is to provide assistance and help to individual veterans, veteran care facilities, other veteran organizations and registered charities. We sponsor and participate in many veteran-related motorcycle (and other) charity events each year, and as a non-profit organization, donate to various veteran causes. The Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Auxiliary (CVMA®-A) administers a scholarship program for CVMA or CVMAA members and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.”
Combat Warriors, Inc - https://www.combatwarriorsinc.org “The mission of Combat Warriors Inc. is to honor and support, emotionally and financially, the commitment and courage of our combat veterans. We meet this challenge by providing our veterans with quality outdoor experiences they will never forget, and by reaching out to our veterans to build relationships that we will never fail to treasure.”
Danny Dietz Foundation - https://navysealdannydietzfoundation.com (832)877-1177 “The Danny Dietz Foundation is a Nonprofit Dedicated to Supporting Our American Special Ops Forces, First Responders and their Surviving Families. We provide immediate financial grants to alleviate some of the burdens for a Special Operator that has suffered combat related injuries or a First Responder that has suffered job related injuries. For surviving families, we provide financial help that is not covered under the larger benevolent programs.”
Flanders Fields - https://flandersfields.org "Veterans Supporting Veterans. Flanders Fields mission is to ensure that each and every Military Veteran has a helping hand when they need one. This mission extends to all US Veterans and their families, including our foreign allies who served our Nation."
Forge VFR - https://forgehealth.com/vfr Forge VFR (Veteran and First Responder) is mission-focused on improving the mental health and well-being of active-duty service members, Veterans, First Responders, and their families
Gary Sinese Foundation - https://www.garysinisefoundation.org Providing support to our Veterans and First responders. Support includes Rent/Mortgage, Groceries, Utility Bills, Medical / Vehicle bills, Home modification, Specially Adapted Vehicle, Mobility Devices. See Contact page.
Gi Go Fund ~ https://gigo.org “GI Go Fund was founded in 2006 in memory of Lt. Seth Dvorin, a childhood friend of the GI Go founders who was killed by an IED blast while serving in Iraq. We provide employment assistance to veterans looking for work, housing and financial aid to veterans in their most desperate hour, as well as benefits assistance and legal support to military families struggling with civil or criminal matters. In addition, we are developing innovative programs to give veterans assistance in finding employment and developing a small business, transportation support, mentoring, job training, and much more.
Green Beret Foundation - https://greenberetfoundation.org (844)287-7133 “The Green Beret Foundation serves our Nation’s most elite soldiers, the Army’s Special Forces, by connecting them with the physical, financial, and support resources they need to succeed in the mission ahead. We believe Special Forces soldiers are our Nation’s greatest assets. Every day, we honor our commitment to Green Berets past, present, future, as well as their families, by connecting them with the right resources to prosper and thrive. We’re relentless in helping our Nation’s most elite soldiers become our Nation’s best leaders.” **see Special Forces Foundation below**
Grunt Style - https://www.gruntstyle.com/pages/grunt-style-foundation “Vision: Create a successful future for every Service Member, Veteran and their Families by connecting them with resources that improve mental health and wellness, assist in transition and sustainment while alleviating food insecurities and ending homelessness.”
Heart of a Lion John Daly – Major Ed Foundation - https://www.jdme.org “The mission is to provide mental, physical, and wellness support to our nation’s children, first responders and America’s veterans.”
Heroes and Horses - https://www.heroesandhorses.org (406)284-2870 “Our mission at Heroes and Horses is to un-program the programmed. To offer combat veterans an alternative solution for defining and approaching their physical and mental scars—a solution that does not include prescription medications, or traditional psychotherapy, but rather the opportunity to use tools to redefine their purpose, rediscover their inner strength, and maximize their potential by taking ownership of their lives for the first time since leaving service.”
Hope for 22 a Day ~ https://hopefor22aday.org “ HOPEFOR22ADAY helps give Military Spouses the tools they need to battle Soldiers Mental Health. Our mission is To provide the veteran and families an opportunity to succeed in battling the daily challenges of civilian transition.”
Hope For the Warriors - https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org (877)246-7349 “The Warrior Hope and Care Centers™ provide medical care, mental health counseling, professional training and education, physical conditioning and transition services for wounded, ill, and injured Marines and Sailors. The concept for the Warrior Hope and Care Centers was conceived by Hope For The Warriors leadership after attending the ribbon cutting for the Center for the Intrepid (CFI) in San Antonio, Texas in 2007. It was the goal of Hope For The Warriors to provide Marines and Sailors based at Camp Lejeune the same quality care as those at CFI. Architectural plans for the Warrior Hope and Care Center were drawn and Hope For The Warriors donated those plans to the Marine Corps.”
HunterSeven Foundation - https://hunterseven.org (202)599-6477 “The HunterSeven Foundation supports post-9/11 veterans and their families that have been made ill as a result of military exposures and/or injuries through our immediate needs program and healthcare partnerships.”
Infinite Hero - https://www.infinitehero.org (949)829-6446 "Infinite Hero Foundation exists to connect our military, veterans and military family members with innovative and effective treatment programs for service related injuries.
Irreverent Warriors - https://irreverentwarriors.com “The mission of Irreverent Warriors is to bring Veterans together using humor and camaraderie to improve mental health and prevent Veteran suicide. Irreverent Warriors knows that the best support network for veterans, is other veterans. We bring a community of warriors together through therapeutic events across the country. We also work with other veteran organizations who provide services such as job placement, training, housing, service dogs and more.”
Iron Freedom Foundation - https://www.ironfreedom.org (432)488-7067 "The Iron Freedom Foundation is a not for profit organization who's mission is to provide veterans with a support community of like-minded outdoor enthusiasts with the means, tools and the personal confidence necessary to go forth and achieve not only their goals but those of others around them."
Marine Reconnaissance Foundation - https://reconfoundation.org (808)351-1573 “The Marine Reconnaissance Foundation’s programs focus on alleviating the demands accompanying service within the Reconnaissance Community. All supported initiatives are aimed to enrich the well-being of our warriors and their families. We provide wide-ranging support programs, to include an extensive assessment of our programs contributing directly to the success and preservation of the Reconnaissance Legacy. We continually research the community’s needs shaping our future program development and funding. Our mission is implemented by way of support to the Active-Duty and Veteran Reconnaissance community, their families, and the families of the fallen in three programs.”
Michael Strange Foundation - https://michaelstrangefoundation.org “The foundation will provide unconditional support and services to the families of recently fallen service members by professionals in several fields and also by those who have suffered similar losses so that the healing process can begin. It is our experience that there is an overwhelming outpouring of support initially, but it is the following months that are the most difficult when the ceremonies fade away and there is a lack of people who truly understand what it means to suffer such a devastating and traumatic loss.”
Military Family Advisory Network - http://MFAN.org/ (202) 821-4195 “The Military Family Advisory Network (MFAN) was created in 2013 to connect military families with the resources they need to thrive. MFAN convenes military, reservists, and veteran spouses — some of whom are veterans themselves — who are dedicated to improving the lives of military families. MFAN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to building a community of military and veteran families, at home and abroad, who are well-informed about resources designed to serve them, equipped with tools for success, connected to leaders who serve the military family community, and embraced by the general public. MFAN translates the needs of military families in a way that service providers can understand and translates services in a way that speaks to our families. We convene leaders of the military family community who, through collaboration with outside organizations and effective communications, elevate and amplify the voice of military families everywhere.
Military One Source - https://www.militaryonesource.mil (800)342-9647 "YOUR SUPPORT WHEN MILLIFE HAPPENS Military OneSource from the Department of Defense is your 24/7 gateway to trusted information, resources and confidential help. When MilLife happens, it’s your “first line of support” — giving service members and military families tools to stay well and thrive."
National Military Family Association ~ https://www.militaryfamily.org (703)931-6632 “The National Military Family Association (NMFA) is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. NMFA is on a mission to stand up for, support, and enhance the quality of life for every military family through bold advocacy, innovative programming, and dynamic and responsive solutions.
National Warrior Foundation - https://www.nationalwarriorfoundation.org “We are dedicated to making an impact by supplying morale-based programming that will empower our Warriors’ mental well-being. The National Warrior Foundation seeks to create and provide uplifting morale programming for our active duty, veterans and first responders. We welcome all active duty, national guard, reservists, and veterans regardless of discharge status. We also take pride in supporting all of our first responders—this includes law enforcement, fire fighters, paramedics/EMT, nurses, and 911 dispatchers.”
Navy Seal Foundation - https://www.navysealfoundation.org (757)744-5326 “The Navy SEAL Foundation provides critical support for the warriors, veterans, and families of Naval Special Warfare. Established in 2000, the Navy Seal Foundation (NSF) is a 501(c)(3) national nonprofit organization that provides a comprehensive set of over 30 essential programs for Seals, SWCC, Veterans and their families. We are there to help keep our warriors strong, healthy and in the fight. We are there to help them transition to successful careers in the civilian sector. We are there to help their families every step of the way. And under the tragic circumstances that a member of NSW does not come home, we are there to assist as well.”
Operation Equine - https://operationequine.org/ (720) 588 - 3035
"At Operation Equine, they understand that committing to a life of service often creates complex challenges that can leave Military Service Members, Veterans, and Emergency Responders feeling disconnected from their families and communities. They facilitate unique, therapeutic experiences with horses that lead their participants to a deeper understanding of themselves, empowering them to cultivate healthier relationships and feel better."
Operation Healing Forces ~ https://operationhealingforces.org (813) 480-6078, “The mission of Operation Healing Forces (OHF) is to serve the needs of our active-duty and recent-veteran wounded, ill, injured, and fallen Special Operations Forces (SOF) and their families by starting or continuing the process of mentally, physically and emotionally healing in preparation to return to the fight or transition successfully into civilian life.”
Operation Recovery - https://operationrecovery.org (813)922-1111 “At Operation Recovery, we serve our nations heroes: veterans, first responders, and their families. We do this by providing awareness and support for veterans and first responders through supplies, training, housing, health services as well as community events, and to provide charitable support for distressed Americans and Allies of America located abroad. In response to recent events in Afghanistan, Operation Recovery is dedicating all current operations to providing safe passage out of the country for at-risk American Citizens and Allies. We are honoring the promise.”
Patriot Resilient Leader Institute - https://www.camp-resilience.org (978)219-4003 “The Patriot Resilient Leader Institute runs Camp Resilience Retreats to help service members, veterans, first responders and their loved ones recover and maintain their physical, psychological and emotional well-being. These free 3-4 day retreats combine per-to-peer counseling ,life skills workshops and outdoor experiential learning. Camp Resilience strives to provide attendees with the tools to develop self-improvement goals and sustained ties to the community. The retreats stress the importance of camaraderie and wellness in fostering resilience.”
Recon & Sniper Foundation (RSF) - https://www.reconsniperfoundation.org The Recon & Sniper Foundation was founded in 2015 by a group of Recon Marines, Scout Snipers, and Navy SARCs. The Foundation's mission is twofold, emergency assistance and veteran community engagement. We assist current service members and veterans from all branches of the Armed Forces. Assistance can be in the form of financial help, peer counseling, mental health treatment, or any other feasible and viable form of aid. Emergency requests are submitted via the Recon & Sniper Foundation website and assessed by experienced case managers, who ensure the request for assistance is legitimate. In addition to the mission of emergency assistance, the Recon & Sniper Foundation also provides various preventative mental health events throughout the year. From individual and group therapy in the mountains of Colorado at Rawah Ranch to veteran get-togethers in southern California, the Foundation provides veterans with a variety of ways to address their mental health, emphasizing prevention and long-term care.
Reunite the Fight - https://www.reunitethefight.org “Providing opportunities for veterans to connect with other veterans and build a support system.”
Semper Fi & Americas Fund – https://thefund.org (760)725-3680 “Semper Fi & America’s Fund is dedicated to providing assistance to our combat wounded, critically ill and injured service members, military family members, and Veterans, from all branches of the US Armed Forces. Our case managers, visiting nurses, and entire team support those we serve by helping navigate complex medical and emotional recovery – today, tomorrow, together!”
Shields and Stripes ~ https://shieldsandstripes.org “Shields and Stripes prioritizes the health and wellness of Veterans, Law Enforcers, and First Responders. Shields and Stripes provides first line defenders the opportunity to heal visible and non-visible wounds, helping those we need the most to live meaningful lives in service to our communities. Shields and Stripes is a 3-week in-person and a 9-week virtual program that will provide our warriors with holistic, evidence based and multi-disciplinary healthcare to learn, build and grow.”
Snowball Express ~ https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/snowball-express “Gary Sinise Foundation Snowball Express serves the surviving spouses and children of fallen heroes. We are committed to year-round programming and support for families that honors their fallen hero, encourages them to make new memories, and provides opportunities to connect with others who know what they’ve been through.”
Soldiers Angels - https://soldiersangels.org (210)629-0020 “Our global network of volunteers — representing all 50 states, Guam, Puerto Rico, and 24 countries abroad — work to ensure that those who serve or have served are supported, uplifted, and remembered through a variety of support programs.”
Special Operations Warrior Foundation - https://specialops.org (877)337-7693 “The Special Operations Warrior Foundation’s enduring promise to America’s Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel is to: (1) Ensure full financial assistance for post-secondary education from an accredited two or four-year college, university, technical or trade school, as well as educational counseling, preschool grants, and tutoring to the surviving children of Special Operations personnel who lose their lives in the line-of-duty and, (2) Provide immediate financial grants to severely combat-wounded and hospitalized Special Operations personnel and their families."
Special Forces Foundation - https://www.specialforcesfoundation.org “The Special Forces Foundation (formerly the Green Beret Association), serves the U.S. Army Special Forces and their families, providing a range of programs aligned with the SOCOM Commanders’ Preservation of The Force and Family (POTFF) program. Our programs contribute to the maintenance of the mind and body, and provide acute and ongoing support in resolving psychological, emotional and relationship issues before they become chronic.
Team Fidelis - https://www.teamfidelis.org “Our mission is to prevent suicide among service members, Veterans and families by raising awareness, providing a Bridge of Hope and building Camaraderie. Providing hope to our Veterans is our top priority. When a service member or veteran joins Team Fidelis, they are connected with a Veteran Navigator (VN). The VN’s our the lifeblood of our organization. They all live the experience and are in recovery themselves, which allows them to connect with their brothers and sisters in a way no one else can.”
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors ~ https://www.taps.org (800)959-8277 (24/7 support) “TAPS provides compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS provides a variety of programs to survivors nationally and worldwide. Our National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been held annually in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend since 1994. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world. Staff can get you connected to counseling in your community and help navigate benefits and resources. If you are grieving the loss of a fallen service member, or if you know someone who can use our support, the TAPS 24/7 National Military Survivor Helpline is always available toll-free with loving support and resources at 800-959-TAPS (8277).”
Travis Manion Foundation - https://www.travismanion.org (215)348-9080 “The Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) strives to unite and strengthen communities by training, developing, and highlighting the role models that lead them. We develop programs, training opportunities, and events designed to empower veterans and families of the fallen, and then inspire them to pass on their values to the next generation and the community at large.”
Travis Mills Foundation - https://travismillsfoundation.org (207)480-3490 “ Nestled in the wood of Central Maine, Travis Mills Foundation supports recalibrated veterans and their families through various programs that help these heroic men and women overcome physical and emotional obstacles, strengthen their families, and provide a well-deserved rest and relaxation.”
Uncommon Grit Foundation ~ https://www.uncommongritfoundation.org "We have a soft spot and a deep respect for military, first responders, and the family members who stand beside them. These are the people who run toward danger, toward the crisis, toward those who need help. Uncommon Grit Foundation assists qualified families or individuals directly to alleviate the financial burden of things like funeral costs, travel to funerals, living expenses, mental health costs, healthcare bills, or other expenses. With our connections in the military, experience in the nonprofit world, and a strong network of patriots, we have an ear to the ground for where assistance may be needed most. True to our name, we are uncommon in our approach of remaining flexible to assist where we can do the most with what we have."
USO – www.uso.org “The USO creates and maintains strong connections between service members and their families, homes and country, no matter where they serve. The USO expresses America’s gratitude and commitment to service members and their families through programs focused on connection, strengthening, wellness and resiliency."
Veterans Affairs / REACH - https://www.va.gov/REACH "Life has its challenges. As a Veteran, you don't have to solve them alone."
Veterans Families United - https://veteransfamiliesunited.org "Veterans Families United will provide gentle, accessible and holistic healing resources for Veterans."
Vets for Kids ~ https://vetsforkids.org “Our mission is to utilize our veterans and their skills to give back to our community and to protect our kids in schools, while helping and ending Veteran and First Responder Suicide”
Warrior Wishes Montana - https://www.warriorwishesmontana.com (406)200-9445 “Warrior Wishes Montana is based in Billings, Montana and is ran by volunteers. Warrior Wishes Montana, Inc. offers programs to Montana Veterans and active service members, in addition to monthly events. Warrior Wishes Montana, Inc. offers various types of assistance to Veterans and active service members. Requests including experiencing financial hardship, recovering from a disaster, trying to go to school or are a justice involved Veteran.”
Veterans Path - https://veteranspath.org - VP provides high quality, veteran-specific mindfulness training and support to build inner strength and resilience.
Wind River Ranch https://www.windriverranch.com/ministry/healing-warriors (970)586-4212 “Wind River Ranch is a Christian-based family dude and guest ranch resort in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Since 2013, we have had the honor of ministering to the families of servicemen and women who have been injured during their time in the Armed Forces and/or Public Service, or who have retired from service. During (4) dedicated weeks during the summer season, we bring warriors together to heal, to reconnect with their families, and to create a community with one another.”
Wounded Warrior Family Support - https://www.wwfs.org (402)502-7557 Caregiver Respite, Family Retreats, Veteran Training. "Wounded Warriors Family Support is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide support to the families of those who have been wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. The families of our casualties suffer in many ways — emotionally, physically, and psychologically. Our organization supports wounded veterans and their families, even after physical needs are met, to help them heal, recover and reconnect. We work to provide services and resources to combat-wounded veterans and their families that supplement those provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies. We also work with military and nonprofit partners to identify and fill gaps in services for wounded veterans and their families. "