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As a social-venture structured as an SDVOSB and operated by a team of armed forces veterans who combined have 150 years of military service and 200 years of experience working at all levels in the fitness industry,VFCC provides veterans an unprecedented military transition path to a rewarding fitness career by providing a cutting edge online Personal Training certification, proven fitness business building course, quality job referrals to our career partners, and mentorships.

 

 

 

Support Services:

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At VFC College, our goal is to provide you all the information, advice, and guidance possible to ensure you’ll achieve your academic and career success.  Therefore, you can count on our team to support and provide you a variety of support services such as: 

VFCC Student Support Counselors:
  • Students have 24/7 access to our Student Support Center via asynchronous email support. Students can simply email their question, and one of our Counselors will respond quickly with a thoughtful and detailed answer.
VFCC Staff and Faculty:
  • Students have 24/7 access to our staff and faculty support center via asynchronous email support. Students can simply email our faculty their question, and one of our faculty members will respond with a detailed answer within 24 hours.
Vet Success Office of Disabilities Support Counselors:
  • We comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and state and local requirements regarding students with disabilities. In compliance with federal and state regulations, reasonable accommodations are provided to qualified students with disabilities. “Reasonable” means VFC College permits no fundamental alterations of academic standards or retroactive modifications.
  • VFC College ensures equal access to instruction through collaboration between students with disabilities, instructors, and Disability Services for Students (DSS).
  • Students who have or believe to have a disability, including unseen disabilities such as learning disabilities, psychological health injuries (such as PTSD), or cognitive disabilities (such as brain injuries) are encouraged to contact a representative at our Vet Success Office of Disability Service privately to discuss any need for accommodations. 
  • Should you have a disability that requires reasonable accommodations, please contact our Vet Success Office of Disability Services for assistance.

Support Resources: VFCC has gone to great lengths to partner with and provide the most extensive list of free resources for veterans. Below is an extensive list of resources that we highly encourage you to also take advantage of to ensure your success.

 

"Transitioning to civilian life is among one of the biggest issues for vets today.  When we get home it's confusing and overwhelming with what do I do next.  It took me a while when I came home in 2006 to realize I wasn't normal.  It wasn't until I started working out again that I truly realized how much easier everything was to deal with.  When I work out I feel less anxiety and depression and less tense, all of which stems from the PSTD.  That’s why a career in fitness is where I want to be for the rest of my time here on earth and help spread the message.  I wish you had this program 5 years ago. I was so amazed with the resources and information VFCC provides veterans. Thank you for what you do."

-Justin Sikes, Army OEF Veteran & Fitness Trainer

 

24 Hour Crisis Lines & more: 
  1. veteranscrisisline.net 1-800-273-8255 and press 1, chat online, or text message to 838255
  2. realwarriors.net 866-966-1010 24/7 phone | chat realwarriors.net/livechat

PTSD Self Check Quizes & more:

  1. maketheconnection.net
  2. vetselfcheck.org
 Worksheet & Guidance for filing for PTSD with VA:
  1. ptsdhelp.net
Free Counseling & more:
  1. giveanhour.org
  2. thearmsforces.org
  3. TAPS: (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) Peer Support Network
National PTSD Resources:
  1. Telehealth: Connecting Veterans at Home with VA Nursing Staff through Videoconferencing
  2. Vet Centers: va.gov/directory/guide/vetcenter  patient advocates, OIF/OEF coordinator.
  3. VA Clinics on FB: vfwlady.com 
  4. maketheconnection.net
  5. afterdeployment.org
  6. health.mil/intransition 
Regional Programs for PTSD & more:
  1. MA: Massachusetts General Hospital : massgeneral.org
  2. CA: Therapeutic Riding and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: dreamcatcherla.com
  3. CA: vvsd.net/treatment
  4. CO: Rich Johnson; 970-586-4416, info@elkhornlodge.org,  elkhornlodge.org
  5. NY: cdswarriorsalute.org
  6. NJ: familyofheroes.com
  7. VA: NAMI (National Association of Mental Illness)
Information on PTSD & more:
  1. The PTSD Project: http://www.veteransptsdproject.com/
  2. National Center for PTSD: http://www.ptsd.va.gov
  3. Brain Injury Association of America: biausa.org
  4. WebMD: webmd.com
  5. ACE: acenet.edu
  6. VFW Lady: vfwlady.com Tons of great info for all veterans
  7. VA: polytrauma.va.gov
  8. IAVA: iava.org/content
Tech Tools for managing PTSD:
  1. Smart Phone App:   vfwlady.com and ptsd.va.gov
  2. Veterans Log App: itunes.com
  3. Avatar-Based Resiliency & PTSD Training for Veteran Families: kognito.com
  4. Goggle for Veterans: googleforveterans.com
Employment Support & more:
  1. hirepatriots.com
  2. fitnessjobs.com
  3. americasheroesatwork.gov
  4. askjan.org
  5. militaryhire.com 
  6. vboi.info 
  7. rightfitcareers.org
  8. mst.vaforvets.va.gov/career-center 
  9. linkedin.com/veterans
  10. employerpartnership.org 
Support for families with Vets:
  1. Coaching into Care. mirecc.va.gov/coaching  1-888-823-7458 
Free Housing:
  1. Fisher House Foundation
Child Care Assistance:
  1. naccrra.org/military-families
Financial Assistance for utilities, rent, car payments, car insurance, car registration, and child care:
  1. armedforcesfoundation.org
Find Your Veteran Friends:
  1. vetfriends.com
Pets for Patriots:
  1. petsforpatriots.org
Free TV:
  1. vfwlady.com/category/free-tv/
American Veterans Radio:
  1. avradio.org/ 
Other helpful organizations:
  1. thelongwalkhome.org   
  2. traumafirstaide.com/military.html 
  3. usaa.com
Transportation Resources:
  • Hope for the Warriors – http://hopeforthewarriors.org/immneeds.html Hope For The Warriors® works daily with wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen to meet immediate financial needs. Applicants may apply once a year. Payment is always made to a third party, typical grants cover household utilities, gas cards for vehicles to get to appointments, groceries, rent, mortgage, and rental deposits.

 MORE PTSD & TBI Resources:

  • Brain Line – http://www.brainline.org/  is a national multimedia project offering information about preventing, treating and living with TBI.
  •  Brain Injury Association of America – http://www.biausa.org/  Information about brain injuries and living with them for the injured, families and caregivers.
  • NEW! Center for Deployment Psychology – http://deploymentpsych.org/training/training-catalog/course-119-online-the-fundamentals-of-traumatic-brain-injury-tbi  Free training about TBI. Click on “Take for Free” and receive a very up-to-date review of TBI and how it may be diagnosed and/or treated. (NOTE: if the link does not connect immediately, follow prompts and it should connect).
  • Cognitive Systems – http://www.cog-systems.com/  innovative treatment for mild traumatic brain injury and other neurological injuries that can be done from home.
  • NEW! Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center – www.dvbic.org  The mission of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs.
  • Resurrecting Lives – TBI – www.ResurrectingLives.org  This organization is dedicated to systematically, efficiently and successfully diagnosing and treating veterans who are returning from war primarily in Iraq and Afghanistan for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) while also contributing to the prevention of TBI in the future. Helpful information is available on this site.
  • What is TBI – http://www.whatistib.org/  This website has some general information, myths about TBI, and a screening tool and is also linked to “Resurrecting Lives” website.

Homeless Veterans Resources:

  • Homeless Veterans 24/7 Hotline 1-877-424-3838. Find a list of veterans homeless assistance by state at http://www.va.gov/homeless/docs/HCHV_Sites_ByState.pdf or go to http://va.gov/homeless/help_a_homeless_veteran_general.asp?gclid=CJ6RqdSNtrECFQQJRQodBD4ALA  for more information about VA benefits.
  • National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.www.nchv.org . or 1-800-vet-help Resources for homeless veterans and/or veterans facing homelessness.
  • US Vets Inc. – www.usvetsinc.org . This non-profit organization is dedicated to helping homeless and at-risk veterans in their effort to reintegrate to civilian life. 12 locations across the nation and a toll free number for veterans having challenges with reintegration.

Benefits Assistance:

  • American Legion www.legion.org. Go to a post and click on it to find an American Legion office near you. You can also look at the “How we Serve” link that shows the services they can provide Veterans. American Legion can help you file a disability benefits claim.
  • American Veterans Organization www.amvets.org. Whose goals are service to veterans and communities. The agency is also has national service officers trained to help file veterans benefits claims and there are local chapters listed.
  • Appealing Veterans Benefits Claims can be difficult. The following agencies may be able to assist you in that process. U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims at www.vetapp.uscourts.gov or (202) 501-5950. The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program may be able to help with legal assistance at www.vetsprobono.org or (888) 838-7727. Finally, the National Veterans Legal Services Program may be of assistance for qualified veteran applicants at www.nvlsp.org.
  • Disabled American Veterans www.dav.org. Go to the “Benefits Assistance” link. It will help explain how to file a disability benefits claim, but you will probably want to locate the DAV office and service representative nearest you and that is also available on that link.
  • Elder Care Publishing - http://www.eldercaresurvival.com/ ElderCare Publishing Company is a unique on-line publisher of Disability resource manuals and newsletters whose mission is to raise the awareness of individuals and their advisors about the risks and issues relative to filing long term disability claims and successfully collecting benefits.
  • Federal Guide for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2011 Edition Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2011 Edition This quick link will take you to detailed and up-to-date information regarding Veterans benefits.
  • GI Bill Information www.mygibill.org. Web site launched by The American Legion “to help vets and their families understand the post-9/11 GI Bill that takes effect August 1, 2009. The site includes explanations of different GI Bill benefits, news alerts, online applications.
  • The National Archives www.archives.gov.This website offers a robust list of government services, including resources for a veteran’s specific military branch. Plus, veterans can find out about government assistance in their communities, submit requests for lost documents and search for buddies.
  • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Official site of the primary agency. Provides detailed information on claims submission, appeals and local VA contact information. www.va.gov. For and ONLINE APPLICATION for veterans benefits, go to http://www.ebenefits.va.gov/. The form is called VONAPP and can make your application process move much more quickly than the paper version.
  • Similar pages: VA Forms – www.va.gov/vaforms/  Disabled Veterans – www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/  Veteran Data – www.va.gov/vetdata. More results from www.va.gov  To register a veteran, you must have his Military ID, his DD214 (proof of military service), and any medical records or exam reports that you have available. Only the soldier can register.
  • Veterans of Foreign War www.vfw.org. Go to the “Assistance” link to find how they can help you apply for Veterans benefits. They will also have a link that will tell you a local office. VFW can help you file a disability benefits claim and advocate for your soldier.
  • Vet Centers www.vetcenter.va.gov. Vet Centers offer a wide range of services to help you make a successful transition from military to civilian life. Services include-individual & group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, medical & benefits referrals, employment counseling. To locate the Vet Center nearest you, click on “find a vet center” in the right hand menu.
  • Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org. The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and serve veterans. In the left hand menu there is a place for “advocacy” and “benefits counseling” and they are very active in legislation to support our wounded warriors home.

Counseling Support:

  • Give An Hourwww.giveanhour.org  A non-profit organization offering FREE mental health resources for military and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Military One Source - www.militaryonesource.com. This source is a one-stop shop for all branches of the military that includes legal matters, addiction and recovery, readjustment information, immediate counseling and a link to each military branch. They also have a 24/7 phone number at 1-800-342-9647.
  • Red Cross – www.redcross.org or  http://servicesarmedforces.redcross.org/reconnection-workshops-g/?utm_source=Google&utm_medium=CPC&utm_campaign=SAFG to “Getting Assistance” and click on “Military Families” to find out about the resources that are offered by the red cross with regard to counseling and other social service needs or call 1-877-272-7337.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. www.samhsa.gov.  The United States Department of Health and Human Services special link to mental health resources. Look in left hand menu under “treatment locators” to find community mental health resources near you.
  • Tricare On-Line Counselingwww.tricare.mil The web-based TRICARE Assistance Program (TRIAP) demonstration and the new telemental health care benefit are now available to active duty military families. Use video chat and instant messaging under TRIAP for counseling 24/7. Access behavioral health services including psychotherapy and medications under TRICARE’s telemental health care benefit.
  • The Soldiers Projectwww.thesoldiersproject.org  A group of licensed mental health professionals who offer FREE psychological treatment to military service members (active duty, National Guard, Reserve and veterans) who have served or expect to serve in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan.
  • Vet Centers - www.vetcenter.va.gov  Vet Centers offer a wide range of services to help you make a successful transition from military to civilian life. Services include -individual & group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, medical & benefits referrals, employment counseling. To locate the Vet Center nearest you, click on “find a vet center” in the right hand menu.
  • Vets 4 Warriorswww.vetsforwarriors.com/ This is a PEER SUPPORT line and not answered by a mental health therapist. The hotline is available 24/7/365 can be reached by calling 1-855-838-8255.
  • Justice for Vets - www.justiceforvets.org  Justice for Vets is the National Clearinghouse for Veterans Treatment Courts. This comprehensive website explains how Veterans Treatment Courts are hybrid Drug and Mental Health Courts that use the Drug Court model to serve veterans struggling with addiction, serious mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders.
  • Lawyers Serving Warriors www.lawyersservingwarriors.com  New website for veterans who need legal representation regarding war related issues. Has a tab that says "request free legal help".
  • National Veterans Legal Services Program www.nvlsp.org  NVLSP is an independent, nonprofit, veterans service organization dedicated to ensuring that the U.S. government honors its commitment to our veterans and the parent organization for Lawyers Serving Warriors.
  • The Veterans Consortium: Pro Bono Program www.vetsprobono.org  This group of volunteer legal advisors will review your BVA decision and VA claims file if you meet certain criteria. Go to "what we do" on the site for more information. There are also good links that may assist veterans who are filing a claim.
  • Veterans for Common Sense’s – www.veteransforcommonsense.org  Their mission is to raise the unique and powerful voices of veterans so that our military, veterans, freedom, and national security are protected and enhanced, for ourselves and for future generations.
  • DAV - www.dav.org  Disabled American Veterans function as attorneys-in-fact, assisting veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension; vocational rehabilitation and employment; education; home loan guaranty; life insurance; death benefits; health care and much more. They provide free services, such as information seminars, counseling and community outreach. NSOs also represent veterans and active duty military personnel before Discharge Review Boards, Boards for Correction of Military Records, Physical Evaluation Boards and other official panels.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES:

  • After Deployment www.afterdeployment.org  This website provides “self care” solutions targeting Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression and other behavioral health challenges commonly faced after deployment. There are self assessment tools, videos and other resources for both veterans and family members. It is a joint effort between the Dept. of Defense, Veteran Affairs and civilian agencies.
  • Coming Home Project – www.cominghomeproject.net  “Devoted to providing compassionate care, support and stress management tools for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families . . a range of free services: residential retreats; psychological counseling; education, training and consultation; self-care for service providers; and community forums . . . emotional, spiritual, relationship, and reintegration challenges faced by veterans and families before, during and after deployment.”
  • Grace After Fire - www.graceafterfire.org Grace After Fire is designed to serve women veterans from all eras and branches of service (currently 1.8M), and is preparing to meet the high numbers of women (approximately 14 percent of the armed services) currently serving. Treatment links and options are listed.
  • The Mental Health America Resource Center www.nmha.org  National Mental Health Association.
  • Military Mental Health Assessment www.militarymentalhealth.org  This has a mental health self-assessment screening and referral program offered to families and service members affected by deployment or mobilization.
  • Not Alone www.notalone.com  This site is intended for Warriors from any branch of service who are currently serving or have served in combat – especially those who have recently come home. Family members and close friends of warriors that deal with the effects of combat stress on a daily basis. · Supporters who care about our warriors and their families. Under the “group” section, you can sign up for 60-90 minute video classes that may be helpful in understanding readjustment issues.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami.org/veterans  Specific information about Veterans and mental health related illnesses and information for resources for veterans and their families.
  • National Institute of Mental Health – http://www.nimh.nih.gov/index.shtml Scroll down to “Mental Health Topics” to get a description of mental health diagnosis and how to locate resources for assistance.
  • National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder www.ptsd.va.gov  Information on PTSD from the National Center for PTSD.
  • NEW! Operation Reach Out – FREE! Suicide Prevention Apps for http://militaryfamily.com/downloads/apps/military-suicide-prevention-operation-reach-out/ These apps are designed to encourage people to reach out for help when they are having suicidal thoughts, help those who are concerned about family members, spouses, or fellow service members who may be suicidal, provide a personal contact help center, provide activities to help people who are depressed stay connected to others.
  • Red Cross – www.redcross.org  Go to “Getting Assistance” and click on “Military Families” to find out about the resources that are offered by the red cross with regard to counseling and other social service needs or call 1-877-272-7337.
  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration - www.samhsa.gov  The United States Department of Health and Human Services special link to mental health resources. Look in left hand menu under “treatment locators” to find community mental health resources near you. NEW! For specific information about veterans, visit www.samhsa.gov/vets/
  • Suicide Prevention Action Network www.spanusa.org  A national suicide prevention organization that provides extensive information that may be helpful for veterans and their families. 1-800-273-TALK for 24/7 assistance.
  • Suicide Information/Assistance http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1363  and http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/ VA Suicide Hotline and other mental Health support and information.
  • Vet Centers -www.vetcenter.va.gov  Vet Centers offer a wide range of services to help you make a successful transition from military to civilian life. Services include -individual & group counseling, marital and family counseling, bereavement counseling, medical & benefits referrals, employment counseling. To locate the Vet Center nearest you, click on “find a vet center” in the right hand menu.
  • Books for Military Children - http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,121091,00.html. Over 30 books recommended in the advisory column, “Field Problems”, at Military.com.Today.
  • Behavioral Health for Children of Military Families – http://www.behavioralhealth.army.mil/families/index.html. On line videos to help children with all phases of military duty and return. Excellent resource.
  • Child Care Aware – www.childcareaware.org/en/operationchildcare. Web site for National Guard and Reservists children issues.
  • Crisis Issues for Children of Veterans School Safety and Crisis Resources – http://www.nasponline.org/resources/crisis_safety/index.aspx. This link is to the American Psychological Association web site that addresses crisis issues for children of veterans. You will have to scroll down the page to find the information, but it is an excellent source of ideas and help.
  • Military Child – www.militarychild.org. Resources, publications, and educational information for children.
  • National Guard Family Program – www.guardfamily.org. National Guard Family Program.
  • National Guard Youth Web Site – www.guardfamilyyouth.org. National Guard Family Youth Website.
  • Seeds of Hope – www.seedsofhopebooks.com. Finding My Way: A Teen’s Guide to Living with a Parent Who Has Experienced Trauma (2005) Michelle D. Sherman, Ph.D.
  • Time to Talk- www.timetotalk.org. Time to Talk provides ways of talking to your kids about the risks of drugs and alcohol. They have free, easy-to-use, research-based tools and tips to help you have ongoing conversations with your kids to keep them healthy and drug-free. Look for the FREE KIT for Military Families.
  • Zero to Three – www.zerotothree.org/military . Ways to help children stay connected to deployed servicemen/women.
  • Child, Youth and School Services - Army OneSource : Army Child, Youth & School programs exist to support military readiness by ... and resources that help "level the playing field" for transitioning military students. http://www.myarmyonesource.com/ChildYouthandSchoolServices/default.aspx
  • Military Kids - Free Summer Camps - Military families can get a head start on their planning by applying for the National Military Family Association's - www.militaryfamily.org/  Operation Purple Summer Camp - program. The nonprofit organization launched this free program nine years ago to support military children, ages 7 to 17, dealing with the stress of war.
  • Military Children Scholarships - College Funding Assistance Comes from State Programs: The children of military personnel have a wide range of scholarships and other free tuition programs available to them. The eligibility criteria vary amongst the programs, as do the awards given. It is important to be familiar with all of the application and qualification information in order to receive consideration. http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/children.htm
  • Preparing for a PCS with Children - http://www.militaryhomefront.dod.mil/  - Do you have orders for a new duty station? Preparing for a PCS is often part of the military lifestyle. Below are tools and resources to help you stay organized to ensure a smooth move, learn about your new installation, and help your teenager cope with an upcoming relocation - Helping Your Teenager Cope with Relocation
  • 10 Things Military Teens Want You to Know (PDF) - http://www.militaryfamily.org/assets/pdf/What-Military-Teens-Want-You-to-Know-Toolkit.pdf  The National Military Family Association created this toolkit to give the people in military teens’ lives a way to help them manage the best and hardest parts of military life.
  • Resources for Supporting the Military Child - http://www.aasa.org/content.aspx?id=9004  

Family Support for Veterans:

  • The Armed Forces Foundation www.ArmedForcesFoundation.org  The Armed Forces Foundation is a non profit organization that started in 2010 and is dedicated to providing comfort and solace to members of the military community through financial support, career counseling, housing assistance and recreational therapy programs. Vital programs are offered to active-duty and retired personnel, National Guard, Reserve components, and their loved ones. This website is full of wonderful assistance options for vets/families along with applications for assistance that are only 4 pages long! Go to AFF Programs to get more specific information.
  • Air Compassion for Veterans – www.aircompassionforveterans.org Wounded warriors and their families are provided FREE medically related flights.
  • Army Home Front - www.armyhomefront.org The Army Homefront Fund provides emergency financial and other support to the families of soldiers, with a focus on wounded warrior care and transition assistance.
  • Caring Bridge – www.caringbridge.org CaringBridge provides free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier.
  • NEW! Federal Guide for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2011 Edition Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors: 2011 Edition This quick link will take you to detailed and up-to-date information regarding Veterans benefits.
  • Fisher House www.fisherhouse.org  Fisher House Foundation continues to support existing Fisher Houses and help individual military families in need. They also administer and sponsor Scholarships for Military Children, the Hero Miles program, and co-sponsor the Newman’s Own Award.
  • Hope for the Warriors www.hopeforthewarriors.org  The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance quality of life for U.S. service members and their families nationwide who have been adversely affected by injuries or death in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® actively seeks to ensure that the sacrifices of wounded and fallen warriors and their families are never forgotten nor their needs unmet. Includes assistance for “immediate needs”, “family assistance”, “warriors wish”, etc.
  • Military Family Support www.militaryfamilysupport.org  Military Family Support speaks up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits. They provide military members and their families with insightful recommendations, innovative programs, and grassroots efforts to better the quality of life for military families. Helpful links listed at the bottom of the home page
  • Quality of Life Foundation www.qolfoundation.org  Their mission is to honor and serve the families of our severely injured combat service members by helping them face the intense, life-changing challenges unique to their situations.
  • Rebuild Hope – www.rebuildhope.org  Rebuild Hope offers an immediate and easy away to help these OEF/OIF families. Our one-of-a-kind, national network “connects” donors to beneficiaries, and we provide complementary services that increase the veteran’s odds of success. Rebuild Hope also recognizes their personal sacrifices and efforts to rebuild their lives by sharing their personal stories.
  • Red Cross – www.redcross.org  Go to “Getting Assistance” and click on “Military Families” to find out about the resources that are offered by the red cross with regard to counseling and other social service needs or call 1-877-272-7337.
  • NEW! Support Your Vet - http://www.supportyourvet.org/ A veteran’s experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan are unimaginable, and returning home isn’t always easy. As a family member or friend of a veteran, you have the power to help, but knowing where to start can be difficult. This site provides “user friendly” tips for families and friends to welcome warriors home.
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors www.taps.org  TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.
  • NEW! VA Caregiver Support – www.caregiver.va.gov/ VA knows your focus as a Family Caregiver is taking care of the Veteran you love. It can be an incredibly demanding job, and we want you to know you don’t have to do it alone. Learn more about the support and services VA offers Family Caregivers or by calling 1-855-260-3274.
  • Military OneSource www.militaryonesource.mil/  is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members. They can also include more complex issues like relationships, stress, and grief. Services are available 24 hours a day --- 1-800- 342- 9647
 
Other Helpful Military Veteran Organizations:
 
 
List of Veteran Friendly Merchants:
  • Abuelo's Mexican Food - Offers vary by region. Must have some form of Military ID.
  • Advanced Auto Parts - Offers vary by region. Must have some form of Military ID.
  • Aeropostale - Offers 10 percent off. Must have some form of Military ID.
  • Amazon.com - Free "Veterans Day Honor" MP3 album download. 
  • Armed Forces Vacation Club - Offers discounted vacation packages to eligibles members with proper ID. Call 1-800-724-9988.
  • Autozone - 10% Discount.  Offers vary by region. Must have some form of Military ID
  • Bass Pro Shop - Offers vary by region. Must have some form of Military ID
  • Bed & Breakfast Inns – On November 10th, over 500 Bed and Breakfasts are offering a free night stay to veterans.
  • Best Inns and Suites – Varies, must present Military ID with check-in.
  • Best Western - Rates within allowable per diem, must present military ID with check in.
  • Beyond Blossoms - 20% off all flower orders throughout the year.
  • Big 10 Tires – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Blockbuster – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Boscov’s - 15% off in-store purchases with military ID everyday.
  • Boston Bill Sunglasses – 10% off
  • Boston Duck Tours - All Veterans ride free of charge the entire week of Veterans Day. Proper ID required.
  • Boston Market - 20% off with military ID.
  • Bronson Laboratories - 10% off on all vitamin and supplement orders, for active, retired, and reserve and their families.  Call 1-800-235-3200 or use online code AF2004.
  • Bubbles Car Wash - Free car wash to all veterans on Veterans Day.  Must show military/veteran ID.
  • Buckle – 10% off, Free Shipping on all military orders.
  • Budget – Varies, up to 25% off time and mileage.  Store, requires military ID to redeem.
  • Budget Truck Rental – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Build-A-Bear Workshop - Members of the Armed Forces will receive a 20% discount November 11-15, 2011.  Military ID required.
  • Burger King – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Busch Gardens - One day complimentary admission for members of the military and 3 direct dependents.
  • Cabela's Outdoor Store - 5% - 50% discounts for veterans, active duty military and reserves on Veterans Day.
  • Camino Real Apartments – 5% military discount.
  • Captain D’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Carl’s Jr. – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Century 21 – FREE Century 21 AON Home Protection Plan when they buy or sell a home through Molly Kucharski ONLY paid for at settlement. Value = $399.00, call 1-800-952-2516.
  • Champs Sports – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Checker Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Chevy’s Fresh Mex – 20%, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Chick Fil A – Varies, Discount with ID card (location dependent), discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Chipotle – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Choice Hotels – Rates at or below per diem depending on location. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military ID.
  • Ci-Ci’s Pizza – Discount varies, dependent on location, must present military ID.
  • Cingular – 17 to 18% Discount off your bill and 25% off accessories.
  • Clarion Inn – Rates within allowable per diem while on travel orders.    Must present valid military ID with check-in.
  • Coach - 20% discount must present military ID.
  • Coldstone – Discount varies, must present military ID.
  • Comfort Inn – Rates within allowable per diem while on travel orders.  Must Present valid military ID with check-in.
  • Coolmilitary.com – 10% off,  online only.
  • Copeland’s Sports - Discount varies per location.
  • D.S.W. Shoe Warehouse – 10% military discount.
  • Dairy Queen - 10% off, location dependent.
  • Days Inn – Rates within allowable per diem. Must present valid military ID with check-in.
  • Dell Computers – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Denny’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Discovery Channel Store – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Disney Resorts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Disneyland - Military discounts are available only for tickets purchased at installation MWRs. Prices vary per date and length of visit.
  • Dollar Car Rental – Allowable per diem rates.
  • Dunkin’ Donuts – Veterans advantage members save 10% on all online orders.  They also send free coffee to the troops oversees.
  • DZ Web Design – 15% off.
  • Earthly Herbs – 25% off.
  • El Molino Coffee Shop - Free Shipping online only.
  • Express Clothing Store- 10% off on top of other coupons as well with military ID.
  • Extreme Outfitters -10-20% on miiltary Gear, online and in store.
  • Eyeware - Discount varies. This site offers military discounts for a wide range of eyeglass companies.
  • Fashion Bug - 20% off all plus-size and misses clothing purchases with a copy of Military ID.
  • Foot Action – 20% off with military ID.
  • Foot Locker – 20% off with military ID.
  • Ford – Discount varies.
  • Forget me not Jewelry – 30% off. Online, use code militarygen100.
  • Friendly’s Ice Cream Stores – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Gander Mountain – 5% off.
  • Gap – 10% military discount 1st of every month (may vary by location; in-store only).
  • Geico – 2% to 15% in all states except Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee and Texas
  • GM – Varies, always well below MSRP.
  • GNC – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Golden Corral – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Great Wolf Lodge – Up to 33% off, discount varies however. Must book room over the phone rather than the internet.
  • GuideToMilitaryTravel.com – Another great site for military families to go to when looking for travel discounts.
  • Haber Vision – 50% discount on all sunglasses.
  • Hanes Outlet Store – 10% off with Military ID.
  • Hard Rock Cafe – 10% – 15% off. Varies for each location.
  • Hertz – Allowable per diem rates. Show valid military ID.
  • Hewlett-Packard – Log on to website and click on New User Registration: Enter first and last name, user name, password and email address. Use company code: 2727.  Discounts vary. Online only.
  • HickoryFarms.com - 10% Military discount – Enter 892848 in code box on online order form.
  • Hoffbrau Steaks - 50% off lunch and dinner on the 11th of each month.  Call 972-554-7270 for more details.
  • Home Depot – 10% off Year Round, to active duty, active reserve, retired military, and immediate family.    In-Store, just bring valid military ID.
  • Hooters – 10% off with military ID.
  • Hot Topic – 10-20% off with military ID.
  • IAVA – IAVA, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, is a veterans organization that looks to help take care of the newest generation of American veterans. They also are working with companies, such as JC Penney, to provide up to $200 in vouchers to certain retail stores.
  • IHOP – 20% with Military ID at owners discretion.
  • Imax – $1 off movie tickets with Military ID.
  • Inkshouse.com – 20% off $50 or more, use cod Mil20.
  • istudysmart.com – Free Shipping for Military Families, Online only.
  • Java Cafe – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Jeep – $500 for active military, reserves and retired reserves or active after 20 years of service. Requires military ID.
  • Jiffylube – 10% off with valid Military ID.
  • Jockey – 10% off with valid Military ID.
  • Jones New York Outlet Store – 10% off with valid Military ID.
  • KB Toys – 15% off during advertised Military Days.
  • KFC – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Kragen Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Krispy Kreme- All active duty, retirees & veterans get a free doughnut on Veterans Day.  Military ID needed.
  • Lady Foot Locker – 20% off with military ID.
  • Leslie Pool Supplies - 10% off with military ID.
  • Lerner – 15% off with military ID.
  • Long John Silver’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse – 10% military discount.
  • Lowes – 10% off year round to active duty, active reserve, retired military, and immediate family.  Just bring in a valid military ID.  The military discount, however, cannot be combined with other coupons they may be offering.
  • Macy’s – 10% off on the first Tuesday of every month, 15% with a Macy’s card.
  • Maurices – 10% off with valid military ID.
  • Marriott Hotels – It’s the Per Diem amount the government picks up, whatever that amount is.  Just call and place the reservation over the phone and ask for discount.
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics – Military personnel and dependents receive 10% on online orders. Reference your service affiliation and status, and ask for additional free gift and bigger discounts by contacting website.
  • McDonald’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Meineke – 10% off parts. In store only. Simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Menards - Gives shoppers with a military ID or VA identification card 10 percent off. Varies from store to store.
  • Michaels - 10% off every Wednesday.
  • Midas – 10% off with a valid military ID.
  • MilitaryPoloShirts.com - 10% off Custom embroidered shirts, caps, jackets, bags and more! Ribbons, Rank, Badges, Patches and More!  Call 1-800-596-9466.  Use Promotion Code VCP010 for discount.
  • MLB Hall of Fame – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Movie Theaters – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Mrs. Fields - 10% off with military ID.
  • My Cruise Club – 9% off on all cruises.
  • NAPA Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Nautica - 10% off with military ID.
  • National – No fee for additional drivers, and special off duty rates per location.  Service members receive full loss damage waivers.
  • National Credit Solutions – 25% discount, call toll free at 866-485-2540 x109, and for a direct line please call 972-746-4209.
  • New York and Company - 15% off military discount.
  • Nextel – 18% Discount, call  1-800-639-6111.
  • Nickelodeon Hotels – Reduced rates and perks, Call 877-NICK-111 and ask for the Military Family Package.
  • Nike – 10% off, In-Store. Must have valid military ID.
  • Nuvo - $30 off Ritmo Pregnancy Sound System.  Call 1-888-688-6462, or use coupon code MILITARY99 online.  Valid military ID required for in-store purchase.
  • O’Reilly Auto Parts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Oakley – Must register on company website to receive discount.
  • Old Navy – 10% military discount 1st of every month (may vary by location; in-store only).
  • Pac Sun – Discount varies per location, just bring in a vaild military ID.
  • Panchero’s Mexican Grill – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Pancho’s Mexican Buffet – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Panda Express – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Paradise Bakery - 40% off meals for military members with military ID. Does not extend to family.
  • Paradise Limousine – $25 Off Limousine Service Coupon Code: 1369 for service members.
  • Pep Boys – 10% off with valid military ID.
  • Pizza Hut – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Play It Again Sports – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Professional Sports teams – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Pure Beauty – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Quizno’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Race-Depot – 10% off, use code 10MILCITY.
  • Rack Room Shoes – 15% discount. Bring in valid military ID.
  • Raising Cane’s Chicken – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Ralph Lauren Outlet Store – 10% off with Military ID.
  • Ramada – 15% to 30% – depending on availability.  Must present military ID upon check in.
  • Red Robin – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Regal Movie Theaters – Matinee prices for all show times. Requires Military ID.
  • Ripley’s attractions and museums – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory – 10% military discount.
  • Rocky Mountain Tracking – 5% off any tracking inc.  Use code USMILITARY.
  • S & K Men’s Wear – 8% Discount on all items free shipping on orders over $99 & APO/FPO shipping. To access the military site at S&K you must go through their AAFES Exchange Mail Online service.
  • Sally Beauty Supply – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Sam's Club - Giving away 36,000 Hugo Canes on Veterans Day to veterans in need.  Military ID required.
  • Samsonite - 15% off with military ID.
  • Sea World - One day complimentary admission for members of the military and 3 direct dependents in 2010.
  • Sesame Park Place - One day complimentary admission for members of the military and 3 direct dependents.
  • Shedd Aquarium in Chicago - Free general admission with military ID.
  • Shoe Carnival – 10% off with military ID.
  • Shoe Department – 10% off with military ID.
  • Sierra Suites – Rates at or below per diem depending on location. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military ID.
  • Simone Protective Health – 20% off their nutritional hydration drink.
  • Six Flags Mountain Magic – Service members receive special discounts on admission for special events and specific dates. Tickets must be purchased in advance at MWR and ITT 143.  Recreation offices, not at the park.
  • Sizzler – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Sonic – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Soutwest Airlines – Varies, it’s a dollar amount, not a percentage.  Not available on all flights, you’ll have to call Southwest and simply just ask.
  • Spencer’s Gifts – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Sports Clips - Free haircuts to veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day.  Military ID required.
  • SportsMemorabilia.com – 10% off at checkout, use code mili10 online.
  • Sprint – 10-18% off. Sprint will also put a “hold” on your line when you are deployed, if you provide a copy of your orders, so you still have the same number when you come back and you do not have to pay for the time you're gone as well.
  • Sprint Business – 15% to 20% Discount, 1-888-788-4727.
  • Suzuki – $500 off for you and immediate family. Requires military ID.
  • Sweet Tomatoes – 10% off with military ID.
  • Szul- Free shipping to Military APO/FPO destinations until 12/31/11.
  • Taco Bell – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Texas Road House – 10% military discount.
  • The Dollar General - 10% discounts to all veterans and active duty servicemembers on Veterans Day.  Military ID required.
  • The Finish Line – 20% military discount off select items at special locations.
  • The Melting Pot – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Timberland Outlets – 15%, bring in valid military ID.
  • Tommy Hilfiger – 10% with valid military ID.
  • Toyota – $500 off + $500 for first time buyers. Requires military ID.
  • Travelodge – Rates within allowable per diem. Discounts may vary and depend on availability. Must present military ID.
  • Under Armor Outlet Store – 10% off with military ID.
  • United Artist Movie Theaters – Matinee prices for all show times. Requires Military ID.
  • Verizon – 23% discount on monthly bills. Applies only to the military member’s primary line.
  • Walgreens – 10% with military ID every Tuesday.
  • Wendy’s – Discount varies, simply ask and have a valid military ID with you.
  • Western Sizzlin Steakhouse -  10% discount at manager's discretion.
  • Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo – Free admission ticket for active duty or reserve member of the military, also allows 50% discount in admission for up to 3 family members.
  • Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium – Enrolled military get in for free and 50% off for up to 3 family members.
  • Wine Country Gift Baskets - Giving military members 5 percent off baskets, flowers and fresh baked goods. Enter the catalog code "Military" at checkout. 
  • Wing Zone – 10% military discount in Alabama. Ends 12/31/2015.
  • World of Coca Cola – $2 off standard admission price for service member with military ID and up to four guests.
  • Wyndham Hotels – Discounts vary by 140 locations. Also depend on availability. Must present military ID upon check in.
  • Zaxby’s – 10% off with military ID.

FREE TRAINING SESSIONS FOR VETERANS

WITH 10% OR MORE SC-DISABILITY

Veterans Fitness Career College is currently working on a partnership with Healthy Minds/Healthy Bodies (HM/HB) to provide service-connected disabled veterans a way to transition back into their community as a civilian through fitness.

This program was successfully piloted in the Chicago,IL area through NEDSRA having successfully helped more than 5o disabled veterans. Now HMHB is working with Veterans Fitness Career College to expand this program and its services throughout the nation.

This program offers three main features to qualified veterans:

  • Free memberships at health clubs
  • Free personal trainer sessions
  • Monthly socials

To qualify for this program you must have:

  • DD214 with honorable discharge
  • Proof of a 10% or higher disability rating from the VA

The personal training sessions are one hour each and may be used at any time throughout the one year membership.  The individual will set specific goals in the program – weight loss, gain flexibility, strength building around an injury site, be able to pass his/her next PT test, etc.  The trainers create a workout program for the veteran to help them reach those specific goals.  Trainers also document the abilities and level of fitness at the start and the level of fitness at the end of 15 sessions.

The monthly socials are intended for a few things. 

  • Provide a networking opportunity with the other vets in the program.
  • Introduce other organizations that provide services for veterans in the area.  (Diveheart, Bow Heart, Tiki Boat, Chiropractors, paralympics sport clubs, etc.)  Also, introduce other activities available which are beneficial to someone with various injuries/disabilities.  (Wheelchair basketball, yoga, swimming, etc.)
  • Provide a social outing once a month to enjoy with family and friends.  They are all welcome!
  • To enjoy some delicious, healthy food!

To receive more information contact         Donna Allen-Sebok, CTRS at:              http://healthymindshealthybodies.org/

 

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