Category Archives: Veteran’s Resource Directory

Womble Carlyle Pro Bono Veterans Project

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Phone: (919) 755-2100
Email: kalennon@wcsr.com
Website: wcsr.com

 

Extraordinary client service is a hallmark of Womble Carlyle. We provide value by combining professional skill, technology, and a thorough understanding of our clients’ needs to deliver high quality, cost-effective and responsive services.

Your Congressional Representatives
www.contactingthecongress.org

Find your members of congress by clicking on your state on the map or by filling out the form. Call the senator’s D.C. office; ask who handles veterans’ issues there; then ask to speak to that person. Having a high-ranking senator and his staff working on your side can open previously closed doors and fix once broken situations.  Note, though, that these people are extremely short on time.  Before calling, make sure you can summarize your entire situation in 30 seconds or less, ending with the question: “Can you help me?”  If you can’t do it in 30 seconds, practice in front of a mirror until you can.  Let the senator’s veterans’ advocate ask the follow-up questions.  If you ramble, they will not assist you.

 

Note: One of the first questions will be: “Do you have all of your military and VA papers, including your medical, discharge and military performance papers?”  Do not call until the answer to that question is yes.  Also, once you obtain your papers, never send the originals to anyone.

Additional Resources

The Los Angeles chapter of Volunteers of America (www.voala.org) has provided this list of organizations offering free assistance with food, housing, clothing, medical care, rehabilitation and other needs:

 

www.joshuakors.com/listoforganizations.xls
List compiled by reporter Joshua Kors (joshua@joshuakors.com, www.joshuakors.com) with contributions from Bob Handy of Veterans United for Truth (bhandy@vuft.org, www.vuft.org); Congressman Bob Filner, former chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs; Katherine Moore of the Jewish Vocational Services of Los Angeles (KMoore@jvsla.org, www.jvsla.org); and generous Huffington Post readers.

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Swords to Plowshares

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1060 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: (415) 252-4788
Website: stp-sf.org
Email: supportvets@stp-sf.org

 

 

Swords to Plowshares provides legal assistance to low-income veterans who are in San Francisco.  The group also helps vets who are filing disability claims with the VA.  It provides
counseling to wounded and traumatized soldiers as well as housing and employment training.

Soldiers who live outside San Francisco are encouraged to call anyway.  The knowledgeable staff can direct you to assistance in your area.

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Veterans Legal Support Center (VLSC)

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The John Marshall Law School
315 S Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
Phone: (312) 427-2737 ext 346
Website: jmls.edu
Email: vlsc@jmls.edu

The VLSC is one of the nation’s first law school clinics dedicated solely to addressing the legal needs of veterans seeking their benefits from VA.

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Urban Justice Center – Veteran Advocacy Project

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Veterans and Service Members Project
123 William St., 16th Floor
New York, NY 10038
Phone: (646) 602-5620
Email: cculhane@urbanjustice.org

Coco Culhane, Project Coordinator

Veteran Advocacy provides free civil legal services to low-income veterans. We focus on providing access to housing, health care, and income to those with PTSD and other mental health issues.

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Lawyers Serving Warriors (LSW)

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Website: LawyersServingWarriors.org
Email: LawyersServing@nvlsp.org
Phone: (202) 265-8305 ext 152

LSW is a project of National Veterans Legal Services Program that provides free legal services to U.S. military personnel and veterans who served in Iraq or Afghanistan, and who need help with disability, discharge or veterans benefits cases.

 

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National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP)

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PO Box 65762
Washington, DC 20035

Phone: (202) 265-8305
Website: nvlsp.org
Email: info@nvlsp.org

NVLSP provides legal information and assistance for veterans, survivors of veterans, and veterans’ advocates who are seeking service-related VA benefits.

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National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates (NOVA)

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1425 K St NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 587-5708
Website: vetadvocates.org

NOVA maintains a directory of lawyers who practice Veterans law.  Simply visit the directory, click on your state and scroll through the names, numbers and email addresses of the lawyers in your area.

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Operation Home and Healing

Phone: (215) 382-6680
Website: operationhomeandhealing.org

Operation Home and Healing reaches out to vets shaken by the trauma of war.  The group has 140 therapists across 13 offices providing counseling to vets struggling with grief, depression, PTSD and chronic pain.  The group also provides couples therapy. The organization is based in Philadelphia and designed for families in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.

Home Base Program

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Phone: (617) 724-5202
Website: homebaseprogram.org
Email: homebaseprogram@partners.org

 

Provides care to vets who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and are now suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  The program, which is located in Boston and sponsored by Massachusetts General Hospital, offers high-quality medical and psychological care. Home Base also has programs for the families of wounded soldiers, helping children who are adjusting to a parent’s return and spouses who are dealing with the challenges of PTSD and TBI.

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The Pathway Home

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Toll Free: (800) 404-8387
Email: Kathy.Loughry@thepathwayhome.org
Website: thepathwayhome.org

A recovery facility for traumatized veterans, located in a scenic stretch of California’s Napa Valley.  At the facility, soldiers get a chance to cool down, learn about PTSD, and develop relaxation techniques. Receive treatment for insomnia, depression, nightmares, as well as anger, guilt and other war-related emotions.  The Pathway Home also offers couples/family therapy.

New Directions

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Phone: (310) 914-5966
Website: newdirectionsinc.org

New Directions is a resource center for veterans, located in Los Angeles. It provides an array of services, including substance abuse treatment, counseling, remedial education, job training and placement, as well as parenting and money management classes.

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Warrior Writers Project

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Lovella Calica, Director
Website: warriorwriters.org
Email: lovella@warriorwriters.org

The Warrior Writers Project brings together recent veterans and current soldiers to express themselves through art.  The organization holds workshops across the country, where soldiers write stories, create poetry, and develop art projects through photography, drawing and music. Like the Combat Paper Project, the Warrior Writers workshops have proved to be powerful experiences for many soldiers who, through art, find a way to express their feelings about their time at war.  For the locations of upcoming workshops, click here: warriorwriters.org

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Combat Paper Project

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Drew Cameron, Project Co-Director
Website: combatpaper.org
Email: drewcameron@combatpaper.org

The Combat Paper Project conducts hands-on workshops across the country where veterans take their uniforms, cut them up, process them into pulp, and use that pulp to create art.  While molding their old uniforms into something new, veterans get a chance to talk about their battlefield experiences with other vets who have been there and understand. For many soldiers, these workshops have been transformative experiences, helping them process the pain lingering from their war-time tours while reshaping their identity: from warrior to artist.

Gathering of Eagles — Laptops for Wounded Warriors

Dawn West, Program Coordinator
Email: eaglesvt@gmail.com


The Gathering of Eagles provides laptops to soldiers recovering at medical treatment centers.  Wounded soldiers can then use email and Skype to connect with family and friends while they recover from their injuries.

If you are recovering in a military medical center and need a laptop, email the organization or post a message on its Facebook page.

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USA Cares

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Toll Free: (800) 773-0387
Website: usacares.org
Email: info@usacares.org

Like Soldiers’ Angels, USA Cares connects with military families in need, providing free assistance with food, utilities, vehicle repair and rent.  The organization also connects wounded veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and PTSD with quality medical care.

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Soldiers’ Angels

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1792 E Washington Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91104
or PO Box 758513
Topeka, KS 66675-9913

Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday – Friday
Phone: (626) 529-5114
Voice Mail: (615) 676-0239
Fax: (626) 529-5446
Website: soldiersangels.org
Email: pbader@soldiersangels.org

 

Soldiers’ Angels is hundreds of thousands volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families.

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Farmer-Veteran Coalition

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Phone: (530) 756-1395
Website: farmvetco.org
Email: info@farmvetco.org

The FVC offers veteran’s training in becoming farmers.  For many vets, training on the organization’s Sacramento Valley farm is a pathway to a new career in agriculture.  For others who just need some peace after the chaos of war, the organization’s weekend retreats offer some much needed calm. The coalition has partnered with Air Compassion to fly any Iraq/Afghanistan vet to the farm for free.  For more info, check out this article from the NY Times: tradingswordsforplows

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Wall Street WarFighters

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Phone: (888) 439-3935
Website: wallstreetwarfighters.org
Email: info@wallstreetwarfighters.org

If you’re interested in pursuing a career in finance, Wall Street WarFighters can help.  The organization provides education and training to wounded vets, so they can make the transition from the battlefield to Wall Street.  Even if you don’t have a college degree, you can still call them.  The organization is designed to assist wounded soldiers.  Veterans interested in the program need at least a 10 percent disability rating from the VA.

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Jewish Vocational Service of Los Angeles (JVS) Veterans First

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Phone: (323) 904-4900 ext 3904
Fax: (323) 904-4905
Website: jvsla.org
Email: jcheng@jvsla.org

Jessica Cheng, Program Coordinator

 

JVS of LA’s Veterans First program provides career coaching to veterans, helping you assess your skills and build upon them.  The organization’s Battle Buddy Groups will give you a chance to network and receive support from people who understand.  The program is free.  And if you’re eligible, JVS can provide you with funding for additional education and job training.

JVS’ Veterans First program is available to all veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and who live in the Los Angeles area.

JVS of LA’s Veterans First program provides career coaching to veterans, helping you assess your skills and build upon them.  The organization’s Battle Buddy Groups will give you a chance to network and receive support from people who understand.  The program is free.  And if you’re eligible, JVS can provide you with funding for additional education and job training.
JVS’ Veterans First program is available to all veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom and who live in the Los Angeles area.

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NextGenVets

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Phone: (424) 259-3803
Website: nextgenvets.org
Email: info@nextgenvets.org

NextGenVets is a job placement organization.  Go to their contact page, fill out their form, and answer questions about your education and military rank.  You’ll be placing your profile in the organization’s database.  A case worker at NextGenVets will then contact you and reach out to companies that are hiring so that they can match the right vet with the right company.

National Veterans Foundation

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Phone: (888) 777-4443
Website: www.nvf.org

Like the Wounded Warrior Project, the National Veterans Foundation offers an impressive range of free services to vets.  Call their number and speak to a NVF staff member about your situation. You can also use this link (www.nvf.org/livehelp) to chat with a staff member online. NVF will help you if you’re in crisis, need legal help, assistance with a disability claim, help finding a job, treatment for PTSD or Traumatic Brain Injury, or simply want to connect with other vets. The organization also helps military families who are having a hard time affording groceries.

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Wounded Warrior Project

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Phone: (877) 832-6997
Website: woundedwarriorproject.org
Email: alumni@woundedwarriorproject.org

The Wounded Warrior Project offers a wide range of assistance, from help collecting disability benefits, to help in healing PTSD wounds, to continuing education for a post-military life.  WWP can connect you with benefits counselors who can guide you through the VA maze.  And their programs include Project Odyssey, a retreat with fellow vets that involves hiking, kayaking and whitewater rafting.  With the WWP’s Track program, vets receive a scholarship to attend Florida State College at Jacksonville or The Alamo Colleges in San Antonio. If you call the organization’s phone number and explain your situation, the advisor will tell you about the WWP programs that are right for you.  Their staff also replies to email and to messages left on Facebook.

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