U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, also known as the VA, is a government-run organization put in place to benefit veterans. The VA is committed to helping veterans and their families both during and after the service to their country.
The VA is divided into three sections. The first, the Veterans Health Administration, offers various kinds of healthcare to recovering veterans. The main purposes of the Veterans Health Administration include providing mental health treatment to help veterans transition from their service, as well as providing highly advanced prosthetics to those who have suffered any loss of limb during their service. The second branch of the VA, the Veterans Benefits Administration, provides financial assistance to veterans and their families, including disability compensation. This branch also provides different education programs for former service members. The final branch is the National Cemetery Administration, which maintains 147 different national cemeteries for military personnel and families throughout the United States.
One of the VA’s main initiatives within the past two years has been to aid in the ongoing epidemic of veteran homelessness. The VA works with the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) in order to combat the epidemic facing the country. These two organizations operate hand-in-hand to implement plans at the federal, state and local levels to aid the homeless, creating more services that can benefit and rehabilitate those suffering on the streets.
Wounded Warrior Project
The Wounded Warrior Project is about helping veterans rehabilitate in any way they need. The magnitude of ways WWP offers assistance to veterans is vast and truly incredible. The WWP approach is holistic in nature and emphasizes all areas of veteran health.
WWP helps service members in the process of physical recovery by aiding in physical therapy, as well as nutritional assistance and exercise programs. These exercise programs include sporting activities that encourage a greater physical and emotional support system.
Beyond the purely physical initiative, WWP works alongside the Warrior Care Network, that exists to help those suffering from the “invisible wounds of war.” Former service members that suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury are able to receive the mental healthcare they need in order to journey along the path to recovery. WWP also provides other areas of mental health treatment for those who have served and are suffering.
The Transition Training Academy is a program created by WWP, to help veterans return to everyday life after they are through serving. This includes assistance in developing skills for the working world, and taking on new career paths.
The Wounded Warrior Project assists veterans in all areas of rehabilitation, be it physical, mental, or career-oriented, in order to give veterans the care they deserve and help them continue day-to-day life after returning from service. WWP allows veterans to recover and truly thrive in their post-service lives.
Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization, created shortly after September 11, that helps service members and their families in various ways.
Homes on the Homefront is a program that runs through Operation Homefront, and a partnership with Wells Fargo, Chase, and Bank of America. This program donates mortgage-free homes to service members and veterans in need. Recipients of the home donations are also given financial counseling, so they will be able to properly transition and pay taxes as well as insurance on the home.
Hearts of Valor is another program that runs through Operation Homefront, that offers medical care for ill and wounded service members. This program also allows caregivers and patients to form a connection through online support and sharing of their experiences, in order to make the healing process more communal and supportive for those healing as well as those offering care.
Operation Homefront has assisted over 740,000 families in need.