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General Resources

1 Student Veteran Expedites the education claims and appeals process, allowing student veterans to simply email and explain any problems they are experiencing. A VFW staff member specializing in student veterans issues will acknowledge receipt of each inquiry within 24 hours or one business day, and will then either intervene with the VA on behalf of the student veteran or recommend other courses of action—free of charge. 

ACE Military Guide The ACE Military Guide Online presents ACE recommendations for formal courses and occupations offered by all branches of the military.

AT&T PrePaid Calling Minutes A great way to connect with the home front by allowing you to call anywhere, anytime without the hassle of carrying a card.

Courage Beyond Provides confidential, no-cost or low-cost programs and services to warriors and their families facing PTSD and other invisible wounds of military service.

Credit Card Insider Has a specific website with information and resources for Veterans looking for or using credit cards. 

Debt.Org Has some good information about special laws concerning servicemembers and debt.

Fallen and Wounded Soldiers Fund (FWSF) The primary function of the FWSF is to bridge the financial gap between the time a servicemember is injured and their receipt of VA benefits. 

Federal Benefits for Veterans, Dependents and Survivors This online booklet contains a summary of a broad range of programs and services provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible.

Homes for our Troops A national non-profit organization who assist severely injured veterans and their families by raising money, building materials and professional labor, and by coordinating the process of building a home that provides maximum freedom of movement and the ability to live more independently.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) A non-profit, non-partisan 21st century veteran organization dedicated to standing with the veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. The group seeks to empower the community (both online and offline), and offer health, employment, education and  community resources. They create impact in these critical areas through assistance to vets and their families, raising awareness, and advocating for supportive policy from the federal to the local level.

Joint Services Support (JSS) Provides information, tools, and resources for your daily life.

Make the Connection A national, public awareness campaign by the Department of Veteran Affairs that features candid, personal testimonials from Veterans and their loved ones and provides access to local resources.    Take a look at the Video Gallery for short videos from real veterans. 

MiVHAP or Michigan Veterans Home Owners Assistance Program is for Military Service Members and Veterans with issues related to the foreclosure crisis.

Military Officers Association of America MOAA is the nation's largest and most influential association of military officers. MOAA is a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers and their families at every stage of their careers.

Military One Source Provides help with short-term issues to those who are eligible.

Military Pay Tables Defense Finance and Accounting Service. Pay table links from 1949-present.

Movies for the Troops is a program by Family Video to donate movies to deployed servicemembers.

MVTF or Michigan Veterans Trust Fund is a program used when an unforeseen situation has caused a temporary financial emergency or hardship that a grant, if approved, would resolve and the applicant can show that they will be able to meet future expenses.

National Resource Directory Connects wounded warriors, servicemembers, veterans, their families and caregivers with those who support them.

Navy Wounded Warrior Safe Harbor Exists to enable Sailors and Coastguardsmen to focus on getting well by linking wounded warriors to benefits, connecting them to employment and education opportunities, hosting adaptive athletics events, and sharing family and mental health resources.

Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)  Advocates for better health care and benefits, assists in the search for a truly satisfying career, and provide the path to adventure through adaptive sports. What’s more, they are committed to ongoing care by educating clinicians about spinal cord injury, and they are deeply invested in the future—a cure for paralysis.

Real Warriors, Real Battles, Real Strength The Real Warriors Campaign is a multimedia public awareness campaign designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among service members, veterans and military families coping with invisible wounds. Launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) in 2009, the campaign is an integral part of the Defense Department’s overall effort to encourage warriors and families to seek appropriate care and support for psychological health concerns.

Tax Help, Free! Military members and their spouses may be eligible to receive free tax return preparation assistance. The IRS and U.S. Armed Forces participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which provides free tax advice, tax preparation, return filing and other tax assistance to military members and their families. Davenport's VITA team

Team Red, White and Blue (TRWB) Seeks to transform the way America supports wounded veterans returning from active duty. TRWB's intention is to create a community of veterans, their families, and American citizens who can enjoy authentic social interaction and shared experiences through activities and events all across America.

VA Home Loan Info Debt.Org has some good information about VA Home Loans.

Veteran-Friendly School Toolkit

Veterans Burial Allowance PDF icon Information about veterans burial allowance (partial reimbursements of an eligible veterans burial and funeral costs).

VA Veterans Pension If you are a low-income wartime Veteran who meets certain service, income, and net-worth limits set by law—or are a surviving family member of a Veteran who meets the criteria—you may be eligible to receive tax-free supplemental income.

Vets Prevail Is an online application that eases the transition back into civilian life by helping you explore your needs and find the right resources.

Veterans Crisis Line The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Veterans Make the Connection Shared experiences and support for Veterans.

Warrior Transition Command The U.S. Army Warrior Transition Command (WTC) is a one-star command under the U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM). This website provides information, resources, and opportunities for wounded warriors, their families, and even their employers or employers interested in hiring wounded warriors.

Woman Veterans Website Great links with information specifically for woman veterans.

Wounded Warrior Project - Restore Warriors Self help information, training exercises, and resources for servicemembers who may be struggling with stress, relationships, self esteem, loss, betrayal, etc. caused by or related to serving in the military.

Veteran Parenting Toolkit Five age-based toolkits for OIF/OEF veterans and their family members on parenting and reconnecting with your child after deployment.