Free & Discount Resources for Military Families

This is your guide to a bunch of free resources for all military personnel.

I decided to make it as efficient as possible by using drop-down menus. This is so you don't have to go searching page by page.

Enjoy!

Having Children

Adoption Solutions - Free Resources for Military Families +

Adoption

 

Veterans Administration

va.gov/va-now-offers-adoption-reimbursement/

Veterans with a service-connected disability that results in infertility will now be able to receive reimbursement for adoption expenses as a result of a new rule recently approved by VA. The final interim rule was published in the Federal Register on March 5, 2018, and became effective upon publication.

 

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Military OneSource
www.militaryonesource.mil

While mobile military life isn’t a barrier to adoption, there are some aspects of adoption that are unique to military life. A Military OneSource adoption consultant is specially trained in military adoptions and can help you navigate the process.

Consultants can offer information on various types of adoption, financial assistance, helpful agencies and more.

The military offers adoption reimbursement to families, with eligible service members able to receive up to $2,000 per adopted child and up to $5,000 per calendar year. Active duty, National Guard and reserve service members and their families are eligible for free, confidential adoption consultations.

 

National Military Family Association
www.militaryfamily.org/your-benefits/adoption/

Your heart is open to having a child in your lives or adding to your family. You’ve talked about it and agreed that adoption is the route you want to take. Arm yourself with information before you even call an adoption agency. There is a lot to learn about the adoption process. Search out other military families in your community who have adopted. Ask lots of questions.

 

Office of Work-Life Programs – Adoption Reimbursement (Coast Guard)
http://www.uscg.mil/worklife/adoption

The Adoption Reimbursement Program is available to the following members of Team Coast Guard:
Active Duty Coast Guard
Coast Guard Reservists on active duty for at least 180 days
Note: All other member of Team Coast Guard, while not eligible for reimbursement, are encouraged to use the National Adoption Directory and other web sites provided below to assist them in obtaining adoption information. .

Purpose of Program – The Adoption Reimbursement Program is intended to subsidize the adoption of children under 18 years of age for members of the Coast Guard.

 

Infertility Solutions - Free Resources for Military Families +

Infertility

Military Treatment Facilities

There are six major MTFs that, in conjunction with civilian partners, handle the full range of fertility treatments:

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) – Bethesda, Maryland
Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) – Honolulu, Hawaii
Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) – Fayetteville, North Carolina
Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC) – Tacoma, Washington
San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) – San Antonio, Texas
Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD) – San Diego, California

The portion of the civilian partner care not covered by Tricare is billable to the patient, but because so much of the care is handled by the MTF, the cost is much lower than civilian procedures.

 

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Bob Woodruff Foundation IVF Fund
https://bobwoodrufffoundation.org/ivf-fund-application/

Supporting programs that help veterans begin a family is rooted in the Bob Woodruff Foundation mission—to find, fund, and shape innovative programs that help veterans, service members and their families thrive. VIVA complements the Department of Veteran Affairs’ efforts to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment to veterans who have lost the ability to conceive due to injuries incurred during service to our nation.
Military Adoption Benefits for Active Duty Families Include:
Up to $2,000 reimbursement for adoption expenses
Up to 21 days of adoption leave to bond with your new child
Health care benefits before the adoption is final
Read up on the adoption process. A good overall background can be obtained at the Child Welfare Information Gateway. This site, run by the Department of Health and Human Services, provides non-biased information about the process, different types of adoption, different agencies, and a glossary of terms. Another helpful resource is a publication from the Children’s Bureau and AdoptUSKids.

 

Compassionate Corps Program
https://www.fertilitylifelines.com/

You served our country’s needs, and now we are here to serve yours. If you are a veteran or the spouse of a veteran who is suffering from infertility, you may be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program. This program provides free fertility medication to those who are eligible.

The Compassionate Corps Program helps expand EMD Serono Fertility’s mission of advocating for people who want to have a child.

To be eligible for the Compassionate Corps Program, you must:
Eligibility is based on qualifying annual household gross income and first-time participation in the Compassionate Care Program. Program is available only at participating pharmacies. Patients must present a valid prescription for an eligible drug. Eligible patients can use the Compassionate Care Program for multiple cycles each year
Patients must reapply each year. Compassionate Care is not an insurance program.

 

RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
http://www.resolve.org/support/infertility-and-the-military/

If you are in the military or your spouse is, you’ll need to know what your options are for treatment for your infertility. First things first, know what is covered! The good news is, there are a few options for receiving care such as a basic fertility workup, IUIs or an IVF procedure.

 

CCRM network

https://www.ccrmivf.com/patient-resources/services-2/militarydiscountprogram/

The Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine (CCRM) network offers U.S. veterans and those in active duty a substantial discount on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) services. The discount will be available at all of CCRM’s U.S. locations, including:

 

 

[For the New York state area]

 

CNY Fertility

Offers free IUI and IVF to military members who have sustained injuries that have affected their fertility and then for everyone else who needs treatment, they have the best prices for IUI and IVF. They also offer a generous military discount. No matter where you live, you can have treatment because they have a team that handles all out-of-state patients

 

Pregnancy & Newborn Free Resources for Military Families +

Pregnancy & Newborns for military families

These are mostly free resources for military families expecting a baby or with newborns.

 

Baby showers

https://operationonceinalifetime.com/

Operation Baby Shower was created to step in and assist with the makings of the almost perfect baby shower. Contact us to see how we can help make the expected arrival of your new little one a special event.

https://www.operationhelpahero.org/ohh-baby-showers.html

Mommies will not only walk away with gifts, full bellies, photos for daddy and larger baby items to lighten the financial
burden of raising a baby, they will also walk away with a support system.

https://www.operationhomefront.org/

Operation Homefront will reach hundreds of families across the nation who are awaiting their little bundles of joy.

 

https://operationshower.org/

The showers are an opportunity for military families to leave the stresses of deployment at home, come together and celebrate.

 

http://osoamil.org/

Registration is open up to Enlisted Military and Reserves E1-E8, O1, Wounded Warriors, Veterans, First Responders, and their families

 

https://www.uso.org/programs/uso-what-to-expect-and-target-present-special-delivery

The USO and What to Expect are partnering for a seventh year to host baby showers for military moms-to-be around the globe.

 

Breast pumps – supplies

https://tricare.mil/breastpumps

Who can get a manual or standard electric breast pump, supplies, and breastfeeding counseling services?
All TRICARE-eligible female beneficiaries with a birth event. A birth event includes a pregnant beneficiary or a female beneficiary who legally adopts an infant and intends to personally breastfeed

 

Budget workshop for Military Families – Budgeting for a Baby

http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/budgeting-for-a-baby

Planning for the financial impact of a baby is an important part of your preparations.

 

Midwife/Doula – Labor Support Services

http://www.operationspecialdelivery.com/

Discounted labor support services.

 

Baby care packages

https://operationonceinalifetime.com – operation baby shower
https://soldiersangels.org/Baby-Brigade-Team
http://www.carryingonproject.org/ – Baby carrier

 

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Child Care Assistance - Resources for Military Families +

Child Care Assistance for Military Families

These are resources for military families pertaining to child care.

 

YMCA

https://www.ymca.net/military-outreach/

In partnership with the Armed Services YMCA Opens a new window and the Department of Defense, the Y is proud to offer memberships and respite child care services to eligible military families and personnel to give them extra support during this difficult period.

 

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Child Care Aware

Army

Navy

Air Force

Marines

 

Care Packages for Children of Deployed Troops +

Care Packages for Children of Military Families

 

Little Patriots Embraced

https://www.littlepatriotsembraced.org/deployment-package-program

The LPE Family Package was designed for our military families. Items in the deployment package offer emotional support for family members. Research shows that the contents of our deployment package help alleviate stress and anxiety for children.

 

Littlest Heroes

https://www.supportmilitaryspouses.org/what-we-do/littlest-heroes/

 

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Sporting/Activity Grants for Children of National Guard or Reserves +

Sporting Grants for Children of National Guard or Reserves

 

Our Military Kids Program

https://ourmilitarykids.org/

They empower military kids by funding sports, arts and other enrichment activities when their parents are deployed overseas with the National Guard or Reserves, or recovering from severe injuries sustained in a post-9/11 overseas mission.

 

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Solutions to Solve Disruptive Behavior in Children

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Free Sesame Street Activities and Coloring for Military Kids +

Sesame Street Activities & Coloring

Sesame Street Program

Home

Access the Little Children, Big Challenges family support services, kids learning sites, and other resources for military children, which help all families of military service build the skills they need to be resilient.

Workshop initiatives focus on a wide range of issues, from math skills and literacy to health, diversity, and military deployment. Initiatives meet specific needs to help kids and families develop critical skills, acquire healthy habits, and build emotional strength to prepare them for lifelong learning.

 

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Bedtime Stories from Your Troop +

Bedtime Story from Mom/Dad Deployed

United Through Reading

Home

United Through Reading connects military families through the read-aloud experience, and we are working to close the gap so that every military child has the opportunity for bedtime stories.

More than two million military mothers, fathers, and children have sustained bonds and fostered literacy by sharing stories across even the greatest distances.

Family

Care Packages for Families from Deployed Troops +

Care Packages for Families from Deployed Troops

 

Full Circle Home

www.fullcirclehome.org

They help our busy deployed military send a gift and a love note to their wives, fiancés, girlfriends and moms for Christmas and Mother's Day. These gift packages allow the troops to express their gratitude and recognize the sacrifices made by those at home. Make sure to tell your deployed service member about this program.

Care Packages for Military Spouses +

Care Packages for Military Spouses

 

Support Military Spouses Program

Military Spouse Care Packages

Free Tax Assistance +

Free Tax Assistance for Military Families

 

Military One Source

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/financial-legal

Military One Source offers a secure and free tax preparation and e-filing software for service members... including members of the National Guard and reserves, immediate family members, and eligible survivors.

Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation +

Morale, Welfare and Recreation

 

Air Force 

https://www.militaryonesource.mil/leaders-service-providers/morale-welfare-and-recreation/air-force

United States Air Force Services provides eligible patrons with recreation and leisure programs as well as family member and community services programs

 

Army

https://www.armymwr.com/

A comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers (active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, civilian employees, military retirees and other eligible participants.

 

Marines

https://usmc-mccs.org/

A set of programs that support and enhance the operational readiness, war-fighting capabilities, and life quality of Marines, their families, retirees, and civilians.

 

Navy

https://www.navymwr.org/

Navy MWR's mission is to deliver high-quality, customer-focused programs and services that contribute to resiliency, retention, readiness, and quality of life.

 

Coast Guard

https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Human-Resources-CG-1/Community-Services-Command-CSC/MWR/

The mission of the Coast Guard Morale, Well-Being, and Recreation (MWR) Program is to uplift the spirits of the Coast Guard Family and be an essential element of Coast Guard readiness, retention, and resiliency through customer-owned and driven MWR programs and services

Veteran Caregiver Training +

Veteran Caregiver Training

 

Resources

They exist to bring value to you immediately. With a video, a resource, a contact, a question answered, or a radio podcast, you will learn something you can apply instantly. As a veteran or a Caregiver of a veteran or service member, your life may be altered by injury, illness, or aging. If you’re feeling isolated or alone, want or need people around you who “get it”, and you’d benefit from networking with peers and professionals, community health and recovery resources, you’ve come to the right place.

Military & Veteran Family Helpline +

Military & Veteran Family Helpline

 

MVF Helpline

https://www.mvfhelpline.org/

This is a free service that offers information, creates connections and gives hope to struggling military and veteran families. It's answered by experienced problem-solvers who care deeply about veterans and their families and who have the contacts and knowledge needed to get each caller help.

This is a helpline, not a hotline. It is answered Monday through Friday between 8am and 4:30pm Eastern Time, except holidays. Messages left after hours are answered the next business day.

 

Vet 4 Warriors

Home Page

They provide immediate, free, and long-term peer support through confidential phone, chat, text, and email conversations to help those who served live better lives.

Housing

Needs Based Lawn/Snow Care for Deployed +

Needs Based

 

Project Evergreen

Greencare for Troops

Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Troops connects military families across the nation to complimentary lawn and landscape services. Meanwhile, our sister program, SnowCare for Troops, provides basic snow removal.

Do You Have a Military Residential Lease Clause? +

Military Residential Lease Clause

Just Great Lawyers

https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/military-residential-leases

When you have to move... A military clause provides protection for service-members by adding a clause to the lease that allows for breaking of the lease without penalty for specified military action, such as the move to military housing or the need to deploy.

Avoid cancellation fees when terminating internet and TV services +

Avoid Cancellation Fees When Terminating Internet and TV Services

 

Amendments to the SCRA in Public Law 115-407

military-cancel-services-without-issue

The Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, now allow military members to cancel their internet, TV or wireless and/or home phone services without penalty if you are deployed or relocated for at least 90 days to a new location where the same service isn’t provided.

Assisted Living for Veterans +

Assisted Living for Veterans

Assisted Living Research Institute

https://www.assistedliving.org 

There are assisted living options that can help veterans who have disabilities, as well as elderly veterans who need help as they grow older.

Mortgage Relief for Troops +

Mortgage Assistance for Military Personnel

SCRA

https://scra.dmdc.osd.mil

Mortgage payment relief and protection from foreclosure are provided to active military personnel and reservists through the Service-members Civil Relief Act (SCRA). It's a program that provides certain protections in lending for service-members who are called to Active Duty.

Relief for Homeless Veterans +

Homeless Veterans Relief

National Call Center

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/NationalCallCenter

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and their family members, friends and supporters can make the call or chat online with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans. There are trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

 

Homeless Veterans Program

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS

They connect homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions, health care, community employment services and other required supports. They collaborate with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers, faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for Veterans exiting homelessness.

Space-A Lodging for Military Families - Free Lodging +

Space A Lodging for Military Families - Free Lodging

 

Poppin' Smoke

Military Space-A Lodging: Eligibility and Reservation Tips

This is an awesome guide to Space-A Lodging for all active duty military personnel and families, disabled and retired veterans.

Check this out! This lady knows what she's talking about.

About Homelessness and How to Help +

About Homelessness and How to Help

https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/helping-the-homeless/

Homelessness has been an ongoing problem in the United States since it began, but the increasing number of homeless people is starting to take its toll on many major American cities.

A first step you can take to help the homeless is to learn about...

What can cause homelessness

The struggles of improving their situation

How it affects physical and mental health

and... who homelessness affects most.

 

This article will answer those questions and help you identify ways you can pitch in.

 

Top 5 U.S. Charities That Help Homeless Veterans +

Top 5 U.S. Charities That Help Homeless Veterans

https://www.voa.org/blog/top-five-charities-that-help-homeless-veterans

 

This article describes 5 Non-Profit organizations that help homeless veterans.

Transport

Air Transportation - Free Resources for Military Families +

Air Travel for Sick and Disabled Veterans

Air Charity Network
www.aircharitynetwork.org

For more than 25 years, Air Charity Network has been coordinating free air transportation for children and adults with medical or compelling humanitarian needs. Air Charity Network™ (ACN) provides access for people in need seeking free air transportation to specialized health care facilities or distant destinations due to family, community or national crisis.

 

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American Red Cross
​http://www.redcross.org/get-help/military-families/financial-assistance

The American Red Cross works in partnership with military aid societies to provide quality, reliable financial assistance to eligible applicants 24/7/365. Assistance can include funds for emergency travel, burial of a loved one, emergency food and shelter, etc.

Who is Eligible for Financial Assistance:
Call the American Red Cross Hero Care Center at 1-877-272-7337 (toll-free) if you are:

– An active duty service member
– A member of an activated National Guard or Reserve unit
– An immediate family member of a service member in the above two categories
– A military retiree or spouse/widow(er) of a retiree

 

Angel Airlines for PTSD Recovery
www.angelairlinesforptsdrecovery.org

Angel Airlines For PTSD Recovery’s mission is to ensure that no veteran in need is denied clinical care because of a lack of transportation. It’s a charitable patient airline ticket agency. The organization works with in partnership with Air Compassion for Veterans (ACV). ACV provides air transportation for these wounded warriors, veterans and their adversely affected family members. This transportation provides access to specialized counseling and a variety of treatments they may need in order to eventually reintegrate into society as healthy and productive citizens.

 

Angel Wings for Veterans
http://angelwingsforveterans.org/

Angel Wings for Veterans provides wounded, ill and injured veterans and active duty service members along with their families with free travel to clinical care on the ground and in the air with gas cards, bus and train tickets, general aviation flights, and commercial airline tickets. They provide transportation to clinical care and to a variety of therapies.

 

Angel Flight
www.angelflightsoars.org

Angel Flight Soars arranges free air transportation for people who need to travel to receive lifesaving medical treatment, but lack the means. They believe illness isn’t stopped by boundaries and cures shouldn’t be either – whether the boundaries are geographic or monetary. They help families focus on getting better instead of worrying about how to get there. That’s why they coordinate 8 missions a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Angel Flight volunteer pilots are ready to act as angels in the lives of others. They are totally committed to their mission of removing the obstacle of transportation for individuals with medical and financial needs.

 

Angel Flight East
http://angelflighteast.org/

Angel Flight East (AFE) is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free air transportation for children and adults with medical conditions who need to get to treatment far from home.
AFE serves the Northeastern region of the United States, and for destinations beyond their reach, they link with other volunteer pilot organizations.

Anyone who requests a flight must be medically stable, able to board an aircraft, and fly in a small non-pressurized aircraft. Angel Flight East (AFE) is dedicated to serving the community by facilitating free air transportation to children and adults in need of medical treatment far from home. Volunteer pilots use their own aircraft and pay for all expenses of the flight. Although AFE’s office is located in Blue Bell, PA they cover a 14 state territory that includes Virginia to Ohio to Maine.

 

Fisher House (Hero Miles)
http://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/hero-miles/

The Hero Miles Program provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill service members and/or their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or who are attending an authorized event. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individual airline passengers.

 

Helping Heroes Fly
http://www.helpingheroesfly.com/

They provide airfare to enlisted military personnel so that they can be home with their families for holidays, and special occasions when they otherwise can’t afford a ticket.
They believe finances should never keep a military hero from being with family!

 

Let’s Bring ‘Em Home

http://www.lbeh.org/

From the Founder… “Each year we take donations to purchase plane tickets for junior enlisted military personnel, allowing them the opportunity to fly home and spend the holidays with their families. This program was initially started in December 2001 to show our grateful appreciation to American service members deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and has become an annual tradition ever since.

Click on the tab at the top that says “apply for a ticket”, and IF they are open, it will bring up an application for you to fill out. If they are not open, there will be a note usually saying when applications will be open next, with a date and time posted.”

 

Luke’s Wings

https://www.lukeswings.org/

Luke’s Wings is an organization dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle. Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke’s Wings provides families with the means to visit during the service member’s hospitalization and rehabilitation. By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved ones, Luke’s Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms while also helping to encourage and motivate the service member’s recovery.

 

Marine Graduation Foundation

http://www.usmcgrad.org/

If you don’t have the money to get to the graduation, apply for assistance. People donate, applications are reviewed and if all goes well they will help you with travel costs so that your Marine does not have to stand alone on graduation day.
They do this to make sure that no new Marine stands alone on graduation day. These men and women volunteered to go through painstaking training to allow all of us to sleep at night knowing they are there to protect us. Only after they successfully make it through training are they called United States Marines.

 

Military Overseas Free Flights for College Students (Student Dependent Travel)
http://www.worldtravelingmilitaryfamily.com/military-overseas-free-flights-for-college-students-to-visit/

Great information for families stationed at an OCONUS assignment (including Alaska and Hawaii) who have a college student studying elsewhere.

 

Old Glory Honor Flight

http://www.oldgloryhonorflight.org/

Their mission is to offer our local World War II veterans a memorable, safe and rewarding tour of honor to our nation’s capitol. This trip happens all in one day and is completely free of charge to the vet! It’s their small way to say ‘thank you’ for their service and sacrifices to this great country. They are also dedicated to making this trip as safe as possible. Trained volunteer ‘guardians’ are assigned to accompany every veteran. For added safety, they travel with volunteer medical professionals.

 

Operation First Response

operationfirstresponse.org

The mission of Operation First Response, Inc (OFR) is to support our nation’s wounded Heroes and their families with personal and financial needs. Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses. Some assistance may be given for travel expenses to and from major medical facilities.

 

Operation Fly a Soldier Home (Operation Once in a Lifetime)
http://operationonceinalifetime.com/

 

Soldiers deploy all over the world, but many of these soldiers do not get to come home. They do not get to come home because they cannot afford to fly home. Soldiers deployed overseas are responsible to pay for their own flights home. If a soldier was stationed in Germany with his family and had not been home in two years, he would have to pay for him and his family to fly back to the United States. Operation Once in a Lifetime has been able to fly hundreds of service members home over the past 7 years when the soldiers could not afford to fly home on their own.

 

Operation Homefront – Miles for Military
http://www.operationhomefront.net/

Operation Homefront partnered with Quicken Loans who has has donated 400 flights at a minimum of 2,000,000 miles for domestic and international air travel.
By connecting the American donor community to our military families through a robust array of valued and life-changing programs that address the specific short-term and Critical Financial Assistance, long-term stability and recurring support needs they experience, Operation Homefront is able to help military families overcome many of the challenges inherent in military life. The result: stronger, more stable, and more secure military families

If you are an active duty member of the U.S. military, use the application on their website to submit your request to be considered for a free flight home to visit your loved ones or to request flights to have your loved ones visit you.

The program is open to active duty service members, E1-E6 or wounded, ill or injured, any rank.

 

Pilots for Christ
pilotsforchrist.org

Pilots For Christ International is a non-denominational organization of pilots and aviation enthusiasts, dedicated to the promotion of the Gospel through aviation and necessary ground transportation. Free air and ground transportation is available. If you need air or ground transportation, Pilots for Christ might be able to help through their membership of Christian pilots.

 

The Honor Flight Network
http://honorflight.org/

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.

 

Veterans Airlift Command
veteransairlift.org

The Veterans Airlift Command provides free air transportation to post 9/11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

 

Wings for Warriors
http://wingsforwarriors.org/

Wings for Warriors is a volunteer driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in support of combat wounded military service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Their mission is to provide necessary tools, insights and resources for wounded veterans as they go through the recovery process and transition into new realities.
They support financial assistance for immediate family members traveling to visit wounded loved ones located at military and hospital facilities around the nation.

 

Navy – Marine Corps Relief Society (NMRCS) 

http://www.nmcrs.org/pages/emergency-travel

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

For help with urgent travel funds, you must be an:

  • Active duty or retired Sailor or Marine
  • Eligible family member with military ID card
  • Surviving spouse
  • Reservist on extended active duty of 30 days or more

 

 

Land Transportation - Free Resources for Military Families - for sick and disabled veterans +

Land Travel – Land transportation and transportation for sick and disabled veterans

 

 

Angel Wings for Veterans
http://angelwingsforveterans.org/transport-modes/

Angel Wings for Veterans arranges charitable, non-local trips for veterans who are unable to fly or who need to travel a relatively short distance to access care. We provide gas cards and commercial train and bus tickets. The typical trip does not exceed 300 miles and must be over 50 miles.

 

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Disabled American Veteran’s (DAV) Voluntary Services Program

https://www.dav.org/veterans/i-need-a-ride/

 

Our nation’s heroes travel around the globe to protect our freedoms—it’s only right that we return their dedication. Volunteering to drive a vet ensures that even those living remotely from VA hospitals can make their appointments and never go without the treatment they need. The Disabled American Veteran’s (DAV) Voluntary Services Program operates a network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for sick and disabled veterans.

 

Homeward Bound Adirondacks (Saranac Lake, NY)
homewardboundadirondacks.org/services.html

HBADK was active this year in providing free medical transportation to Veterans and their families. They did a number of local transports (New York state) as well as providing transportation to Burlington and Albany. The service will provide transportation to medical and mental health appointments, errands, and other appointments. Priority will be given to medical and mental health appointments.

 

Marine Graduation Foundation
www.usmcgrad.org

If you don’t have the money to get to the graduation, apply for assistance. People donate, applications are reviewed and if all goes well we will help you with travel costs so that your Marine does not have to stand alone on graduation day.

 

Operation Homefront
https://www.operationhomefront.net/howwehelp

Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.

 

RideshareOnline.com (Northwest USA)
www.rideshareonline.com

RideshareOnline.com is your resource for commuting options in the Northwest. This regional project is managed by Washington State Department of Transportation and is currently available in Washington and Idaho.
RideshareOnline.com assists commuters by providing free carpool, vanpool, and bicycle ridematching services, bus/rail options, SchoolPool carpooling programs for parents, and information about the benefits of teleworking from home. Many commuters may be able to access information on their employer’s in-house commute program and promotional incentives through RideshareOnline.com.

 

VA – Free rides for veterans in highly rural areas
http://www.va.gov

Thousands of veterans who live in highly rural and remote areas will now have free transportation to their VA medical appointments to receive the health care they need and have earned through service to our country.
A highly rural area is a county or counties with a population of less than seven persons per square mile. Twenty-five states have counties that are highly rural. Those states are found in the northern, western and southwestern parts of the United States.

 

VetCar.org (Atlanta, GA)
http://vetcar.org/

Vetcar is supported by Victory Auto Brokers and charitable donations in an effort to help homeless/formally homeless and disabled veterans obtain affordable transportation. Their mission is to end veteran homelessness and unemployment throughout Atlanta by providing those who served our country with affordable and reliable transportation.
At VetCar, 85% of cars sold are to a veteran, at an affordable price with low monthly financing options at 0% interest. VetCar is a Homes of Light program that provides assistance to veterans to purchase reasonably priced used vehicles. The goal of this program is to provide participants with transportation that will enable them to pursue and maintain employment.

 

 

Vehicle adaptation for wounded warriors - Free Resources for Military Families +

Vehicle adaptation for wounded warriors

 

Help Our Military Heroes
http://www.helpourmilitaryheroes.org/

Help Our Military Heroes is dedicated to delivering adaptive minivans to our wounded and injured military heroes who have served since the inception of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

HOMH is donation-driven with 100% of public donations going toward purchasing special-needs vehicles for military heroes in need and other programs to help the wounded and injured.

 

Heroes to Hometowns (American Legion)
http://www.wilegion.org/page/content/programs/heroes-to-hometowns

“Heroes to Hometowns” is a transition program for severely injured service members returning home from OEF/OIF. The “Heroes to Hometowns” establishes a support network and coordinates resources for severely injured service members returning home.

(If you are not severely injured and are in need of general transition assistance or support, you may also fill out the Request form or your American Legion Department Service Officer (DSO) or your local American Legion post ).

 

VA Adaptive Equipment allowance

https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/automobile-allowance-adaptive-equipment/

Do you have a disability related to your military service that prevents you from driving? If you do, you may be able to get disability compensation or benefits.

 

 

Space-A Flights for Military Families - Free Air Transport +

Space A Flights for Military Families - Free Transport

 

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Quickstart Guide to Military Space-A Flights

This is a quick-start guide to Space-A flights for all active duty military personnel and families, disabled and retired veterans.

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Space-A Lodging for Military Families - Free Lodging +

Space A Lodging for Military Families - Free Lodging

 

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Military Space-A Lodging: Eligibility and Reservation Tips

This is an awesome guide to Space-A Lodging for all active duty military personnel and families, disabled and retired veterans.

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Dependents Education Assistance

Dependents Education Assistance - Free Resources for Military Families +

Dependents Education Assistance Program

 

DEA from the VA

https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/DEA.asp

Benefits may be used for degree and certificate programs, apprenticeship, and on-the-job training.

The Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance (DEA) program offers education and training opportunities to the son, daughter or spouse of Veterans who are permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition or of Veterans who died while on active duty or as a result of a service-related condition.

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship +

Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship

 

Scholarship Information

https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/factsheets/fry_scholarship.pdf

This scholarship provides Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to the children and surviving spouses of Service members who died in the line of duty while on active duty after Sept. 10, 2001.

Military Dependent Education State Assistance +

Military Dependent Education Assistance State Benefits

 

Military.com

https://www.military.com/education/money-for-school/state-veteran-benefits.html

Veterans pursuing their educational goals are usually eligible for "educational assistance for students" in most states. Educational benefits for veterans and their dependents, particularly the children of deceased and disabled veterans, are also available in some states. Military.com has developed an on-line general summary of educational benefits for veterans and their dependents.

Employment Assistance

Dependents Education Assistance - Free Resources for Military Families +

Veteran Employment and Training Assistance

 

Department of Labor

https://www.dol.gov/agencies/vets

They prepare America's veterans, service members and their spouses, for meaningful careers, provide them with employment resources and expertise, protect their employment rights and promote their employment opportunities.

 

Vet Jobs

Jobs for Vets

Job Board & Job Placement Program EXCLUSIVELY for the MILITARY & VETERAN COMMUNITIES

Military Families - Things to Do

Museums to Visit - Free for Military Families +

Free Museums & Historic Sites to Visit

https://www.arts.gov/national-initiatives/blue-star-museums

Check out their map! If you click on a star near you... it reveals more locations. I guarantee you'll find a museum or historic site with free admission!

 

 

 

Busch Gardens/Sea World - for Military Families +

Free Admission to Busch Gardens

https://www.military.com/discounts/busch-gardens-military-deal

SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment salutes those who serve through their "Waves of Honor" program. Active duty, Reservists, and National Guardsman (and three direct dependents) can obtain one free admission to any of its amusements parks each year, including Busch Gardens.

 

 

 

 

Horse Back Riding - Free for Military Families +

Free Horse Back Riding

https://brasspeace.com/horses-4-heroes

A Horses4Heroes membership is good at more than 300 centers in 45 states.

A membership in Horses4Heroes is your All Access Pass to our world of fun and affordable horseback riding and equestrian programs (mounted and un-mounted) for your entire family.

Membership is free for all active duty service members, Veterans, caregivers, survivors, First Responders and their families.

 

 

 

Sporting Events, Concerts and More - Free for Military Families +

Tickets for Troops

https://www.vettix.org

Vet Tix secures tickets to sporting events, concerts, performing arts, educational and family activities across the nation for all branches of currently-serving Military and Veterans, including immediate family of troops KIA. They team up with major sports teams, leagues, promoters, organizations, venues, and everyday event ticket holders to provide free and discounted tickets.

Disney Vacations for Military Members +

All about Disney for Military Families

https://www.militarydisneytips.com/

As the name implies... this site is all about Disney trips for military families.

The website's creator is a retired Air Force, a current AF Civil Servant, and former Walt Disney World Cast Member (what Disney calls employees). He's have spent over 45 years touring Disney's Theme Parks and communicates regularly with Disney regarding their Military Discounts.

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