Author Erin Winters, Military Spouse and Licensed Professional Counselor normalizes emotions, promotes unconditional love for children and grace for parents in her beautiful children’s books. Appropriate for biological and blended families alike, and trauma-sensitive.

Veterans Food-Bank of America (VMA) a division of the Henager Family Museum Inc., has a mission to see that our Country’s Veterans do not go hungry. This will help show them their sacrifices to our country have not gone unnoticed. Most in our country do not have the knowledge that the problem is so great and that many of these Veterans will never be able to hold a permanent job or socialize with others due to conditions that evolved from their service to our country. Also, many of these individuals will not go to local pantries due to their state of mind or pride.

The Archangels who serve military, veteran’s first responders, and their families. There are too many projects to name but here are some examples of projects the Archangels do. Fighting PTSD through fundraising and physical activity such as the Veterans Victory Run, free art clinics, and free equine therapy clinics. Supporting the homeless through food drive and movie night/dinner. Assisting with service personnel attending high quality special events such as being introduced on the court with basketball players pregame, participating in pregame and halftime events, free tickets to sporting events and family entertainment such as private facility rentals.

Therapeutic Adventures (TA) and IndependencePlus Adaptive Sports (I~AS)  provides leadership, programs and specialty therapeutic services to educate, to challenge, and to inspire people of all ages and abilities to live a healthy lifestyle through active participation in adaptive sports and adaptive outdoor recreation. TA and I~AS provide greater access and embolden people with the courage to improve their functional independence, fitness and overall quality of life.

Our Programs are categorized in two general areas: Therapeutic Adventures (TA) (adaptive outdoor adventures) and  IndependencePlus Adaptive Sports (I~AS) (recreational and competitive adaptive sports) Services are broken down into four areas:

  • Physical & Developmental Disabilities 
  • Disabled Military, Veterans, 1st Responders and their Families
  • Cancer Survivors
  • Chronic, Terminal Illnesses and Other Special Health Needs

Be kinder than necessary  — Everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

Coming Home Well is a local Charlottesville radio program that focuses on educating civilians, friends & family, about the issue that their veterans face when they come home from war.  Bluntly, we don’t come home well, and the VA and Pentagon are not the solution.  Civilians are the answer to us coming home well.  But often, civilians don’t know what to ask or how to ask it.  That’s where we step in.

We are the only program in the nation to focus on teaching civilians about our challenges.  We have approximately 10-15k live listeners on Saturday mornings at 8:00 am, and a vibrant online community who listen to our podcasts and follow us on social media.  Our host Bob Abbott is also heavily engaged with the local veteran community, heading discussion panels and hosting documentary screenings.  He is dedicated to ensuring that veterans who need help can find it within their own friend networks.  His motto is “until all are home, and all are well”.

Project Compassion Soldier Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization, provides one original, gallery-quality 16″x20″ oil portrait of American military and law enforcement casualties who have died in active service since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Our sole mission is healing their loved ones through our gift of art.

“In 2006, Sgt. Braxton McCoy (Ret.) was severely injured by a suicide bomber in Ramadi, Iraq, and later told he may never walk again. After nearly a decade of physical therapy and rehabilitation, Sgt. McCoy has not only regained the majority of his strength, but has also found creative ways to circumvent his permanent injuries.

As a keynote speaker Braxton now travels the country covering what it takes to overcome life’s greatest challenges, as well as how to negotiate the dangers of opioids, alcohol abuse, and suicidal thoughts. Premier problems not just in the veteran community, but with our nation’s youth.”

Percent Pledge helps you donate a small percent of each month’s pay to Operation First Response.

We 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. We’ve carefully listened and responded to your needs – and will continue to do so going forward.

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. Caregiver Peer Support is remarkable and valued and helping or receiving help can come at just the right time to make a difference.

Veterans Institute of Training and Technology, Inc.’s (VITT)

Veterans Institute of Training and Technology, Inc.’s (VITT) mission is to provide veterans and their dependents with premier training that will lead to marketable jobs and career opportunities as they transition from the military to the civilian workforce. VITT will provide veterans and their dependents free information technology training that is in high demand. Many of the organization’s classes will lead to marketable certifications. These certifications are important credentials and validations of knowledge and experience. Training that will be provided include CISCO Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CISCO Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Microsoft Back Office, and Human Resource Management Course. In addition, VITT will provide education to familiarize veterans and their families with the federal employment hiring and application process.

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Operation Family Caregiver (OFC) is a free and confidential program for adult family members or friends caring for a military service member or post-9/11 veteran with visible or invisible (post-traumatic stress or traumatic brain) injuries or adjustment concerns. One of our coaches meets 1:1 with the same caregiver in a place of the caregiver’s choosing (including via Skype and/or phone when not near us or that’s what a caregiver prefers). The program is evidence-based with statistically significant improvements of caregiver depression and health status, as well as reduction of children’s anxiety. Our coach meets with the caregiver four times over 4 – 6 months to support positive solutions to problems the caregiver identifies. In between each meeting a phone calls is made to the caregiver. The emphasis is on the FOCUS acronym, which expands to: Facts, Optimism, Creativity, Understanding, and Solve. OFC is not psychotherapy, though coaches may help clients identify concerns they can share with their therapists.

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We believe our service members are the backbone to this country and we are here to support them! Surplus Nation has over 5,000 different products in stock & ready to ship for all your military apparel, survival & camping needs! Free Shipping over $99!

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We believe our service members are the backbone to this country and we are here to support them! Tactical 365 is your Law Enforcement, Security & Tactical Gear Supplier! Low Prices and Free Shipping over $99!

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Every child possesses unique talents. Our mission is to help each child discover and develop these talents along with the child’s self-esteem. By providing praise, encouragement, guidance and superior academic instruction, our program will result in the child becoming a more confident, responsible and productive adult in society.

Our mission is to provide support to the families of those wounded, injured or killed during combat operations. Our focus is resort/retreats and caregiver respite programs.

Comes A Soldier's Whisper

Comes A Soldier’s Whisper is a collection of wartime letters written by a decorated 101st Airborne paratrooper with reflection and hope for the future in a book that recognizes the impact that all returning soldiers have on our lives, past, present and future.

“We are grateful to Operation First Response for their interest in our project. A portion of profits will be contributed to OFR to assist in the continuing of their important and valuable work with America’s veterans.” God bless and support our troops!