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AITAF bridges the cultural gap between the United States Armed Forces and the performing arts communities by producing theatrical and musical performances for mixed military and civilian audiences. AITAF performances and programming accentuate the shared humanity of all Americans by using live performance to unite artists and service members and encourage dialogue. AITAF creates space for these two communities to enrich and diversify each other via their respective skill sets, life experiences, and demographics.
Blanket of Freedom (BOF) is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is dedicated to providing services to combat veterans struggling with mental illness by providing an Expressive/Drama Therapeutic Intervention program which provides an alternative to traditional treatment programs.
Learn more at http://www.blanketoffreedom.org/
Blue Star Families has just released Everyone Serves: A Handbook for Family and Friends of Service Members During Pre-Deployment, Deployment and Reintegration.
Everyone Serves is a unique eBook developed to support military family members and friends through every stage of deployment and reintegration. The handbook includes resources and tips for pre-deployment, deployment, reintegration, caregiving, and transitioning from military to civilian life.
To learn more about Everyone Serves, please visit www.BlueStarFam.org/EveryoneServes
The following are community solutions for addressing the reintegration challenges of veterans and their families. These community solutions were identified and developed by a national coalition of over 55 veteran and military-serving organizations, nonprofits and government agencies.
Connected Warriors is a community based volunteer organization providing free, trauma-conscious yoga therapy for service members, veterans and their families in the United States.
Learn more here: http://connectedwarriors.org
CreatiVets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides disabled veterans with the opportunity to use art therapy, music, and creative writing to address the psychological and emotional needs that arise from combat-related trauma.
The program gives our heroes the tools to help heal themselves in a creative and positive manner using a one-on-one system involving other veterans who have gone through the program.
Guitars for Vets is a national organization, with locations in over 20 states with 40 chapters, that provides free guitars and a forum to learn how to play. They help those who fought in our honor rediscover their joy with the power of music.
IAVA strives to build an empowered generation of veterans who provide sustainable leadership for our country and their local communities. They work toward this vision through programs in four key impact areas: supporting new veterans in Health, Education, Employment and building a lasting Community for vets and their families (HEEC), including transition resources.
Visit www.iava.org for more information.
The Society Visiting Nurse Program's nurses act as advocates providing health information and resources. They provide this support through a traditional Visiting Nurse Program and their Combat Casualty Assistance (CCA) Visiting Nurse Program. Based out of Navy and Marine Corps bases, registered nurses travel within a reasonable distance from their offices to provide free, in-home visits to active duty or retired sailors and Marines and Navy and Marine Corps families with newborns.
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans through fly fishing and associated activities including education and outings.
Ready54 is now ReadyAirman and part of the Wingman Toolkit a premier joint resiliency resource for Air and Army National Guard members and their families in all 50 states, three territories and the District of Columbia. ReadyAirman promotes social, spiritual, mental and physical fitness to Guard members and their families, following the Comprehensive Airman Fitness (CAF) and Comprehensive Soldier & Family Fitness (CSF2) models. A resilient National Guard is a strong National Guard.
For more information check out the website, http://www.wingmantoolkit.org/
Just as service members can build resilience, families can also take steps to boost their resilience or “family fitness.”
Reintegrating into Family Life after Deployment - http://www.realwarriors.net/active/afterdeployment/familylife.php
Boosting Family Resilience-http://www.realwarriors.net/family/change/familyresilience.php
Reintegrating into Family Life after DeploymentSoldiers to Summits (now part of No Barriers) programs proudly seek disabled veterans looking for personal growth, adventure and a way to serve their fellow injured service men and women. All of the Soldiers to Summits programs aim to work with participants with any ambulatory disabilities and those willing to fully commit to personal success and to the team and the program.
For more, click the following link: http://www.nobarriersusa.org/warriors/
Strong Bonds is a unit-based, chaplain-led program that assists commanders in building individual resiliency by strengthening the Army family. The core mission of the Strong Bonds program is to increase individual soldier and family member readiness through relationship education and skills training.
Strong Bonds is conducted in an offsite retreat format in order to maximize the training effect. The retreat, or “get away,” provides a fun, safe, and secure environment for addressing the impact of relocations, deployments, and military lifestyle stressors.
Learn more at http://www.strongbonds.org
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Some of their programs include:
Through paddle sports, TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their families. Learn more about adaptive paddling at http://www.teamriverrunner.org/
Have you recently returned from military service? Now is the time to take advantage of the benefits VA offers OEF/OIF/OND Veterans.
Moving Forward - http://www.veterantraining.va.gov/
At The Veterans Writing Project they believe that every veteran has a story. Because they know that some need a little help telling that story, they provide no-cost writing seminars and workshops for veterans, active and reserve service members, and military family members.
For more information click: http://veteranswriting.org
Voice of Warriors strives to bring warriors and communities together through education, music and resources. Free educational materials via the Voice of Warriors website include: VOW TV, VOW Talk Radio (live once a week) and printables.
To find these resources go to http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hopeforthewarriors
A DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members and their families and communities by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Through Yellow Ribbon events, service members and loved ones connect with local resources before, during, and after deployments. Reintegration during post-deployment is a critical time for members of the Guard and Reserve, as they often live far from military installations and members of their units. Commanders and leaders play a critical role in assuring that Reserve service members and their families attend Yellow Ribbon events where they can access information on health care, education and training opportunities, financial, and legal benefits. They work in conjunction with federal partners, including the Small Business Administration, Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs, to provide up-to-date and relevant information to the members of the all-volunteer force and their families.
Visit the Yellow Ribbon Program at http://www.yellowribbon.mil/
Yoga For Vets is a non-profit organization that exists to welcome home war veterans and help them cope with the stress of combat through yoga instruction. The Yoga For Vets website lists studios, teachers, and venues throughout the country that offer four or more free classes to war veterans. Most locations offer four free classes but some offer more (ask them when you call or stop in).
For locations and information search http://www.yogaforvets.org
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