Help For Veterans And Veteran’s Families

The links below are offered in hopes of uniting needy servicemen and women, and their families, with support organizations. If you know of other sites that have been, or could be, useful to our troops and/or their loved ones, please leave a comment below or contact us directly.

The Travis Mills Foundation During his recovery at the U.S. Army’s flagship hospital, Walter Reed, Travis Mills — a quadruple amputee — found a passion for inspiring fellow wounded servicemen and women. While at Walter Reed, Travis consistently toured the facility seeking opportunities to encourage and spend time with fellow wounded soldiers and their families. For this service, Travis quickly earned the nickname, the “Mayor,” at Walter Reed.

To carry on his passion, Travis Mills founded the Travis Mills Foundation, a nonprofit organization, formed to benefit and assist wounded and injured veterans and their families. Travis continues to inspire wounded servicemen, women and their families by showing them they can overcome their physical obstacles and emotional challenges and find purpose by staying the course through their recovery and beyond. War Zone Wear, LLC is a proud contributor to the Travis Mills Foundation. – Assists Veterans with addiction issues. They are a commercial organization that may be of benefit current and former members of our Armed Services. Veterans can check their insurance coverage for substance abuse here or by calling 877-881-4737.

Veterans’ Crisis Line – You served your country. Now, let the VA serve you. If you’re a Veteran in crisis or know a Veteran who is, confidential support is only a phone call, click, or text away — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year by calling 1-800-273-8255, Press 1. The Veterans Crisis Line, Online Chat, and text-messaging service are free to all Veterans, even if you are not registered with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) or enrolled in VA health care. Hundreds of Veterans call us every day and start to get back on track. – Approximately thirty percent of patients diagnosed with mesothelioma are veterans who have served in the U.S. military. If you are a veteran diagnosed with mesothelioma, find out whether you are eligible to receive compensation from the $30 Billion Trust Funds. There is a time limit so make the call us as soon as possible.

Veterans diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease) — The Veterans Administration (VA), has categorized ALS as a 100% service related disability for veterans of the Armed Forces who have a higher percentage of contracting ALS than non-Veterans.

The Paralyzed Veterans Of America (, can assist Veterans diagnosed with ALS to file and accelerate their VA claims.

Gold Star Survivor Outreach Services for all eras and branches of service. This site and the Gold Star Pin public service announcement series were created by the U.S. Army’s Installation Management Command. We reach out to survivors in all 50 states, U.S. territories and overseas through our long-term survivor support program called Survivor Outreach Services. Although the Army’s Survivor Outreach Services’ page is the focus of this resource page, please know that all branches of the Armed Forces are equally committed to taking care of surviving military families. Please contact us, and we will connect you with additional resources that may be available for your branch of service. To find the Survivor Outreach Services location nearest you, click here.

Mesothelioma Explained Malignant Mesothelioma: Learn about the Different Types of Mesothelioma. You may not know that your body has a thin membrane that will cover and even provide lubrication to different cavities within the body. It is called the mesothelium. Exposure to asbestos can lead to cancer in this lining, which is known as mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Asbestos Awareness Center (MAAC), is an online resource for those who have mesothelioma and those looking to learn more about it. Since Mesothelioma is such a rare cancer MAAC tries to make sure patients have access to as much information as possible. MAAC provides a wealth of knowledge from the care patients have to go through to the special community groups they can become involved in.

Mesothelioma Prognosis Network Is an advocacy group that works to spread the awareness of asbestos-related diseases. They offer a monthly online support group where we discuss a variety of topics pertaining to either cancer patients or their caregivers. They have an on-staff doctor and nurse available to answer any medical-related questions, 24-hour live chat support and more. MesoCare is a free public service that is dedicated to providing, support, education, and hope for patients and loved ones who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma Clinic The Mesothelioma Clinic is public service organization geared towards helping victims and their families find treatment, doctors and cancer clinics as a public service to the veteran community. Veterans of the U.S. Navy have the highest risk of asbestos exposure. The Navy used asbestos extensively in their ships, and the material could be found in boiler rooms, engine rooms, pipe lagging, valves, pumps, gaskets, seals, deck flooring, bulkheads, insulation, and even in berthing. Asbestos was relatively cheap and heat-resistant, so it was used extensively to fireproof the Navy’s infrastructure.

Mesothelioma and Veterans One-third of all mesothelioma patients are veterans, and approximately 6,000 veterans afflicted with this asbestos-caused cancer died between 1999 and 2005 alone. The reason this cancer targets so many veterans is because of the prevalence of asbestos use in the military in the past. Part of Mesothelioma Guide’s mission is to spread awareness to veterans and their families. The Mesothelioma Guide website offers free veteran specific resources and support for patients and families.

Mesothelioma Fund offers free services for patients dealing with the cost of treatment. offers help for veterans from WWII to Afghanistan and Iraq through shared experiences and support.

The Veterans Airlift Command (VAC) provides free air transportation to wounded veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes, through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.

Luke’s Wings provides travel expenses for wounded warriors and their families so they can be together at military hospitals or home for the holidays!

The Mesothelioma Center is committed to providing the latest, up-to-date information to their visitors in the hopes of spreading awareness about the dangers of asbestos cancer. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions of living veterans were exposed to toxic asbestos-containing materials during military service which could develop into mesothelioma. Our goal is to offer a one-stop resource on all asbestos and mesothelioma-related information ranging from occupational exposure to mesothelioma life expectancy.

Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We 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.

War Zone Wear® is a proud contributor to Operation Home Front which provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home. The greatest casualty is being forgotten. War Zone Wear® is a proud contributor to

The Wounded Warrior Project. For more information or to donate click here.

War Zone Wear® is a proud member of, and contributor to, the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV). The NCHV is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 13-member board of directors. It is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

There is also a page describing survivor benefits.

In addition, there are links to other state and federal government sites on that page that may offer valuable information and assistance.

The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to represent all veterans, their widows, and orphans. There is no membership or combat wound requirement in order to receive their assistance. You can locate your local MOPH Service Officer here. (Requires FREE Adobe Acrobat Reader to open the file. You can obtain it here).

Supporting America’s military in their time of need, Fisher House provides “a home away from home” that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time — during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.

Homes for Our Troops is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization strongly committed to helping those who have selflessly given to their country and have returned home with serious disabilities and injuries. Homes for Our Troops assist injured servicemen and women and their immediate families by raising donations of money, building materials, and professional labor and coordinating the process of building a new home or adapting an existing home for handicapped accessibility.

The VFW’s Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone card. Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.

For employment opportunities please visit the VetJobs site.

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Mississippi Plane Crash Claims 16 American Heroes

Rest In Peace — Semper Fi!

Associated Press, July 14, 2017

The 15 Marines and a Navy sailor killed in a military plane crash earlier this week in Mississippi came from around the country. Six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Nine were based out of Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York, home of a Marine Aerial Refueling and Transport Squadron.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant said the final set of remains was recovered Thursday from a farm field where the KC-130 crashed Monday. Most of the remains have since been flown to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware, where military officials say they will be processed by Air Force Mortuary personnel and then released to their grieving families. Here are brief portraits of some of the victims:

Dietrich Schmieman joined the Marine Corps at age 19 with an ambition to serve in special operations, his father said.

Schmieman, 26, grew up in Richland, Washington, and enlisted after completing an academic program that allows students to earn a college associate’s degree while they finish high school, said his father Eric Schmieman.

“The most common comments his friends made about him were that he helped them, and he inspired them to live life to the fullest,” Eric Schmieman told The Associated Press in a phone interview. “He certainly did that himself.” He said his son served in a reconnaissance unit before joining the elite Raider command about two years ago.

The Rev. Corey Smith of Richland Lutheran Church, who was Dietrich Schmieman’s youth pastor from sixth grade until he enlisted, said the young man joined the Marines out of a desire to serve others.  “That’s the kind of heart he had,” he said in a phone interview. “He loved to help people.”

Capt. Sean Elliott, one of the plane’s pilots, had a longtime love affair with the C-130. His father, John Elliott, tells San Diego’s Union-Tribune that his son used to take a model C-130 loaded with toy soldiers to bed when he was 4 years old.”He slept with it like you would a teddy bear,” John Elliott said. “A big plane, in the bed. A silly plastic thing, with the toy soldiers inside. It went to bed with him every night for quite a long time.”His mother, Cynthia Elliott, said her son was “enamored” with aircraft and the military at least since attending a childhood air show.

A prep standout in tennis, the 6-foot 2-inch Elliott was renowned for a booming serve. His younger brother Erik went pro, but Sean Elliott went to officers’ school, graduating from the University of California, Davis.

“He was always looking out for others, starting with me but then continuing to his fraternity brothers and his Marines,” Erik Elliott said.

Elliott got his Marine Corps call sign “Puffin” because he refused to hunt the nesting and defenseless birds during a stopover in Iceland, his father said.

Navy Corpsman Ryan Lohrey was a high school football standout in Indiana who had gotten married weeks before the crash.

His father, Michael Lohrey, told The Herald Bulletin newspaper that his son enlisted in the Navy after high school and survived two tours overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, making his death on the way to training all the more tragic.

“I never would have expected this to happen,” he said.

Lohrey said his son, who had two children of his own, wanted to use his skills as a medic to eventually pursue a career in nursing. The younger Lohrey was married in early June.

A high school football and golf teammate, Chris Parrish, told the newspaper the Navy corpsman had a fearless streak when it came to BMX biking, skateboarding, and roller-blading.

“He wasn’t scared of anything,” Parrish said. “That’s probably why he was so good in the Navy.”

Indiana’s governor joined a congressman and senator in offering condolences.

“Words cannot express the depth of sorrow I feel for his wife and two young children, especially,” Gov. Eric Holcomb said.

Staff Sgt. William Joseph Kundrat, 33, grew up in Frederick, Maryland, where the Marine’s parents, Joseph and Lynda, still live.

His mother confirmed her son’s death in a telephone interview Wednesday with The Frederick News-Post.

“Every breath of air you take, all the things you’re able to do, you can do those things because of people like my son,” she told the newspaper. “I’ll never forget that.”

Kundrat graduated in 2002 from Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in Frederick, where he played football and lacrosse. He also was an Eagle Scout.

After graduation, he joined the Marines. And in 2004, Kundrat married classmate Ashley Cregger, according to the paper. It said they lived in Holly Ridge, North Carolina, and had two children together.

Kundrat served in Iraq, his mother said, later joining the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command 2nd Marine Raider battalion stationed at Camp Lejeune. Said his mother: “He was a great Marine.”

Gunnery Sgt. Brendan Johnson, 46, told his father he had the best job in the Marine Corps.

Kevin Johnson of Colchester, Vermont, recalled his son said, “I get to fly everywhere.” His son was based at Stewart, traveling back and forth across the Atlantic and Pacific and touring many countries.

Brendan Johnson joined the Marines after graduating from Johnson State College in Vermont. A fine arts major, Johnson once surprised the family with portraits he painted based on old pictures of his grandfather and father-in-law when they graduated from Navy boot camp.

The elder Johnson said his son, who was taking on more administrative work, was looking to retire next year. Plans included possibly returning to school for a master’s degree and then moving from Newburgh New York, to Montana, home to his wife Anna. He said Brendan loved the outdoors and was considering a job as a park ranger or a fish and game warden.

“He was thinking of looking into that, but he said, ‘You know, I’ve got some time,'” Johnson said. “We’ll miss him.”

Sgt. Julian Kevianne, 31, joined the Marines in 2009 because he wanted to protect and defend the country, his brother told the Detroit Free Press.

“The Marines knocked on my mother’s door at 2 this morning,” Carlo Kevianne said late Tuesday. “They said his plane went down, and they weren’t able to find him.”

A new concrete walkway was poured Tuesday at Carlo Kevianne’s home. Julian’s mother, Tina Albo, carved a tribute to her late son: “Peace of my heart is in heaven.”

John Allen, a cousin of Kevianne, told The Detroit News that Kevianne talked about joining the military when he was younger. Allen said Kevianne could be quiet with people he didn’t know, “but once he was comfortable with you, he was a loud blast of fun.”

“We don’t have any words right now. We’re hurting,” sister Tania Kevianne, 27, told The New York Daily News. “He was the best man.”

Kevianne, a flight engineer, was based at Stewart and lived with his wife Sherry Jennings-Kevianne in New Windsor, New York.

Owen Lennon, 26, grew up in Pomona, New York, playing football and tennis for Ramapo High School in Rockland County before graduating in 2008.

A man answering the phone at the family’s home in Pomona confirmed the death to The Journal News, but said the family was grieving and declined to comment.

Lennon’s sister, Kelly Lennon, posted a remembrance on Facebook, saying, “You may have been the youngest, but we always looked up to you. Our hero, Owen Lennon. (broken heart) sending love to the other USMC families that lost loved ones last night.”

Lennon was stationed at Stewart.

Joseph Murray‘s family recalls him as a ukulele player, former surfer kid and deeply religious family man who excelled in the Marine Corps.

Terry Murray told reporters Wednesday the 26-year-old special operations Marine had been a surfer at Sandalwood High School in Jacksonville, Florida, who surprised his military veteran parents by joining the Marines.

The father said his son was at the center of family life and his Marine units, sharing his Christian faith by serving others and his country. Terry Murray said one Marine told him that Joseph hummed praise songs constantly on patrol.

“When Joseph stopped singing praises, they took their safeties off their weapons, because they immediately thought something was up,” Terry Murray said.

Murray leaves a widow, Gayle, and four children — a 5-year-old, a 3-year-old, and twin 1-year-olds.

“He loved to play his guitar and ukulele for us,” Gayle Murray said in a statement. “What he wanted most in the world besides our happiness was to destroy evil on this earth.

Murray was stationed at Camp Lejeune.

Dan Baldassare, 20, had wanted to be a Marine since he was in middle school, his friend Dan McGowan told WPIX-TV.

“He actually would bring military gloves to football practice and play with them,” said McGowan, who drove his friend to practice in high school. “He was a patriot and all he wanted to do was serve our country. Everyone had a lot of respect for Dan.”

On Wednesday, after the crew master of the KC-130 died in the Mississippi crash, a marine sergeant guarded the home where Baldassare grew up in suburban Colts Neck, New Jersey.

That sergeant told the Asbury Park Press that Baldassare’s family wanted privacy and was declining comment.

“We’re so sorry and our heart is just breaking, just breaking for them,” neighbor Rosalind Innucci, said of Baldassare’s parents and sister. Innucci has lived on street for 14 years.

Baldassare was stationed at Stewart.

Staff Sgt. Joshua Snowden, a flight engineer on the transport plane, grew up in the Dallas area and graduated from Highland Park High School in 2004, having already signed up for the Marines, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Sara Quarterman, Snowden’s sister, declined comment Wednesday to The Associated Press, saying “now is not a good time.” She said family members would release a statement later.

On Facebook, Quarterman wrote Tuesday that her 31-year-old brother “loved God, his family and friends, and his country. And he died serving his country and God.”

Snowden himself often displayed his Texas roots and love of the Dallas Cowboys on Facebook, even while stationed at Stewart.

“I can tell you that Josh loved his family and friends, God, his country, and country-western music and dancing,” Snowden’s aunt, Linda Hughes, told the Times Herald-Record of Middletown, New York. “He was one of the warmest, kindest, more patriotic people I’ve ever known.”

Maj. Caine Goyette was a KC-130 Aircraft Commander, the Marines said in a news release Friday.

He had been deployed for Operation Enduring Freedom in September 2005, and was the recipient of many awards and decorations including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

Gunnery Sgt. Mark Hopkins was from Chesapeake, Virginia, the Marines said in a news release Friday. He was a tactical systems operator/mission specialist.He was the recipient of several awards and decorations, including the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal; Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Sea Service Deployment Ribbon; Humanitarian Service Medal; and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

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Dover by John Flynn

Honoring our Fallen Heroes lost in The Gulf War, Afghanistan and Iraq. Rest in Peace, Brothers, and Sisters!

Coffins of dead U.S. soldiers arriving at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware in 2006. (U.S. government photo)

Dover Lyrics by John Flynn
Elijah was a sergeant, 42 years old
from Mesa Arizona, Elijah won’t grow old
Patrick was with C Troop, Second Armored Cav
His buddies all remember how Patrick loved to laugh
Seth was from East Brunswick, just a newly wed
Somewhere in New Jersey a young widow bows her head
Daniel was from Boston shipped out from Fort Bragg
His mother got back Daniel with a folded flag

Oh big airplane bring’em down easy
Out of the Delaware skies
Oh big airplane Dover is waiting
to welcome the fallen you fly

William was in Anbar, combat engineer
1st Marine Division, William isn’t here
Alan rebuilt bridges for Battalion B
Next to cause of death they wrote the letters I E D
Gussie was a scrub nurse hailing from Fort Bliss
Gussie had a spirit this world’s gonna miss
Jeremiah’s son cries on his mamma’s knee
There was no armor plating on his dad’s humvee

Oh big airplane bring’em down easy
Out of the Delaware skies
Oh big airplane Dover is waiting
to welcome the fallen you fly

Scrubbed wooden pallets with white straps cinched over
Long boxes of flag draped aluminum
The C-5 is crowded when it lands in Dover
The honor guard boards and makes room again

Making straight for Nineveh, just like Jonah’s whale
Holy truth you swallow, overseas you sail
Precious is the cargo sacred was their gift
offered in a sandstorm from which your wings lift
Those who would take notice can’t watch you set down
Behind barbed wire fences miles from their town
No one breathes to question this silent parade
Except for the anguished loved ones left to say

Oh big airplane bring’em down easy
Out of the Delaware skies
Oh big airplane Dover is waiting
to welcome the heroes you fly home

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Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens

Click Trident to read Ted Gregory’s Chicago Tribune story.

Chief Petty Officer William Ryan Owens was Killed In Action in Yemen on Saturday, January 28th. Rest in Peace Chief Owens.

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General James N. Mattis — Making America Safe Again!

The video above is worth the few minutes it takes to watch it.

Thanks to Paul Davis for bringing it to our attention!

Semper Fi!

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