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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The Combat Infantrymen’s Association Launches A New Website


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USMC — 1st Platoon, K Company, Class 5-67 The “Lucky Ones”

The Basic Officer Course graduation picture for 1st Platoon, K Company, Class 5-67. (U.S. Marine Corps) . Barents, top row, fourth from left. Chaconas, bottom row, third from left. Callanan, top row, second from right.

Paul and Kathryn Barents (Left), George Chaconas (Center), Jack Callanan, Members of 5-67

The complete Washington Post story can photos can be found here.

As pointed out in the fine Post piece, the young Marine Officers who graduated from Class of 5-67 went off to face some of the fiercest fighting the Vietnam War had to offer. The years 1967 and 1968 saw 28,300 Americans killed — nearly half of the 58,000+ names on The Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

This week — May 3rd through May 6th — those who survived the war and those still able to travel, will hold a reunion. Welcome Home, Brothers, and Sisters! Semper Fi!

Thanks to Rich Roan for bringing this to our attention!

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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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LZ Margo . . . The Dead Went Last


As we approach the 48th anniversary of the battle of LZ Margo (September 13-17, 1968), it seemed appropriate to remind those who served in Vietnam — and those who didn’t — of the incredible courage and bravery exhibited by the 2nd Battalion of the 26th Marines. Click on the image above to read the story of LZ Margo.

We recently had the good fortune to meet one of the participants of the multi-day battle — we’ll call him Tim, because that’s his name — and wanted to express our gratitude to all the members of the 2nd of the 26th, those who served and all those who serve now in our armed services, in all conflicts, foreign and domestic.

Semper Fi!

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