Caring family members perform acts of heroism everyday.
Young spouses and aging parents are taking care of America's veterans – in many cases, at the expense of their own health and well-being. Many veteran with PTSD don't have traditional family members who can help, and they lean heavily on friends and battle buddies.
Caring for a veteran is a huge job. Whether you are managing prescriptions, scheduling appointments, or maintaining a sense of stability for a veteran who can no longer do these things on his or her own, it does not come with an instruction manual. And often, it does not come with a thank you.
Maybe you simply do what needs to be done because you're the only one who can do it. You may not think of yourself as a "caregiver."
Military Caregiver Education & Mental Health Resources
+ A Head for the Future
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, the leading authority on TBI within military populations, launched A Head for the Future in 2015 to improve the lives of our nation’s heroes by providing them with the tools they need to stay healthy and mission-ready when on home soil. A Head for the Future’s mission is focused on: Raising awareness of the signs, symptoms and treatment of TBIs diagnosed in noncombat settings; Educating service members, veterans, their families, caregivers, providers and line leaders about the importance of preventing brain injuries.
+ America’s Warrior Partnership
America’s Warrior Partnership has created a replicable model for the delivery of services to Warriors. In the Aiken, SC, and Augusta, GA; Charleston, SC; Florida Panhandle; Greenville, SC; Buffalo, NY and Orange County, CA communities, this is resulting in very low veteran homelessness, success for veterans with employment, greater access to benefits and higher use of the G.I. Bill for education.
+ Army OneSource
This site is dedicated to enriching and enhancing the lives of Army Soldiers and their family members. It includes comprehensive links to information on family programs and services, health care, housing, children’s services, education, careers, recreation, and community support. A new feature is a virtual resiliency campus – an effective tool for geographically dispersed soldiers to keep in touch with family members and friends, and the programs within their army community.
+ Blue Star Families
Frequent moves, deployments, and transitions can make it hard for military families to establish strong, trusted networks. We bridge the gap between military family communities and the general public. Through our partnerships, Blue Star Families provides free resources, services, and opportunities to more than 1.5 million military family members—making military life more sustainable. Learn More.
Dedicated to the mental health care of returning troops and their families, this site provides information and training to families, clinicians, and congregation and community leaders, so that they become more aware of the culture, unique symptoms, and issues faced by military caregivers.
+ Caregiver Resource Directory
The Caregiver Resource Directory is designed to help empower military caregivers with information about national-level resources and programs specifically for them. Topics include: helplines, advocacy and benefit information, career transitions and employment, military caregiver support, children’s needs, education and training, financial support, rest and relaxation, and others.
+ Caring for Military Families
Our approach is to assist the organizations and agencies that serve caregivers — spouses, parents, and others — responsible for an injured military member. Our efforts are designed to better align lifeline services for wounded warriors, promote synergy between the public, private, nonprofit, labor and faith communities, and raise awareness about the critical needs facing caregivers today. Learn More.
+ Center for Brain Health, University of Texas at Dallas
The Brain Performance Institute delivers science-based innovations that enhance how you think, work, and live. The Institute’s SMART Training (Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training, is a strategy–based cognitive training program that teaches tools and techniques to help individuals develop healthy brain habits. A SMART Training specific to Military Spouses and Caregivers is now available.
+ Coaching into Care
Coaching into Care is a free and confidential coaching service to help callers discover new ways to talk with a Veteran in their life about their concerns and about treatment options.
+ Code of Support Foundation
Code of Support Foundation (COSF) provides essential and critical one-on-one assistance to struggling service members, veterans and their families (SMVF) who have the most complex needs. We are dedicated to leveraging the nation’s full spectrum of resources to ensure all members of our military, veterans and their families receive the support services they need and through their collective sacrifice have earned.
+ Department of Defense Office of Warrior Care Policy
The Department of Defense (DoD) provides resources and information exclusively for military caregivers who assist wounded, ill and/or injured Service members with activities of daily living. DoD’s Military Caregiver Support includes the Military Caregiver PEER Forum Initiative(Personalized Experiences, Engagement, and Resources), the Caregiver Resource Directory, monthly Military Caregiver Virtual Forums, as well as Military Caregiver webinars, events and specialized resources.
+ Easterseals Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services
We believe our veterans and military families can succeed where they live. Our mission is to ensure that's possible in every community. We work to break down barriers, drive a new conversation about the potential of our veterans, engage organizations and communities, and connect veterans and military families with what they need for meaningful employment, education and overall wellness. Learn More.
+ Family of a Vet
Started by Brannan Vines, proud wife of a Hero, this blog is dedicated to Veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Order and/or Traumatic Brain Injury and those who love them. We’re here to help you find your way, find the information you need, and find a way not only to cope with life after combat, but to survive and thrive! Learn More.
+ Hearts of Valor
Hearts of Valor honors the service and sacrifice of those who care for our nation's wounded, ill or injured warriors by providing a community of support based on a foundation of empathy and mutual understanding. Post 9/11 caregivers receive access to our national in-person peer support groups which address the daily challenges of caregiving. Their annual all-expenses-paid caregiver retreats offer expert coaching and education on current topics. Caregivers also have access to one-on-one support from mental health professionals who can provide up-to-date resources and local referrals.
+ Hidden Heroes
Hidden Heroes brings vital attention to the untold stories of military caregivers and seeks solutions for the tremendous challenges and long-term needs they face. Their goals are to: raise awareness of the issues military caregivers confront every day; inspire individuals, businesses, communities, and civic, faith and government leaders to take action in supporting military caregivers in their communities; establish a national registry, encouraging military caregivers to register and better connect them to helpful resources and support.
+ Home Base Veteran and Family Care
Home Base is dedicated to healing the Invisible Wounds of War for Post-9/11 Service Members, Veterans and Families through clinical care, fitness and wellness-based programs, community outreach, education and research.
+ Joining Forces
In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces, a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans, and their families and support them through wellness, education, and employment opportunities. Joining Forces works hand in hand with the public and private sector to ensure that service members, veterans, and their families have the tools they need to succeed throughout their lives.
+ Justice for Vets
Justice for Vets believes that no veteran or military service member should suffer from gaps in service, or the judicial system when they return to their communities. As the stewards of the Veterans Treatment Court movement, we keep veterans out of jail and connect them to the benefits and treatment they have earned; saving their lives, families, and futures, and saving tax dollars for the American public.
+ Military Connection
MilitaryConnection.com features thousands of pages of resources and information, and is one of the most comprehensive directories of military and Veteran resources on the web. MilitaryConnection.com takes great pride in using its significant reach to assist, provide resources and facilitate win/win partnerships with wonderful non-profits, associations and government agencies serving those who serve. There is something for everyone, including a Job Board, Virtual Job Fair, Post 9/11 GI Bill information, scholarship directory, and school directory. There is also news, events, pay charts, benefits, service directories, commissaries & exchanges, golf courses, and much more.
+ Military OneSource
Military OneSource is a Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, guard and reserve service members, and their families. Information includes deployment, reunion, relationship, grief, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, and much more.
+ Military and Veteran Caregiver Network
The Military and Veteran Caregiver Peer Support Network (MVCN) offers peer-based support and services to connect caregivers with others who are giving care to members of the military or veterans who are living with wounds, illness or injury. The MVCN helps caregivers of all ages at all stages of their caring through access to three peer support programs: Online Peer Support Community, Community-Based Peer Support Groups, and Peer Mentor Support.
+ National Military Family Association
As the voice of military families for 46 years, we have proven that we stand behind service members, their spouses, and their children. Our Association is the “go to” source for Administration Officials, Members of Congress, and key decision makers when they want to understand the issues facing our families. They know we have “boots on the ground” with military families and understand better than anyone that “military families serve, too.”
+ Our Military Kids
Our Military Kids, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to provide support and recognition to military children. This may include children ages 3 years through the 12th grade of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, along with children of Wounded and Fallen Warriors from all branches of service. The grants to children pay for fees associated with athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs.
+ Operation Homefront
We connect 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 assistance, long-term stability and recurring support needs they experience. By doing so, Operation Homefront is able to help military families overcome many of the challenges inherent in military life. Learn More.
+ Operation Mend
Our mission is to partner with the United States Military to jointly heal the wounds of war by delivering leading-edge patient care, research, and education and using the best medicine and technology available. Learn More.
+ Project Sanctuary
Project Sanctuary recognizes that the whole family serves, and believes the best way to “support the troops” is by supporting the family. We work with veterans and active-duty service members and their families with our exclusive, three-part A.R.T. (Assess, Reconnect, Thrive) program, combining counseling, education, self-development and recreational therapy to help reconnect and build well-adjusted families. The program starts with a six-day, outdoor, therapeutic retreat in a healing environment and continues with ongoing family support services for the service member and the family members for two years following each retreat. Project Sanctuary takes military families from battle-ready to family-ready.
+ PsychArmor Institute
PsychArmor Institute is the nation’s leading organization in providing innovative training and effective support to all non-military Americans, arming them with everything they need to work confidently and effectively with military and veteran populations. By becoming a FREE member of the PsychArmor Community, you gain access to an extensive library of high-quality online courses developed and taught by national subject matter experts, continual support from our "Helping You Help Veterans" Helpline, exposure to leading-edge thinking, and opportunities to interact with other civilians who are going out of their way to serve those who served.
+ Sesame Workshop
Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and so much more. Our mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger, and kinder. We do this by combining a curriculum that addresses children’s critical developmental needs with the sophisticated use of media and a large dose of fun.
Beyond ABCs and 123s, our programs deliver crucial lessons about health, emotional well-being, and respect and understanding to help kids grow up healthy, happy, and at home in their world.
+ The Soldiers Project
The Soldiers Project has been providing psychotherapy for post 9/11 Veterans and their loved ones for more than ten years. Our over arching therapeutic philosophy is that the psychological connection to the therapist is of primary importance in enhancing the healing progress. Ten years of experience has made it clear that each person requires a treatment plan that is tailored to his/her unique situation.
+ USO Warrior and Family Care
Through USO Warrior and Family Care programs, the USO is building a continuum of care from the battlefield to the community to provide our wounded, ill and injured troops, and their families and caregivers a broad array of programs to help them throughout each stage of their recovery. In addition, USO Transition Services offers comprehensive support for service members and their families who are transitioning from military service. Transition Services offers a concierge approach, connecting individuals with specific resources and organizations within their new community that will support them on their path forward.
VeteranCaregiver provides peer-to-peer support and special assistance for Caregivers of Veterans, as well as for "singleton" Veterans. The website is a bridge where questions and frustrations can be safely aired. We also provide individualized assistance when you've hit the wall.
+ VA Caregiver Support
You may know that VA provides benefits and services for Veterans, but did you know that VA also has a number of services designed specifically to support you in your role as a Family Caregiver? VA values your commitment as a partner in our pledge to care for those who have "borne the battle," and we have several support and service options designed with you in mind. The programs are available both in and out of your home to help you care for the Veteran you love and for yourself.
+ Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS)
We 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. Learn More.
+ Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
The Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program is a DoD-wide effort to promote the well-being of National Guard and Reserve members, their families and communities, by connecting them with resources throughout the deployment cycle. Commanders and leaders play a critical role in ensuring that National Guard and Reserve Service members and their families attend Yellow Ribbon Events where they can access information on healthcare, education, employment, and financial and legal benefits.