Military OneSource - For active-duty service members, National Guard and reserves, recently separated service members, military families and survivors, Military OneSource provides free assistance, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, from anywhere in the world. Offers a wide range of individualized consultations, coaching and counseling for many aspects of military life, as well as helpful online resources. Covers such issues as Military Life Cycle, Family & Relationships, Moving & Housing, Financial & Legal, Education & Employment, Health & Wellness, Recreation, Travel & Shopping, and Benefits & Resources. Available online or by phone at 1-800-342-9647. (U.S. Department of Defense)
NJ Veterans Helpline 1-866-838-7654 (1-866-VETS-NJ4) - 'A 24 hour/7-day a week helpline coordinated by UMDNJ-University Behavioral HealthCare. The helpline features peer counseling, clinical assessments, and assistance to family members. The helpline provides New Jersey Veterans and their families with access to a comprehensive support network of mental health professionals who specialize in issues specific to Veterans returning to civilian life. Call 1-866-838-7654 (1-866-VETS-NJ4) and speak to someone who understands and can help. Don't suffer in silence, reach out for free, confidential support and let us help you get back to living the life you remember.'
Vets 4 Warriors 1-855-838-8255 (1-855-VET-TALK) - 24/7 confidential peer support by veterans to Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, Veterans of all ages, Retirees, and their families/caregivers. Provides direct and immediate access to a peer who understands your life experiences and the challenges you face, and who can provide support whenever you confront an issue, wherever you are in the world. Vets4Warriors operates independently of the U.S. military. (Rutgers-based public-private funded organization)
Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, text 838255 - 'The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.' (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, et al.)
Vet Center Combat Call Center 1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387) - An around-the-clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran's military service. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
DoD Safe Helpline (1-877-995-5247) - A crisis support service for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Safe Helpline provides live, one-on-one specialized support and information, and is confidential, anonymous and secure. Safe Helpline services are available worldwide, 24/7 - providing victims with the help they need anytime, anywhere, by phone or online. (Operated by RAINN, the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization)
Benefits.gov for Military (Active Duty and Veterans) - The official benefits website of the U.S. government lists dozens of government programs designed to assist military service members, veterans, and military families, and provides information on how to apply for benefits. Programs can provide help with education, careers, health & mental health, housing, insurance, memorials, and more.
Call 2-1-1 when you need to find state or local resources in New Jersey to address urgent needs or everyday concerns, including health & mental health services, food banks, shelter, rental or utility assistance, adult day care, Meals on Wheels, transportation, childcare, crisis intervention services, job training, education, and more. 2-1-1 is free, confidential, multi-lingual, confidential, TTY accessible, and available 24/7 2-1-1 resource specialists will guide callers to the most helpful available resources. Visit the website for more information. NOTE: 2-1-1 calls are generally toll-free; however, if you are calling 2-1-1 from your cell phone, please check with your cell phone service provider first to find out whether you will be charged for the call. You can also reach 2-1-1 by dialing 877-652-1148. (United Way, in partnership with the State of New Jersey)
America the Beautiful Pass NEW! - 'America the Beautiful' passes for U.S. Military are your free ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, including national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, and historic sites. A pass covers entrance, standard amenity fees and day use fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle at per vehicle fee areas (or up to four adults at sites that charge per person). Children age 15 or under are admitted free. Free passes are available for current U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard as well as Reserve and National Guard members. (National Park Service)
American Widow Project - Provides emotional and practical support for military widows (non-profit organization).
Business: Veteran-Owned Businesses - If you are a veteran or service-disabled veteran, this website has resources to help you start and grow your small business (U.S. Small Business Administration). For general resources on starting & running a business, see Useful Websites: BUSINESS.
Career OneStop: Veteran and Military Transition Center - 'Veterans ReEmployment is your one-stop site for employment, training and financial help after your military service.' For additional career resources, see our Job Resources for Veterans Webfinder. For resources specific to New Jersey, see NJ Career Connections: Veterans, below. For information on starting and running a business, see Business: Veteran-Owned Businesses, above.
Center for Women Veterans - See Women Veterans, below.
Charitable Donations to Support Military Personnel and Veterans - See Support Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers, below.
College for Veterans and Servicemembers: Know How 2 Go - For veterans and servicemembers interested in pursuing a college degree, this site provides information on what steps you need to take to choose and apply to colleges, how to find financial aid, and more (American Council on Education). For general information on higher education, see Useful Websites: EDUCATION - College & University Information.
Dietary Supplements: Operation Supplement Safety - Servicemembers often are targeted by companies selling supplements: to help you lose weight, enhance workouts, or be in top shape for battle. This site has a list of dietary supplement ingredients prohibited by the Department of Defense, along with a list of high-risk supplements that may contain stimulants, steroids, hormone-like ingredients, controlled substances, or unapproved drugs. Includes a handy Ask the Expert feature, plus articles, FAQs, videos, and downloadable educational materials. (Department of Defense, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, et al.). For general information on drugs and supplements, see Useful Websites: HEALTH & FITNESS - Drug & Supplement Information.
Disability, Illness, or Injury - See Wounded Warriors and related links, below.
Education - See College for Veterans and Servicemembers, above.
Financial Field Manual for Military Families - A printable 20-page booklet offering 'practical, easy-to-understand information to help you prepare financially for deployment, make the most of new GI Bill opportunities, protect your investments, buy (or sell) a home, minimize taxes, hold down insurance costs, avoid financial schemes that target military families, and make smart decisions when you transition to civilian life.' (Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Better Business Bureau, and Investor Protection Trust). Military Saves NEW! VIDEO encourages military families to save money, reduce debt, and build wealth (Department of Defense and America Saves, non-profit organization). See also Military Consumer (Federal Trade Commission et al.), CFPB Financial Q & A for Military Servicemembers & Veterans & additional CFPB Financial Information (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), BBB Military & Veterans Consumer Education (2017, Better Business Bureau), SaveAndInvest.org: Financial Education Information for Military Families (FINRA Investor Education Foundation), and Financial Resources for Servicemembers and Veterans (Consumer Action). Investor.gov: Military provides some useful investment advice and resources for service members (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission).
Health: My Health eVet - This online service from the V.A. allows you to keep track of V.A. prescriptions & appointments, view your V.A. health records, access information on healthy living, and use related resources (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs). See also Wounded Warriors, below, and Dietary Supplements, above.
Jobs - See Job Resources for Veterans Webfinder.
Jobs 4 Jersey: Veterans - See NJ Career Connections, below.
Mailing Letters and Packages to Military Members - Guidelines and restrictions for sending mail to military service members, with helpful related information on locating U.S. military personnel & veterans, finding a military base, commissaries & exchanges for military families, and POWs/MIAs. (USA.gov)
Military Families: Military Kids Connect (MKC) VIDEO - 'An online community for military children (ages 6-17 yr old) that provides access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life. MKC offers informative activities, fun games, helpful videos, and an online community that can build and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children and their peers.' (U.S. Department of Defense). See also Zero to Three Parenting (National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, non-profit organization), Sesame Street for Military Families NEW! VIDEO (Sesame Workshop; non-profit educational organization), Military & Veteran Families and Children UPDATED LINK! (2014 - 2018, National Child Traumatic Stress Network), Military Family Caregiving, Military Family Services (Red Cross), Military Families: Moving, and Military Families with Special Needs, below.
Military Families: Moving - A collection of useful online tools and resources to help military families plan a successful move. Military Youth on the Move UPDATED LINK! offers advice and support for children of military families to help deal with the difficult time of moving, saying goodbye, and starting over in a new place (U.S. Department of Defense). The Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) offers resources on education for military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition (non-profit organization). See also Deployment & Children (2015, American Academy of Pediatrics).
Military Families with Special Needs: Support 360 Center (NJ) - Provides assistance to military families in New Jersey who have children (ages birth to 26) with disabilities. Located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; to find support in other states, see Parent Center Hub (Center for Parent Information and Resources and U.S. Department of Education). See also Military Parent Technical Assistance Center NEW! (U.S. Department of Education), and Military OneSource: Families With Special Needs NEW!.
Military Family Caregiving - 'Military Family Caregiving focuses on improving the lives of wounded warrior caregivers through the use of educational materials and online resources.' Topics covered include 'Caregiving 101', family & child care, and information about specific medical conditions (From eXtension.org, an educational partnership of 74 U.S. universities). See also Wounded Warriors and related links, below.
Military Family Services - The American Red Cross offers a variety of support services for military families, including Emergency Communication, Financial Assistance, Information & Referral, Deployment Services, and Services for Veterans. If your family needs emergency assistance, you can call the American Red Cross at (877) 272-7337 (toll-free) or contact your local Red Cross.
NJ Career Connections: Veterans - 'Veterans receive first priority referral to all jobs and training opportunities for which they are qualified. In the One-Stop Career Center, there is a Veterans Representative who specializes in helping veterans find the jobs and opportunities for which they qualify. In addition to priority referrals to jobs, vets can enroll in free job search workshops, find help developing a resume, learn about career training programs and get help understanding the network of veterans' benefits available through the Veterans Administration, state and local governments.' Formerly Jobs 4 Jersey (New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development). For additional career resources, see our Job Resources for Veterans Webfinder.
N.J. Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs (DMAVA) - At this website, you can apply for a distinguished service medal, download a wide variety of DMAVA forms, order DMAVA publications, and find other useful resources for veterans, active military personnel, and military families.
N.J. Military Legal Assistance Program - This program provides free legal assistance to New Jersey residents who have served overseas as active duty members of reserve components of the armed forces deployed in Iraq or Afghanistan since 2001. Toll-free phone number: 888-541-1900 (N.J. State Bar Association). Stateside Legal offers easy-to-use legal information and networking tools for servicemembers, veterans, their families and advocates (funded by LSC.gov). See also ABA Homefront: Legal Resources for Military Families (American Bar Association) and U.S. Armed Forces Legal Assistance. The U.S. Department of Justice: Servicemembers and Veterans Initiative enforces laws that protect three categories of servicemember civil rights: financial/housing, employment, and voting.
N.J. Veterans Guide [Link opens a PDF] - Describes the programs, services, benefits, and honors available to New Jersey Veterans (2016, N.J. Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs). The GCADA Veterans Guide provides more detailed information about resources available to N.J. military veterans and families (2012, Governor's Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, State of N.J.)
Support Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers - A list of highly rated charities that provide various services to military personnel, veterans, and families, from lifting troops' morale to financial assistance for food, rent, utilities, and medical expenses (2017, Charity Navigator). See also A Donor's Guide to Serving the Needs of Veterans and the Military (2015, Charity Watch).
Tax Information for Members of the Military - Federal tax information for U.S. Armed Forces members and military veterans (Internal Revenue Service). For information on N.J. taxes, see Military Personnel Income Tax Information (State of New Jersey). See also TurboTax Military Personnel Tax Tips (from Intuit, a financial & tax software company) and H&R Block Tax Information Center: Military NEW!. For general tax resources, see our Useful Websites: TAXES page.
U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs - See Veteran's Administration (V.A.), below.
USA.gov Military Personnel & Families and USA.gov Veterans - Links to official U.S. government information for veterans, service members, and their families (USA.gov). For links to additional service providers, see Military Support: Community Partners (U.S. Department of Defense). The American Legion also offers information & services to veterans, active duty military personnel, and their families, including Career and Business Resources (non-profit organization; site includes advertisements).
Veteran's Administration (V.A.) / U.S. Department of Veterans' Affairs - Information on federal government programs for veterans, including online applications for pensions & compensation, education, health, vocational rehabilitation and employment services. See also Vets.gov. The V.A. Facilities Locator is a searchable database of over one thousand Veteran's Administration facilities in the US, including benefits offices, medical facilities, and cemeteries. Or go directly to the list of New Jersey V.A. locations. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)
Wounded Warriors - Wounded warrior programs provide non-medical support, from something as simple as helping service members understand their benefits to assisting them with their specialized transportation needs. Enrollment in wounded warrior program varies per branch; this site offers a contact list for the various wounded warrior programs (Military OneSource). Disabled American Veterans offers a range of free services to disabled veterans, including claims help, medical transportation and employment resources (non-profit organization). See also Military Family Caregiving and My Health eVet, above. For general resources on living with disabilities, see our People with Disabilities Webfinder.
Women Veterans - Information on health care and other VA benefits for women veterans. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)