National Resource Directory (NRD) - 'Connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration'. (U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs)
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)
Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274 NEW! - 'Whether you're in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the Caregiver Support Line can tell you about the assistance available from VA, help you access services, connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you, or just listen, if that's what you need right now.' For additional caregiver resources, see Military Family Caregiving links, below
Homeless Veterans 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838) - Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness - and their family members, friends and supporters - can make the call to or chat online at 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838), where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. See also VA Programs For Homeless Veterans. The NJ Veterans Transitional Housing Program has two facilities for homeless veterans, Veterans Haven North in Glen Gardner, NJ, and Veterans Haven South in Winslow, NJ. See also Middlesex County Veteran Housing Assistance, and Homes for Our Troops, below.
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.
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).
South Plainfield Outreach and Referral Resources - Phone numbers for local, county & state resources covering a variety of needs such as emergency shelters, crisis hotlines, counseling, employment/unemployment, alcoholism/drug abuse, domestic violence, and more. The South Plainfield Social Services - Welfare Department operates a food pantry and assists the needy & disabled with various services. (Borough of South Plainfield)
Community & Social Services - Brochures from a wide range of community & social services, mostly from Middlesex County, for seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, families, and others. Includes information on mental health services, transit, energy, food assistance, recycling, wills & estates, and more, plus links to related agencies and information.
Middlesex County Board of Social Services - Administers Federal and State public assistance programs, including adult protective services, homeless services, child support, cash assistance, food stamps, medical assistance programs, refugee resettlement, 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)
Military & Government Collection - Designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government, this database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals, and other content pertinent to the increasing needs of those sites. The Military & Government Collection provides cover-to-cover full text for nearly 300 journals and periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 400 titles.
America the Beautiful Pass UPDATED LINK! - '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)
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.
Caregiving - See Military Family Caregiving.
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 UPDATED LINK!. 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.
Children - See Military Families: Military Kids Connect (MKC), 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). See also Preparing for Higher Education & Voluntary Education Websites (Military OneSource) and Veterans Benefits Administration Education and Training: GI Bill (Veterans Adminstration). 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.' (2020, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Better Business Bureau, and Investor Protection Trust). Military Saves 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.), Navigating the military financial lifecycle & additional CFPB Financial Information (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), BBB Military & Veterans Consumer Education (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).
Grief - See American Widow Project, above.
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.
Homes for Our Troops - 'Builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives... HFOT builds these homes where the veteran chooses to live, and continues its relationship with the veterans after home delivery to assist them with rebuilding their lives' (non-profit organization). See also Homeless Veterans, above.
Jobs - See Job Resources for Veterans Webfinder.
Jobs 4 Jersey: Veterans - See NJ Career Connections, below.
Kids - See Military Families: Military Kids Connect (MKC), below.
Mailing Letters and Packages to Military Members NEW! - Visit this page to learn how you can ship care packages to military addresses at domestic prices, even if you're sending mail overseas. Includes info on free military shipping kits, help with customs forms, military address tips, shipping restriction lists by country, and free package pickup when your shipment is ready to go (US Postal Service). See also Sending a Military Care Package: What You Need to Know NEW! (Military OneSource), and Locate Military Members, Units, and Facilities (USA.gov), and Support Veterans and Active Duty Servicemembers, below.
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 for Military Families (National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families, non-profit organization), Sesame Street for Military Families VIDEO (Sesame Workshop; non-profit educational organization), Military & Veteran Families and Children (2019, National Child Traumatic Stress Network), Grief support links (not specific to military families), 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. Ways to Help Your Kids Cope with Moving offers advice & resources for helping your kids say goodbye, plan for the move, and adjust to a new home & school (U.S. Department of Defense). Move.mil is the official DOD moving portal to plan, schedule, and manage your move. 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 (2019, American Academy of Pediatrics) and A Military Family's Guide to School Transitions [also in PDF] (Military Families for High Standards). See also Homes for Our Troops, above.
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 (U.S. Department of Education), and Military OneSource: Families With Special Needs. See also Families with Special Needs for links to additional useful information (not specific to military families).
Military Family Caregiving - Articles on a wide range of caregiving topics, posted blog-style, with most recent articles first. Also offers a PCS Caregiving podcast series AUDIO (Military Families Learning Network). Caregiver Benefits & Services offers information about the services and benefits available for caregivers (Military OneSource). The VA offers many caregiver programs & resources NEW!, including a Caregiver Support Line 1-855-260-3274. See also Wounded Warriors and related links, below, and our Caregiving links to additional useful information (not specific to military families).
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.
Moving - See Military Families: Moving, above.
NJ Career Connections: Veterans UPDATED LINK! - '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' (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 request military records, apply for a distinguished service medal, 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). See also Directory of Legal Programs for military families (American Bar Association). Stateside Legal offers easy-to-use legal information and networking tools for servicemembers, veterans, their families and advocates (funded by Legal Services Corporation). The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) outlines the protections and rights available to active-duty servicemembers and their families under this federal law (American Bar Association). 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. Under the Middlesex County Veterans Diversion Program (VDP), any active and former military service member charged with 3rd or 4th degree crimes which do not include violence, and who is suffering from a mental condition, may be eligible for diversion to mental health and rehabilitative treatment, rather than face traditional criminal prosecution.
N.J. Veterans Guide [Link opens a PDF] - Describes the programs, services, benefits, and honors available to New Jersey Veterans. The NJ Military, Veterans, and Families Resource Guide provides information about support & assistance for military & veterans families, covering housing, health care, employment, education, and more. (2020, N.J. Department of Military and Veterans' Affairs).
Special Needs - See Military Families with Special Needs, above.
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 (Charity Navigator). See also Top Rated Veterans & Military Charities UPDATED LINK! (Charity Watch), Donate with honor, not to a sham charity & Giving to Organizations That Help Military Servicemembers and Their Families (2018, Federal Trade Commission), and Wise Giving Guide: Military & Veterans Charities [Link opens a PDF] (2018, Give.org; Better Business Bureau). For general advice on choosing a charity, see our Charitable Giving Webfinder. Want to send a care package to a servicemember? See Mailing Letters and Packages to Military Members, above.
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. 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 & 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). See also Wounded Warriors links, below.
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. 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: Warrior Care - Supports wounded, ill, and injured Service members in their recovery and reintegration or transition to civilian life (U.S. Department of Defense). The National Resource Directory (NRD) connects wounded warriors, Service Members, Veterans, their families, and caregivers to programs and services that support them. It provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels to support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration (Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs). See also 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, My Health eVet, and Homes for Our Troops, 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).