1st Responders / Families / Veterans

This is where I will be posting links to some of the sites I use. Also some of the Organizations I have found helpful to others


Run for the Wall: Mission To promote healing among ALL veterans and their families and friends, to call for an accounting of all Prisoners of War and those Missing in Action (POW/MIA), to honor the memory of those Killed in Action (KIA) from all wars, and to support our military personnel all over the world. PHILOSOPHY We strive to maintain a safe, supportive and private atmosphere in which all participants can reflect and heal on their journey to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, in the hope they can return home to a new beginning. [This year (2019) 74 riders opened up a 4th route, Sandbox Recon, to Marseilles, IL, and the Middle East Conflicts Wall dedicated to all who have lost their lives there since 1967.]

Mission M25: Mission:M25 serves as chaplains, chase teams, and servant riders on the Run for the Wall. We also hand out some 10,000 bottles of water and sport drinks from our hydration trailer. Upon arrival in Washington DC there will be teams from two IPHC churches to serve food in two different campgrounds. Most importantly, we are on hand to pray with and support any veterans who ask for spiritual help during the run. (I have had the honor of serving as Platoon Chaplain on the Southern Route for the past two years and this year (2019) I was deeply honored to be chosen for the Sandbox Recon, where I served as advance party Chaplain and medic).

National League of POW/MIA Families The League’s single, threefold mission supporting our POW/MIA [s] and KIA/BNR from the Vietnam War is to obtain the release and return of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing, and the repatriation of remains of those not yet recovered who died while serving our nation.

TREA The Retired Enlisted Association: The mission of TREA: The Enlisted Association is to enhance the quality of life for uniformed services enlisted personnel, their families and survivors –including veterans, active components,reserve components, and all retirees; to stop the erosion of earned benefits through our legislative efforts; to maintain our esprit de corps, dedication and patriotism; and to continue our devotion and allegiance to God and Country.

Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency Mission is to provide the fullest possible accounting for our missing personnel to their families and the nation.

Center for Women Veterans (CWV) The Center for Women Veterans’ (CWV) mission is to monitor and coordinate VA’s administration of health care, benefits, services, and programs for women Veterans.

Department of Veterans Affairs – To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honoring the men and women who are America’s veterans.

Veteran Suicide Prevention 

there are a lot of resources listed below are just a few the main thing is if you or a loved one is feeling depressed and especially having suicidal thoughts DO NOT go it alone, we and others are here for you, reach out and get help:

Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans – National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Veterans Crisis Line

National Veterans Foundation Mission;To serve the crisis management, information, and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through the management and operation of the nation’s only toll-free helpline for all veterans and their families.Public awareness programs that shine a consistent spotlight on the needs of America’s veterans. Outreach services provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

#HICKSSTRONG – ​Our goal is to connect service members with therapists via telehealth so they can truly receive confidential support no matter where they are. ​​We are driven to change the military suicide epidemic by removing the red tape and shortening the gap between service members and therapists. Let us help you find a healthy outlet for dealing with your struggles. ​Together we can help stop the military service members’ suicide epidemic and eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health in the military.

Some Catch-All Directories of Veteran and Veterns Families Resources

Best of 2021: Top Veteran Resources of the year

Retuning to College – Article from Fellow Veteran Adam Evans

College Resources for Veterans and Their Families

Rally PointThe social network by, for, and about service members and veterans. Peer counseling. Job placement. Mentorship. The largest social network from the military helping you lead your best life.

Make the ConnectionVeterans and their loved ones talk about their experiences, challenges, and recovery.

The National Resource Directory The NRD is a database of validated resources that supports recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration for service members, veterans, family members, and caregivers.

Achieve TMS for Military DependentsDepression Treatment for Military Families

Veterans Benefit Guide from Stars and Stipes

American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation

SNAP Benefits

VA Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

Current VA Loan Rates Available Locally

Top 60 Veteran & Military-Friendly Employers

Top 10 Work from Home Jobs for Military Spouses & Veterans with Disability

Trusted Military and Veteran Service Organizations

Highly-Rated Nonprofits Dedicated to Veterans and Military Service Members


Flags of Honor Escorts


Saddles In Service 

The Veterans Coalition Ministries of Faith


Tunnel to Towers Foundation

First Responders Children’s Foundation



Operation First Response

Tunnel to Towers Foundation