Operation Troop Appreciation is proud to present this listing of services dedicated to helping deployed soldiers, veterans and the families of our brave heroes.
Allegheny County Veteran Leadership Program
The mission of the Veterans Leadership Program is to address existing and emerging needs facing veterans and to increase the self-esteen and well being of veterans and their immediate families. Their primary focus is to provide assistance to unemployed, underemployed, and homeless veterans.
Free Tax Help for Military Members!
Free tax consultation and e-filing is available for federal and state taxes through the Department of Defense for active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve, regardless of activitation status.For more information and to receive assistance, just visit www.MilitaryOneSource.com or call 1-800-342-9647.
Attention Deployed Soldiers!
The Army Direct Ordering (ADO) program is for Soldiers serving in Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom to exchange worn and ineffective pieces of Organizational Clothing and Individual Equipment (OCIE) at no cost to Soldiers. The program covers more than 45 items of OCIE, but it will not cover the Individual Physical Fitness Uniform until April 15, 2009. An individual Soldier can enroll in the ADO program via Army Knowledge Online through the Kentucky Logistics Operational Center website, or units can enroll as a whole. For more information contact your unit supply sergeant or unit representative.
To find more deployment news and resources, visit The Deployment Center.
Allegheny County Bar Association Military and Veterans Affairs Committee
This Committee serves as a focal point for all civilian and military attorneys practicing in Allegheny County
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DealHack Offers Military & Veteran Discounts
The Dealhack Military Discount Guide is the result of a quarterly survey of brands that offer active military and veteran discounts. Every three months, they independently verify each and every store on this list. The list is then conveniently broken down into categories, and can also be saved in PDF form and used as the ultimate reference guide for active military and veteran discounts.
Enterprise Holdings which operates Enterprise, Alamo and National Rent a Car, offers many career and job opportunities for those who served in the military and are looking to get into the workforce part and/or full time.
Feed our Veterans!
The Veterans Site has partnered with charities across the nation to fund nutritious meals for these veterans, who selflessly served our country and have earned our respect and gratitude, and their families. OTA is committed to ensuring that our veterans get the support they need. Click here to give a free meal to a homeless veteran.
Helping Heroes Home.org provides free cell phones and and calling plans to soldiers returning from deployment, as well as all veterans that have proudly served our nation. They also extend non-communication hardship financial support to returning troops and veterans that qualify.
Hope For Heroes
HOPE for HEROES mission is to provide confidential counseling at NO CHARGE for military personnel and their family members who have counseling needs as a result of service in Iraq or Afghanistan.
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Housing Assistance for Veterans
If you need assistance with housing and VA loan information, a comprehensive consumer guide on housing and mortgages for
veterans and active military is now available. It’s located at www.mortgageloan.com/veterans/ and covers what VA loans are, its benefits, how to apply for one, andspecial protections against foreclosure.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 under the auspices of the Intrepid Museum Foundation, and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided more than $65 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund. 100% of contributions raised by the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund go towards these programs; the Fund does not deduct any portion of contributions for administrative costs; all costs are paid by the Funds Board of Trustees and from interest earned on invested funds.
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Make the Connection
Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.
Mesothelioma Information for Veterans
As you may know, mesothelioma cancer is caused by previous exposure to asbestos. Countless veterans and civilians who have worked in a shipyard or in the shipbuilding industry were exposed to asbestos while aboard naval ships, while repairing military vehicles and aircraft, and while residing in military housing. Troops currently serving in Iraq & Afghanistan are also at risk of asbestos exposure, resulting in a health and safety issue for veterans and all members of the military community.
If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos through military service or are suffering from mesothelioma, please visit one of these websites to obtain critical information:
Many retailers and merchants offer discounts to our nations military members. Click here to find those who offer special deals to those in the armed services.
The Military Family Network
The Military Family Network mission is to support military families and increase their readiness and well-being by connecting them with their communities and the organizations that provide the best service and value.
Click here or on the logo below for more information on The Military Family Network
Military-Space is a place for troop members, veterans and their familiies can receive support.
Money For Veterans
This site is created in the spirit of veterans helping veterans. You have worked hard securing our national defense, now let us work hard for you. Our goal is to provide you with an additional resource for veterans’ benefits. How can you find the benefits and money that you have earned? Browse through our site to find out.
Click here for more information on Money For Veterans
Operation Homefront (OH) provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. Learn more about their services on their website.
Service Disabled Veterans Directory
The mission of the Service Disabled Veterans Directory (AKA The Wounded Warrior Directory) is to support, serve and promote wounded warriors in business. Their focus is to promote these businesses by reaching out to government procurement officials and large prime contractors that may appreciate doing business with our veterans. VeteransDirectory.com is The Wounded Warrior Directory of Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses.
Total Mortgage Services
Financial Planning for Servicemembers and Veterans.
TroopSwap is the only online platform specifically designed to address the needs of military communities by allowing service members and their families to buy or sell anything related to military life. Click here for more information.
Veterans Outreach Center Inc. – Servicing Those Who Serve U.S.
As the nation’s perennial leader in reaching out to veterans and their families, Veterans Outreach Center provides a collaborative approach to treating the “whole” veteran, enabling them to receive the breadth of services needed to restore their mental, physical, emotional and economic well being and to reunite with themselves, their family and community to resume productive lives.
Click here for more information on Veterans Outreach Center, Inc