Operation Troop Appreciation is proud to present this listing of services dedicated to helping deployed soldiers, veterans and the families of our brave heroes.
Addiction Resources for Veterans
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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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. Click here for more information.
Assistive Technology for Veterans and Military
This guide offers a comprehensive overview of the most common disabilities that military personnel acquire, and offers ideas and available resources for modifications and adaptive technology equipment that can help them adjust and reestablish their home life, career, and future. This guide also provides information on available financial assistance, and additional resources for service members and their families. Click here for more information.
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.
Many veterans who transition out of the military choose to pursue a college education. However, few institutions recognize the challenges that returning veterans are faced with. This article from ASU Online discusses how veterans can be successful in pursuing a college degree. Click here to head the article and find out more information.
Behavioral Health for Veterans
SAMHSA leads efforts to ensure that American service men and women and their families can access behavioral health treatment and services. Click here for more information.
Credit Guide for Military Members & Their Families
This guide from CreditCards.com lists out Federal Laws in place to give valuable credit protections to military members, as well as special discounts and promotions that many credit cards companies offer. Click here to view the guide & for more information.
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.
Debt Reduction Services
Financial Education & Resources for Troops, Families and Dependents
EmpoweredVets strives to provide veterans with a thorough list of resources for a variety of needs. We believe the resources provided can have a positive impact on the lives of veterans. Empoweredvets.org
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.
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.
Guide for Women Veterans
Guide to PTSD and Sleep
BestMattressReviews.com research the science behind sleep and review sleep products to see if they really have the effects that they claim to have. Check out their article on PTSD and PTSD-related sleep issues here.
Health and Nutrition Tips
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. Click here for more information.
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, and special protections against foreclosure.
How to Help a Veteran with Addiction
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. Click here for more information.
Justice for Vets
Veterans fought for our freedom. We fight for theirs. Help give veterans the support they have earned. Click here for more information.
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 Veterans Resource Center
Military Veterans Resource Center’s mission is to help veterans develop self-reliance and independence by providing access to the resources they need to successfully manage life transitions. Click here to access this valuable information!
Mission Homestead provides workshops to introduce military veterans to trade skills. Workshops are open to family members and also incorporate life skills for kids! Learn more about workshops offered, and if you are interested in attending a workshop or becoming an instructor, please click here.
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. Click here to learn more about their services.
The Recovery Village
Are you a veteran struggling with a substance misuse or co-occurring disorder (PTSD, depression, anxiety, etc.)? Are you a friend or other loved one of a veteran, and you want to learn more about substance use and PTSD among veterans or the ways you can help them? If so, you’ll find the answers to your questions on this page, including information on rehab centers and VA options. Click here for more information.
Residential Leases and the Military – Your Rights
When you are in the military, one of the concerns you will face is housing. Constantly facing the threat of a move makes it difficult to commit to buying a home, yet you need a comfortable place to live. While many will choose to live in housing provided by their base, some families appreciate the freedom and distance that a house off-base offers. Because of these realities, many military families choose to rent, rather than buy, a home. Click here for more information.
Resources for Vets & Families Living with Cancer
Support and Information for Veterans and Families Living with Cancer. Click here for more information
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.
Small Business and Entrepreneurship Resources
Dealspotr put together an updated, definitive list of educational opportunities, government resources, and funding/grants for veterans looking to start a small business or other entrepreneurial venture. And new for 2018, they now have a section specifically for women veterans. Click here to see their guide and find out more.
Stores & Brands Offering Military Discounts
Knoji came up with a list of 475 stores and brands (and counting) that offer discounts to military men and women – you can browse by electronics, food, fashion etc. and you can filter by these categories on the left side to see the store lists per-each. Click here to check it out!
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.
Tuck Sleep is an organization devoting to promoting sleep awareness and health through free, online resources. They’ve done extensive research into trauma, PTSD, and traumatic brain injury and their effects on sleep that are particularly geared towards active and retired members of our military. Check out that resource here and well as their whole site for more information on sleep.
VA Loan Tips for Disabled Veterans
Disabled veterans may be eligible for special considerations when getting a VA loan. Quicken Loans outlined the additional cost saving resources available to help veterans of the armed forces get the best mortgage option available to them, here.
VA Vocational Services Open Briefing
The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare system holds a Vocational Services Open Briefing every Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the HJ Heinz Campus/Veterans Recovery Center/Building 69. It’s an open meeting to present employment opportunities to veterans, including Compensated Work Therapy/Transitional Work Experience, Community-based employment services, Supported employment, Transitional Residency Housing and more! Call 412-822-1286 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