Resources: Resource Links

Vacations for Veterans

Read more » March 01, 2008
If you were recently wounded in service (and have a purple heart), you may be eligible for a free week of vacation. Vacations for Veterans coordinates veterans with vacation home owners who donate time in their homes. Contact them to see if you are eligible, and take some much-needed time to reconnect with family.

Helmets to Hardhats

Read more » March 06, 2008
If you're interested in transitioning from a career in the military to one in construction, this site is for you. Helmets to Hardhats matches veterans with training and employment opportunities in the construction field. You can post your resume online and visit the Career Network and Discussion Board to network with other veterans who are now in the construction trade.

Friends of National Guard and Reserve Families

Read more » March 08, 2008
If you are facing financial hardship because of activation, you can apply to Friends of National Guard and Reserve Families for financial assistance. If you have deployed for at least 30 consecutive days, you may be eligible to apply for assistance of up to $1,000.

Operation Family Fund

Read more » March 10, 2008
Operation Family Fund supports families of wounded and fallen soldiers from Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. They provide financial grants for: food, rent or utilities, emergency transportation and vehicle repair, funeral expenses, legal expenses, medical/dental expenses, and more.

USA Cares

Read more » March 10, 2008
USA Cares helps provide for immediate needs of military families, such as food, shelter, repair of a primary vehicle, etc. They have a "Request Assistance" form online, or they maintain a call center from their base in Kentucky. Any service member or family member can apply for assistance.

Operation Homefront

Read more » March 10, 2008
Operation Homefront provides emergency services, educational programs, and morale programs to families of deployed soldiers. Assistance programs include vehicle repair, scholarships, and food, financial, and moving assistance. They also host CinChouse.com, an online community of wives and women in uniform, which provides support, information, articles and discussion forums. They have a Massachusetts chapter in Holbrook.

Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, Inc.

Read more » March 10, 2008
Located in Haverhill, MA, the Veterans Northeast Outreach Center serves veterans in the Greater Merrimack Valley. They provide emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing, counseling, education, job training, and more.

Freedom is Not Free

Read more » March 10, 2008
If you or a family member were wounded in service, or you are the family member of a fallen veteran, Freedom is Not Free may be able to provide financial assistance. Funds are available for immediate financial needs such as food, travel associated with medical or funeral needs, making a home accessible for a wounded veteran, and more.

A grant application is downloadable online.

Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR)

Read more » March 10, 2008
For Reservists requesting psychological services for themselves, their spouses, or children, Strategic Outreach to Families of All Reservists (SOFAR) coordinates group and individual counseling. Licensed professionals volunteer time to work with reservist families, with a special focus on children. They run support groups on such topics as stress management, anger management and general coping skills and also participate in Family Readiness Groups. SOFAR is based in Massachusetts, and all services are confidential and free of charge. Services are also available to Guard families.

Massachusetts Veterans

Read more » March 10, 2008
Massachusetts Veterans is based in Worcester, MA. Their services include a homeless shelter, supportive housing, employment and training, and a food bank. 30 days of emergency shelter are provided to any veteran, with more available if needed. The emergency shelter is drug- and alcohol-free and is combined with extensive services to help ensure self-sufficiency. Their services are available to any Guard or Reserve veterans, though preference is given to homeless veterans and those with "meaningful ties to Massachusetts."

The Veterans Corporation

Read more » March 10, 2008
If you are a veteran and an entrepreneur, The Veterans Corporation can help you start and grow your business, network with other veteran entrepreneurs, and receive business education and training you need. They partner with the National Economic Opportunity Fund (NEOF) to offer small business loans ranging from $500 to 3 million. They also publish the Veterans Business Directory, where you can advertise your business.

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Guard Support provides immediate financial support to families and Farmily Readiness Groups. But we are also part of a larger network of organizations seeking to serve Guard veterans and their families.

We've compiled a list of some promising resources available from other organizations. We have done some basic research on them but cannot attest to the ultimate quality of their services, so we encourage you to check them out on your own. And contact us to give us feedback or to suggest other resources we should add to this list.