OurMilitary.mil – DOD Community Relations Webpage

Sgt. Vincent Hancock - Olympic Gold Medal Winner

Greenwich, United Kingdom; Vincent Hancock (USA) competes in day two of the skeet men qualification during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Royal Artillery Barracks. Vincent is a Sergeant in the US Army.

I wanted to bring your attention to the DOD Community Relations webpage.  It’s called OurMilitary.mil.  OurMilitary.mil has information concerning Veterans and our Troops, with a wide range of topics, employment, education, health care, and even the Summer Olympics  (see: http://www.ourmilitary.mil/recent-news/news-archive/usas-vincent-hancock-wins-gold-in-skeet-shooting/) OurMilitary.mil is quite a complete webpage with more information than I could ever imagine.  It has hundreds of stories and links and I would have to give the DOD an A+ for the work here.


Home Depot Foundation

Serving Those Who Served Us All

Our nation’s veterans bravely served our country and made great sacrifices to do so.  While serving, the skills and leadership qualities they learn make them valuable assets to communities and businesses. However, veterans and their families can also face major challenges, including housing, unemployment or disabilities.

Our pledge is to ensure that every veteran has a safe place to call home, and we are committing $30 million over three years to the effort. In addition, our associates are committing their own time and talents to make a difference for veterans in local communities.

The Challenges

Statistics show that many veterans face severe housing needs sometimes because of a disability from combat injuries or because they’ve been particularly hard hit by the economy and sometimes because they simply can’t find affordable housing.

  • An aging population: 9 million veterans are senior citizens, many of whom live on fixed incomes
  • Disabilities: From 2001-2008, the number of disabled veterans increased 25 percent to 2.9 million.
  • Low Incomes: More than 4.3 million veterans have a combined family income of under $20,000.
  • Homelessness: Statistics show that veterans are twice as likely to be homeless than those who haven’t served. Veterans represent 8% of the general population, yet they form 16% of the homeless population.

The Opportunities

 The skills learned in the Armed Forces are often directly applicable in the workplace, making veterans highly educated and trained employees for businesses. We know that firsthand — more than 35,000 of The Home Depot’s associates are veterans.

  • Leadership & Work Ethic: Proven leadership skills, honed in the most challenging operational environments.
  • Top Skills: 92% of active duty military in the United States use computers at their places of duty and 40% of military personnel have job assignments that involve information resource management; 60% of the enlisted personnel can program in at least one computer language.
  • Education Level: Almost 33% of young veterans have an associate or bachelor’s degree, compared to 27% of young non-veterans.

Download the 2012 Home Depot Information Sheet (Adobe .pdf)


Massachusetts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans

Massachusetts Stand Down for Homeless Veterans


Massachusetts Stand Down is a two-day event that provides veterans or veterans at risk of becoming homeless. Volunteers of America Massachusetts is the lead agency for Stand Down and co-hosts it with the Department of Veterans Affairs. For the second year, the IBEW Local 103 in Dorchester is providing location for the event.


August 24 – 25, 2012
IBEW Local 103
256 Freeport St., Dorchester, MA

Free Services at Stand Down 2012 Include:
• Food
• Clothing
• Veterans Affairs Benefits
• VA Boston Healthcare Registration
• Medical Services
• Eye Glasses
• Mental Health Counseling
• Housing Services
• Oral Health and Dental Screening
• Employment Services
• Legal Assistance
• Haircuts
• Social Security Administration (SSI/SSDI)
• RMV – Mass. ID Cards and License Renewals
• Mass Health
• Social Work Services
• Internal Revenue Service
• Foot Care
*This is a partial list of services provided

Volunteers of America Massachusetts continues to provide critical services to homeless veterans while expanding the reach to veterans who are also at-risk and in need of help.

For more information on participating in Stand Down as a veteran or provider please contact:
Guy Simmons, Volunteers of America Massachusetts
[email protected]

For more information on volunteering at Stand Down 2012 please contact:
Lindsey Ferris, Volunteers of America Massachusetts
[email protected]

National Veterans Foundation

National Veterans Foundation

Our Mission:

  • To Serve the crisis management, information and referral needs of all U.S. Veterans and their families through: 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 that provide veterans and families in need with food, clothing, transportation, employment, and other essential resources.

The founder of the National Veterans Foundation, Floyd ‘Shad’ Meshad has been working with Veterans since 1970. Meshad was a Medical Service Officer during the Vietnam War, where he counseled soldiers in the field who were suffering from a multitude of psychological and emotional problems resulting from their experiences in combat, including what would later become known as ‘Post Traumatic Stress Disorder,’ or PTSD.

After the war, Shad continued to counsel Vietnam veterans through his work with the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles. He co-founded the VA’s ‘Vet Center’; program — 206 storefront facilities throughout the country, located away from VA Hospitals, where veterans walk in off the street to receive mental health counseling. He also authored a critically acclaimed book called “A Captain for Dark Mornings,” which chronicled his experiences both during the war, and after coming home.

Today, Meshad remains one of America’s most sought after experts on Combat Stress, Trauma Therapy, and the readjustment issues confronting returning soldiers and their families.

In 1985, Shad founded The Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation (VVAF), a non-profit, 501- c (3) human service organization. The mission of the VVAF was to help veterans and families in need with a variety of issues. Due to an overwhelming number of requests for help, the VVAF established a toll-free number in 1987 to help veterans and families in need more easily connect with the assistance they required. The VVAF was the only veteran’s outreach service offering nationwide benefits information, resource referral, and crisis counseling via a toll-free helpline. By 1992, VVAF had become a recognized resource for veterans of all wars who were struggling to access benefits, locate services, or overcome the emotional scars of war. As a result, in 1992, the VVAF formally changed its name to the National Veterans Foundation, a human service agency committed to serving the crisis and information needs of all veterans and their families.

Staffed by a team of veterans (from Vietnam, the Cold War, Desert Storm, Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan) who are specially trained in the delivery of crisis information and referral services, as well as a team of licensed volunteer counselors to whom all crisis calls are routed, more than 275,000 veterans in need of medical treatment, substance abuse or PTSD Counseling, VA benefits advocacy, food, shelter, employment training, legal aid, or suicide intervention, have now been served by this unique, one-of-a-kind resource. Also, as a recognized leader within the community of organizations that specialize in providing human service programs to veterans and their families, NVF frequently plays a key role as advisor, partner, and collaborator.

Over the past two decades, this has included providing financial assistance, training, and donations of food, clothing, and other goods to other non-profits serving the specialized needs of veterans’ including New Directions (CA), The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation (NJ), LA County Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (CA), Desert Storm Justice Foundation (OK), Point Man of Northern California (CA), Veterans Coalition of the Hudson Valley (NY), Westside Stand Down (CA), Stamford Homeless Project (CT), US VETS (CA), and Swords to Plowshares (CA), among many others.

The NVF’s extraordinary record of service has not gone unnoticed. As one of the world’s most sought after experts in treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the U.S. Government asked Shad Meshad to provide training to the counselors at Ground Zero after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The NVF continues to evolve. Shad, his team and the board of Directors are committed to continually seeking and developing the most effective means to help those who have served our country and their families. The NVF is open to all who seek emotional support and other assistance.

firebase116.org thanks the NVF for all they do to help and support our Veterans.

Please visit http://www.nvf.org for more information