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Armed Services

General Services Information

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Charitable Organizations

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Family Programs

  • Joint Family Resource Center, provides on-demand counseling, educational materials and programs to support command sponsored deployment, personal finance and transition programs at no cost to commands.
  • Hero Miles – Allows troops and servicemembers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan to visit their loved ones on leave at no cost; allows family members and spouses to visit their wounded servicemembers in military hospitals across the country at no cost.
  • Operation Purple – The National Military Family Association’s Operation Purple camps provide a venue for having fun, making friends, and reminding military kids that they are the nation’s youngest heroes.
  • Pennsylvania Military Family Relief Assistance Program – Provides financial assistance, in the form of one time grants, to eligible Pennsylvania servicemembers and their eligible family member.
  • Operation Military Kids Pennsylvania – List a number of programs directed at the children of servicemembers within Pennsylvania.
  • Unmet Needs – A VFW and corporate partnership program that offers $2,500 grants to service members and their families who are having trouble paying essential bills.  The grants are paid directly to the billing firm or agency.

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Education

  • Financial Aid for Spouses A list of organizations with scholarship information
  • NMFA  Military Spouse Scholarships – The National Military Family Association provides scholarships to be used for tuition, fees, and school room and board for various educational opportunities.
  • Blue Star Families – A member drive organization with representative at more than 70 bases around the world.

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Healthcare

  • TRICARE – The military’s affordable healthcare coverage program.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  -- Support and assistance for military personnel, veterans and their families  1-800-273-8255
  • Deployment Health Library – Online family readiness resources, deployment cycle support articles and physical, environmental, occupational, and mental health fact sheets.
  • Wounded Warrior Resource Center – Specialized support for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers and their families.
  • Blinded Veterans Association –  Through service programs, regional groups, resources and advocacy, this organization seeks to provide a better life for blinded veterans at no charge.  All legally blinded veterans are eligible for assistance whether they become blind during or after active duty military service.
  • Fisher House --An organization that provides “a home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund – Volunteers a Walter Reed and Bethesda Medical Centers help injured servicemembers enjoy their community through outreach activities and services.

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Housing Assistance

  • Fisher House -- An organization that provides “a home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury.
  • Homes for Our Troops – Builds or adapts homes for handicapped accessibility at no cost to veterans.
  • Hope NOW – Hope NOW is an alliance between HUD-approved counseling agents, services, investors and other mortgage market participants that provide free foreclosure prevention assistance.

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Financial Education

  • National Foundation for Credit Counseling – Consumer credit counseling services including homeowner, money and credit, bankruptcy education and counseling, debt management planning assistance, and free and low cost general assistance.

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Employment Assistance

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Survivor Services

  • Survivor Outreach Services – An Army program that provides access to support, information and services for surviving loved ones.
  • Gold Star Wives  -- An organization of widows and widowers whose spouses died while on active duty in the military services or as a result of service connected disabilities.  Pennsylvania chapters: Philadelphia and Greater Pittsburgh
  • Survivors Benefit Plan – Information for surviving spouses of servicemembers

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Veterans

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Benefits

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Employment Assistance

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Veteran Business Assistance

  • Military Reservist Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program -- Provides funds to help an eligible small business meet ordinary and necessary operating expenses that it is unable to meet, due to an essential employee’s deployment in their role as a military reservist.
  • Patriot Express Loans for Military Spouses -- Offers streamlined and expedited loan procedures for particular groups of borrowers, notably active duty military personnel, veterans, and borrowers from distressed communities.
  • Veteran Business Outreach Centers -- Provides entrepreneurial development services such as business training, counseling and mentoring, and referrals for eligible veterans owning or considering starting a small business.
  • Small Business Development Centers -- Provides management assistance to current and prospective small business owners.

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Healthcare

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