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Honor Flight : Honor Flight is a non profit organization created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. We fly our heroes to Washington, DC to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – WW II survivors along with those other veterans that may be terminally ill. Partnering with HonorAir in Hendersonville, North Carolina and Hero Flight in Provo, Utah, we formed the “Honor Flight Network.” Together, we are aggressively expanding our programs to other cities across the nation in 2007. Based on recent statistics, we are losing WW II veterans at the rate of 1200 per day. Honor Flight will continue do whatever it takes to fulfill the dreams of our veterans and, very importantly, our senior heroes travel absolutely free.
Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship : The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society.
Paralyzed Veterans of America : The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization founded in 1946, has developed a unique expertise on a wide variety of issues involving the special needs of our members— veterans of the armed forces who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction.
Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees (USDR) : The USDR Mission is to support and assist Disabled Military Retirees, their spouses, widows and/or immediate family members. Purpose: To communicate to members of Congress and their staff which legislation, regulations and policies should be supported that will promote the health and welfare of disabled military retirees and their families. Provide information, education and assistance to disabled military retirees in obtaining entitlements, which they and/or their immediate family members have earned. Sponsor and promote programs to increase public awareness of issues and concerns regarding the disabled military retiree.
Wounded Warrior Project : A project of United Spinal Association. United Spinal Association (United Spinal) is a membership organization that was incorporated in New York in 1947 under the name Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association (Eastern). United Spinal Association continues to strive to be one of the nation's leading Veterans Service Organizations (VSO) by securing millions of dollars in care and services for paralyzed veterans who gave so much for our country. These services are now organized within United Spinal Association's VetsFirst division. Soldier Ride is an associated project.
Vets Roll Call : From their site: This is in reply to the numerous emails we receive wanting to know, " Who are these guys ? " Here goes: For years I wondered why there wasn't an all-in-one, fully functional portal for veterans, one that eliminated the "needle in the haystack " approach to finding one another. Tired of waiting any longer and realizing the sense of urgency for many... VETSRollCall was born.
Space A Travel, Travel for nearly free : Space Available Flight, better known as Space A or military hops, is a unique privilege provided to servicemembers, retirees and their families. Under the Space-Available (Space A) program, eligible passengers can fill unused seats on DoD-owned or controlled aircraft once all the space-required (duty) passengers and cargo have been accommodated. This site has all the resources to find out about this benifit.
Vet Search : A search engine dedicated to finding Military and Veteran oriented sites!
Retired Military of the US Armed Forces : Dedicated to supporting Military Retirees, widows and widowers of retirees, and their families. : Acording to their site, they are one of a select group of lenders with VA Automatic Status, from the Department of Veterans Affairs. They offer complimentary assistance for Veteran's Certificate of Eligibility and DD-214. With their Automatic Status, they can offer VA mortgage banking services, for veterans and active duty military personnel nationwide. It also means that they can close mortgage loans in their own name as mortgage bankers. They manage loan processing, documentation, underwriting, appraisals and funding activities in-house allowing for faster, easier mortgage transactions, saving Veterans weeks of time in getting their loan.
The P.O.W. Network: Is he really an ex-POW? Did the serviceman from my P.O.W. bracelet come home? I have a term paper due on Vietnam and Korean POWs, can you help? What men from MY state are missing? Answers to these questions and more can be found by leaving e-mail for the P.O.W. NETWORK. The NETWORK has "word search" capability for more than 20,000 off-line files and more than 3600 Vietnam POW/MIA biographies. Information is available on POWs from WWII, the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf, Somalia and Yugoslavia. Your question is researched and answers or documents returned by e-mail.
Kitchen Table Gang: VA News and other support resources. New effort: Do you have a old and frazzled flag that's laying around your office or home and you just don't know what to do with it? Then send it to us! We will properly dispose of it according to federal laws. The Kitchen Table Gang Trust will retire your tattered, worn out and frayed American flags with honor! Anything else is desecration!
Just send your flags to the non-profit Kitchen Table Gang Trust, 42922 Avenue 12, Madera, CA 93638-8866 and we will dispose of your flags in a proper and dignified manner with full honors and dignity pursuant to the United States Flag Code Section 8K (PL93-344).
The Kitchen Table Gang (formed 15 years ago) is a "rag-tag" bunch of patriotic military types helping hospitalized veterans and soldiers overseas.
Veterans of Foreign Wars: Official VFW website
UPP Veterans Organization: United Proud Patriots website, mostly still under construction.
Help Hospitalized Veterans: Provides craft kits to hopitalized veterans. Has provided over 20 million kits in its 32 years of operation
Veteran Survival: Most of those left do not need your help, they all deserve it. This site is designed to help those that do need a hand, big or small. Veteran Survival is a non-profit site whose mission is to: "Identify needy veterans and match them with appropriate private sector assistance"
The Veterans Alliance Service Center: Whole mess of resource links and a search engine for Veteran and Military sites.
LifeLines: Provides information and services to Navy and Marine retiree's
Military Conections: Military Connections is a registry-based site designed to help present and past military personnel and their families find each other and keep in touch. The site is free to members and offers an array of resources to help past and present military personnel take advantage of their hard-earned military benefits.
Get Your records: Have your records been lost stolen, destroyed or just got up on their own two legs and walked away? Have you found a mistake in them? Well if so, here's how to correct the problem and you should correct it now. Not later when you need it, say at a VA hospital or a bank to get a home loan. Since the only two sure things we know about for sure are death and taxes, your family is going to need them when you die for veterans burial benefits.
Information and other resources on Asbestos exposure. The following links are to sites with information about asbestos exposure and mesothelioma. Note all 3 sites are sponsored by law firms.
How Mesothelioma Affects Veterans
Mesothelioma Cancer Center
Mesothelioma Information for Veterans

2004 Veterans Day Message from the Secretary of Defense

American Forces Press Service

In 1834, the American patriot, Daniel Webster, told the United States Senate: "God grants liberty only to those who love it, and are always ready to guard and defend it."

Fortunately for America, for more than 200 years our nation always has been blessed with patriots who believed as Webster did, and who have proudly stepped forward -- ready to fight and, if necessary, to die to ensure that liberty is defended.

We have a name for these patriots -- we call them veterans. And, in their honor, America has set aside a special day each year – a day to recognize their courage and their commitment to our country, and to tell them once again of our deep appreciation for their dedicated service.

Through every conflict, in every era, they have battled tyrannies of every kind. While the names of those tyrannies have changed – from fascism to Nazism to communism -- the nature of dangers they posed to peace and freedom have all been serious.

Today freedom is again threatened -- this time by a new tyranny, the tyranny of extremism – of terrorism. And, again, patriots have stepped forward. They are there -- in Afghanistan, in Iraq, and wherever our liberty is at risk -- guarding freedom, and bringing hope to millions who once lived in fear.

To those on guard today, and to the veterans of every war on whose shoulders they stand -- the living, the departed, and the missing -- you have our deepest gratitude for your service and your sacrifice.

May God bless you all. And may God continue to bless the United States of America.
Donald H. Rumsfeld Secretary of Defense

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