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A 501(c)3 non profit organization whose volunteers provide free transportation to and from airports, bus and train terminals, for all branches of the military and their families. We also provide transportation to VA hospitals and the Veterans Administration. We service the Southern California region (San Bernardino, San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange Counties) and hope to expand in the future. Contact us if you would like to volunteer or know of a veteran needing assistance.
Charities Supporting Military Causes
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The LCpl Lutz Live To Tell Foundation’s, 501(c)3, mission is to reduce veteran suicide resulting from Post-Traumatic Stress by supporting our military through Buddy Up Combat Outposts (COPs), strengthening community support, & raising awareness about Post-Traumatic Growth.
Achilles International – Freedom Team ★
The mission of Achilles Freedom Team is to enable wounded veterans with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
Air Force Aid Society
Air Force Aid Society is helping “to relieve distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education”. It is rooted in the original Army Air Corps and the World War II Army Air Forces, whose members wanted to “take care of their own.” Through the years, AFAS has become increasingly effective in helping individuals with personal emergencies– as well as extremely useful when used by commanders to help solve personnel problems in their units.
American Military Partner Association ★
Our Mission: Connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America’s LGBT service members and veterans. Combined Federal Campaign Code Number: 33410
Army Emergency Relief
AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.” AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers.
Battling Bare ★
The mission of Battling Bare, Inc. is to provide a network of support for the spouses, children and family members who silently struggle to carry the burden of PTSD with their beloved Service Members. By creating a safe place to band together and share our stories, we will raise awareness about PTSD and create positive programs of true healing for families affected.
Blue Star Families
Blue Star Families is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families. We are committed to supporting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, connecting military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and empowering military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves. Our Combined Federal Campaign Code is 95243.
Brides Across America
Brides Across America hopes to enhance the lives of military families and express gratitude and appreciation for all serving in our Armed Forces. By working together, were hoping to spread the word to as many military couples as possible and to help create their dream wedding.
Camp C.O.P.E. ★
Camp C.O.P.E. provides military families with an unforgettable weekend at camp. Camp C.O.P.E. gives these children hope and patience and courage. Camp C.O.P.E lets them be just kids- again! Through therapeutic interventions, certified therapists teach children and their families how to cope with their changed world due to deployment, injury or loss of a family member as a result of their service in our country’s military. Camp C.O.P.E. provides weekend camps across the country free of charge to children and families of military personnel.
Children of Fallen Patriots
Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty . We serve families of all branches of armed forces that have experienced combat casualties, military training accidents and other line of duty deaths.
Coast Guard Assistance Fund ★
Imagine your loved one graduating from bootcamp with no one there to celebrate with them. Our fund helps family members attend the graduation of their recruit from Coast Guard bootcamp when they could not otherwise afford to attend. 100% of your donations will help a mother, father, grandparent, spouse or sibling attend when no one else will be there. Our goal is that every recruit is represented at graduation. This fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The fund is run by volunteers who have children in the Coast Guard.
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
CGMA provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, primarily through interest-free loans, grants, and financial counseling. Established and operated by Coast Guard people for Coast Guard people, CGMA provides a way to extend compassion to one another in times of need. It serves as a vital financial safety net, promoting financial stability and general well being, fostering high morale and encouraging a sense of loyalty to the Coast Guard.
Code of Support Foundation
The Code of Support Foundation works to engage and leverage the full spectrum of this nation’s resources to ensure that our service members, veterans, and their families receive the support they need and have earned through their service and sacrifice.
Courage Beyond at Centerstone
Courage Beyond at Centerstone provides confidential, no-cost or low-cost programs and services to warriors and their families facing PTSD and other invisible wounds of military service. They offer a supportive online community, anonymous forums, retreats, eGroups, a 24-hour crisis line, and face-to-face counseling services.
F7 Group Foundation
The F7 Group Foundation addresses a wide-range of needs for Veterans in the community. Through community based collaboration, the organization brings together tools, resources, and support for Veterans and military families. As the only organization of its kind and a trusted resource for those who serve, the foundation is changing lives and creating a positive community effect on our nation’s future.
Fallen Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc.
Fallen Soldier Memorabilia Boxes, Inc. is a non-profit organization that accepts private as well as corporate donations in order to serve families of American soldiers killed in action in recent wars. Our national community has shown exceeding compassion for the thousands of people affected by recent violence overseas. The Memory Box Project was created in order to provide these families with a sanctuary for the memories of their lost loved one. All Memory Boxes are hand crafted by David Bouillez and are made with only the finest, high quality American made products. The Memory Box Project has received national recognition in the form of military interest. Over 600 requests have come in for Memory Boxes and fulfillment is strongly reliant on public and private donations. To donate, sponsor a family or request a Memory Box visit us at http://www.memoryboxproject.org/.
Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House foundation provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
Flyin’ Heroes is a program that utilizes the sport of fly fishing to promote therapeutic growth and rehabilitation of U.S. military veterans. The goal of Flyin’ Heroes is to create memorable fly fishing experiences that unlock the healing power of the water and foster lasting relationships.
Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pet ★
ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit “Military & Veterans Service Organization” (MVSO) supporting our active duty military, wounded warriors, homeless veterans, and their beloved pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment related to a combat or peace-keeping or humanitarian mission or unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship situation through various programs/services/projects.
HeartsApart.org was created to keep families connected while our military men and women are serving abroad. Through the efforts of our community’s finest photographers, HeartsApart.org provides our soon to be deployed servicemen and women with pictures of their spouses and children. The photographs are printed on waterproof and durable bi-folded cards, which fit securely in their uniform pocket. HeartsApart.org believes that our military personnel deserve and need the memory of their families to carry them through the difficult times that lie ahead.
Homes for Heroes Foundation ★
The Homes For Heroes Foundation Purpose is to provide and/or coordinate financial assistance and housing resources to the Heroes of our nation such as Military personnel, Police/Peace Officers, Firefighter and First Responders who are in need.
Hope for the Warriors®
The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
Hounds & Heroes ★
Hounds & Heroes is a totally volunteer organization that donates fully trained retired racing greyhounds as service dogs for veterans in need. Hounds & Heroes works exclusively with the greyhound breed due to the temperament of the dogs and their ability to be trained to assist the veterans. All donations to the program go toward the care of the dogs during the program – their food, vet care, heart worm meds and other necessities such as leash, collar and harness.
In Gear Career
In Gear Career is a nonprofit organization created by military spouses for military spouses past and present. In Gear Career provides a free forum for professional development, community support, information sharing and networking to address the unique challenges faced by career-minded military spouses.
K9s For Warriors ★
K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of conflicts and war after 9/11.
Lone Survivor Foundation
The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support.
Luke’s Wings ★
Luke’s Wings is an organization dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle. Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke’s Wings provides families with the means to visit during the service member’s hospitalization and rehabilitation. By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved ones, Luke’s Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms while also helping to encourage and motivate the service member’s recovery.
Marines & Mickey ★
Marines & Mickey has two missions. The first is to send Marines who have recently returned from an overseas Deployment, Recruiting Duty or the Drill Field to Disney with their families. The second is to assist families who cannot afford to attend their New Marines Boot Camp Graduation due to financial hardships.
The Matthew Freeman Project
The Matthew Freeman Project is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to the support of education in order to promote communities of promise, prosperity and peace throughout the US and the World. Our mission is to help Gold Star Families deal with their grief. We create “Matthew Bears” (Matthew 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted) from the uniforms of those Killed in Action, killed in training or who have died as a result of the wars. The Captain Matthew Freeman Gold Star Sibling Scholarship was established in memory of Captain Matthew C. Freeman, USMC, and to honor his beloved sisters, Marybeth and Virginia. It is to acknowledge the struggles and emotional pain when dealing with the loss of a sibling through a combat related death.
Mid-Atlantic Bulldog Rescue
MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue is run by a military family and assists military families in adopting pets. Volunteers provide a safe and loving home for bulldogs in transition.
Military Child Education Coalition
Ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.
Military Missions exists to support and honor deployed military personnel by sending care packages year round as an expression of appreciation and gratitude. We go beyond the yellow ribbon to give back to those who serve and protect our nation. We strive to involve our community in activities that will give civilians an opportunity to express their gratitude for the sacrificial service of those who have worn the uniform, past, present, and future.
Military Spouses of Strength ★
Military Spouses of Strength is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that believes in the value of mental health awareness, which is crucial at crushing the stigma on mental health issues among the military community. MSoS strives to provide and bring forth the knowledge, support, and resources needed to make this change happen. It is only through knowledge that we can educate others to make a national change in our behavior.
Modest Needs ★
Modest Needs is a national nonprofit empowering members of the general public to make one-time, emergency grants to workers and veterans who are at risk of slipping into poverty. Modest Needs is proud to support military veterans through our Homecoming Heroes Grant – a program designed to prevent our veterans from slipping into poverty as they work to make the difficult transition from overseas deployment to civilian life.
Naval Services FamilyLine
Naval Services FamilyLine is THE source for Sea Service Spouse Mentoring. This 501c non-profit volunteer organization is dedicated to empowering all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard families to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle. NSFL free training materials and programs are available to all spouses and family members around the world and have been helping families for nearly 50 years in all stages of their sea service lives.
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society ★
Navy Marine Corps Relief Society provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors. The Society also receives and manages donated funds to administer these programs and services. The Society’s main goal is to help each person who comes to us get support for their immediate needs. Our long-term mission is to help Sailors and Marines become financially self-sufficient by learning how to better manage their personal finances and prepare for unplanned expenses.
Operation Care and Comfort ★
Americans support our Troops serving in times of war in many ways: Writing letters, mailing care packages, welcome home events, or by showing support for a deployed service member or Veteran’s family. The unique programs of Operation: Care and Comfort (OCC) (an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization) carries on this tradition allowing caring Americans to donate their time, talent, and treasure to honor those currently serving our country and those who have served. Combined Federal Campaign Code Number: 77631
Operation First Response
Operation First Response serves our nation’s Wounded Warriors and their families with personal and financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injury, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life into the civilian world. Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses.
Emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. OH provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support.
Operation Purple Camps
The National Military Family Association has collaborated with outstanding camp partners to continue supporting military kids by providing a camp where they connect with other kids just like them. At Operation Purple Camp we embrace being “purple” and bring together military kids from all ranks and services, including National Guard and Reserve components, to a unique and memorable summer camp experience.
Our Military Kids ★
Our Military Kids provides grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants pay for participation in sports, fine arts, camps, and tutoring programs that nurture and sustain military children.
OutServe-SLDN represents the U.S. LGBT military community worldwide. Our mission is to: educate the community, provide legal services, advocate for authentic transgender service, provide developmental opportunities, support members and local chapters, communicate effectively, and work towards equality for all. Combined Federal Campaign Code Number: 12111
Pat Tillman Foundation
After Pat Tillman died in 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
Through the paws4vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots provides recovery, and transforms the lives of veterans, service members and wounded warriors as they adopt and care for at-risk shelter dogs and cats. Since launching in 2010, Pets for Patriots is responsible for more than 650 veteran-pet adoptions. Combined Federal Campaign Code Number: 49553
Preserving and enhancing green space in our communities for today and future generations. GreenCare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program coordinated by Project EverGreen that connects local green industry professionals with men and women serving our country in the armed forces away from home. GreenCare for Troops is in the process of helping hundreds of volunteers provide free lawn and landscape services for thousands of military families nationwide.
Ride 2 Recovery
To make a difference in the lives of Healing Heroes by providing a rehabilitation experience that can impact their lives forever. The goal of Project Hero is to enhance, inspire, and challenge Healing Heroes’ rehabilitation by introducing them to Ride 2 Recovery which allows each person to set individual goals while working in a group. We will partner with the local facility staff and cadre to create a personalized and progressive cycling program that fits the needs of the patient population and will promote a fuller and quicker rehabilitation.
The Rosie Network
The Rosie Network is a non-profit founded by military spouses whose mission is to promote the entrepreneurial efforts of American veteran and military spouse business owners. The talents and skills of these men and women are brought to the American public by showcasing their products and services on The RosieNetwork website. Consumers search a selected geographic area for businesses owned and operated by military spouses and veterans.
The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation ★
The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale. In addition to providing emergency support to Naval Special Warfare’s service members and their families, the foundation provides family-focused programs that create a more resilient family. From the evening before a graduation ceremony to the care provided to a Gold Star Family, the foundation is with the families the entire time. With its programs, the Naval Special Warfare warrior can focus on their training and deployment with a greater sense of ease knowing that their loved ones have strong support here at home. A more resilient family creates a more resilient operator. The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation is a 501.c.3 Not for Profit organization registered with the IRS.
Semper Fi Fund
Provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Every day, many of the men and women of the armed forces return to their families and their civilian lives. But not every one will have that chance, and the families left behind are forever changed.Snowball Express remembers those fallen heroes who will never return, and honors the supreme sacrifice their families have made. Snowball Express serves the children who will never be reunited with their mom or dad.
Support the Enlisted Project (S.T.E.P.)
Since 2005, STEP has been a trusted resource for this underserved population by providing a safety net of emergency financial assistance, financial planning and morale support programs that reduces stress and sets the families on a path to financial self-sufficiency. The families apply to STEP for emergency grants in a variety of categories established to meet their families’ basic and emergent critical needs. STEP’s area of responsibility (AOR) includes the seven southernmost counties in California; Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and San Bernardino.
Team River Runner ★
TRR is an all-volunteer organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. Working in partnership with The Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled Sports USA, TRR helps veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating on the Potomac River. While the focus of TRR’s work is on soldiers recuperating at WRAMC, TRR also provides whitewater boating opportunities for family members as well as for other wounded veterans.
That Others May Live Foundation
That Others May Live Foundation provides critical support, scholarships, and immediate tragedy assistance for the families of United States Air Force Rescue Heroes who are killed or severely wounded in operational or training missions. Combined Federal Campaign Code Number: 61226
Train a Dog, Save a Warrior
The Mission of Penny’s from Heaven Foundation’s Train a Dog, Save a Warrior program is to unite wounded warriors, suffering with PTSD, with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. The result is a positive, non-judgmental, unconditional relationship desperately needed by both.
The Travis Manion Foundation
The Travis Manion Foundation assists our nation’s veterans and families of Fallen Heroes. We continue the service to community exemplified by these Fallen Heroes and veterans. In the spirit of the Fallen, we will foster strength of mind and body to create a generation for future leaders. We stand by the ethos of “If Not Me, Then Who…” and strive to embody the values of servant leadership, integrity, excellence and passion for what we do and whom we serve. We hope to inspire and activate everyone with the generous spirit of those who serve.
Toys for Tots
The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
United Through Reading ★
United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections and cultivates a love of reading. At nearly 200 recording locations worldwide Marines, Soldiers and Sailors, National Guard, Reservists and Airmen, can read to their children from units on ships, in tents in Afghanistan, on bases and installations around the world and at 70 USO centers worldwide.
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to “serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops and their families at area military hospitals, six USO Centers, four USO airport lounges and a Mobile USO. Signature programs and services include holiday programs like Turkeys for Troops and Project USO Elf, emergency housing and food assistance, and caring for our wounded, ill and injured troops and their caregivers. Combined Federal Campaign Code Number: 63343
Veteran Staffing Network
Veteran Staffing Network has a mission to provide our clients top-tier talent while simultaneously reducing veteran unemployment. We provide supportive services to prepare veterans and their spouses to become job ready. We have a wide spectrum of skill sets available to clients so we are not limited to one industry and can support client needs across business disciplines.
Veterans of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom ★
Veterans of Operation Iraqi/Enduring Freedom (VOIEF) helps those who have served, continue to serve or supported operations such as Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn, and future operations within those regions. VOIEF makes a significant difference in their lives. VOIEF offers assistance for utilities, food, housing issues, and more with no repayment responsibility. We provide encouragement, comradery, and information to counseling resources for those who have already returned from said operations. Providing assistance, and support to those suffering from PTSD symptoms gives them hope and a path to acclimate back into society with a sense of dignity. Website: voief.org
Victory Village Amador – Amador County Veterans Organization: Our duty is to serve those who have served our great nation. To facilitate Veterans Services for our service members, veterans, and families. To streamline access to Veterans housing, employment, healthcare and training. In support of our Military and Families, we are bridging the gap from military service to civilian life.
Volunteers of America Chesapeake
Volunteers of America Chesapeake takes great pride in doing everything possible for our nation’s veterans. While their sacrifices are too often forgotten when they return home, this shortsightedness inspires us to do even more to ease veteran’s transitions and help them find purpose in civilian life.
Women in Military Service for America Memorial ★
The memorial, at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. Their patriotism and bravery are a part of our nation’s heritage and are now recognized. Visitors to the Women’s Memorial experience the collective history of women in the military along with the individual stories of registered servicewomen.
Women Veterans Interactive ★
Women Veterans Interactive (WVI) was created to address these kind of unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life. WVI provides outreach and support services to more than 950 women veterans and the organization has members in 15 states.