published Sunday, July 6th, 2014

Consumer Watch: Veterans aid services ease transition home

by Ellen Phillips

Happy Belated 4th of July. I’m so proud to provide a list of services that provide advocacy and support to ease the transition home for our veterans, as well as for the heroes who have already returned. I urge readers to research the sites in order to offer a helping hand and a welcome home for these valiant men and women.

1 American Women Veterans ( was founded by a Purple Heart recipient to raise awareness of female vets with both lawmakers and communities.

2 Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes ( provides emergency financial and other assistance to those disabled in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.

3 Final Salute Inc. ( offers transitional housing and emergency financial services to female vets who face homelessness.

4 Guitars for Vets ( and Musicorps ( provide musical therapy for those veterans struggling with injuries and PTSD.

5 Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America ( helps with mental-health support and advice on job-seeking and the GI Bill.

6 National Military Family Association ( provides services to spouses and children.

7 Operation Homefront ( assists our service members and their families with financial, food, repairs, and moving relief, among others.

8 Service Women’s Action Network ( helps with legal and social service referrals and aid for survivors of military sexual trauma.

9 Student Veterans of America ( is a peer-to-peer support group that helps vets pursue a postsecondary degree, using the GI Bill.

10 Team Rubicon ( sends vets into disaster areas where their skills are most needed and can make the most difference.

11 Veterans Expeditions ( encompass wilderness trips that help our veterans reconnect with themselves and with the beauty of American they served.

12 Wounded Warrior Project ( enables us to help thousands of injured warriors returning home from the current conflicts and to provide assistance to their families.

Ellen Phillips is a retired English teacher who has written two consumer-oriented books. Her Consumer Watch column appears every Sunday. Email her at

about Ellen Phillips...

Ellen Phillips is a retired English teacher who has written two consumer-oriented books. Her Consumer Watch column appears on Saturdays in the Business section of the paper. An expanded version is at under Local Business.

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