National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness—and their family members, friends and supporters—can make the call to or chat online with the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans, where trained counselors are ready to talk confidentially 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Who Can Call

Veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness
Family members, friends and supporters calling on behalf of Veterans
VA Medical Centers and other VA facilities and staff
Federal, state and local partners
Community agencies and providers who serve Veterans who are homeless

Why Make the Call to 1-877-4AID VET (877-424-3838)

It’s free and confidential
You’ll get access to trained VA counselors
It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
You’ll get information about VA homeless programs, health care and other services in your area

What Happens When Veterans Make the Call

A trained VA staff member asks a few questions to find out what you need
Then, you’re connected to the nearest VA staff person who can help

What Happens When Others Make the Call

Family members and non-VA providers receive information about available homeless programs and services
They can keep their information confidential or leave contact information so staff can follow up

Learn More

Locate the nearest VA facility

Access more resources via VA’s National Resource Directory website

Visit VA’s homeless Veterans website for more information

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WWII Mess Hall

Visit the Army Heritage Trail at AHEC to see a WWII Mess Hall.

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“Bee” Cause Team Work Helps Soldiers

“Bee” Cause Team Work Helps Soldiers

By Mary Therese Griffin | U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition | June 28, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. — U.S. Army Reserve Lt. Col. Tim Doherty has seen his share of action. The G-9 for the 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support) not only helps injured Soldiers — he was one. Over a 30 year career, Doherty has worked as a medical evacuation helicopter pilot in either the Army Reserve or Army National Guard, completed two deployments: Iraq in 2006-2007 as an Aeromedical Evacuation Officer for the 3rd Medical Command, and Afghanistan in 2015 – 2016 as the Deputy Surgeon for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Special Operations Component Command.

During a deployment while assisting a medical evacuation, Doherty tore his bicep and damaged a rotator cuff. The injury occurred in August, but Doherty did not want to leave theater. He soldiered on in pain until the following April when his replacement arrived which compounded the injury. Doherty had surgery after returning from deployment and was assigned to the Fort Stewart Warrior Transition Battalion for four months. His time to focus on his recovery at the WTB afforded him the opportunity to visit his sister. It’s a visit that was life changing.

“While on my first leave, I visited my sister’s farm where she kept bees and after working them one time I knew I wanted to keep honeybees,” said Doherty.

His new found purpose, beekeeping, helped him through his surgery and with his transition from active duty. Beekeeping became such a passion of his that he created a non- profit on his property in Dunwoody, Georgia.

“I spent the next year building Doc’s Healing Hives and raising money to help other veterans learn the craft of beekeeping. I purchased my first hive in September 2016, incorporated Doc’s in January 2017 and conducted Doc’s first all veteran beekeeping course in April of 2018,” Doherty said. This timeframe allowed him to establish Doc’s Healing Hives and its mission to help Soldiers and veterans overcome physical and mental challenges and help them reintegrate into their communities with purpose.

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Lt. Col. Tim Doherty shows the progress of new bees in his colony. (Photo by MaryTherese Griffin)

U.S. Army veteran Chris Dorsey, who served in the Army from July 2001 to February 2005 and is working on handling his post-traumatic stress, graduated from the course at Doc’s Healing Hives. Dorsey says he was pleasantly surprised how beekeeping has helped his recovery.

Dorsey, who opened his own farm not too far from Doherty’s called Warrior Farms, says sharing beekeeping with other Soldiers in recovery and seeing them walk away with a purpose is worth it. “For me I’m more of an animal person as opposed to insects, but when Tim introduced me to the bees, the bees have become one of my favorite parts of the farm,” Dorsey said.

Doherty, who suits up in old out of service military uniforms to look more like nature to his bees, tells his students if you care for your bees they will care for you by providing you with up to 100 lbs. of honey. It can take up to two years and there is a 50 percent chance your bee colony will collapse. You have to know how to deal with pests, diseases, swarms and low food source for the bees.

“It isn’t like you just get the bees and then get honey, it takes time, patience and effort. Each veteran who has completed the program I know is up for the task, the comments and pictures they share are amazing. The goal is not only to teach them how to be a beekeeper, but help them transition back into their own community through their local beekeeping association and even create a new network of friends,” said Doherty.

Doherty hopes to expand his farm beyond Georgia and help more wounded, ill and injured Soldiers and Veterans learn beekeeping. “The most rewarding moments for me is handing the veterans the certificates when they complete the course, handing them their bees and watching them interact with each other and their own families around their bee hives,” Doherty said. “I know that what we are doing is having a meaningful and sometimes life changing impact on a veteran and their family. In a perfect world I wish I had the ability to replicate the Surgeon General’s 1917 beekeeping course for every veteran who wanted it, but until then we will keep working hard to support as many as we can,” he added.

Doherty still serves in the Army Reserve and as an Assistant Principal at Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs, Georgia. His true passion is for the Soldiers and his bees and he hopes his passion will colonize with the masses.

“It costs $500 per hive that is given to each veteran, it is a tremendous gift, but pales in comparison to giving the veteran a new purpose, hope or a vocation that they can use to help support themselves or their family.”

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FOLLOW THIS LINK to find a ton of information and helpful resources on the official website of the U.S. Army Reserve

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Operation Pay It Forward

Operation Pay It Forward

Mission Statement

Our mission is to show our appreciation for our fighting veterans by connecting them with others that share the same passions and are willing to get them into the outdoors and enjoying life again. We challenge all of the veterans that participate to “Pay It Forward” by spreading the word to their brothers and sisters that need help or could use some time in the outdoors to re-focus their minds on the important things in life!

About OPIF

There are plenty of worthwhile charities in this world. There are a lot of those that need help and many social benefits are available to those that are going through a bad time or experiencing medical issues.
Our nation’s veterans raised their hands and purposely put themselves in harm’s way to sacrifice for their fellow Americans. Unfortunately, our society has not put the same measures in place to take care of the unique struggles and injuries our combat veterans return home with. Most struggle to simply understand what our returning veterans are trying to cope with in civilian life.
Operation Pay It Forward was founded and organized by veterans that understand the healing process and help by providing a new focus and mission for these veterans. One of the biggest voids is from the lack of comradery and brotherhood that kept them alive in combat situations. In the civilian life, this is most easily duplicated by spending time in the field hunting, fishing or simply enjoying the outdoors.
Our goal is to provide a new focus for our returning veterans and provide them with a new mission to help save their brothers and sisters they served with. The enemy in civilian life is often within the veteran and much more difficult to identify and fight. We are here to help in that battle.


Follow This Link to learn more about how Operation Pay It Forward can help you

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Military Service Records

(If you are looking for military service records, keep reading.)

The National Personnel Records Center responds to requests annually for copies of military military service records and/or medical records. Our goal is to provide timely responses in an efficient manner, so that veterans and their families obtain the information needed to qualify for benefits and entitlements.

Nearly half of all requesters seek only a copy of the separation document, which is the necessary document required for veteran benefits. However, about ten percent of the requests that we receive ask for a copy of a file.

Since the 1970s, our standard procedure for replying to requests for entire files has been to provide only copies of key documents and extracts of vital information, rather than a copy of every document in a personnel and/or medical file. This approach avoids costly delays in reviewing and copying some documents — such as leave papers, identification card applications, and clothing issuances — that are not normally needed for benefit claim purposes. As a result, we are able to respond to more requesters, faster, and at less cost to the taxpayers. Exceptions to this procedure are files more than 62 years old, US Marine Corps files, all certified legal cases, and all requests from the Department of Veterans Affairs. In these instances, all documents are provided.

This extract contains copies of all essential documents to certify entitlement to most rights and benefits associated with military service, to identify key events in a military career, and to identify significant events in health care. Personal data pertaining to third parties is redacted from the file, pursuant to Privacy Act provisions.

When only key documents and extracts are provided from the Official Military Personnel File and the Medical Record, the response package contains a copy of all separation documents and all of the following information if it is in the file:

Military Services Dates
Character of Service
Promotions and Reductions
Duty Stations and Assignments
Foreign or Sea Service
Military Schooling and Training
Awards and Letters of Commendation
Disciplinary Actions
Lost Time
Enlistments Contracts
Entry and Separation Physical Exams
Immunizations
Dental Examinations
Clinical Summaries/Cover Sheets

For more help finding military service records, follow this link to the veterans section of the National Archives,