DSTRESS Line Marines Helping Marines

The Marine Corps DSTRESS Line provides a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anonymous phone and chat and referral service using a ‘Marine-to-Marine’ approach. The call center is staffed with veteran Marines, Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsmen who were previously attached to the Marine Corps, Marine spouses and other family members, and licensed behavioral health counselors specifically trained in Marine Corps culture.
DSTRESS Line’s goal is to help callers improve total fitness and develop the necessary skills required to cope with the widely-varying challenges of life in the Corps.

Successful interventions interrupting the cycle of suicide.
Offers ‘Marine-to-Marine’ counseling, allowing callers speak with a Marine, Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsmen.
Spouses and children over the age of 18 can call at any time. Children below the age of 18 can call if a parent is present and consents to the conversation.
Works with callers in crisis to stabilize the situation, and then make the most appropriate referral for suitable treatment.

DSTRESS Line provides services to active duty Marines and their beneficiaries. If veterans/retirees or non-beneficiaries in a Marine’s extended family call, counselors will help assess the level of stress and stabilize the current crisis, and then refer that person to the most appropriate resource (e.g., Vet Centers, VA hospitals, MilitaryOneSource, or other community resources.) Moms, dads, or other family members who are not beneficiaries should call the DSTRESS Line if it can help lead to increased resilience within the Marine family.

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Operation Care And Comfort

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. Americans open up their hearts, homes, and wallets to show that they support those who serve our country. 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.

The Beginning
Operation Care and Comfort was established in April 2003 when the three co-founders decided to combine their efforts to support military troops stationed in combat zones overseas. Starting in a garage in San Jose, they soon ran under the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and thrived. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its founders and volunteers. OCC became an independent non-profit organization in July 2010.

Care Packages
OCC’s initial focus was providing monthly care packages for 19 deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. OCC now provides support and comfort to dozens of “adopted” units of deployed U.S. military service members, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict regions. Working within our community and through donations received from all over our country, we assemble and mail care packages to these adopted units until they return home. We are currently supporting dozens of units and ships on a monthly basis. We hold large public care package events at least quarterly, with small packing events in between. Over a million pounds of care packages have been packed and mailed by OCC!

Tickets For Troops
In 2004, OCC worked with the San Francisco Giants on their first “Salute to the Military” game. The SF Giants donated tickets when a local military unit returned home from a long deployment, and that was the start of our Tickets for Troops program. Working with sports teams, promoters, event venues and season ticket holders, OCC has distributed tens of thousands of donated tickets to troops, veterans and their dependents 100% FREE of charge. While we concentrate on Northern California, we sometimes have tickets to events in other areas. All who have served are eligible to request tickets once they sign up for our program.

Adopt A Military Family
In 2005, OCC continued to find ways to support troops, veterans and their families by adding our third program. It’s unique Adopt A Military Family program allowed individuals, organizations and companies the opportunity to anonymously “adopt” a military family throughout the year.

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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.


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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

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National Coalition for Homeless Veterans

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV) – a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization governed by a 23-member board of directors – is the resource and technical assistance center for a national network of community-based service providers and local, state and federal agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year.

NCHV also serves as the primary liaison between the nation’s care providers, Congress and the Executive Branch agencies charged with helping them succeed in their work. NCHV’s advocacy has strengthened and increased funding for virtually every federal homeless veteran assistance program in existence today.

Under a technical assistance grant awarded by the Department of Labor-Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (DOL-VETS), NCHV provides guidance and information about program development, administration, governance and funding to all of the nation’s homeless veteran service providers. This is achieved through conferences, webinars, personal consultations, publications, and this website – the nation’s most comprehensive information resource about homeless veterans and the programs that serve them.

The NCHV Central Office staff offers service providers assistance with administrative organization and program development; information about government, foundation and corporate grants; and guidance to ensure compliance with federal and state regulations. We operate a toll-free homeless veterans assistance phone line and a comprehensive website to direct those who need help to the people who can provide it.

NCHV was organized in 1990 by a small group of community-based service providers who were troubled by the disproportionately large percentage of homeless people who were veterans, and the lack of veteran-specific programs to help them. We opened our Washington, D.C., office in 1993 in order to work more closely with Congress and Executive Branch agencies to ensure the inclusion of veterans in federal assistance programs.

According to its own estimates, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) programs will reach slightly more than 40 percent of America’s homeless veterans. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans is the only national organization specifically dedicated to improving the opportunities for these deserving Americans to regain control of their lives and once again enjoy the freedoms they helped preserve. Our community-based service providers represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and we offer assistance to any homeless service provider that contacts our office.

NCHV is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on homeless veterans issues by several agencies and departments of the U.S. government, and has worked in partnership on projects with VA, DOL, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. NCHV has helped develop and increase funding for homeless veteran-specific programs such as the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program and the VA Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem Program, both of which are currently funded at their highest levels ever. We helped write and worked to ensure passage of the hallmark Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001, which had the potential to provide $1 billion for homeless veteran service providers and programs. In the current Congress, in addition to various other measures, NCHV was instrumental in crafting and passing the Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016 – the most significant piece of legislation for homeless veterans in more than two years.

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