Maryland Council of Chapters Outside Resources

 

From time to time, we are asked to add links on our page to various outside organizations offering support and/or discounts to Veterans. The appearance of such links on this page does not imply any endorsement by the Military Officers’ Association of America (MOAA), the Maryland Council of Chapters, or any MOAA Chapter. Feel free to use them at your own risk.

RehabSpot.com is a free web resource that provides information and support to people fighting substance abuse, addiction, and mental illness. Depression and other mood disorders are the number-one risk factor for suicide, but alcohol and drug abuse – even without depression – are a close second. They have created a guide to help people understand the connection between suicide and substance abuse, www.RehabSpot.com/Treatment/Co-Occurring-Disorders/Suicide. (18 Sep 2020)

 

Recovery Village is an organization with locations across the country, dedicated to helping those struggling with substance abuse into recovery. Many men and women who have bravely served our country are sadly left with painful memories they wish they didn't have. In many cases, veterans turn to drugs and alcohol as a way to deal with these thoughts, especially PTSD. Luckily, there are resources available to help. Here is a link to their page dedicated to veterans (https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/veterans/) . (2 Sep 2020)

 

SiegeMedia.com passed along a new resource for your consideration: 33 college scholarship options for military members. We covered a wide range of options including nationally-available scholarships, federal funding programs including the G.I. Bill, and information on ROTC scholarships. You can see the full list of scholarship opportunities and information here. (10 Aug 2020)

 

A Canadian company called DealAid.org recently released a resource that veterans with disabilities might find useful - “Financial Relief & Discount Guide For Veterans With Disabilities” at https://dealaid.org/do-good/disabled-vets-finguide/. In this guide, they update and list the latest government, non-profit and private resources that offer financial assistance to veterans with disabilities. It covers housing, health care, education, career, business, COVID-19 and other available financial relief programs for disabled veterans and their families. (8 Jul 2020)

 

The Denver Recovery Center has put together some resources to help veterans struggling with addiction and substance abuse. They believe this blog post might be useful to some of our members.
https://www.denverrecoverycenter.com/help-for-veterans-struggling-with-addiction/
(6 Jul 2020)

 

LendEDU has a guide on their site discussing steps to pay for college:  https://lendedu.com/blog/how-to-pay-for-college/

With the cost of college continuing to rise, they hope students and their families can use this guide to better understand the steps they should take to afford its cost.
(23 Jun 2020)

An organization called DeployCare.org (from their web site: “DeployCare was established to offer understanding and support to our service members and their families before, during, and after deployments. We have worked to compile necessary resources as well as research solutions to many of the challenges associated with military deployments.”) has prepared a list of financial resources for veteran families:     

 

211.org for Veterans http://www.211.org/services/veterans

Career Resources for our Veterans https://hiring.monster.com/employer-resources/recruiting-strategies/workforce-planning/veteran-employment-resources/

The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing https://www.va.gov/homeless/hud-vash.asp

Moving? How to Use a Relocation Calculator https://www.angieslist.com/articles/how-use-relocation-calculator.htm

Step-by-Step Guide to the VA Loan Process https://www.military.com/money/va-loans/step-by-step-guide-to-the-va-loan-process.html

VA Home Loan Calculator https://www.mortgagecalculator.org/calcs/va-loans.php

Moving Companies That Offer Military Discounts https://www.move.org/military-discount-moving-companies/

What Documents Are Needed to Sell Your House? https://www.redfin.com/resources/documents-to-sell-a-house

Find Family Services and Resources Near You https://feedourvets.org/family-services-resources-near-you

Military Buddy Finder from VetFriends.com https://www.vetfriends.com/

Veteran Healthcare Resources http://veteranscominghome.org/health-resources/

Important Medicare Facts That Every Veteran Should Know https://www.medicareadvantage.com/resources/medicare-for-veterans

Mental Health Resources for our Veterans Families https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/veterans-military/

10 Tips for Keeping a Relationship Strong During Deployment and Separation https://www.militaryonesource.mil/family-relationships/relationships/managing-deployments-and-separations/10-tips-for-keeping-a-relationship-strong-during-deployment-and-separation

7 Crucial Components to Highly Effective Deployment Communication https://themilitarywifeandmom.com/deployment-communication/

International Phone Plan Options During Overseas Deployment https://www.verizonwireless.com/solutions-and-services/international/

Military Care Package Ideas: What To Put In A Care Package https://www.herocarepackages.com/homefront/military-care-package-ideas-and-what-to-put-in-a-care-package-in-2019/

Post-Deployment Adjustments Military Couples Face https://www.liveabout.com/post-deployment-marriage-challenges-2357141

The How-to Guide for Veterans: Creating a Peaceful At-Home Atmosphere Upon Returning Home https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/veterans-guide-to-creating-a-peaceful-home/

 (18 Nov 2019, updated 4 May 2020)

 

 

Drugwatch.com is a free website covering topics such as prescriptions and personal health. They have published a veterans health guide that details issues like hearing loss, PTSD, environmental hazards, and more: https://www.drugwatch.com/health/veterans/. (19 Feb 2020)

 

The Howard County Office of Veterans and Military Families publishes periodic notes with links to other resources to benefit veterans and military families. Here are the latest notes.

 

MAJ Jeffery Burbank, an Army Chaplain at Fort Leavenworth and the son of former Fort Meade Chapter member CW5 Larry Burbank, has prepared a list of web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. There are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA. Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know. Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you must ask for it, because they won't tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it. You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.

 

The consumer website MoneyGeek.com has recently published a student financial aid guide for military veterans, including a list of scholarships offered to veterans and their family members and an interactive map tool to help veterans find schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon benefit program. The guide is available at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/college/resources/financial-aid-guide-for-veterans/. The site has other student financial resources, including a searchable scholarship database at http://www.moneygeek.com/education/scholarship-search/. (10 Feb 2016)

 

Here are some other sites with military discounts and deals:   

100 Places that offer military discounts  https://consumer-champion.org/top-100-places-that-offer-military-discounts/

Dealhack.com: https://dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide 

Offers.com: https://www.offers.com/blog/post/military-discounts-guide/

WikiBuy from CapitalOne: https://wikibuy.com/blog/military-and-veteran-discounts-c5f318b5497d

 (26 Feb 2109, updated 8 May 2020)

 

The website SeniorLiving.org has shared with us a Veteran Care Guide “designed to help veterans and/or their surviving spouses determine their eligibility, explain how to apply for benefits and cover the various veteran care options.” Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (5 Oct 2018)

 

The website Mattress Clarity wants to share an article based on everything veterans should know about sleep. More than half of vets report having sleep deprivation, so they believe this could potentially help a lot of people who have returned to civilian life and are going through transitions in their sleep patterns or are suffering from sleep disorders. Here is the article: https://www.mattressclarity.com/blog/what-veterans-should-know-about-sleep/. Neither MOAA or the Maryland Council of Chapters endorses the site, the guide, or any links contained within it. (10 Sep 2019)

 

The Council’s former Spouse/Surviving Spouse Liaison Officer, Naiomi Kaplan, has prepared a list of Pertinent Issues for Spouses and Surviving Spouses. (29 Feb 2016, updated 19 Feb 2020)

 

BarBend.com put together an article for at home workouts, Best At Home Bodyweight Workouts. (10 May 2020)

One of BarBend’s writers, Phil, recently published an article titled The Ultimate Guide to Strength Sports for Veterans. They believe you will find Phil's article a great resource for your community. Phil highlights the benefits not only for your physical health but mental health as well. Not to mention the awesome community found in the Strength Sports which can be just the thing a soldier transitioning to civilian life is searching for! (26 May 2020)

 

Military discounts at Kohl’s: Active, retired and veteran members of the military can get a discount at Kohl’s stores on Mondays, part of a new “Military Mondays” program by the retailer. The 15% discount is good all year, Kohl’s said in a statement. Customers must show a valid military ID, military dependent ID or veteran ID at the cash register. “Through Military Mondays, we are proud to strengthen our support of our military families who have made sacrifices to ensure the safety of our communities,” said Doug Arnoldi, Kohl’s vice president, district manager, in the statement. Kohl’s Cash fans, beware: The military discount can’t be combined with other discounts. Read more about the program at Kohls.com. (19 Apr 2019)

 

Other popular stores with military discounts include Lowes, Home Depot, and Outback Restaurants. (10 May 2020)

 

 

The Birch Gold Group, a dealer in gold and other precious metals has suggested two links they believe may be of interest to our members:

https://www.birchgold.com/retirement-and-financial-security-for-veterans 

https://www.birchgold.com/veterans-benefits-for-financial-security-and-paying-for-healthcare/  (21 May 2020)