It is with regret that we announce that the Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans has come to an end. We are so grateful for the generosity of our donor, the Iraq and Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund and the California Community Foundation for recognizing the needs of military, veterans, families and survivors. The CIAV served as a clearinghouse for over 50 agencies working in areas as diverse as the impact of deployment on small children, direct emergency financial aid, state-of-the-art PTSD and TBI treatment, and access to education, employment, housing and earned benefits. Groups also continue to deliver indispensible peer support for trauma survivors and families whose loved ones will never return.We wish to acknowledge the members of the CIAV and all the individuals and organizations who have come together during this critical time to ensure that the needs of those directly impacted by the wars receive the support they have earned. We understand that no one entity or agency cannot and should not do all that is needed to support our military and veteran community. It requires the commitment of government at all levels, national and community-based non-profit service agencies, the private sector and our individual communities to serve those who have served.
By working together with our CIAV partners and others, we have better used our areas of expertise to recognize and respond to the men and women returning from deployment. But there is much work to be done. Even though the Coalition is coming to a close, the services for veterans and dedication to supporting veterans and their families will continue. We have forged strong relationships and learned so much from working together.
For more information on agencies whose tremendous work touches the lives of those impacted by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and for reports developed by our partners and staff, click here.
Amy Fairweather, JD
PBS NEWS HOUR
JIM LEHRER: For those stations not taking a pledge break, the NewsHour continues with the challenges female veterans face after returning from war. It’s part of our series NewsHour Connect, which showcases public media reporting from around the nation.
Tonight’s story comes from Scott Schafer of KQED San Francisco.
SCOTT SCHAFER: Star Lara grew up in Roswell, New Mexico, and was on her way to managing a fast food restaurant. But a conversation with a friend changed all that. READ MORE »
Rich Aldag, a first sergeant in the National Guard, is overseas for the second time in his 20-year career, but that doesn’t make it any less stressful for his wife and children.
But this time around it might be just a little bit easier for Hayden, 10, and Aubrey, 8, who are participating in some extracurricular activities at no cost through a grant from a national nonprofit organization.
Hayden is taking martial arts classes and Aubrey is learning gymnastics through Thanks to Our Military Kids. READ MORE »
CIAV has had the opportunity to partner with PBS for their campaign “This Emotional Life” to highlight the emotional challenges facing military families and veterans. Take a look at our latest blog on the military/veteran community and the tremendous work of our CIAV organizations: Supporting Our Veterans And Military Families.
You can learn more about their campaign to help military families here.
Washington, D.C. – TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) is a national non-profit organization which cares for anyone suffering the loss of a military member, and today’s Fort Hood shootings hit very close to home.
TAPS is headquartered in Washington D.C. but has one branch office at Ft. Hood, the largest Army base in the continental United States. TAPS provides care and comfort for bereaved survivors of military loss, regardless of the circumstance or location of the death. READ MORE »
TAPS, the national organization providing comfort to families of America’s fallen heroes, offers advice
WASHINGTON – The horrific tragedy at Fort Hood has sent our nation into mourning, and many want to know how to express their condolences and support to the families left behind. Reaching out to express condolences is a natural and heartfelt reaction to tragedy. TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, offers the following tips for those seeking to express sympathy and support to the families of those who died at Fort Hood. READ MORE »
Program to provide training/certification to lending community for military borrowers
Radcliff, KY, October 19, 2009—USA Cares today announced the creation of a new program designed to support the nation’s servicemen and women and veterans who may be experiencing hardship in making their mortgage payments. The program will support borrowers by helping lenders to better understand the unique financial and life challenges of military homeowners as well as educating lenders about the financial benefits military families have access to. READ MORE »
Iraq War Veteran Amputee, Pain Advocate and New Author Releases Exit Wounds: A Survival Guide to Pain Management for Returning Veterans and Their Families
“Its now four years since I lay in the dirt, near death, on the side of the road in Fallujah. I’m grateful for all the things I have, and proud of all I’ve accomplished. In the end though, I don’t measure how far I’ve come by goals achieved, or academic degrees earned, or running trophies won. For me, what counts is that pain no longer rules my life.” – Derek McGinnis