Who We Are

The Coalition for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans is a partnership of organizations working to provide services and support to Global War on Terror military, veterans, families, and survivors, including:

The Advertising Council |

The Ad Council produces, distributes and promotes public service campaigns on behalf of non-profit organizations and government agencies in issue areas critical to the American public. The Ad Council is launching a campaign to raise awareness about OIF/OEF veterans.

Air Compassion for Veterans
| Mercy Medical | www.aircompassionforveterans.org

Air Compassion for Veterans provides free air transportation via commercial, private aircraft, or bed-to-bed air ambulance for OIF/OEF wounded warriors and their adversely affected family members. This air transportation is provided for medical, counseling, rehabilitation, adaptive sports and service dog services. ACV helps to alleviate the financial hardship of the injured, care givers and family members.

American Pain Foundation |

The American Pain Foundation (APF) began the Military/Veterans and Pain Initiative in 2004 to reach out to active military and veterans who are in pain. Along with providing resources, they work to advance pro-veteran/military legislation and policy on national and state levels.

Armed Services YMCA of the USA |

The ASYMCA provides support services to military service members and their families, particularly focused on junior-enlisted men and women – the individuals on the front lines defending our nation and their families.

Brave New Foundation|

Brave New Foundation is a unique organization taking the power of media to a new level by making documentaries that address the most vital issues of our day, building the capacity to organize around them, including public participation in the process.

CA National Guard Financial Assistance Fund |

The California National Guard Financial Assistance Fund (CNGFAF) was developed to help California National Guard service members who have financial difficulties because of their deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services |

Cause organizes recreation and entertainment programs for wounded warriors recuperating from injuries received in Iraq and Afghanistan. Cause programs are available to military personnel assigned to Warrior Transition Units and to family members while residing on the campus of a military medical facility.

Coming Home Project |

The Coming Home Project offers a range of free services: workshops and retreats, psychological counseling, training for care providers, and community forums. Their programs address the mental, emotional, spiritual and relationship challenges faced by veterans and families before, during and after deployment.

Dade Community Foundation | www.dadecommunityfoundation.org

Dade Community Foundation exists to enhance the quality of life for all residents of Miami – Dade County. Their mission is to encourage philanthropy and charitable giving by developing a permanent endowment to meet current and future emerging charitable needs.

The Dallas Foundation |

The Dallas Foundation created a $5 million Texas Resources for Iraq Afghanistan Deployment (TRIAD) Fund which will be awarded to nonprofit groups that provide needed services to active and former military personnel serving in OIF/OEF and their families.

Disability Rights Advocates |

DRA is a non-profit law firm dedicated to protecting and advancing the civil rights of people with disabilities. DRA advocates for disability rights through high-impact litigation, as well as research and education. They do not charge their clients for services.

Disabled American Veterans |

Disabled American Veterans is an organization of disabled veterans who are focused on building better lives for disabled veterans and their families. The organization accomplishes this goal by providing free assistance to veterans in obtaining benefits and services earned through their military service.

Farmer-Veteran Coalition | www.farmvetco.org

The Farmer-Veteran Coalition seeks to help our returning veterans find employment, training, and places to heal on America’s farms.  At the same time the Coalition hopes that some of these young men and women may help address our country’s critical need for more good, hard-working people entering the field of agriculture.

Fisher House Foundation, Inc. |

Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. In addition to providing housing for families while military members recuperate, Fisher House Foundation also helps military families in need, and offers other scholarships and programs.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation | www.gulfcoastcf.org

As Florida’s largest community foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities we serve.  The Foundation was created in late 1995 and has awarded more than $90 million in grants in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, education, civic affairs, and the environment.

Homes for Our Troops |

Homes for Our Troops provide specially adapted homes for our severely injured service members. Through monetary contributions, donations from building contractors, suppliers, corporate supporters, and local volunteers, they are able to provide assistance at no cost to the veterans they serve.

Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund |

The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund helps defray the expenses incurred during hospitalization, rehabilitation, and recovery of injured Marines and sailors. Their many programs include the Family Support Program, Mobility Program, Modification Program, and the Specialized Equipment Fund.

Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund |

The Fund’s “Center for the Intrepid”, a $40 million world-class, state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation center at Brooke Army Medical Center serves military personnel who have been catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) | www.iava.org

IAVA’s mission is to improve the lives of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and their families. IAVA is dedicated to educating the public about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, advocating on behalf of those who have served, and fostering a community for troops, veterans, and their families.

Jacob’s Light Foundation, Inc. |

The mission of Jacob’s Light is to supply our military overseas with the comforts of home. They pack boxes with toiletries, food, reading and writing materials, as well as bug wipes, sunscreen, batteries, letters from the public, and letters and pictures from children.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation |

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides scholarships for children of former Marines, and additional scholarships for children with a parent serving or who has served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) or Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF).

Michigan National Guard Family Fund, Inc. |

The Michigan National Guard Family Fund provides up to $500 grants to soldiers and airmen and their family members who encounter financial hardship as a result of deployments, military injuries, or just hard times.

National Military Family Association | www.nmfa.org

The mission of the National Military Family Association is to educate military families concerning their rights, benefits and services available to them, and the issues that affect their lives; along with promoting and protecting the interests of military families through legislation and policy.

National Public Radio |

NPR (National Public Radio) is producer and distributor of non-commercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. NPR is in partnership with more than 860 independently operated, non-commercial public radio stations. Go to www.npr.org for the latest news and archived articles regarding the Global War on Terror.

National Veterans Foundation, Inc. |

The National Veterans Foundation (NVF) operates the nation’s only toll-free helpline for veterans and their families, raises public awareness about veteran issues, and outreaches to veterans and their families. Call the NVF helpline at: 1-888-777-4443 (9AM – 9PM daily, 7 days a week).

National Veterans Legal Services Program |

The National Veterans Legal Services Program trains, coordinates, and mentors volunteer attorneys nationwide to assist OIF/OEF active duty and veterans with disability discharge issues or obtaining VA benefits.

Navy Marine Corps Relief Society |

The mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need; and to receive and manage funds to administer these programs.

New Directions, Inc. | www.newdirectionsinc.org

New Directions, Inc. in Los Angeles provides many services to OEF/OIF veterans through Operation Welcome Home (OWH).  These include benefits education and outpatient case management for both veterans and family members.  A notable feature of OWH is Chris’ Place, a transitional home for OEF/OIF veterans who have been homeless and find the house a secure and safe place to transition back to school and employment.  At its core, New Directions remains a licensed, long-term drug and alcohol treatment program FOR MEN AND WOMEN WITH CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS that also provides food, shelter, rehabilitation, and other services for veterans of all eras, both men and women.  The agency is also engaged in the development of permanent, supportive housing for low-income disabled veterans of all eras.

ONE Freedom, Inc. |

ONE Freedom is a Colorado-based non-profit organization providing America’s returning veterans and their families with meaningful education and training on prolonged stress, trauma and personal, self-managed skill-sets for maintaining strength after service.

Operation Homefront, Inc. |

Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops, to the families they leave behind, and to wounded warriors when they return home. A nonprofit founded after 9/11, Operation Homefront leads more than 4,000 volunteers in 31 chapters nationwide.

Our Military Kids, Inc. | www.ourmilitarykids.org

Our Military Kids awards grants to children of deployed National Guard and Reserve personnel and to children of severely injured service members. The grants fund extracurricular activities, giving children the opportunity to participate in sports, fine arts, or academic tutoring programs. Such activities help nurture and sustain these children while their parent is away in service to our country or recovering from injury at home.

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union | www.pentagonfoundation.org

The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation is a nonprofit national charity working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families in the areas of financial literacy, housing, and support for the wounded.

Permian Basin Area Foundation | www.pbaf.org

The Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund has awarded grants to three Texas community foundations (Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment [TRIAD] Fund) to support the efforts of nonprofit organizations that provide needed services to active and former military personnel serving in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, and their families.

Project Return to Work, Inc. |

Project Return to Work (R2W) provides vocational rehabilitation services to newly enabled Americans, including injured soldiers returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world.

Project Victory |
TIRR Foundation |

TIRR Foundation and the Memorial Hermann TIRR Challenge Program have joined together to provide rehabilitative care for military service members injured in OIF/OEF. TIRR’s Project Victory seeks to enable soldiers with a traumatic brain injury regain skills and functions that were lost through their injury.

The Salvation Army Liberty Program | www.salvationarmy-socal.org

The Salvation Army Liberty Program in Los Angeles helps OIF/OEF active duty, veterans, Guard, Reserve, and their families by providing individual, group & family counseling, a variety of services for children, help with living expenses, employment & education assistance, and many other forms of direct care for those transitioning out of the military.

San Antonio Area Foundation |

The Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund has awarded grants to three Texas community foundations (Texas Resources for Iraq-Afghanistan Deployment [TRIAD] Fund) to support the efforts of nonprofit organizations that provide needed services to active and former military personnel serving in Iraq and/or Afghanistan, and their families.

Sentinels of Freedom Scholarship Foundation | www.sentinelsoffreedom.org

Sentinels of Freedom provide four-year “life scholarships” to help severely injured veterans become self-sufficient. Their mission is to provide life-changing opportunities for members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have suffered severe injuries and need the support of grateful communities to realize their dreams.

Sesame Workshop |

Sesame Street’s Talk, Listen, Connect project offers resources to military families with young children experiencing the effects of deployments or when a parent comes home injured. Materials are available free from Military OneSource or online at www.sesamestreet.org/tlc. In addition, www.SesameStreetFamilyConnections.org is a free, bilingual, child-centered space where families can share messages, video, artwork and pictures when distance makes everyday communication difficult.

Swords to Plowshares | Iraq Veteran Project | www.swords-to-plowshares.org

Swords to Plowshares Iraq Veteran Project ensures that recent veterans receive the support, services, and protection they need to successfully transition home. GWOT veterans are eligible for free legal representation for VA claims and military discharge reviews, as well as employment and training, transitional housing, social services and benefits counseling. Services are available to all GWOT veterans, former Active Duty, Guard and Reserve, with any type of discharge.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) | www.taps.org

TAPS is America’s frontline resource for all who are grieving the death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. Its comprehensive services include a national network of peer-based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources. Call 800-950-TAPS anytime or check out their on-line chat.

United through Reading | www.unitedthroughreading.org

United through Reading’s Military Program unites military families faced with physical separation. Parents and children stay connected during long deployments through the medium of reading aloud on videotape.

USA Cares, Inc. |

USA Cares exists to provide military families with financial support and other critical resources in their time of need. They will respond to every request, and a written reply will be sent to each requestor thanking them for their sacrifice and explaining the decision of USA Cares in regards to whether or not the requested assistance can be provided.

Veteran Homestead, Inc. |

Veteran Homestead provides medical, psychological, and spiritual care to veterans that are diagnosed with a terminal illness, are elderly and/or disabled or otherwise in need. We provide these services without regard to race, religion or sexual orientation. All of our programs are drug and alcohol free and every effort is made to help those seeking abstinence.

The Pathway Home | www.thepathwayhome.org

The Pathway Home is a Residential Recovery program specifically created for and dedicated to serve our nation’s “New Warriors” – those of any age who have served our nation’s Global War on Terror.

Vets4Vets |

Vets4Vets is a non-partisan veterans’ peer support organization dedicated to helping Iraq and Afghanistan veterans heal from any negative aspects of service and war. Vets4Vets pays ALL expenses for OIF/OEF vets to fly to weekend peer support workshops.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation |

The VFW Foundation is committed to improving the lives of veterans and service personnel, their families, and the communities in which they live and work through a variety of programs. Their programs include free long-distance communication for troops, free financial grants for military members and families in need, and free assistance with VA claims.

Veterans Village of San Diego |

The Veterans Village of San Diego is dedicated to extending assistance to needy and homeless veterans and their families. Their wide variety of services include residential and non-residential services, employment and training, and sponsoring annual Stand Downs.

Zero to Three | www.zerotothree.org

Zero to Three’s mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. Military Projects at ZERO TO THREE has launched a new three-year initiative, Coming Together Around Military Families (CTAMF). It is aimed at strengthening the resilience of young children and their families who are experiencing deployment and separation.