Blue Star Families and the Association of Defense Communities are honored to have the assistance of the following partner organizations.
America’s Warrior Partnership is committed to empowering communities to empower veterans. We fill the gaps that exist between current veteran service organizations by helping nonprofits connect with the veterans, military members, and families in need: bolstering their efficacy, improving their results and empowering their initiatives.
As the coronavirus outbreak continues to affect our country, AAFMAA recognizes the significant challenges facing military families and the need, more than ever, to ensure their financial security. AAFMAA continues to provide solutions for YOUR financial future in this time of uncertainty – just as it has for over 141 years. For specific financial solutions as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.aafmaa.com/covid19
AARP salutes the service and sacrifice of America’s Veterans, Military, and their Families. With over four million members nationwide who have served our country, AARP has a long history of providing free resources, important information, and timely programming on family caregiving, fighting fraud, finding employment, and connecting to earned service benefits.
The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. The work of our scholars and staff advances ideas rooted in our belief in democracy, free enterprise, American strength and global leadership, solidarity with those at the periphery of our society, and a pluralistic, entrepreneurial culture.
The Association of the United States Army is a nonprofit educational and professional development association serving America’s Total Army, our Soldiers, Army civilians, and their families; our industry partners, and supporters of a strong national defense. AUSA provides a voice for the Army, supports the Soldier, and honors those who have served in order to advance the security of the nation.
In the military, service and support go hand in hand. At Booz Allen, we share those values. We’re a natural home for veterans and military spouses looking to build upon their expertise and desire to serve. In client work, we’re transforming a future-ready force. In addition, through innovative partnerships, we’re making a positive and long-lasting impact. We support the military community from the inside out.
Bunker Labs – a 501(c)(3) non-profit – is a national network of veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs dedicated to helping the military connected community start their own business. We are committed to seeing that every entrepreneur in the military connected community has the network, tools, and resources they need to start their own business.
We advance a child care system that effectively serves all children and families. Our work is strengthened by a national network of child care resources and referral agencies and diverse members and partners.
The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Easterseals provides high-quality and accessible behavioral health care to veterans, their families, the families of active duty service members, and caregivers. Our services are available to any person who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves, regardless of role or discharge status.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is the preeminent organization empowering, supporting, and honoring our nation’s military caregivers; the spouses, parents, family members and friends who care for America’s wounded, ill or injured veterans.
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America’s (IAVA) Quick Reaction Force (QRF) provides confidential 24/7 peer to peer support, comprehensive care management and resource connections to military, veterans and their families. To get connected to a Veteran Care Manager for immediate help anytime, day or night, please call 1-855-91RAPID or visit quickreactionforce.org.
Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) delivers no-cost career training and entrepreneurship programs across the US and globally preparing service members, veterans and their families for successful civilian careers and business ownership after service. The IVMF also conducts actionable research, policy analysis, and program evaluation to inform and enhance post-service lives. And we help ease the transition back into communities as military families navigate the range of local assistance available to them. We’ve supported over 130,000 to date. It’s our mission to support theirs.
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. We envision a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Our goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.
Military Support Programs and Networks (M-SPAN) is a portfolio of initiatives within the University of Michigan Depression Center and Department of Psychiatry dedicated to military and veteran mental health and wellness. M-SPAN integrates innovative approaches to outreach, overcoming stigma, and decreasing isolation, and includes the design and delivery of programs for service members, veterans and military families. Each flagship program was developed in response to identified gaps in services, and includes evidence-based approaches that have been tailored for specific populations. A rigorous program evaluation is integral to each initiative. Programs are incubated and evaluated at the University of Michigan, and disseminated through our partners to maximize impact.
The mission of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separation. During this especially difficult time, MCEC is here with additional support helping students, parents, and educators navigate change. Taking what we’ve learned from over 20 years of helping military kids and their families successfully manage transition and mobility issues, we have culled COVID-19 supportive content and resources for parents, educators, and students. We hope you will use the content and resources here to inspire and renew a sense of hope and wellbeing in your life and the lives of those in your care.
The Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) conducts engagement and research aimed at improving the lives of military-connected families. In response to COVID-19, MFRI has helped to create Families Tackling Tough Times Together, which provides easy-to-use resources to help families cope with daily life and build their resilience during the pandemic. Materials are provided that are tailored for children, youth, young adults, older adults, and parents/caregivers. Families can participate by joining the Facebook group Families Tackling Tough Times Together. All are welcome.
At The Mission Continues, we empower veterans to build stronger communities through service. We invest in veterans and under-resourced communities with hands-on programming to improve educational resources, increase access to parks and green spaces, foster neighborhood identity, and more. Through this unique service model, veterans are provided opportunities for connection and personal growth while generating visible community impact.
With more than 350,000 members from every branch of service – including active duty, National Guard, Reserve, retired, former officers, and their families – we are a powerful force speaking for a strong national defense and representing the interests of military officers at every stage of their careers. The association plays an active role in military personnel matters and especially proposed legislation affecting the career force, the retired community, and veterans of the uniformed services. Additionally, MOAA offers many services such as virtual webinars, career transition services, and awarding winning military spouse professional development programs.
The Modern Military Association of America (MMAA) is the nation’s largest organization of LGBTQ service members, military spouses, veterans, their families and allies. Formed through the merger of the American Military Partner Association and OutServe-SLDN, we are a united voice for the LBGTQ military and veteran community.
Responding to the need for online supports, NMSI has been successfully utilizing synchronous and asynchronous supports for teachers and students across the country. We are committed to ensuring high-quality supports to our DoD funded program participants as well as non-program schools serving our Military Families.
Since 1969, the National Military Family Association has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of currently serving, veteran, retired, wounded or fallen members of the eight uniformed services.
Our mission is to build strong, stable and secure military families so they can thrive, not simply struggle to get by, in the communities — OUR communities — they have worked so hard to protect. Through our highly regarded Critical Financial Assistance program, we will continue to help this special group of our fellow citizens pay for their rent/mortgage payments, grocery/utility bills, home/car repairs, and a variety of other bills during this national crisis and would encourage all needing help to go to our website to apply.
Our Military Kids supports school-aged children of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members, as well as those of wounded veterans from all service branches, with grants that provide up to $300 for a chosen activity. Participation in these activities helps military children cope with stress and build self-confidence while their parents are recovering or serving overseas.
Partners in PROMISE is a go-to resource for EFMP family concerns, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We provide curated resources for our special needs families, while also incorporating our unique military perspectives, as most special education resources do not address our unique challenges.
The mission of the PenFed Foundation for Military Heroes is to empower service members, veterans and their communities with the skills and resources to realize financial stability and opportunity. Our vision is that all active duty service members are able to serve our nation free of financial worry and that every veteran has a strong financial future.
PsychArmor® Institute provides critical resources to Americans so they can effectively engage with and better support military service members, Veterans and their families across our nation.
With options for every audience, Psych Hub has the world’s largest online platform of digital education on mental health issues. Its revolutionary Provider Learning Hubs have taken online education to a new level with certification courses proven to take learners from knowledge learned to behavior change, while its free micro-video library hosts over 100 consumer-facing, animated videos focused on improving mental health literacy and reducing stigma about seeking care.
The Robert R. McCormick Foundation works with communities in Chicagoland and across Illinois to develop educated, informed, and engaged citizens. Our aim is to assist communities, to strengthen democracy, and help ensure that all families and children have the opportunities they need to flourish.
Sesame Workshop launched the Caring for Each Other initiative—a commitment to supporting families throughout the COVID-19 crisis. The initiative’s landing page, SesameStreet.org/caring is home to resources designed to provide comfort, manage anxiety, and foster learning at home. Another piece of this initiative — created especially with providers and caregivers in mind: Health Emergencies, is a new topic page on Sesame Street in Communities.
Secure Families Initiative mobilizes military families to be effective voters and advocates for their community. We coach families through voter registration and offer free online training to forge a national network of informed, motivated, and highly engaged activists committed to the strength and security of our country.
TAPS offers compassionate care and resources to all those grieving the loss of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones.
The Enlisted is a Congressionally-chartered Veterans Service Organization representing veterans, retirees, active duty service members as well as those serving in Guard and Reserve Components. TREA’s primary focus is advocacy before Congress, the White House, DOD and VA to assure that the benefits and services earned are protected and improved.
United Through Reading connects military families who are separated —for deployment or military assignment—by providing the bonding experience of shared storytime. Their free and secure app is open to active duty service members, veterans, and their families.
USAA is a company established by military officers to serve the financial security of military families. In 2019, USAA, USAA Federal Savings Bank and The USAA Foundation, Inc., contributed $44 million in philanthropic initiatives nationwide, with more than 60% supporting military causes. Since March 2020, USAA has donated $10.6 million to partner organizations to support COVID-19 relief.
The Veteran Staffing Network is a national job coaching and placement service offered to veterans, transitioning service members National Guard and Reserve (regardless of activation status) their families, and the families of active duty servicemembers.
Wounded Warrior Project is transforming the way America’s injured veterans are empowered, employed, and engaged in our communities. Since 2003, we’ve been tireless advocates for our nation’s finest, improving the lives of millions of warriors and their families. Warriors never pay a penny for our programs – because they paid their dues on the battlefield. Our free services in mental health, career counseling, and long-term rehabilitative care change lives. We’re committed to helping injured veterans achieve their highest ambitions. When they’re ready to start their next mission, we stand ready to serve.