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New England Center for Homeless Veterans

April 15, 2009
By Rita Boland

The New England Center for Homeless Veterans (NECHV) extends a helping hand to any homeless veteran facing the challenges of addiction, trauma, severe and persistent mental illness, and unemployment; however, the veterans must be committed to sobriety, nonviolence and working for personal change. The organization is located in Boston, and though most clients are from the Boston area, the NECHV has aided veterans from all 50 states.

AAFES

November 19, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) offers a wealth of resources-some of which have been featured in this column before-for the military community and offers many programs for the public to support its freedom fighters. One of the classic ways the organization enables citizens to reach out to warfighters is through its gift cards and exchange catalog gift certificates. Anyone can purchase these items and send them to a specific military member or designate them for any service member, including injured warriors, for distribution by a service organization. AAFES is offering free shipping on the cards as well to avoid extra costs.

Patriot Paws Service Dogs

October 30, 2008
By Rita Boland

Patriot Paws trains dogs to work with injured military members and other disabled persons to help restore physical and emotional freedoms. The organization provides high-quality service dogs for the minimum possible price to those who need them. Any physically disabled U.S. veteran or other American with mobile disabilities can apply for a Patriot Paws service dog by downloading the application form online or requesting one by mail. The necessary contact information is listed on the Web site. When an application is accepted, applicants are interviewed, and the organization makes every effort to find a compatible pet. Training the dogs takes 12 to 18 months and costs $20,000, so donations and volunteers are crucial to the program's success. Anyone interested in donating funds can give through the site's PayPal feature or can mail a check to the address listed online. Individuals who want to volunteer with the program can walk and bathe the dogs, run errands, help in the office, arrange fundraisers or round up donations. Foster families for the dogs also are needed. Other site features include donation news, frequently asked questions and an events page. Patriot Paws Service Dogs will raise funds with "Dogwalk in the Park" in Harry Myers Park, Rockwall, Texas, on November 8. The programs listed on these pages are not affiliated with our publication or association. We highlight these independent efforts as a service to our military and our readers. For more information about these programs, please contact the organizations directly.

Military HOMEFRONT

September 26, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Military HOMEFRONT is the official U.S. Defense Department online resource for reliable quality-of-life information for the military community. The site has sections for troops and families, leadership and service providers so all aspects of military life are covered, from basic military needs to broader topics such as parenting and financial readiness.

Creating Futures

September 24, 2008
By Henry Kenyon

Creating Futures offers transitioning U.S. veterans as well as individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth and dislocated workers opportunities to build careers in the information technology field. Creating Futures works with employers to identify needs and then trains individuals to fill those capabilities gaps, placing candidates in long-term jobs. The education and training programs help students obtain the technical, business and communications skills employers want.

Run through the CompTIA Educational Foundation, the program offers several online courses: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Server+ and CompTIA Security+. The training is provided at no cost to students. Candidates are screened and notified of their acceptance into the program via e-mail.

Individuals interested in the program can fill out the application online, and employers interested in interviewing Creating Futures students for job opportunities also can submit an online form. Completing the form does not commit a company to hire anyone but demonstrates an interest in interviewing candidates or potentially hiring Creating Futures students. Additional contact information is available on the Web site for interested organizations.

Also listed online is information about donating to the program. Creating Futures accepts financial and in-kind support such as monetary gifts, donation of classroom/training seating, contributions of training materials, receipt of on-the-job-training or internships, and consideration of candidates for employment within an organization. Interested parties can donate online or by phone, fax or mail. A list with explanations of alternate donation options, such as matching gift programs and planned giving, is posted as well.

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