Homefront Help

August 25, 2011
By Rita Boland

Military OneSource allows all levels of filmmakers to flex their skills to help military families and groups get or stay connected. This Defense Department-only site allows people to post videos in much the same way that YouTube does for the general public. TroopTube enables people at home to create clips for their deployed loved ones or organizations to create professional videos that inform viewers about happenings around the department. Getting started is easy. Simply sign in using a Military OneSource account and start uploading.

August 18, 2011
By Rita Boland

This website is both heartwarming and simple. Military families submit the videos and stories of their loved ones' return from deployment for others to enjoy. The content allows creators to share their happiness while the general public receives a personal glimpse into the sacrifices made by the defense community. By piping content to Facebook, Welcome Home Blog creates an interactive environment in which people can connect and communicate. Those who would like to share their videos can send content to welcomehomeblog@gmail.com.

August 11, 2011
By Rita Boland

The Veteran Artist Program aids artists who served their country in the military promote their works and careers in the mainstream arts world. Help is offered through networking, mentorship, and collaboration with professional artists and original productions. Creators in all artistic disciplines are invited to be part of the group, which emphasizes bringing together the veteran and artistic communities. The group promotes various events and shows in which veterans can participate.

August 4, 2011
By Rita Boland

Veterans, activists and artists come together through this organization that provides a cathartic outlet for those who have served in the U.S. military. Through art-making workshops, veterans can share their personal wartime experiences as well as expand on the traditional stories surrounding military service and culture. In the papermaking workshops, they transform their uniforms into works of art. The purpose is for veterans to reclaim these clothes and to embrace their military experiences. Many of the pieces touch on the harsh, brutal reality of combat and the toll it can take on those who live it.

July 28, 2011
By Rita Boland

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) launched Real Warriors in 2007 to help returning service members, veterans and their loved ones deal with invisible wounds such as traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. This program spreads the word about available resources as well as produces stories about troops who have sought treatment for these often-stigmatized problems and gone on to successful military or civilian careers.

July 26, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

Prepare your family for the challenges of deployment with this comprehensive iPhone app-free for a limited time. The Soldier/Family Deployment Handbook app provides resources to help soldiers and their loved ones make it through difficult situations, including unique information for those in the National Guard or Reserve.

July 21, 2011
By Rita Boland

Since 2004, this organization has offered support to Marines and their loved ones in Florida. In addition to working for active-duty families, the group reaches out to reservists, retired Marines, veterans, wounded warriors and those in boot camp or the delayed entry program. "Family" includes not only spouses and children but also mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents and friends. Gold and Silver Star families are always welcome to seek support as well. Though dedicated to the Devil Dog community, the organization extends its outreach to include all military branches and other patriotic supporters.

July 1, 2011
By Rita Boland

By Elaine Rogers Little USO Soldiers Welcome Home DaddyToday, as our country celebrates its independence, let us also celebrate our service men and women and their families who stand ready to protect the freedoms that make this country remarkable. For 235 years military families have endured tremendous sacrifice to ensure our freedom and security. In the past ten years, with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our troops have regularly deployed to the far reaches of the world while their families remained in our communities eagerly awaiting their return.

June 30, 2011
By Rita Boland

Summer vacation doesn't necessarily mean happiness for all school kids. The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury released in April the Children of Military Service Members Resource Guide to help children affected by the stresses of a military lifestyle at any time of the year. This online document is designed for families and health care providers to use as they address the mental and emotional health needs of toddlers to teenagers.

June 23, 2011
By Rita Boland

Members of the military community interested in outdoor recreation will enjoy the U.S. Navy's Moral, Welfare and Recreation site. It lists Navy campgrounds in many states around the country, including Hawaii, as well as in Italy and Japan. Basic information about each campground is provided and links take users to more detailed resources. The facilities offer different accommodations such as tent or RV sites or rental cabins. Other amenities may include water sports, playgrounds and hiking trails.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information.

June 16, 2011
By Rita Boland

This special travel organization offers service members and other U.S. Defense Department personnel a chance to enjoy vacations for discount prices at more than 3,500 time share properties in approximately 80 countries. Through the deals, travelers can stay at locations without buying into a time share or even attending a presentation for one, if they so choose.

June 2, 2011
By Rita Boland

This North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) program offers different types of assistance and therapy to veterans through equine activities. Various NARHA centers across the country participate, each with its own set of help capabilities. Conditions that can be alleviated through the horse activities include traumatic brain injuries and amputations-common afflictions for those wounded in combat. The effort connects the centers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' medical centers and clinics and well as with individuals.

May 27, 2011
By Rita Boland

The SIGNAL staff extends its appreciation to our service men and women, veterans and their families this Memorial Day, especially those who have paid the ultimate price. Because freedom isn't free. Share your plans or suggestions for celebrating Memorial Day on on the Homefront Help Facebook page.

May 26, 2011
By Rita Boland

Military members transitioning to the civilian workplace have a new resource for their job searches courtesy of the U.S. Defense Department. The Career Decision Toolkit walks users through various phases of the employment hunt including: career exploration, financial planning, search success, effective résumés and cover letters, interviewing, and negotiating compensation. The various modules can be accessed in any order and at any time. Though available online to everyone, the resource especially is intended to assist troops who are prohibited geographically from attending Transition Assistance Program classes.

May 19, 2011
By Rita Boland

For most Americans, the sight of a flag-draped coffin is a somber reminder of the highest price for freedom. But for the children who survive the deceased, it also means much more-the loss of a parent forever and possibly the end to future plans. The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation helps to make sure their dreams can still come true by providing scholarship funds for higher education. Though primarily directed toward U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. federal law enforcement families who have lost a parent in the line of duty, the more than $48 million the organization has distributed also has aided families from other military branches.

May 12, 2011
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Air Force may be the newest military branch, but it has had a public museum dedicated to its achievements since 1955. In addition to the regular exhibits highlighting the history and accomplishments of airmen, the museum restores aircraft and aerospace vehicles with historical accuracy. As with the facilities dedicated to the other armed services, admission is free and the museum is open most days of the year. People interested in the history but unable to make the trip to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, can take a virtual, 3-D, self-guided tour online.

May 10, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

The U.S. Army Accessions Command launched the Army Strong Stories app for iPhone along with a mobile website as part of its blogging and storytelling initiative. Army Strong Stories is a program from the command, which is dedicated to sharing blogs and videos created by soldiers, family members, friends and supporters. Soldiers of every rank and background can share their perspective on daily life in the military and chronicle their experiences from basic combat training to serving overseas. The blog is also open to cadets, veterans and Army-contracted civilians.

May 5, 2011
By Rita Boland

This museum is dedicated to honoring the U.S. Navy. Features include naval artifacts, models, documents and art that chronicle the history of the sea service. Interactive exhibits commemorate wartime heroes and battles as well as activities during peace. Admission is free and the site is open to the public, but because the museum is located on the Washington Navy Yard, access depends on base security protocols. The museum closes only for major holidays, except for the Display Ship Barry, which is closed Sundays and some federal holidays as well as during inclement weather.

April 28, 2011
By Rita Boland

Rising above U.S. Interstate 95 from a site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, this museum serves as a tribute to former, current and future U.S. Marines. The facility boasts interactive exhibits, historical artifacts and a restaurant replicating Tun Tavern, the birthplace of the Marine Corps. As extra incentive to visit, the museum is putting on its "Semper Find" photographic scavenger hunt through April 30. Participants must locate 17 items from inside the museum and from the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park to be eligible for prizes. The museum is open every day except Christmas and admission is free.

April 26, 2011
By Rachel Eisenhower

This free iPhone app provides information and tools for veterans and service members suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Developed by the Department of Veterans Affairs, PTSD Coach is ideal for tracking symptoms, handling stress and finding help even when you're on the go. The app gives users information about professional care, commonly asked questions about the disorder and tips to manage stress in daily life. PTSD Coach allows users to personalize their mobile experience with contacts, photos and music. According to developers, the app can be used by people who are in treatment as well as those who are not.

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