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HOUSING/EMERGENCY SHELTER

HUD VASH

Decatur Cooperative Ministry (Dekalb County, Georgia)
404.370.0914
The "Hagar’s House Emergency Shelter and Assessment Center" is an emergency night shelter and assessment center with support services for women with children.  While participating in the program, families receive thorough assessment and crisis intervention, two meals per day, laundry facilities, MARTA fares, computer training opportunities, employment counseling, a support group, and referrals to other services, such as free child care, legal assistance, and health care.
http://www.decaturcooperativeministry.org/html/programs.php

Decatur Cooperative Ministry (Dekalb County, Georgia)
404-377-5365 ext 4
Their "Family House" program provides housing and support services to move families from homelessness to self-reliance in about 6 months. The program uses single-family houses and apartments throughout DeKalb County, GA. Both single- and two-parent families can apply, and hard-to-place families, including those headed by single fathers or with teenage boys, are welcome While participating in the program, families receive: Housing,
Utilities, Case management, Counseling, Financial management classes,
A savings plan,Computer training opportunities, Referrals to other services, such as free child care, legal assistance, and health care
http://www.decaturcooperativeministry.org/html/programs.php

National Low Income Housing Coalition
 202-662-1530
Dedicated solely to achieving the assurance thatpeople with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes. 
Founded in 1974 by Cushing N. Dolbeare, NLIHC educates, organizes 
and advocates to ensure decent, affordable housing for everyone.
http://nlihc.org



Home Loans
Certificate of Eligibility for Home Loan
https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/about/feature?feature=cert-of-eligibility-home-loan

Veterans United Home Loans
1-800-884-5560
VA loan provider, VA loan experts
https://www.veteransunited.com

Operation Homefront
1-877-264-3968
Provides direct financial assistance to help ease the burdens and relieve the financial strain for military families in need. 
https://www.operationhomefront.org

Top Veteran Care
866-578-0560
Provides resources for Assisted Living Alzheimers and Dementia care, Independent Living, Nursing Homes, Care at your own home and Retirement Living for Senior Veterans.
http://www.topveterancare.com

Veterans of America
support@veteransofamerica.vet
Raises awareness and funds to build tiny homes for homeless veterans.
http://www.veteransofamerica.vet

Veterans Matter
567-698-7838
Innovative collaboration which is integrating technology and housing across diverse communities, allowing veterans to rapidly connect to medical, mental health and employment assistance provided by the VA. 
http://veteransmatter.org


COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

Team Red, White & Blue
Team RWB’s mission is to enrich the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity
https://www.teamrwb.org


PTSD (POST TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER)

National Center for PTSD
1-800-273-8255
The National Center for PTSD is dedicated to research and education on trauma and PTSD. We work to assure that the latest research findings help those exposed to trauma.
https://www.ptsd.va.gov

Emory Healthcare Veterans Program
1-888-514-5345
Free two-week residence program offers post-9/11 veterans expert and collaborative care to help heal the invisible wounds of war. Our comprehensive approach combines behavioral health care, including psychiatry and neurology, rehabilitative medicine, wellness, and family support to help you reintegrate and reclaim your life.
https://www.emoryhealthcare.org/centers-programs/veterans-program/index.html

Support Dogs and PTSD
https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/dogs_and_ptsd.asp


The Lone Survivor Foundation
(832) 581-3592
Restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/post-traumatic-stress-self-assessment

OnBehalf
Helps combat wounded veterans with basic expenses to help them deal with their injuries, fight VA bureaucracy, and battle PTSD. 
https://www.onbehalf.org


TBI (TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY)

​The Lone Survivor Foundation
(832) 581-3592
Restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/post-traumatic-stress-self-assessment


CAREERS/PERSONAL COACHING

Veteran Pathways
​Provides personalized transition assistance, enabling veterans to have thriving healthy and productive lives. We provide a glide path through our alliances with other partnerships, opportunities and programs.
​www.veteranpathways.org


SPORTS/FITNESS

Independence Fund
Empowers severely wounded veterans and their caregivers to take control of their lives.  Provides the resources and tools that enable veterans to work through their physical, mental, and emotional wounds and regain their independence.
www.independencefund.org


EMPLOYMENT

US Department of Veterans Affairs
1-800-342-9647
Military One Source Employee Assistance Program
http://www.va.gov


CG SUPRT Education and Career Center
1.855.247.8778
The CG SUPRT Education and Career Center offers USCG military service spouses and dependents interactive tools and information to enhance their knowledge of portable careers, earning potential, and job attainment.
http://www.cgcareers1.com


Georgia Job Network
404-349-8181
https://www.georgiajobnetwork.com


LEGAL

Residential Leases & the Military - Your Rights as a Servicemember
https://www.justgreatlawyers.com/military-residential-leases

SENIOR SERVICES

Top Veteran Care
Provides resources for Assisted Living Alzheimers and Dementia care, Independent Living, Nursing Homes, Care at your own home and Retirement Living for Senior Veterans.
http://www.topveterancare.com


PEER SUPPORT

Veteran Combat Call Center 
1-877-WAR-VETS (1-877-927-8387)
An around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as families members of combat Veterans. This benefit is prepaid through the Veteran’s military service.
https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/media/Call-Center-PSA.asp

COUNSELING/THERAPY

Bereavement Counseling 
202-461-6530
The VA Vet Center provides assistance and support to people with emotional and psychological stress after the death of a loved one. Bereavement counseling includes a broad range of transition services, including outreach, counseling, and referral services to family members.
https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/Bereavement_Counseling.asp

Military Sexual Trauma

MST counseling may include individual or group counseling, marital and family counseling, referral for benefits assistance, liaison with community agencies or substance abuse information and referral to help you deal with the emotions of military sexual trauma and regain confidence in your everyday life.
https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/Military_Sexual_Trauma.asp


The Lone Survivor Foundation
(832) 581-3592
Restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/


RETREATS

The Lone Survivor Foundation
(832) 581-3592
Restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.
​https://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/healing-retreats


GUIDE & SUPPORT DOGS

US Department of Veterans Affairs
1-800-827-1000
https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/treatment/cope/dogs_and_ptsd.asp
https://www.prosthetics.va.gov/ServiceAndGuideDogs.asp



Animals/Pets
Benefits/Claims
Burial
PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Homelessness
Cancer
Caregivers Support
Community Activities/Events
Compensation
Counseling
Disability Claims
Elderly Services







The Elena McDermott Resource Directory
Hi,

I’m writing to thank you for the resources here you’ve put together to help those who served. My father-in-law is a disabled vet and lung cancer survivor, and it has meant the world to be able to find resources to help him pay for everything he needs. 
You’re really doing a great service for people like him - I cannot thank you enough."

Elena McDermott                                               
July 2017
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US Dept of Veterans Affairs
ATLANTA VETERANS ASSOCIATION

404-289-8997
1-877-8-VETERAN
(877-883-8372)
Transitioning, Transforming 
& Transcending the 
Quality of Life for Veterans
US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

US Department of Veterans Affairs
1-800-827-1000
http://www.va.gov

Burials & Memorials (VA)
1-800-535-1117
http://www.va.gov

HEALTHCARE/MEDICAL TREATMENT​

American Cancer Society
1-800-227-2345
A national non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy, and service.
www.cancer.org 

CancerCare  
1-800-813-4673 
A national non-profit organization dedicated to providing emotional support, information, and practical help to people with cancer and their loved ones. 
www.cancercare.org  

Cancer Hope Network  
1-877-467-3638 
A not-for-profit organization that provides free and confidential one-on-one support to cancer patients and their families by matching cancer patients and/or family members with trained volunteers who have themselves undergone and recovered from a similar cancer experience. 
www.cancerhopenetwork.org

Mesothelioma Veterans Center 
1-877-450-8973
Offering free support to veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Veterans Center was created to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits 
for veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses. The MVC was founded by retired veterans and veterans advocates who have helped hundreds of veterans get approved for their VA benefits after developing mesothelioma 
or asbestos-related lung cancer from their asbestos exposure in the military.
Claim services provided by VA-accredited claims agents.
https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org

US Department of Veterans Affairs
1-800-827-1000
Health Care & Benefits: 1-844-MyVA311 (1-844-698-2311)
http://www.va.gov

Atlanta VA Medical Center
404-321-6111
1670 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA 30033
Phone Directory: https://www.atlanta.va.gov/contact/phone_directory.asp
https://www.atlanta.va.gov/

Atlanta Area Clinics:
404-329-2222

Atlanta VA Clinic
250 N Arcadia Ave
Decatur, GA 30032

Austell VA Clinic
2041 Mesa Valley Way Suite 185
Austell, GA 30082

Blairsville VA Clinic

East Point VA Clinic  
1513 Cleveland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30344

Fort McPherson Va Clinic  
1701 Hardee Ave SW
Atlanta, GA 30310

Gwinnett County VA Clinic
​1970 Riverside Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Henderson Mill VA Clinic
2296 Henderson Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30345

Lawrenceville VA Clinic
​455 Philip Blvd, Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30046

Newnan VA Clinic
39-A Oak Hill Ct.
Newnan, GA 30265

Oakwood VA Clinic
​4175 Tanners Creek Drive
Flowery Branch, GA 30542

Rome VA Clinic
​30 Chateau Dr, SE
Rome, GA 30161

Stockbridge VA Clinic
​175 Medical Blvd.
Stockbridge, GA 30281

Trinka Davis Veterans Village
​180 Martin Dr
Carrollton, GA 30117










The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation
1-800-225-0292
The Reeve Foundation’s Military & Veterans Program (MVP) extends expertise in spinal cord injury and paralysis to include resources and community connections for service men and women, as well as veterans living with paralysis, whether through combat-related, service-related, or non-service-related events.
https://www.christopherreeve.org/get-support/military-veterans-program-mvp


CLAIMS, COMPENSATION & DISABILITY

US Department of Veterans Affairs - E-Benefits
1-800-983-0937
On-line Application Portal:
https://www.ebenefits.va.gov

Atlanta Regional Benefit Office
1-800-827-1000
1700 Clairmont Road
Decatur GA 30033

Compensation Rates
How to Read Compensation and SMC Benefits Rate Tables
http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/resources-rates-read-compAndSMC.asp

VA Forms
Searchble database for VA Forms
http://www.va.gov/vaforms

Rating Criteria and Percentage Description
Web Automated Reference Material System
38 CFR Book C, Schedule for Rating Disabilities
http://www.vba.va.gov/bl/21/publicat/Regs/Part4/toc.htm#BM16

Mesothelioma Veterans Center 
1-877-450-8973
Offering free support to veterans diagnosed with mesothelioma, the Mesothelioma Veterans Center was created to provide information and assistance to veterans regarding treatment, clinical trials, and VA benefits 
for veterans suffering from asbestos illnesses. The MVC was founded by retired veterans and veterans advocates who have helped hundreds of veterans get approved for their VA benefits after developing mesothelioma 
or asbestos-related lung cancer from their asbestos exposure in the military.
Claim services provided by VA-accredited claims agents.
https://www.mesotheliomaveterans.org/


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

The Georgia Guard Family Program
1-800-625-5843
With a mission to serve as a delivery point of information, communication and support of a national, state and community resources to warfighters and their families in a global environment the agency provides assistance in multiple areas.
http://www.georgiaguardfamilyprogram.org

Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation
678-569-5704 
Provides emergency relief assistance during times of financial crisis to the members and families of the Georgia National Guard and full-time federal/state civilian employees of the Georgia Department of Defense living in the State of Georgia.
http://www.georgiaguardfamilyprogram.org

National Veterans Services Fund
A not-for-profit organization that provides case-managed social services and limited medical assistance to Vietnam- and Persian Gulf War- veterans and their families, with a focus on families with disabled children. 
http://www.nvsf.org/Home.html

Unmet Needs
Unmet Needs is there to help America's military families who have run into unexpected financial difficulties as a result of deployment or other military related activity or injury
https://www.vfw.org/unmetneeds

Operation Family Fund
Assists the injured and families of the those who have been injured as a part of the Global War on Terrorism, whether domestic or abroad, military or civilian, with financial grants for transitioning to their new circumstances and achieving financial self-sufficiency.
https://operationfamilyfund.org/how-to-apply-for-assistance

Decatur Cooperative Ministry (Dekalb County, Georgia)
404.284.4411
Project Take Charge is a homelessness prevention program that provides emergency assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities, and food, as well as case management and financial education. The program serves DeKalb County residents who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure, or disconnection of utility service. It also provides food through a food pantry and operates two food cooperatives to offer permanent food security to selected low-income households.
http://www.decaturcooperativeministry.org/html/programs.php

Veterans Family Fund of America
Raises and disperses funds to help the lives and futures of Veterans and their families when assistance is needed for those unexpected everyday life events that other government programs may not cover
http://www.veteransfamilyfund.org/

OnBehalf
Helps combat wounded veterans with basic expenses to help them deal with their injuries, fight VA bureaucracy, and battle PTSD. 
https://www.onbehalf.org

St. Vincent de Paul
Offers person-to-person service, food and utility bills, rental assistance to those who are needy and suffering.
http://www.svdpusa.org/

The Salvation Army
Provides assistant with the basic necessities of life - food, shelter, and warmth. Services include Adult Rehabilitation, Veterans Affairs Services,
Prison Ministries, Elderly Services, Combating Human Trafficking,Missing Persons, Hunger Relief, Housing and Homeless Services, Christmas Assistance, Youth Camps & Recreation,World Service Office,
Sponsorship and Emergency Disaster Services.
http://www.salvationarmy.org/

United Way
Works throughout the world in a coalition of charitable organizations to pool efforts in fundraising and support, fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person.
https://www.unitedway.org/


VETERANS ORGANIZATIONS

DAV (Disabled American Veterans)
Provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, rides for veterans attending medical appointments, assists veterans with benefit claims for veterans, their families and survivors, connects veterans with employment, and provides resources.
https://www.dav.org/


MEALS/FOOD BANKS

Catholic Charities
Offers support to member agencies, provides disaster relief and promotes poverty-reduction through research and legislative reform. 
https://catholiccharitiesusa.org

Decatur Cooperative Ministry (Dekalb County, Georgia)
404.284.4411
Project Take Charge is a homelessness prevention program that provides emergency assistance with rent, mortgage, utilities, and food, as well as 
case management and financial education. The program serves DeKalb County residents who are in danger of eviction, foreclosure, or disconnection of utility service. It also provides food through a food pantry and operates two food cooperatives to offer permanent food security to selected low-income households.
http://www.decaturcooperativeministry.org/html/programs.php