Sierra Club Backpacking from NYC

Sierra Club Military Outdoors offers their first monthly outing of the year in the Backpacking from NYC series with a hike through the Catskills on March 2-4. In partnership with veteran-owned small business Gear to Go Outfitters, the Sierra Club Military Outdoors is offering a weekend of hiking, great food, backcountry skill development, and fellowship.

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Spiritual Resiliency Training Pilot Study

Volunteers of America of Greater New York (VOA-GNY) is conducting a pilot study to determine effective modalities in addressing Moral Injury amid United States military Veterans. Spiritual Resiliency Training (SRT) is designed to explore Moral Injury.

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Westchester County Vet2Vet Fitness Program

Westchester County Vet2Vet is looking for veterans to attend a 5-week fitness program. 

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Long Island Cares Military Appreciation

Long Island Cares offers Military Appreciation Tuesdays at their Huntington Station, Freeport, and Lindenhurst food bank locations.

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Help Build Vets.gov

Help build Vets.gov! The web team at the Department of Veterans Affairs wants to learn from you about how the tools they're building on Vets.gov can be most useful.

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Mentor a Vet

Almost 2,000 new veterans come to New York City to attend school every year. Help veterans and their families navigate life after service -- and navigate NYC -- by becoming a mentor. Both veterans and civilians are encouraged to sign up. Learn more about NYC Department of Veterans Services' Mentor a Vet-NYC program here or email info@veterans.nyc.gov.


Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year

The National Veteran-Owned Business Association (NaVOBA) Veteran Entrepreneur of the Year Applications are open. Vetrepreneurs are encouraged to self-nominate their businesses. 

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Equine Therapy Study

Columbia University Faculty are conducting a study to look at the use of Equine-Assisted Therapy in treating PTSD (EAT-PTSD).  Treatment sessions are held at the Bergen County Equestrian Center. 

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High Ground Veterans Advocacy

High Ground Veterans Advocacy is now accepting applications for the Fellowship Class of June 2018. Now in its second year, the organization was recognized as one of the top new non-profits on the prestigious HillVets 100 list. 

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Veterans in Global Leadership Fellowship

Veterans in Global Leadership (VGL) is currently accepting applications from exceptional student veterans for the 2018-2019 fellowship program. They seek a diverse group of motivated veterans interested in leadership positions in global affairs (business, law, government, tech). Through VGL, fellows are serving in impactful roles at The White House, Deloitte, State Department, among others and have also become George Mitchell Scholars, Boren Fellows, Presidential Management Fellows and Schwarzman Scholars.

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Pat Tillman Scholar Program

The Pat Tillman Scholar Program unites and empowers remarkable military veterans and spouses as the next generation of public and private sector leaders committed to service beyond self. 

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2018 Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund

The Farmer Veteran Fellowship Fund is a small grant program that provides direct assistance to veterans who are in their beginning years of farming or ranching. The Fellowship Fund does not give money directly to the veteran, but rather to third-party vendors for items the veteran has identified will make a crucial difference in the launch of their farm business. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000, and more than $1.5 million has been awarded to veterans since 2011.

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VA Welcome Kit

The VA has launched a new welcome kit to guide Veterans to the benefits and services they’ve earned.

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Boots on the Ground Peer Activity

Boots on the Ground NY offers Peer Activity nights at the Veterans Activity Center.

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Veteran Support Program

The Veteran Support Program (VSP) assists Veterans who were homeless to transition into their own housing by providing food, furniture, other furnishings, and new beds. Boots on the Ground NY takes the trailer out on evenings and weekends to pick up and deliver these items.

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Military Family Wellness Center Insomnia Therapy

The New York Presbyterian Military Family Wellness Center at Columbia University Medical Center is honored to offer veterans, national guardsmen, reservists, and active duty personnel free, group treatment using cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). CBT-I is a well-established, effective form of therapy that focuses on improving your sleep.

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Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program

The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarships will help fill financial aid gaps for veterans and the spouses of disabled veterans, after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been utilized.

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Military Warriors Home Donation Program

The mission of Military Warriors Support Foundation is to provide support and programs that facilitate a smooth and successful transition for our nation’s combat wounded heroes and Gold Star families.

Through Homes4WoundedHeroes/Homes4GoldStars, their homes donation program, 100% mortgage-free homes are awarded to combat wounded veterans and Gold Star spouses of heroes who have fallen in combat. In addition to the home, each family receives three years of family and financial mentoring so that they may learn the skills necessary to become happy and successful homeowners. This program not only changes these families, but it also changes the lives of the generations that follow.

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PsychArmor Veteran Ready Organization Certification

The PsychArmor Veteran Ready Organization Certification allows organizations that serve Veterans to showcase their commitment to more effectively engage with Veterans, service members and their families.

Upon becoming certified, organizations receive: a signed certificate for display, a “Certified Veteran Ready” badge for your website and digital use, inclusion in PsychArmor social media efforts, and recognition in the PsychArmor Registry of Veteran Ready Certified Organizations.

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Discharge Upgrade Online Tool

The Department of Defense launched a web-based tool to provide customized guidance to veterans who desire to upgrade or change the conditions of their military discharge. By answering a few short questions, veterans will know which board they need to go to, what form to fill out, any special guidance applicable to their case, where to send their application, and some helpful tips for appealing their discharge. Any veterans who believe their discharge was unjust, erroneous, or warrants an upgrade are encouraged to use this tool and then apply for review. 

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Research Study for Military Couples

Participate in a research study for military couples. Open to either: A) a service member of any military branch who has been deployed in the past two years and has a partner, OR B) a partner of a service member who has been deployed in the past two years AND you were cohabitating with your partner at the time of post-deployment.

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Comcast NBC Universal Scholarships

NBC Universal is committed to increasing diversity both on the air and behind the scenes. Doing so provides a secure, powerful, and competitive advantage in the media and entertainment industry. As part of this commitment, Student Veterans of America and NBC Universal have partnered to distribute two $12,000 scholarships to any eligible student veteran. 

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Mindfulness Meditation via Telephone

Mindfulness Meditation is an evidenced-based, VA-supported mind-body technique that helps you face the challenges and stressors of everyday life. Research has shown a connection between your mind and your body that can be used to improve health. When your mind is relaxed and focused on healing, your body can relax and focus on healing too. Meditation can be safely used in conjunction with other medical treatments such as prescribed medication or exercise.

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Operation: Tohidu Melwood Veteran Services

Operation: Tohidu is an experiential and educational retreat designed for a growing population of warfighters living with post-traumatic stress, mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury, and other service-related traumas. “Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit. 

At Operation: Tohidu retreats, veterans focus on confidence-building, outdoor activities, and group discussion in a relaxed, positive environment, learning proven techniques for self-management of symptoms, stressors, and responses. Melwood Veterans Services offers retreats for men, women, and couples. 

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Free Bridal Gown for Military Brides

Brides to be who are affiliated with the U.S. Military may be eligible for a free wedding dress.

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VA Updates Memorialization Products

The VA published a new application for government-furnished headstones, markers, or medallions for placement in private or local government cemeteries (VA Forms 40-1330 and 40-1330M).

 Both forms now:

  • Ask for demographic information (which is optional) for statistical reporting purposes only,
  • Allow claimants to request one or more Presidential Memorial Certificates, and
  • Include a fax cover sheet with a checklist for convenience. 
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Combat Exposure Research Study

Michelle Koster, fourth year PsyD student of Wheaton College (IL), needs participants for a research study. Her research lab is collecting data to understand the effects of combat exposure and other military-related events. This project is the main data that she will use for her dissertation. Participants can be active duty, reservists, National Guard, or veterans from any war era who have experienced what they believe to be adverse/traumatic experiences while in the military. 

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