Links and Resources

Disclaimer: The links below are for informational purposes only. We make no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information obtained through these links, and do not warrant or endorse any services provided at any of these links. Some providers listed below will charge a fee for their services. You are advised to fully investigate important issues such as insurance, licensing, and safety issues before accepting services. We hope that you find this information useful and helpful.

Veterans Crisis line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

 

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Government Agencies

National

 

DCoE Outreach Center

  • The Real Warriors Campaign is designed to encourage help-seeking behavior among warriors with invisible wounds. Early intervention greatly assists successful care and positive outcomes
  • TALK 886-966-1020 or log into www.realwarriors.net/livechat
  • ATTEND Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program events listed on www.yellowribbon.mil
  • CONNECT with other members of the National Guard and reserve: www.realwarriors.net/forum
  • SPEAK with a peronsal coach during transitions: www.health.mil/transitions
  • ENGAGE with Real Warriors Campaign community in social media: www.twitter.com/realwarriors www.facebook.com/realwarriors

ArmyOneSource.com

  • This comprehensive site provides information and resources for troops and their families, addressing all areas of military life, including deployment and post-deployment concerns.

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

  • This organization is a collaboration between the Department of Defense  and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The website is a  good source of information for providers as well as military members and families. There is an interactive map showing the locations of  DVBIC centers. The site also has a Spanish language section.

Deployment Health Clinical Center of the Dept. of Defense

  • Health information for clinicians, veterans, family members and friends.

Iraq War Clinician Guide

  • This guide (available online only) was developed by members of the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense.  It was developed specifically for clinicians and addresses the unique needs of veterans of the Iraq war.

Marine Forces Reserve Psychological Health Outreach Program (MFR PHOP)

  • The PHOP Mission is to ensure that Marine Forces Reserve service members have full access to appropriate psychological health care services, to increase resilience, and to facilitate recovery, which is essential to maintaining a ready military force. The PHOP location for the northwest is Ft. Lewis. The PHOP maintains a phone and email  referral service. Call 757-842-2513, 757-842-2507, 757-842-2502 or 757-842-2510.

Navy Reserve Psychological Health Outreach Program (USNR PHOP)

  • Also helps to ensure that Reservists have full access to appropriate psychological health care services. For the Northwest Region call 425-304-3871 or 425-304-3870.

National Guard Bureau Joint Services Support

  • This website lists National Guard events by state and has information about their programs, including the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, the Family Support Program and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program.

National Resource Directory

  • The NRD is an online tool for wounded, ill and injured Service Members, Veterans and their families, and those who support them. The NRD provides access to more than 11,000 services and resources at the national, state, and local levels (including a Veterans job bank) that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. Maintained by the Department of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs, the NRD links to federal and state government agencies, Veterans service and benefit organizations, non-profit and community-based organizations, academic institutions and professional associations who provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families. 

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Contains detailed information about PTSD, including treatment modalities, general resource information, publications, research and contact information.  The website is divided into sections for veterans and the general public and providers and researchers. "Returning from the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members" is free and downloadable from this site.

TRICARE

  • The military health plan           

Veterans Administration

  • Provides a thorough review of benefits information and assistance for returning veterans and their families, including health, education, compensation, publications and more.
  • Community Provider Toolkit - aims to support mental health provider who are serving veterans in their communities.
  • Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury - a page from the VA website with information on screening for a TBI and rehabilitation.
  • Veterans Employment Toolkit - aims to help employers, managers, supervisors, human resource professionals, EAP providers and others support employees who are veterans or members of the Reserve or National Guard.
  • Coaching Into Care - helps veterans get connected to the care and services they may need. They provide information, referrals, resources, encouragement and a free, confidential coaching service to help family members and friends encourage their Veterans to make a decision to seek care.

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 Press 1

VetSuccess.gov

  • VA program for disabled veterans looking for a job.

Most Affordable School Directory

  • Make your GI Bill dollars work for you with this guide to affordable colleges.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)

  • A dedicated toll-free Military Help Line which provides direct access to immigration information for military and their families. Call 1-877-247-4645.

Tax Return Filing and Payment Extensions for the Military and dependents. Click Here

State

 

Oregon

 

OregonArmy Strong Community Center, Oregon City, Oregon

  • The Army Strong Community Center (ASCC) is dedicated to supporting Service Members, Retirees, Veterans, and their Family Members from all branches of the military—Active and Reserve. ASCC facilities are designed to assist geographically-dispersed Service Members and their Families who may not have ready access to the services typically available on a military installation. There is a Community Center in Oregon City at Clackamas Community College. Call 503-594-6215.

Family Assistance Coordinators in Oregon

  • Family Assistance Specialists, serving all branches of the military, are located throughout Oregon to serve the needs of Service Members and their Families by providing essential services such as legal or financial resources, Tricare resources and crisis intervention referral. Click on the link above for a PDF listing names and contact information for FAS in Oregon.

Oregon National Guard Reintegration Team

  • The Reintegration Team provides post-mobilization support to commanders and soldiers by establishing a centralized point of contact on the multitude of agencies that provide support and benefits to soldiers and their dependents. Our mission is to actively assist demobilizing Oregon National Guard members in transitioning back to their families, their job or school, and their community. Call their 24-hour toll-free number, 888-688-2264.

Oregon National Guard Service Member and Family Support Program

  • The Service Member and Family Support (SMFS)program prepares, assists and supports Service Members and their Families for the challenges of local, state, and Federal military service. The SMFS office is located in Salem, Oregon with Family Program and Transition Assistance staff located regionally throughout the state. SMFS is a one-stop center for Service and family members seeking assistance with life challenges. SMFS staff are committed to providing immediate assistance and referrals to a network of service providers. Some of the services provided include crisis intervention, medical and mental health assistance, financial aid, employment, career planning, and education benefits. Assistance may be attained by calling 503-584-2282 during duty hours or 1-888-688-2264 after duty hours.

Oregon Department of Veterans Affairs

  • Provides free benefits counseling and claims services to veterans, survivors and dependents. Their Portland claims office is located at 1220 SW 3rd Ave., Suite 1610, 503-412-4777. The Salem office is located at 700 Summer Street NE, Suite 150. 503-373-2085.

WorkingInOregon.org

  • This is the Official website of the Oregon Employment Department.

VA in Portland and Vancouver

  • This link provides information about the VA facilities in Portland and Vancouver, including driving directions and hours of operation.

Other services at the VA include:

Operation S.A.V.E.

  • This is a local arm of the VA which helps veterans who are are showing signs of suicidal thinking and friends and family members who are concerned about a veteran.  Call 800-273-8255.

Minority Veterans Program

  • This program informs veterans of available resources within the VA and serves as liaison for veterans in accessing benefits and establishes new programs and services to meet the specific needs of minority veterans. Call 503-402-2903 or 800-949-1004 ext. 52903.

Support Group for OEF/OIF Family Members

  • This free group meets on Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at the Portland VA Medical Center, and is open to all family members of veterans who served in Afghanistan or Iraq. To register, please call 503-220-8262, ext. 53062.

OIF/OEF Program

  • This program offers assistance to severely injured combat veterans as well as transition assistance for vets returning home.

Military Sexual Trauma (MST)

  • The VA provides free, confidential counseling and treatment to male and female veterans for mental and physical health conditions related to experiences of MST. The Portland VA MST Coordinator is Ashlee Whitehead, 503-220-8262, ext. 57429.

Post Deployment Drop-In Group

  •  A weekly group, Tuesdays, from 4 pm to 5:30 pm, for OIF/OEF veterans at the Portland VA. No appointment necessary, but call first to confirm: Darla Darville, 503-220-8262, ext. 57049.

Women Veterans Health Care

  • The women's VA clinic offers comprehensive primary care, gynecological care and mental health services. Call 800-949-1004, ext. 52852 or 503-402-2852.

Volunteer Opportunities at the Portland VA

  • The VA has many opportunities for those who want to help, from office assistance and grounds crew to working directly with patients.

VA Caregiver Support

  • This webpage lists services such as adult day care and in home care services for those caring for a veteran at home. 

Washington

 

Veterans Conservation Corps

  • The primary mission of the State of Washington Veterans Conservation Corps is to assist veterans by providing volunteer opportunities on projects that help protect and restore Washington's rivers, streams, lakes, marine waters and open lands.

Washington State Guide for Families of Veterans

  • This program provides counseling services to military veterans, active duty war veterans and their families as well as programs and support to educators of school age children of trauma-exposed parents. They also offer military/veteran culture trainings and presentations to community colleges and universities. Call Thomas Schumacher, PTSD Program Director at 360-725-2226 or tom@dva.wa.gov. For a counselor, call 800-562-2308.

WDVA PTSD Counseling Program

  • The WDVA is a full-service state agency that assists veterans, their family members and survivors. WDVA partners with local, state and federal agencies to offer a complete referral service to provide veterans with accurate and current information on the entire range of veterans' benefits and entitlements. Call 800-562-2308. 

Clark County, Washington Veteran's Relief Fund

  • Provides emergency relief for indigent veterans in the Clark County area. Contact the case manager at vetfund@hsc-wa.org or 360-397-8478.

Clark County Public Health

  • Publishes a brochure listing free and low cost health care resources for Clark County, Washington.

 

Community Resources

 

Emergency/Support Services

Counseling/Mental Health

 

Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare

  • Their services (generally for extremely low income individuals) include mental health counseling, crisis intervention, addictions treatment (including gambling addiction), and transitional, residential, and permanent housing for people with psychiatric and substance use challenges.

Catholic Charities El Programa Hispano and Project Unica

  • El Programa Hispano offers bilingual, bi-cultural mental health services to low-income Latinos in partnership with Central City Concern. Services include individual or family counseling, addictions treatment, education and support groups. For more information, call (503) 489-6820.

Clark County (WA) Veterans Assistance Center (CCVAC)

  • Located at 1305 Columbia St., Suite 100, in downtown Vancouver, this non-profit's mission is to provide a safe environment, assist vets and their families with accessing benefits and provide re-intergration support. Open Monday-Friday, 9:00 am to 4:30 pm., 360-693-7030

Columbia River Mental Health Services (Washington)

  • Community clinic for Clark County, Washington residents serving all ages with outpatient therapy, psychiatric evaluation, medication management, individual and group therapy, dual diagnosis case management, drug and alcohol addiction therapy as well as supported housing and job search job search assistance and on the job support for clients with mental health issues. Located at 6926 NE Fourth Plain Blvd in Vancouver, 360-993-3000.

Dual Diagnosis Anonymous of Oregon, Inc.

  • DDA is a peer support group based on an authorized version of the 12 steps of Alcoholics anonymous plus an additional 5 Steps that focus on Dual Diagnosis (mental illness and substance abuse). The website has a list of meeting groups across the state.

Lewis and Clark Community Counseling Center

  • Located near downtown Portland at 4445 SW Barbur Boulevard, they offer a wide range of counseling and therapy services for individuals of all ages, as well as for couples and families experiencing distress in areas of mental health, addictions, and relationships issues. Fees are sliding scale. They do not not provide medication management but will provide referrals. 503-768-6320

The Men's Resource Center and Women's Counseling Center

  • This nonprofit has offices in Portland and Oregon City.  They offer relationship and couples therapy as well as anger management  and domestic violence intervention services.  The also offer the CADRE program, which combines the Veteran's Administration's treatment protocol for combat stress-related disorders with a state-approved domestic violence protocol.

Military Partners Support Group

  • Share your unique experiences as a military partner in a mutually supportive environment. Issues addressed can be depression, parenting, PTSD and grief. The group is led by three co-facilitators with experience working with families and couples. The group meets the first and third Thursday from 6:00-7:30 15 11630 SE 40th Ave., Suite A, in Milwaukie, Oregon. Please call 503-794-5968 to set up an introductory meeting. The cost is $20 per session and sliding scale can be discussed with the facilitators.

NW Battle Buddies

  • A nonprofit based in Battleground, WA that provides trained service dogs to veterans suffering from PTSD.

Oregon Community Circles of Support

  • In Eugene, Oregon, these free support groups are a resource open to anyone connected to a military service member of veteran who would like to join in some great conversation, gather information or just visit. Meetings for spouses/partners are every first and third Sunday from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Couples Support Group is every Tuesday, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Free childcare provided. Groups meet at "The Little Brown House," Willamette Family, Inc., 687 Cheshire Avenue. Please call Lucy Zammarelli at 541-684-4136 for more information.

Oregon Military Assistance Helpline

  • Call for free, confidential service for crisis intervention, family issues, alcohol and substance abuse and personal and emotional concerns. Staffed by veterans and counselors trained in military culture. 800-511-6944, info@ormah.com.

Lines for Life (formerly Oregon Partnership)

  • Oregon Partnership is a statewide non-profit promoting healthy kids and communities through drug and alcohol awareness, drug prevention programs, and 24 hour crisis lines for treatment referrals and suicide intervention.  Their staff is trained in the skills necessary to help veterans and their family members. The Military Help Line is 888-457-4838.
     

Oregon Women Veterans

  • OWV is an organization open to all women veterans from all eras and branches of service.  Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of each month in Eugene (free childcare provided) from 1800 to 1930 hours at 2222 Coburg Road, in the same building as the Heeron Center. Please call 541-852-5635 for more information.

Pacific University Psychology Clinic

  • Since 1980, Pacific University's Pacific Psychology Clinic has provided outpatient assessment and therapy services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families in Portland, Hillsboro, Beaverton and the surrounding metropolitan area. They offer counseling and therapy for depression, anxiety, relationship problems, PTSD, and a wide range of other concerns. Call 503-352-2400 for more information.

Portland Vet Center

  • The Vet Center provides a wide range of counseling, outreach and referral services to veterans and their families. They offer individual, group, marital and sexual trauma counseling. The Portland Vet Center also offers free yoga classes, acupuncture treatments, movie nights and AA meetings. All Vet Centers hold client information in the strictest confidence. Clients must be combat veterans. The Vet Center is located at 1505 NE 122nd Ave., Suite 110, Portland, OR  97220. Their phone number is 503-688-5361. There are also Vet Centers in Eugene, Salem and Grants Pass. 
  • There are also Vet Centers in Bend, Eugene, Grants Pass, and Salem

William Temple House

  • Support Groups for vets and their families: William Temple House provides professional mental health counseling to individuals, couples and families who are not covered by other health programs or cannot afford fees charged by private agencies. In addition to mental health counseling, William Temple House provides emergency social services including food, children's clothing, and other material assistance to more than 12,000 families each year. We also provide pastoral care upon request. We have served the Portland area for 42 years. We are located at 2023 NW Hoyt in Portland. We have locations in North Portland, East Portland, Hillsboro, and SE Portland. 

Women's Therapy Project Northwest

  • The Women's Therapy Project Northwest is a group of like-minded mental health professionals offering their services to potential clients in the Portland metropolitan area. Their goal is to help you find the right therapist and other mental health resources. Their website also has a resource page of issues of interest to women.

General Resource Information

 

Common Ground Community Information Center

  • NW Veterans and Families Resource Directory  lists resources of interest to veterans such as Benefits help, Child Care, Counseling and  Alcohol/Drug Assistance in the Portland Metro Area.

The Rose City Resource

  • A publication of Street Roots, this resource lists many local services  organized by county. Copies are available by going to their website or at the Street Roots office at 211 NW Davis in Portland.

Vancouver/Clark County Resource Guide

  • This PDF, provided by the Council for the Homeless, lists resources for people who are homeless or low income with emergency needs.

Domestic Violence

 

Verizon Hopeline

  • Connecting refurbished phones to victims of domestic violence.

The Aspire News App

  • ASPIRE News is a free application which contains summaries of top stories in world, sports, and entertainment news, from the When Georgia Smiled: Robin McGraw Foundation (and powered by Yahoo!). Additionally, if someone you know is in an abusive relationship—or if that someone is you—the Help Section of the application contains resources for victims of domestic violence. This app does not serve as a replacement for emergency services—in any situation where you feel that you may be at risk, please dial 911 or your local emergency number.

CADRE Program

  • The mission of the CADRE Program is to provide combat veterans a treatment program that addresses combat post traumatic stress disorder that manifests in domestic violence. Contact CADRE for fee information and schedules.

Project Unica

  • Provides  support, advocacy, and opportunity for self-empowerment, enabling survivors to exercise free and informed life choices. Project UNICA operates the UNICA Crisis Line, which is the first Crisis Line in Spanish in Multnomah County. 24-Hour Crisis Line: 503-232-4448; 24-Hour Crisis Line TOLL FREE: 1-888-232-4448

Homeless/Reintegration

 

Central City Concern

  • All people who have served in the military- whether they have seen combat or not - are Veterans and they may qualify to access housing and employment services from Central City Conern. Veterans must first attend a one-hour orientation held every Tuesday at 9:45 am and Thursdays at 1:45 pm. 503-294-1681

Easter Seals Oregon

  • This organization partners with the various community and government services in the Portland Metro Area to provide assistance with employment, housing for homeless female and male veterans and reintegration into the community after incarceration.

Transition Projects Inc.

  • Transition Projects is proud to serve veterans and their families who are experiencing homelessness or are in imminent danger of homelessness. Our goal is to help veterans find and keep safe, affordable housing in the Portland metropolitan area.

Veterans Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC)

  • Located at 308 SW 1st Ave., in downtown Portland, is a resource center for homeless (or at risk of homelessness) veterans and their families. Veterans not eligible for medical care may still be eligible for services here. Click on the name for hours and a list of services.

Health and Dental Care

 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Its Causes

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as CRPS, is characterized by a severe and persistent pain in any of the limbs, usually brought about by external trauma. Thus, many CRPS patients suffer from pain in the arms, hands, legs, and feet. Medical experts classify Complex Regional Pain Syndrome as a chronic pain condition that is caused by damage to the central and peripheral nervous systems of the human body. The brain and the spinal cord make up the central nervous system, while the nerve that transmits brain signals to the spinal cord is located in the peripheral nervous system.

Brain Injury Support Community

  • This organization provides support, outreach advocacy and education in Oregon and southwest Washington by connecting brain injury survivors and their families to services, resources and support systems in the Brain Injury community. They have a help line, resource directory,  newsletter, and offers trainings. For more information, call 503-224-9069.

Brain Injury Assocation of Oregon

  • The organization works to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy. They have a newsletter and a Resource page for veterans. 

Coalition of Community Health Clinics

  • The coalition is made up of clinics and health centers in Portland dedicated to providing care to marginalized members of the community, especially those with low income and without health insurance. The clinics offer a broad range of care.

Oregon Dental Association 

  • Maintains a list of community resources for low cost or free dental care.

National College of Natural Medicine

  • Their teaching clinic offers naturopathic, Chinese medicine and chiropractic care administered by a team of providers and students. The clinic is open 6 days a week. Check their website for hours and cost.

Patient/Physicians Cooperative (PPC)

  • Offers individuals and families medical services for an affordable montly fee. Ideal for anyone who does not quality for free health care through Medicaid or assistance through program such as the Oregon Health Plan. The PPC is for those who can afford to pay a reasonable amount of money for their health care but cannot afford health insurance. Go to their website to enroll.

Portland Veterans Acupuncture Project

  • This organization offers free acupuncture treatments to all military veterans.  A drop-in clinic is held every Thursday from 5 pm to 8 pm at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stephens St., Portland, OR   97214. No appointment necessary. Call 503-757-1372 or 503-484-3513 for more information.

TBI Educator

  • Located in Eugene, Oregon, TBI Educator offers evidence-based information and resources for people working with students who have a traumatic brain injury. The website lists many helpful resources as well as information on trainings on educating students with TBI.

Washington Traumatic Brain Resource Coordination Services

  • Part of the Washington Adult Day Services Association, this organization works to improve the quality of life for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and their families and to assist TBI survivors and their families with "filling in the gaps." Contact Carla-Jo Whitson, MSW, at 360-991-4928,

Mesothelioma Group

  • This Group provides information, scholarships and a great help guide for those suffering from Mesothelioma and aspestos exposure.

Veterans Advocacy

 

American Legion (Portland office)

  • This local office will assist veterans with their VA claims. Please call 503-412-4771 to make an appointment

Central Oregon Veterans Outreach (COVO)

  • The mission of COVO is to serve, assist and create support for the veterans of Central Oregon. Provides services such as clothing, food distribution, shuttles to the Portland VA, mail service and bus passes for homeless vets and assistance filing disability claims.

Disability Action Advocates

  • Portland-area attorneys who work to file and/or appeal Social Security claims. They charge a fee if they win your case. 503-855-3067.

Legal Aid Services of Oregon

  • A non-profit organization that provides representation on civil cases to low-income clients throughout Oregon. Their mission is to achieve justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full-range of the highest quality civil legal services. Offices are located around the state.

Free Legal Clinic for Vets in Eugene

  • This clinic is held on the last Wednesday of each month. Vets can get help with issues such as criminal and civil cases, divorce, bankruptcy and more. By appointment only. Click on the link above for the flyer.

Northwest Indian Veteran Association

  • This organization works to serve the needs of the Indian Veteran community by ensuring access to the VA healthcare system and to seek out all entitlements and benefits that would serve veterans.  NIVA also works to identify programs and agencies that can assist Indian veterans in improving their quality of life.  For more information, call 503-220-8262 (ext. 33413) or 360-696-4061 (ext. 33413) or 800-949-1004 (ext. 33413, Oregon only).

Oregon Military Support Network

  • The Network's mission is to address the needs and welfare of all veterans and their families. The mission is achieved through a combination of umbrella services from partner agencies and the development of delivery of other services that are delivered through OMSN staff and volunteers.

Oregon State Bar Military Assistance Panel (MAP)

  • The Military Assistance Panel matches deployed servicemembers and their dependents with lawyers willing to provide up to 2 hours of legal advice at no charge. Our lawyer volunteers have been trained to provide legal assistance relating to the Servicemembers' Civil Relief Act (SCRA), and are also able to help with a wide range of other legal matters. An application is required.

Oregon Paralyzed Veterans of America

  • Since 1976, OPVA has been a chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) that works to maximize the quality of life for its members and all people who have a spinal cord injury and disease. OPVA works as a leading advocate for health care, research, accessibility, education and veteran's benefits and rights.

Serving Our Veterans at Home (SOVAH)

  • This group, based in Salem, OR, seeks out and assists all veterans to make use of their benefits. They also sponosr Veterans Connect Groups, Coffee Talks and Battle Buddies (a place for veterans to meet and talk). The groups are confidential, veterans only, and not affiliated with the VA.

St. Andrews Legal Clinic

  • A Portland-area public interest law firm that provides legal services to low-income families. The Clinic provides services to protect families from domestic violence by providing legal advocacy for issues of adoption, child custody and support, protection orders, guardianship, parenting time, and spousal support. 503-281-1500.

Veterans in Recovery, Inc.

  • This southern Oregon based organization will assist veterans who are reintegrating from the justice system to the community, and drug and alcohol recovery. They have weekly support meetings. For more information, call Rod Evans at 541-779-8564.

Veterans of Foreign Wars

  • In Portland, Oregon, contact Jackie L. Zule, VFW Department Service Officer at 503 412-4757. The VFW provides numerous services to military servicemembers and their families including the Military Assistance Program (which funds Farewell and Welcome Home gatherings for military units worldwide), Operation Uplink (provides free, pre-paid phone cards to servicemembers) and Unmet Needs (can give a one-time grant up to $2,500 for qualifying servicemembers and their families experiencing financial hardship).
  • In Vancouver, Roger and Deborah Proctor,Service Officers. They have a Veterans Clinic, Monday-Thursday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at 1603 NE Fourth Plain, Building 15 Room 12B. Phone: 360-696-4583.

Employment and Other Services

 

Partners in Careers

  • This new program is available to assist all women veterans with job search assistance, education and training and mentoring and coaching. Services are confidential and free.  They hold meetings every Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at 111 West 39th Street, Suite B in Vancouver, WA 98660.  For more information, please contact Roxeanne at 360-696-8471.

WorkSource Oregon

  • Is a statewide group dedicated to stimulating job growth by connecting businesses and workers with the resources they need to succeed. They have special programs for placing veterans.

Emergency Financial Assistance
 

The Salvation Army Home Front War Relief

  • This program provides emergency financial assistance to dependents of deployed military personnel as well as returning veterans who have suffered a hardship as a result of deployment. Contact Kim Nebeker for more information at 503-794-3275.

Veterans Bridge Fund Project

  • Through this project, various faith groups and other contributors join to provide small grants for returning OEF/OIF veterans in transition, or in emergency situations. This is to be a one-time assistance that can bridge a gap or help the veterans and family take a step forward that otherwise might not be possible (a deposit on improved housing situation; help with transportation to appointments; a past-due utility bill payment; purchase of required clothing or equipment for a new job, etc.). Realizing that emergency request must be met quickly, we strive to get funds to the requesting agency or caseworker withing a week of the caseworker's request. For such grant requests, caseworkers should contact the Veterans Bridge Fund by voicemail at St. Luke Lutheran Church, 503-246-2325, ext. 14.  

 

Recreation

 

Portland Parks & Recreation

  • Portland Parks and Recreation has city wide recreation programs for all ages. Opportunities include fitness and special interest classes, recreation, basketball, swimming, weight rooms, family events, tennis and much more. Contact Teresa Koon for more information, 503-823-4328.

Team River Runner PDX

  • TRRPDX is located in Portland and is part of a national program to bring health and healing through the form of whitewater recreation to military veterans.  TRRPDX offers military veterans and their family members an opportunity to find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating and other paddling sports.

Project Healing Waters

  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc. is dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings.  They host frequent fly fishing trips around the Portland area that include transportation, lunch and all equipment. No experience is necessary. For more information, call 503-402-2896.

Vetwork PDX

  • This group, located in Portland and founded by two veterans, brings together young veterans for networking, outings and events. They meet every 6 to 8 weeks in different locations. Click on the link above for the latest information.

 

Personal/Well-Being

 

Project Welcome Home Troops Power Breathing

  • An interactive, practical mind-body program

    The Power Breath Workshop is a mind-body resilience building program for returning veterans. It offers practical breath-based tools that decrease the stress, anxiety and sleep problems that many returning veterans experience.

militarymentalhealth.org

  • Military Mental Health provides free confidential mental Health screenings for Military Service Members and other Mental Health Resources.

 

A Rock Or Something Productions

  • This company was started by two veterans from Portland, OR. Their mission is to promote interaction between the veteran community and the civilian community through writing, stage, film and music. They produce an anthology.

Free Bach Flower Treatments to Veterans and Their Family

  • The World Health Organization-approved Bach Flower Remedies are very helpful to alleviate worry, irrational behavior, reduce stress, improve self confidence and restore wellness and balance.  The Bach flower remedies do not interfere with any other medication or treatments.  John J. Frieden (also a veteran) , uses the Flower Remedies of Dr. Edward Bach which support and balance our emotional body's deep energies.  He has over 28 years of experience managing and supporting the many types of emotional challenges that affects us all in our life's journey.  To learn more and schedule with John,call 503-333-1377.

Portland Veterans Medication Group

  • This free class welcomes veterans from all eras and branches. The class meets once a week on Monday evernings  at Sunnyside Methodist Church, 3520 SE Yamhill for a 45 minute session. Please call Sam at 415-425-3023 for more information.

Harmony Yoga

  • Free class for vets on Tuesdays from 11:00 to 12:15 pm to quiet your mind and relax contracted muscles. The class is held at Harmony Yoga, 2108 NE 41st Ave. in Portland. Call 503-335-8851 for more information. You may start the class at any time.

Jean Leavenworth -STOTT Pilates

  • Jean is a fully certified instructor in STOTT PILATES and co-founded Pacific Northwest Pilates in 2001. Jean has an M.S. in Kinesiology and specializes in rehabilitative pilates. She has taught in physical therapy clinics and health clubs locally and internationally. Jean offers free private and group classes in pilates for returning veterans from Iraq or Afghanistan and their immediate families. Pilates focuses on strengthening core muscles to increase movement efficiency and motor control.  Jean teaches at Pacific Northwest Pilates, which is wheelchair accessible, and she is available Tuesday-Saturday. Pacific NW Pilates - 5201 SW Westgate Drive, Suite 114, Portland, OR 97221. Please call 503-422-3398.

Perfect Breathing

  • Conscious breathing techniques are a simple yet powerful method of dramatically increasing the body's ability to heal and prevent illness, effectively manage stress, and deal with difficult emotions. The latest science and medical research have shown these techniques to be effective complimentary treatments which is why they are widely used in anger, depression, and grief management. Al Lee is the co-author of "Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time" and is an expert in the use of breathing techniques to improve your health, performance, and emotional well-being. Contact Al at 503.452.0700.

Write Around Portland

  • Runs free writing workshops for various community groups who might otherwise not have access to the power of writing and community, including veterans and military families. They organize readings at which participants can share their writing and publish anthologies of participants' writings. For more information on workshops, call 503-796-9224. Write Around Portland office: 917 SW Oak St., Suite 405, Portland, Oregon. 

Resources Nationwide

 

Tragedy Assistance Program

  • Caring for the families of America's fallen heros. 1.800.959.TAPS. Providing comfort, care and resources to all those greiving the death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces.

Emergency/Support Services-National

Counseling/Mental Health

 

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

  • AFSP is the leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.

Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP)

  • This organization trains military and civilian behavioral health professionals to provide high-quality deployment-related behavioral health services to military personnel and their families. Their website also has discussion and resources pages on topics such as TBI, depression, families and deployment.

GiveAnHour.org

  • A national network of mental health professionals who provide free mental health services to military personnel and their families affected by the current military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Military Suicide Awareness & Prevention

  • Military Suicide Awareness and Prevention is a confidential support group for those who have lost loved ones to suicide before, during or after military service. Our focus is not just on what we've lost, but also on the hope that future losses can be prevented with proper care and intervention. We offer information, support and understanding. Even though they've gone on, our soldiers' service will never be forgotten. No one will be left behind.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

  • NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness through advocacy and education.
  • Checklist for Health Providers and Mental Health Practitioners
  • A Checklist for Parents and Families of People Living with Mental Illness to Assist in Communicating with Treatment Providers

The Soldiers Project

  • The Soldiers Project is a private, non-profit, independent group of volunteer licensed mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses and marriage and family therapists who provide free counseling and support to military service members who have served, are serving, or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts and their family members.The website lists several locations throughout the United States.

Suicide Prevention Action Network:

  • AFSP is the leading national not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide.

General Resource Information  
 

Nursing Home Abuse Guide

  • This website was created to inform and educate the public on a devastating epidemic which is overwhelming our nations senior population. Within our nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nearly 10%, or roughly 150,000 seniors experience elder abuse each year. Many of these cases go unreported, although some of them can be quite serious and even result in the death of a loved one.

Veterans Survival Guide

  • The Veterans for America provides a free down-load of this book, providing an invaluable resource for the 1.7 million servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, the 24 million veterans of past conflicts, and the families of all our troops and veterans.

MarineParents.com

  • Provides information, connections and services for Marine families and friends.

Health and Dental Care

 

Brainline.org

  • This website contains information on traumatic brain injury (TBI) and the impact this has on victims and families.  There are personal stories and information on research.

Brain Injury Association of America

  • The leading national organization serving and representing individuals, families and professionals who are touched by a life-altering, often devastating, traumatic brain injury (TBI). The website lists support groups and contacts by state.

Traumatic Brain Injury A to Z

  • This website offers information on the brain, mild and severe TBIs, help for caregivers and personal stories.

BrainandSpinalcord.org

  • A resource for those looking for information about brain and spinal cord injuries, including information pertaining to PTSD.

DrugWatch

  • DrugWatch.com is a comprehensive website containing information about many medications, including common prescriptions and over-the counter drugs available worldwide. The website features an A-Z index of the medications, making it easy for patients to find information about specific drugs, including those used to treat PTSD.

PleuralMesothelioma.com

  • This a website contains information about veterans and their exposure to asbestos.

Veterans Advocacy


American GI Forum

  • Established in 1948 by Dr. Hector Perez Garcia, an Army Veteran medical doctor, the American GI Forum is the largest Federally Chartered Hispanic Veterans organization in the U.S. The website contains information on education, employment, human rights and legislation.

American Legion

  • Among this organization's many services is assisting  in processing veteran disability claims as well as help for severely injured OIF/OEF veterans

America's Vet Dogs

  • A division of Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, this organization will train and supply guide dogs for the visually impaired veteran and service dogs for those who have disabiilites other than blindness.

Disabled American Veterans

  • This organization will function as attorneys-in-fact, assisting veterans and their families in filing claims for VA disability compensation and pension; vocational rehabilitation and employment; education; home loan guaranty; life insurance; death benefits; health care and much more. Their local Portland number is 503-412-4750.

GI Rights Hotline

  • This non-governmental organization provides accurate, helpful counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI rights. Services are free and confidential. Call 877-447-4487, overseas 510-535-1104.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

  • IAVA is the nation's first and largest group dedicated to the troops and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the civilian supporters of those troops and veterans. IAVA addresses critical issues facing new veterans and their families, including mental health injuries, a stretched VA system, inadequate health care for female veterans, and GI Bill educational benefits as well as providing valuable resources that empowers veterans to connect with one another, fostering a strong and lasting community.

Swords to Plowshares

  • This San Francisco based organization provides employment services, legal assistance, supportive housing, health and social services and other advocacy for veterans.

Veterans for Human Rights

  • This organization advocates against discrimination in the U.S. Military.

Wounded Warrior Project

  • The mission of the Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. They also work to raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of injured service members. They  help injured service members aid and assist each other as well as provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
  • Restore Warriors is program of the Wounded Warriors Project that helps veterans and families understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD.

Employment Services

 

Career One Stop

  • This is an electronic labor exchange that provides job seekers and employers with a marketplace in which to find each other over the Internet at no cost to them.

HelmetsToHardhats.org

  • Helmets to Hardhats is a national program that connects National Guard, Reserve and transitioning active-duty military members with quality career training and employment opportunities within the construction industry.



Resources for Families

 

Clearpoint Counseling Solutions

  • This nonprofit offers free and low-cost credit counseling and education via the phone, internet, or in person in Oregon and Washington.

Fisher House

  • Supporting America's military in their time of need, they provide "a home away from home" that enables family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful time -- during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury. Phone: 888-294-8560.

Military Child Education Coalition

  • The Military Child Education Coalition is a nonprofit, world-wide organization. A model of positive leadership and advocacy, the MCEC's work is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. The MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and publishes resources for all constituencies.

National Military Families Association

  • The website has  information for families  new to the military. This organization also sponsors programs including "Operation Purple," summer camps for children of military families and scholarships for military spouses.

 

Homeless/Reintegration

 

After Deployment

  • A thorough and well-organized site to assist you and the people close to you in managing your after-deployment concerns. The site provides self-care tools that can be accessed 24/7 in the privacy of your own home. Programs focus on adjusting to war memories, dealing with depression, handling stress, improving relationships, succeeding at work, overcoming anger, and living with physical injuries, to mention just a few. Self-assessments provide tailored feedback and recommendations.

Homes for Our Troops

  • A national, non-partisan non-profit organization committed to helping veterans and their immediate families by building homes for severely disabled veterans. The homes provided are given at no cost to the veterans.

Transition Assistance Online

  • Transition Assistance Online has developed a website for assisting veterans with smoothly transitioning from their military service to a civilian career. The site has a job bank for job seekers and employers as well as an extensive list of continuing education resources. A free newsletter is offered for users.

Recreation-National

 

Disabled Sports USA

  • Disabled Sports USA was originally established in 1967 by disabled Vietnam veterans to serve those injured in the war. The organization now offers nationwide sports rehabilitation programs to anyone with a disability.

Outward Bound

  • This organization is offering free wilderness expeditions for OEF/OIF Veterans. Adventures are physically, mentally and emotionally stimulating and work to build self confidence, trust and communication skills necessary to successfully return to families and communities following war time service. Click here to read an article in Sierra Club magazine about one such adventure.

Veteran Tickets Foundation

  • This non-profit receives donations of tickets for sporting and entertainment events and in turn gives them to active duty military or veterans, and their family members. Their website sorts events by state. You must provide proof of status to receive tickets, and other rules apply.

Wheelchair Athletics

  • 1800wheelchair.ca is a for-profit Canadian company that sells products for the disabled but also has a weppage on sports that can be done from a wheelchair.

 

Personal/Well-Being-National

 

OneFreedom.org

  • ONE Freedom is a nonprofit organization offering direct trainings, lectures, skill-building workshops and interactive media to help veterans and their families understand and transform the trauma they may be experiencing.

GiftFromWithin.org

  • Our nonprofit is dedicated to those who suffer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Our website has essays, articles, poetry, art, retreats, meditations, retreats, a Q&A on PTSD, book reviews and other trauma resources.

SoldiersAngels.org

  • As a volunteer-based nonprofit, Soldiers' Angels has over 30 different teams supporting all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Through special projects, dedicated teams and individuals supporting our troops, we make a visible difference in the lives of our servicemembers and their families.

 

Resources for Providers

 

101 Leading Sites on Bipolar Disorder & Depression.

Returning Veterans Project: Suggested Reading

Returning Veterans Project: Volunteer Provider Guidelines

Like Wandering Ghosts: Edward Tick On How The U.S. Fails Its Returning Soldiers, by David Kupfer, The Sun Magazine, June 2008, Issue 390

Ten Things You Should Know To Help Bring the OIF/OEF Veteran All the Way Home, Alison Lighthall, RN, MS, hand2handcontact.org

Preliminary Assessment of Readjustment Needs of Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families from the Institute of Medicine, 2010

Safety Plan Treatment Manual to Reduce Suicide Risk: Veteran Version, Barbara Stanley, Ph.D. and Gregory K. Brown, Ph.D. published by the Veterans Administration, August, 2008.

Veterans Administration Quick Guide to Suicide Prevention

Boyts, K.  (2010, May). Psychophisology of Post-Tramatic Stress Disorder.  Lecture presented at an RVP-sponsored training, "An Integrated Mind-Body Approach to Working with Stress and Trauma Reactions," Portland, OR.  Click here for a list of Resources for this presentation.

Stern, N. (2010, May).  The Neurophysiology of Pain.  Lecture presented at an RVP-sponsored training, "An Integrated Mind-Body Approach to Working with Stress and Trauma Reactions," Portland, OR.

Stern, N. (2010, May). Understanding Pain. Lecture presented at an RVP-sponsored training, "An Integrated Mind-Body Approach to Working with Stress and Trauma Reactions," Portland, OR. Click here for a list of Resources for these presentations.

Bowen, B. (2010, May). Dysregulated Stress Patterns:
What To Do When Stress Activation Patterns Arise In Your Practice. Lecture presented at an RVP-sponsored training, "An Integrated Mind-Body Approach to Working with Stress and Trauma Reactions," Portland, OR.

Pennington, Pam. Massage for the Medically Fragile, Chronically Ill or Wounded Patient.

Best, S. and Eichler, M. (2011, April). Stopping the Wheel of Trauma. Lecture presented at an RVP and Lewis & Clark College sponsored training "Stopping the Wheel of Trauma," Portland, OR.