Veteran Resources

Resources for Veterans

The volunteers at Portrait of a Warrior have dedicated a substantial amount of time researching and compiling a comprehensive directory of over 160 resources that are available to veterans, their families, loved ones, and supporters.  This extensive list includes local and national organizations that have been grouped into categories to easily address specific needs and desires.

PTSD & Suicide

Veterans Crisis Line

Helping anyone experiencing a crisis or supporting a loved one / suicidal ideation / depression

https://www.veteranscrisisline.net

 

VA Mental Health

Website including suicide prevention / suicidal ideation / depression

https://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National network of crisis centers providing free & confidential emotional support

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 

Wounded Warrior Project

Helps post 9/11 Veterans & service members with physical/mental wounds

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

 

Hope For the Warriors

Marine & Sailor medical care / mental health counseling / professional training / education

https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org

 

M.A.R.E.

Partners with Wounded Heroes Fund to provide equine therapy

https://www.mareridingcenter.com

 

Project Healing Waters

Physical & emotional healing for disabled Veterans through fly fishing 

https://projecthealingwaters

 

NOT OK

Online App to reach out to trusted contacts when you are feeling vulnerable

https://www.notokapp.com

Sheep Dog

Improves the lives of Veterans & First Responders by reengaging them in living with purpose

https://sheepdogia.org

 

Warriors Spirit Project

Restores the soul & strengthens the spirit of Veterans & First Responders thru Yoga, dogs & dirt

https://warriorspiritproject.org

 

22 Kill

Combats suicide by empowering Veterans, First Responders & their families through therapies

https://www.22kill.com

Counseling & Medical

Bakersfield Vet Center

Assisting Veterans with counseling and programs

https://www.icarol.info/ResourceView2.aspx?org=2285&agencynum=36279464

 

Legacy Village

Local inpatient drug and alcohol programs sponsored by the Veterans Administration

https://legacyvillagellc.com

 

Cole’s Comrades

Local news article discussing the death of USMC combat Veteran, David Cole Lang & Cole’s Comrades

https://www.bakersfield.com/news/mother-of-slain-combat-veteran-taking-on-mission-of-her-own/article_e49c6376-21ba-5445-91dc-f1da27d2087d.html

Wounded Heroes Fund (Kern County)

Organization supporting service-connected Veterans & families affected by the war on terror

https://www.thewoundedheroesfund.org

 

USA Cares

Pays basic expenses for Veterans with PTSD, TBI & MST while receiving treatment

https://usacares.org

 

Wounded Warrior Project

Helps post 9/11 Veterans & service members with physical/mental wounds

https://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/

 

Veterans In Pain (V.I.P.)

Connects Veterans suffering from chronic pain to volunteer physicians

https://veteransinpain.org

 

Hope For the Warriors

Marine & Sailor medical care/mental health counseling/professional training & education plus more

https://www.hopeforthewarriors.org

 

Veterans Path

Enables returning Veterans to rediscover meaning, purpose & fulfillment in life

https://www.veteranspath.org

 

Tunnel 2 Towers

Helps & honors catastrophically injured Veterans/Gold Star families/Fallen First Responders

https://tunnel2towers.org

 

TAPS

Provides comfort, care & resources for those grieving the death of a military loved one

https://www.taps.org

Purple Heart

Various supportive programs for combat wounded Veterans

https://www.purpleheart.org

 

Blind Veterans of America

Support for blinded Veterans  

https://bva.org

 

My Warriors Place

Giving the gift of hope & healing to those who keep us safe, secure & free

https://mywarriorsplace.org

 

Sons of The Flag

Provides burn care & quality of life for Veterans, First Responders and families

https://sonsoftheflag.org/contact-sons-of-the-flag

 

Travis Manion Organization

Empowers Veterans & families of fallen heroes to develop character in future generations

https://www.travismanion.org

 

Sheep Dog

Improves the lives of Veterans & First Responders by reengaging them in living with purpose

https://sheepdogia.org

 

Warriors Spirit Project

Restores the soul & strengthens the spirit of Veterans & First Responders thru Yoga, dogs & dirt

https://warriorspiritproject.org

 

Boot Campaign

Supports the lives of Veterans & military families through life-improving programs

https://bootcampaign.org/boot-shoots

Medical

CBOC

Veterans Administration Medical Outpatient Clinic Bakersfield, CA

https://www.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp.id=525

 

Rise Up Recovery

Local Veteran outpatient addiction treatment program – including Ketamine

https://synergywellnesscenter.com/addiction-treatment/programs

 

Heal Vets

Provides free healing therapeutic craft kits for hospitalized and homebound Veterans

https://www.healvets.org

 

Paralyzed Veterans of America

Provides services & programs for Veterans, family members & caregivers of those with spinal cord injuries & diseases

https://pva.org

 

Fisher House

Provides lodging for military & Veteran families while a loved one is in the hospital

https://fisherhouse.org

 

Fallen Heroes Fund

Treats military personnel with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS)

https://www.fallenheroesfund.org

Soldiers Angels

Compassionate mental health care for any/all Veterans and families 

https://giveanhour.org

 

Supports family members who have tragically lost a Veteran

https://www.facebook.com/groups/472684959790552

 

Sons of The Flag

Provides burn care & quality of life for Veterans, First Responders and families

https://sonsoftheflag.org/contact-sons-of-the-flag

 

Healing Warriors Program

Provides non-narcotic therapy to service members and their families for pain, PTSD & sleep

https://healingwarriorsprogram.org

 

Warrior Bonfire Program

Provides opportunities that improve the lives of combat-wounded Veterans

https://warriorbonfireprogram.org

 

DNL

Free dental services for those who lack adequate income and are permanently disabled & other issues

https://dentallifeline.org/california

 

Veterans In Pain

Offering Ortho/Biologic & alternative solutions for Veterans suffering from chronic pain

https://veteransinpain.org

 

Responder Wipes

Decontamination wipes for First Responders

http://www.responderwipes.com

Disaster & Financial Assistance

Red Cross

Helping members of the military, Veterans and their families with many support programs

https://www.redcross.org

  

USA Cares

Pays basic expenses for Veterans with PTSD, TBI & MST while receiving treatment

https://usacares.org

 

Semper Fi Fund

Provides resources & support for combat wounded & critically ill Service Members and families

https://sempeerfifund.org

 

USO

Programs for Service Members and their families  

www.uso.org

 

Navy & Marine Corps

Offers members & family financial, educational & other assistance  

https://www.nmcrs.org

 

Team Rubicon

Disaster relief engaging Veteran volunteers regain purpose, community & identity

https://teamrubiconusa.org

 

Air Force Aid Society

Provides emergency assistance, education support & community programs  

https://afas.org

 

Pen Fed Foundation

Financial assistance for active duty military  

https://penfedfoundation.org

 

Operation Homefront

Assists military families during difficult times  

https://www.operationhomefront.org

 

USA Cares

Provides military families with financial & advocacy support

https://usacares.org

  

Aid & Attendance

Pension benefits for Veterans, their spouses & widows to help cover living expenses

http://benefits.veterancareservices.com/aid-attendance-pension

Homelessness & Housing

California Veterans Assistance Foundation (CVAF)

Serving Veterans & their families who are homeless, at risk and low income

https://www.cavaf.org

 

Homes for Heroes

Real estate company offering Veteran discounts on homes

https://www.homesforheroes.com

 

CAL VET

Veteran home loans, education, employment, healthcare & other programs – State of California

https://www.calvet.ca.gov/calvet-programs/veteran-services

 

Operation Homefront

Offers critical financial assistance & transitional housing for Veterans

https://www.operationhomefront.org

 

Homes for Our Troops

Provides specially adapted custom homes for severely injured post 9/11 Veterans

https://www.hfotusa.org

 

NCHV

Help for homeless Veterans

https://www.nchv.org

 

Back Packs For Life

Personalized support for homeless and at-risk Veterans  

https://www.backpacksforlife.org

 

Homes 4 the Brave

Provides free home modifications & repairs to Veteran homeowners

https://www.facebook.com/pg/homes4thebrave/about/?ref=page_internal

 

Building Homes for Heroes

Provides homes to wounded Veterans throughout the USA

https://www.buildinghomesforheroes.org/for-veterans

Employment – Jobs & Hiring

Kern Patriot Partnership

Businesses giving local Veterans an opportunity to interview for a job / training

https://www.kernpatriot.org

 

Vet Jobs

No cost employment assistance for military job seekers

https://vetjobs.com

 

VA Jobs

Careers at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

https://www.va.gov/jobs

 

Military Spouse Jobs

Connecting military spouses with careers

https://millitaryspousejobs.org

 

CASY

Bringing military & Veteran job seekers together with employers

www.casy.us

 

Vets2PM

Helping military Veterans achieve post-service careers in Project Management Professional International certification

https://vets2pm.com

 

X-Military Careers

Helps bridge the gap from military to civilian life

http://www.ex-militarycareers.com

 

Hiring Our Heroes

Connecting our military community with civilian companies

https://www.hiringourheroes.org

 

Hire Our Heroes

Jobs for Veterans  

https://hireourhereos.com

 

Invest Vets

Improves employment outcomes for those who have served in the US Armed Forces

http://investvets.org

 

Military Talent Partners

Empowers Veterans & military spouses throughout their careers

https://militarytalentpartners.com

 

Mentors For Military

Veteran-owned management, corporate training, development and media company

https://mentorsformilitary.com

 

Lifeline For Vets

Multitude of resources to help Veterans & their families

https://nvf.org/veteran-resources

 

Work For Warriors

Matches skills of highly qualified Service Members, Veterans & spouses with civilian employers

http://www.workforwarriors.org

Education

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website

Benefits / Education / Homes / End of Life / Burial

https://www.va.gov

 

CMA Warrior

Provides skill training & education for professional career paths after exiting military service

https://www.cmawarrior.org

 

CSUB Veterans

Local CSUB Veteran Center website helping Veterans succeed

https://www.csub.edu/veterans

 

Bakersfield College Veteran Center

BC website helping Veterans get their benefits and education

https://www.bakersfieldcollege.edu/veterans

 

Taft College Veterans

Veterans Services website at Taft College

https://www.taftcollege.edu/admissions/veterans

Project Relo

Educates corporate America on the value of hiring Veterans

https://projectrelo.org

 

Fallen Shipmate

Provides educational tuition grants to children of graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy lost in combat

https://fallenshipmate.org

 

Student Veterans

Addresses the needs & concerns of American military Veterans in higher education

https://studentveterans.org

 

Coast Guard Foundation

scholarships and support for members and family

https://coastguardfoundation.org

 

Soldiers Strong

Provides technology and educational opportunities to Veterans

https://www.soldierstrong.org

 

Gratitude Initiative

Educational support/college scholarships to children of military service members & Veterans

https://www.gratitudeinitiative.org

Veterans Administration & Services

KCVSO

Kern County Veterans Service Department/Assisting Veterans with claims, paperwork & misc. support

https://www.kerncounty.com/government/veterans-service#.VD00cOl0yHs

 

The Wall

Vietnam Veterans Memorial website with extensive database of names & info

https://www.virtualwall.org/iAlpha.htm

 

Vietnam Memorial Wall of Faces

Dedicated to honoring/remembering everyone on the Vietnam Wall

https://www.vvmf.org

 

Kern County Veterans Service Department’s partners (non-profits) helping Veterans

https://www.kerncounty.com/government/veterans-service/partners/non-profit-and-other-agencies#cavaf

 

Armed Forces Support Foundation

Local Veteran support for Veterans of all eras

https://www.armedforcessupportfoundation.org

 

Portrait of a Warrior Gallery Kern County

Honors Veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Gulf War & Post 9/11 Veterans

https://kern-warrior.org

 

Honor Flight Kern County

Local Honor Flight hub honoring and sending our Veterans (WWII / Korean & Vietnam) to Washington, D.C. to see their memorials

http://www.honorflightkerncounty.org

 

Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation

Perpetuates legacy of the Medal of Honor

https://www.cmohs.org

 

Blue Star Mothers

Organization of mothers supporting their children who are serving in the military and each other

https://www.bluestarmothers.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57

 

Gold Star Moms

Mothers who strive to keep the memory of their sons & daughters alive by supporting veterans

https://www.goldstarmoms.com

 

Gold Star Mothers and Families Honored at Bakersfield Ceremony

https://a32.asmdc.org/press-releases/20191104-gold-star-mothers-and-families-honored-bakersfield-ceremony

 

Honor & Remember

To publicly honor and remember every fallen American service member who died in combat for our freedom through a flag presentation customized to their fallen warrior

https://www.honorandremember.org

 

Gold Star Dads

Helping fathers, who have fallen sons or daughters, heal while supporting returning soldiers

https://goldstardads.org/about-us

DAV Bakersfield Chapter 20

For Disabled American Veterans

https://nrd.gov/resource/detail/21077055/Disabled+American+Veterans+-+Bakersfield+%2320

 

K9 for Warriors

Provides service dogs to Veterans

https://www.k9sforwarriors.org

 

Patriot Paws

Trains & provides service dogs to disabled American Veterans

https://patriotpaws.org

 

National WWII Memorial

Washington, D.C.

www.nps/gov/nwwm

 

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington, D.C.

https://koreanwarvetsmemorial.org

 

Korean War Veterans

Federally chartered Veterans service organization for Korean War Veterans

www.kwva.us

 

Missing In Action Remembered

Local organization informs & educates the public on U.S. Veterans listed as missing in action

https://miaremembered.org

 

Veterans of Foreign Wars

https://www.vfw.org

 

Local VFW Post 97

Richard H. Woodward Post

www.vfwpost97.org

 

Local VFW Post 10859

Rosedale-Greenacres Post

www.vfwpost10859.org

VFW Post 7216

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/VFWPost7916

 

Camp Hamilton

A place to plant a tree in honor of a Veteran who has passed / shooting range

https://www.camphamilton.org

 

Local American Legion

Post 26

https://centennial.legion.org/california/post26

 

Bakersfield National Cemetery

Veteran burial benefits/Grave Locator/other resources

https://www.cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/bakersfiel.asp/id=5645

 

Carry the Load

Connects Americans by honoring & remembering our military, Veterans & First Responders

https://carrytheload.org

 

Gary Sinise Foundation

Serving Veterans, First Responders and families with unique support programs

https://www.garysinisefoundation.org

 

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

https://iava.org

 

Operation Gratitude

Sends care packages and letters to military members, first responders, Veterans and their care- givers

https://www.operationgratitude.com

 

Vietnam Veterans of America

Helps Vietnam Veterans with claims assistance, job placement and outreach programs  

https://vva.org

 

Mission Continues

Connecting Veterans with under-resourced communities

https://missioncontinues.org

 

Blue Star Family

Strengthening America’s families through communities

https://bluestarfam.org

 

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

https://www.mcsf.org

 

Pets For Vets

Connecting Veterans with rescued animals  

https://www.petsforvets.com

 

MIA Remembered

Inform & educate public about U.S. Veterans Missing In Action  

https://www.miaremembered.org

 

Vietnam 50th Anniversary

Thank & honor Veterans of the Vietnam War   

https://www.vietnamwar50th.com

 

Yellow Ribbon Fund

DoD promotes well-being of National Guard & Reserve Service Members

https://www.yellowribbon.mil

 

DPAA

DoD provides fullest possible accounting of MIA’s   

https://www.dpaa.mil

 

National Museum of the U.S. Army  

https://www.themnusa.org

 

Minter Field Museum

Educate public about Minter Army Air Field’s impact on aviation  

https://minterfieldairmuseum.com

 

Psych Armor

Provides resources to support military service members, Veterans and families   

https://psycharmor.org

 

Hershal Woody Williams Medal of Honor Foundation

Conducts Gold Star Families Outreach/Provides Living Legacy Scholarships to eligible Gold Star kids

http://www.hwwmohf.org

 

Mentoring for military children

https://www.bbbs.org/?s=military

 

Americas Mighty Warriors

Focuses on programs to help warriors & their families get access to needed support

https://americasmightywarriors.org

 

Patriot Paws

Trains & provides service dogs at no cost to disabled American Veterans

https://patriotpaws.org

 

Strength For Service

Provides inspirational & spiritual literature for members of the Armed Forces & others

http://www.strengthforservice.org

 

American Warriors Association

Supporting Veterans, First Responders & their families for a life of purpose and contribution to society

https://www.americanwarriorassociation.org

 

Operation Encore

Helps Veterans & active duty military take their music and singer-songwriter skills to the next level

https://operationencore.org

 

Lifeline for Vets

Multitude of resources to help Veterans & their families

https://nvf.org/veteran-resources

 

Local news article about VFW Post 7216 changing name to SP4 Leonard L. Alvarado Post

https://www.bakersfield.com/news/local-vfw-post-changing-name-in-memory-of-medal-of-honor-recipient/article_f9b127e2-fce4-11e9-a4db-93255cbff228.html

Faith Based Programs & Veteran Related Businesses

Mighty Oaks Warrior Foundation

Veteran programs (Faith-based) for help with post-traumatic stress and other service-related issues

https://www.mightyoaksprograms.org

 

ReBoot Combat Recovery / ReBoot First Responder

12-week free trauma healing courses for Veterans (faith-based)

https://rebootrecovery.com

 

Celebrate Recovery

A Christ-centered 12 step recovery program

https://www.celebraterecovery.com

 

Flags of Valor

Veteran owned/Vet operated/Vet made company crafting American art raising money for Vets

https://flagsofvalor.com

 

Black Rifle Coffee Company

Veteran-owned coffee company

https://www.blackriflecoffee.com

 

Military Metal Art

Veteran-owned company producing custom military metal art

https://militarymetalart.com

 

GovX

Website offering savings on many items for military, police & first responders

https://www.govx.com

 

Yank Apparel

An apparel company employing Veterans who offer military themed clothing

https://yankapparel.comhttps://yankapparel.com

 

Dealhack Military & Veteran Discounts Guide

Active-military & Veteran discounts broken down into 26 categories

https://dealhack.com/blog/military-discounts-guide

Outdoor Activities

Aqua Nuts (Scuba Diving)

Disabled military Veterans learn to scuba dive free of charge

http://www.aqua-nut.com/index.html

 

Comrades and Canopies

Makes it possible for Veterans to skydive Taft, CA

https://www.skydivetaft.com/comrades-canopies-make-possible-veterans-skydive

 

Operation Hunt 4 Heroes

Central coast hunting expeditions for service-connected Veterans and First Responders FREE

https://www.bitterwateroutfitters.com/operation-hunt-4-heroes

 

National WWII Memorial

Washington, D.C.

www.nps/gov/nwwm

 

Korean War Veterans Memorial

Washington, D.C.

https://koreanwarvetsmemorial.org

 

Korean War Veterans

Federally chartered Veterans service organization for Korean War Veterans

www.kwva.us

 

Camp Hamilton

A place to plant a tree in honor of a Veteran who has passed / Shooting range

https://www.camphamilton.org

 

Operation Surf

Surfing taught to wounded Veterans & active-duty military

https://operationsurf.org

 

Anglers Anonymous

Free Veteran deep-sea fishing

https://anglersanonymous.weebly.com

 

Team Red White & Blue

Enriching Veterans lives by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity

https://teamrwb.org

 

Surf the Nation

Veteran discounts on surfing lessons

https://stn.global

 

VET TIX

Provides tickets to events which reduces stress & strengthens family bonds  

https://www.vettix.org

 

Native American Veterans Memorial

Memorial honoring Native American’s service to our country  

https://americanindian.si.edu/nnavm

 

Minter Field Museum

Educate public about Minter Army Air Field’s impact on aviation  

https://minterfieldairmuseum.com

 

Enabling military Veterans & their families therapy through horsemanship programs

https://archiefoundationth.org

 

Heroes on the Water

Helping Veterans, First Responders and their families paddle, fish and heal

https://heroesonthewater.org

 

Gold Star Parents Retreat

https://goldstarparentsretreat.org

 

Memories of Honor

Honoring our fallen military through athletics, entertainment & special events

https://www.memoriesofhonor.org

 

Mustang Heritage Foundation

Facilitating placement for America’s excess wild mustangs & burros to Veterans

https://mustangheritagefoundation.org

 

Project Healing Waters

Physical & emotional healing for disabled Veterans through fly fishing  

https://projecthealingwaters