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Familiy Resources

Military OneSource is a confidential Department of Defense-funded program providing comprehensive information on every aspect of military life at no cost to active duty, National Guard, and reserve members, and their families. For more information, call 1-800-342-9647.

Go to www.militaryonesource.mil to register or log in to access great career options for Military Spouses!



Housing

HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH)
The HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA provides these services for participating Veterans at VA medical centers (VAMCs) and community-based outreach clinics.

Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center
The Roark-Sullivan Lifeway Center is an independent non-profit agency serving the Kanawha Valley that provides emergency, transitional and permanent housing along with a wide variety of supportive services for homeless and non-homeless veterans. They have a 12 bed and a 10 bed transitional living unit for homeless veterans, assist with housing through the HUD-VASH program, work under the VISN 9 Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, utilize community assets outside the VA for those that served active duty but are not healthcare eligible, aid veterans in their job search, assist with all VA and military paperwork, have several new programs for veterans. RSLWC hosts several organizations regarding substance abuse, finances, legal, and mental needs for veterans.


Volunteers of America: Homeless Reintegration Project
Recognizing the need to reach out to homeless veterans in their everyday world, our Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project helps veterans find secure employment and stable, affordable housing. Outreach workers can arrange home visits with veterans in outlying areas who are unable to travel to the program office. Through partnerships with state, federal, and local community agencies, this innovative program provides access to career counseling, job training, case management, support groups, and follow-up services.


Financial

Better Business Bureau Military Line
As a partner in the Department of Defense (DoD) Financial Readiness Campaign, BBB Military Line® brings BBB services to military personnel (including Reservists and National Guard), retirees, DoD civilians, and their families. Through Memoranda of Understanding with the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, and through status as a Coast Guard Qualified Organization, BBB Military Line offers a variety of free services and consumer education to the military via local BBB outreach as well as on the Web.


Greater West Virginia Better Business Bureau
The BBB strives to create and ethical marketplace where buyers and sellers can trust each other. Not every business is BBB Accredited. Check here to see if they are and what their score is.



Legal

Veterans’ Legal Assistance

Service Members Law Center – Reserve Officers Association
The Service Members Law Center was established to provide free legal information on laws relevant to reservists. It is the goal of the Service Members Law Center to provide up-to-date and comprehensive information on the laws governing the service member/employer relationship to all who have a need.

U.S. Department of Labor – Employment Laws
The elaws Advisors are interactive e-tools that provide easy-to-understand information about a number of federal employment laws. Each Advisor simulates the interaction you might have with an employment law expert. It asks questions and provides answers based on responses given.


U.S. Department of Labor – Veterans Employment and Training Service (VETS)
VETS is the Federal investigative agency that assist veterans and service members to protect their employment rights and assist them in obtaining preference in Federal jobs.  VETS proudly serve veterans & service-members by providing resources and expertise to assist and prepare them to obtain meaningful careers and maximize their employment opportunities.


PTSD Counseling

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  If you’re a U.S. veteran suffering from PTSD or trauma, you can turn to your local VA hospital or Vet Center for help. Vet Centers offer free counseling to combat veterans and their families. To find out more about the resources and benefits available to you, you can also call the VA Health Benefits Service Center at 1-877-222-VETS.


Wounded Warrior Project
The best way to learn what happens in counseling is to make an appointment and check it out. Your commitment is only for that initial session. At the end of that session you and the counselor should discuss a plan for your future work together and what approaches will be used. Remember, you are the expert on your trauma your counselor has expertise on how to deal with it even if they have not experienced it. There are several approaches that have been helpful in treating combat stress, trauma and PTSD.


Family Services/Support

The Salvation Army
Offering basic human needs assistance at no cost or refund. From food, rent, utilities, to clothing, footwear, incidental household items, to transportation help in specific cases, furniture as available, to various types of sundry requests. This program operates five days weekly, 52 weeks a year. Requires personal interview, Income Statement, and receipts of expenditures for the past 30 days. Service is by appointment only for utilities.

United Way of Central WV
United Way of Central West Virginia’s sponsored programs are responsible for providing direct services in response to identified needs in the community. This division works collaboratively with numerous partners throughout the greater Kanawha Valley area and statewide to deliver services effectively and efficiently. Operating with a budget of more than $2 million secured from local state, federal, and private foundation sources, our sponsored programs engage employees, members, and volunteers in strengthening families and improving the lives of people of all ages throughout the service area.

Army Family Readiness Group Directory for WV
The Army FRG website is a secure site only available to Soldiers/DA Civilians and their Family Members.  The Army FRG site provides Family Members with a valuable tool to access documents, view photos/videos, participate in forums, and gain important information about the Army unit that their Soldier/DA Civilian belongs to 24/7 from anywhere in the world.

Joint Services Support
Joint Services Support (or JSS) is a useful tool to find jobs, family services, benefits and more! IT is sponsored by the National Guard Bureau and helps West Virginia’s service members and families.


Military Child Education Coalition
The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. A 501(c)(3) non-profit, world-wide organization, the MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies.


National Guard Family Program
Visit this site for information and click on Family Services to learn about assistance offered by the West Virginia National Guard.


National Military Family Association
The National Military Family Association is an organization with strong grassroots support balanced with professionalism that makes us a leader in the field. Not only do we support military families – we are military families. Spouses, parents, and family members make up our staff and board positions. We speak up on behalf of military families and empower husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits. 


Serve West Virginia Military: Serving Those Who Serve Us
Features introduction by WV First Lady Joanne Tomblin and lists additional resources.


American Red Cross 
Both active duty and community-based military can count on the American Red Cross to provide emergency communication that link them with their families back home, access to financial assistance, counseling and assistance to veterans.   Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services personnel work in nearly 700 chapters in the United States, on 62 military installations around the world and with our troops in Kuwait, Afghanistan and Iraq.
  For emergency assistance for families of armed forces members,  call your local Red Cross office to be connected with one of our services to the armed forces caseworkers. The Red Cross can help you with emergency communications, emergency financial assistance, and information or referrals to other organizations that support military families.

West Virginia Military Family Assistance
WV Military Family Assistance provides counseling and referral services for families of military service-members. Family Assistance counselors maintain contact with families of deployed service-members on a monthly basis.

1703 Coonskin Drive Charleston, WV 25311 800-342-9647
Coordinator: 
Judy Reed – 304-651-6826 Email:  Judith.a.reed8.ctr@mail.mil
  • Camp Dawson – 866-219-7339
  • Charleston – 866-986-4326
  • Glen Jean – 866-379-6837
  • 130th AW Charleston – 866-986-4325 (24/7)
  • 167th AW Martinsburg – 866-986-4325 (24/7)
West Virginia Yellow Ribbon
The Yellow Ribbon Program provides informational events, activities, and other services and information to service and family members of all military components, i.e.: 1 or 2 day events for Families, assistance during deployment and assistance in the transition back from deployment. Services include Military OneSource, TRICARE, Financial Counseling and other preparatory activities  
  • SFC Willard Roberts – 304-561-6833
Working with our Military and Veteran Parents
Many military service members and veterans also play a critical role as fathers and mothers in helping to support and raise their children. Their service can present some unique challenges for their child support cases. This website provides information about how the national child support program is helping military and veteran parents.


Counseling

CFPB’s Office of Servicemember Affairs (OSA)