Resources for Veterans

Rucksack Radio is not affiliated with any of the resources listed on this page. We simply want to highlight a few of the resources available to veterans, their families, and their communities. If you are a veteran or provider who would like your information listed in our consolidated directory, please contact us here.

If you are a veteran in crisis, please reach out to the Veterans Crisis Line or dial 911. For more information about the Veterans Crisis line, please visit them here, or text 838255.

Mental Health Resources

VA Suicide Prevention Program
Post-9/11 Transition and Case Management
VA Homeless Programs
Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence Program
Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Programs
VA Mental Health Resources
Mental Health Resources for Families and Friends of Veterans
Wounded Warrior Network
Vehicles for Veterans

Consumers and Business Owners

For a directory of veteran-owned business in your state, visit https://www.veteranownedbusiness.com/. The site also offers information about discounts and job opportunities for veterans as well.

If you’re a veteran who is considering starting your own business, the website for the Small Business Association provides a lot of helpful information. Visit https://www.sba.gov/business-guide/grow-your-business/veteran-owned-businesses to find out more.

Veteran Community Engagement

Team Rubicon is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Founded in 2010, Team Rubicon has deployed across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises.

Team Red, White & Blue is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of America’s Veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity. Utilizing a nationwide network of chapters, Team RWB hosts and participates in events designed to bring veterans together and engage in the communities where they live and work.

Recognizing the therapeutic value of long distance outdoor expeditions, Warrior Expeditions created the Warrior Hike, Warrior Bike and Warrior Paddle Programs to help veterans transition from their wartime experiences. Warrior Expeditions provides veterans with everything required to complete a long distance outdoor expedition at no cost to the veteran. Earl Schaffer said he was going to “walk off the war” after returning from World War II, and four months later became the first person to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. After returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sean Gobin thru hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2012 and then founded Warrior Expeditions.

Dryhootch is a nonprofit 501c3 organization formed by combat Veterans to help Veterans in their return home. Dryhootch is a place where Veterans can gather informally in a coffee house; a safe, comfortable, drug-and-alcohol-free environment. The Dryhootch Quick Reaction Force (QRF) is a smartphone-based Veteran Peer Mentor System.

Organizations Helping Veterans

Charity Navigator has a very comprehensive list of Veterans charities that have been rated and verified.

Code of Vets brings awareness & ​seeking practical solutions to the daily struggles & issues of our veteran community. Our mission is to take care of our own. One veteran at a time. We are coalescing our base to be a powerful voice speaking for the rights of veterans with dignity & respect.

Determined to end veteran suicide, K9s For Warriors provides highly-trained Service Dogs to military veterans suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma. With the majority of dogs coming from high-kill rescue shelters, this innovative program allows the K9/Warrior team to build an unwavering bond that facilitates their collective healing and recovery.

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. DAV is also a leader in connecting veterans with meaningful employment, hosting job fairs and providing resources to ensure they have the opportunity to participate in the American Dream their sacrifices have made possible. With over 1,200 chapters and more than 1 million members across the country, DAV empowers our nation’s heroes and their families by helping to provide the resources they need and ensuring our nation keeps the promises made to them.

Vehicles for Veterans is a 501(c)(3) vehicle donation program benefiting disabled veterans. Our car donation program offers a simple alternative to selling or trading in your unwanted vehicle. In return for your donation, you receive the maximum possible tax deduction. Best of all, your donation helps organizations to provide assistance to disabled veterans and their families. Knowing that your car donation helps to provide transition services, help for homeless veterans, advocacy, employment assistance and more is something you can be proud of.

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Legal Resources

The mission of the Veterans Justice Programs is to identify justice-involved Veterans and contact them through outreach, in order to facilitate access to VA services at the earliest possible point. Veterans Justice Programs accomplish this by building and maintaining partnerships between VA and key elements of the criminal justice system.

Stateside Legal has been designed especially to help low-income service members, veterans and their families.  For that reason, we focus on legal services that are available free of charge. Stateside Legal has indexed the three largest networks of free legal aid serving servicemembers, veterans and their families.  Although there are not enough free legal services to help everyone, you may be able to find a free lawyer or advocate here. 

Benefits Enrollment

If you served in the military, you may qualify to receive VA Health Care Benefits. Visit the VA’s website here for more information regarding VA benefits enrollment.

Military and Veteran Discounts

Discounts Guide
Veterans United
Veterans Business
Business Insider