Servicemembers

American Red CrossSince its inception the American Red Cross has played a critical role in supporting those serving in the armed forces and their families. With resources and expertise around the world, the Red Cross provides emergency communications and other services to support military families. The Red Cross provides emergency communication 24 hours a day, seven days a week for military members and their families. To receive help with emergency communications please call 1-877-272-7337. 

The American Military Partners Association (AMPA): The American Military Partner Association (AMPA) is the nation’s premier network for the partners and spouses of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender servicemembers.  While federal law and Department of Defense regulations continue to prevent gay military partners and spouses from taking advantage of many of the benefits and services offered to their straight counterparts, the American Military Partner Association has stepped up to fill that void for these “silent heroes.”

Blue Alliance: Blue Alliance is a support and education network that promotes dignity and respect for LGBT alumni of the United States Air Force Academy and their allies. We host meetings, panel discussions, conference calls, networking forums and a speakers bureau for the benefit of our participants and in support of the evolutionary growth of the Academy and the US Air Force. We are also developing programs that seek to improve the professional environment for LGBT Air Force Academy cadets and graduates.

Boots and Saddles: Boots and Saddles promotes safety education, and fun in horse-riding lessons. The program is open to Veterans and Servicemembers.

California National Guard ‘s Operation Ready Families Program (ORFP)Offers a variety of programs to assist the soldier and their family before, during and after deployment. The mission is to establish and facilitate constant communication, interaction and support between National Guard families and the National Guard.

Citadel Gay & Lesbian Alliance: The mission of this group is to open up a line of communication and support for the G/L/B/T Citadel community. Membership to this group is open to all Citadel graduates, Cadets, former students that did not graduate, MECEPS, CGPS, Evening students/graduates, faculty, staff, straight allies, and individuals that have other Citadel connections. Questions and media inquiries should be emailed to the moderator at: citadelgala@yahoo.com.

Defenders of FreedomDefenders of Freedom, the California Chapter, is a non-profit organization (501 c 3) formed solely to support the troops actively serving. Provide needs through care packages, gather with their families/friends, support wounded soldiers and their families with encouragement and needed items. You can help by donating items for care packages, make a tax-deductible monetary donation, write positive notes and letters, and support military service activities. For more information, contact CaDefendersofFreedom@yahoo.com  Defenders of Freedom, 4909 Adorn Court, Sacramento, CA 95842.

G.I. Rights Hotline: The GI Rights Hotline (877-447-4487) provides accurate and helpful military counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights: DEP Discharge (Delayed Entry Program Discharge), Entry Level Separation (Entry Level Performance and Conduct Discharge), Dependency or Hardship Discharge, Medical or Disability Discharge (including PTSD), ODPMC or Psychological Discharge, Conscientious Objection Discharge, Homosexual Conduct Discharge (Don’t Ask Don’t Tell), Reservist Unsatisfactory Participation, AWOL or UA, Reservist Mobilization, Article 138 Complaints, Harassment or Discrimination.

Giving Back 4 Homes: This free program is designed to give back to Military, Law Enforcement, Fire/Rescue and Education; people who give so much and get so little. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed. The Giving Back 4 Homes Program was created to give qualified applicants a cash bonus just using this free service. You are matched with a realtor that has the experience and expertise to meet your individual needs. This program gives you access to a nationwide network of real estate agents that are professionals with the knowledge to assist you through your buying or selling process and provide guidance through the many important decisions. There is no cost or obligation to be part of this program. We simply want to give back to you!

Give An Hour: Give an Hour is a nonprofit organization with a mission to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. We provide counseling to individuals, couples and families, and children and adolescents. We offer treatment for anxiety, depression, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, sexual health and intimacy concerns, and loss and grieving.

Knights Out: Knights Out is an organization of West Point Alumni, Staff and Faculty who are united in supporting the rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender soldiers to openly serve their country.

National Veterans Legal Services Program: The Lawyers Serving Warriors ™ program offers pro-bono legal help to veterans serving in Iraq and Afghanistan facing administrative separation, going through a mental evaluation board or physical evaluation board, received an inappropriate discharge characterization, filed a claim with the VA for disability compensation, or having difficulty with a claim under Traumatic Servicemembers Life Insurance.

Military Law Task Force (MLTF): The Military Law Task Force (MLTF) is a national committee of the National Lawyers Guild. Its members are attorneys, law students, legal workers (paralegals), jailhouse lawyers, and draft and military counselors (lay advocates) whose work involves military law and policy.

Military Rape Crisis Center (MRCC): For men and women that survived sexual harassment, sexual assault and/or rape while serving in the United States Military.

National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual assault organization. Find your local rape/abuse crisis center on their website.

Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members:The Network of Care for Veterans & Service Members is a one-stop shop for virtually all services, information, support, advocacy, and much more. Currently serves Maryland, Oregon, and California.

Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN): SWAN is a non-partisan, non-profit human rights organization that works to improve the welfare of U.S. servicewomen and all women veterans. SWAN advocates for servicewomen and women veterans by educating the public, recommending sound policy reform to legislators, developing creative, healing and empowering community programs, offering personal support and guidance from fellow women veterans and providing pro bono legal referrals from military law experts.

Sacramento Blue Star MomsThe Sacramento Blue Star Moms is a non-profit Veteran service organization.We collect all year long for care package mailings. We are also available to speak to community groups and events about our activities that support the military here at home as well as the deployed troops. If you want to organize a packing party, please contact us at BlueStarMomsvp@hotmail.com.

Sacramento Valley National Cemetary (SVCN): Sacramento Valley National Cemetery is the seventh national cemetery built in California and the 124th in the national cemetery system. The new 561-acre national cemetery in Solano County, Calif., will serve veterans’ needs for the next 50 years. The cemetery is 27 miles southwest of Sacramento along Interstate 80 between Dixon and Vacaville. About 346,000 veterans live within the service area of the cemetery. Like many lands in the western United States, the Homestead Act of 1862 facilitated the settlement of the site of what is now the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. In the late 1860’s, the site consisted of nine separate parcels, which were subsequently acquired by private citizens through preemption (an individual’s right to settle land first and pay for it later) and homestead claims. During the 20th century, these separate parcels were gradually consolidated under one owner. The site was continuously used as farmland from the 1860’s until it was purchased by the National Cemetery Administration in 2004. Crops raised on the property at the time of NCA’s purchase included corn, alfalfa, beans, squash, and peppers.

Service members, Partners, Allies for Respect and Tolerance for All (SPARTA): SPART*A is a group of LGBT people who currently serve or have served in the military and our families as well as veteran and uniformed allies. We are a membership organization, built by, for and with members from all parts of the LGBT military community.

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. We provide free counseling and support to military service members who have served or who expect to serve in the Iraq and/or Afghanistan conflicts and to veterans of those conflicts. We see active duty as well as members of activated Reserve or Guard units. In addition, our services are available to the families and other loved ones of service members. We provide help to service members and families struggling with issues related to the overwhelming trauma of war including the cycle from pre-deployment to deployment to homecoming and re-entry to civilian life.

USNA Out: We are the over 150 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender US Naval Academy Alumni and their supporters. Most of us never had any role models of other LGBT Alumni who served before us, although they were there, serving in total silence. We are here for all to see, including the LGBT midshipmen and alumni who are currently serving on active duty, their families and confidants.

Veterans Crisis Line: The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has founded a national suicide prevention hotline to ensure veterans in emotional crisis have free, 24/7 access to trained counselors. To operate the Veterans Crisis Line, the VA partnered with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Veterans can call the Crisis Line number, 1-800-273-TALK (8255), and press “1” to be routed to the Veterans Crisis Line.

Warriors Soul, Inc.: The mission of Warrior’s Soul is to facilitate physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. By utilizing the unique interaction created between horse and human, there are a multitude of ways Warrior’s Soul are able to assist individuals and their families, including military personnel and Veterans. Warrior’s Soul provides their services with excellence, integrity, and the most up-to-date resources available.