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Create Community. Connect with Other Veterans.

The opportunity for Veterans to connect with each other and the camaraderie they experience from their shared experience of military life and culture can instill hope and motivation, help with managing stressors, and build and improve overall health and wellness. A sense of community can help Women Veterans ward off loneliness, stress and anxiety, especially if you're separated from family and friends due to the pandemic.

Many Veteran organizations provide opportunities for Veterans to connect with each other through online and in-person peer support groups, social networking events and volunteer activities. Following is a brief list of national organizations. This is not an all-inclusive list of Veteran organizations, rather a short list of organizations that operate across the country and have a particular focus on enabling social connections for Veterans. Many locally based Veteran organizations also provide opportunities for social connections and VA encourages women Veterans to reach out to their State Women Veterans Coordinator for information.

Peer Support

  • Women Veterans Network (WoVeN): Connection and community are at the core of this social network of women Veterans. Led by and for women veterans, WoVen offers a robust online community as well as meetup groups of 6-10 women who connect weekly either online or in-person, transition support and opportunities to volunteer as peer Guides for newly transitioning Veterans.
  • Together We Served: An online community for all those who served in the U.S. Military where they can reconnect with brothers- and sisters-in-arms, share in the camaraderie of other Veterans and share military stories, engage in discussions, and provide moral support. Together We Served launched its new 'Veteran Finder' app in November 2021, which is based on its "Veterans Roll of Honor" tribute website and offers access to its comprehensive directory of all 2.1 million Veteran members of its community website. Organized by service branch and with an easy to use search function, Veterans can discover people they trained or served with in their former units, squadrons, ships or bases, as well as view their own full service history, photos and memories.
  • RallyPoint: A digital platform for the military and Veteran community and their supporters to build peer-to-peer relationships across branches, generations, and conflicts forged by the common bond of service. Members can build their professional network, ask questions, share photos and stories, connect with members in a secure environment, and explore educational and career opportunities.
  • Wounded Warriors Project: Supports Veterans who experienced physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001, and offers 48 peer support groups, physical health and wellness programs and activities, and community events for its more than 113,000 registered warriors.
  • Marine Corps League: Strengthens the fraternity of Marines and their families and serves Marines and FMF Navy Personnel who wear or who have worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. With 1,140 Detachments in communities across the country, members come together to lead localized Toys for Tots efforts, connect with and assist transitioning Marines and their families and leading Veteran-focused and community-serving program.
  • Disabled American Veterans: Among the many services and programs provided, local chapters offer a way to connect with fellow Veterans, often hosting monthly networking meetings and discussion sessions of importance to Veterans, as well as volunteer activities and community projects.
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America: Provides opportunities for Veterans who have experienced spinal cord injury or dysfunction to connect through local chapter events, adaptive sports and recreation activities as well as volunteering. Virtual events are also available along with national retreats and programs, including the Women Veterans Empowerment Retreat and the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America: Dedicated to connecting, uniting, and empowering post-9/11 veterans, IAVA is made up of over 425,000 members. Veteran members have the opportunity to connect through "VetTogethers," volunteer opportunities, outreach events, galas and a robust online community of Veterans and supporters.
  • Vietnam Veterans of America: Committed to addressing the needs of Vietnam Veterans, VVA is made up of more than 85,000 members and over 600 membership chapters. Members connect over fellowship, volunteer opportunities and community service. Members can attend annual networking events, including the VVA National Convention and VVA National Leadership Conference.

Social Networking

  • Team Red, White and Blue: Offers physical and social activity for military veterans and family members through regular fitness activities, social gatherings, and community service events. Veterans can connect with each other and their communities through a national network of chapters that host inclusive virtual and in-person engagement opportunities.
  • American Legion: Enhances the well-being of America's veterans, their families, our military, and communities through its devotion to mutual helpfulness. With more than 12,000 Legion Posts and more than 2 million members throughout the United States, the American Legion offers social and community events, volunteer activities, Veteran programs and Veteran family programs.
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars: The nation's oldest major war Veterans' organization fosters camaraderie among United States Veterans of overseas conflicts and provides its more than 1.5 million members with local activities, events, programs and volunteer opportunities at nearly 6,000 VFW posts worldwide.

Volunteer and Service Opportunities

  • The Mission Continues: Empowers and deploys Veteran volunteers to continue their service through efforts that improve educational resources, tackle food insecurity, foster neighborhood identity, and more. Their Women Veterans Leadership Program provides leadership skills and knowledge for women Veterans to build a movement so they can pursue equal opportunities for all women in leadership attainment and make a difference in their community.
  • Team Rubicon: Has deployed thousands of Veterans across the United States and around the world to provide immediate relief to those impacted by disasters and humanitarian crises. Veteran members bring their deep military experience and expertise in trauma medicine, leadership and logistics to the aid of communities in need.
  • Travis Manion Foundation: Empowers more than 60,000 Veterans and family members to connect, build strong relationships and develop their sense of purpose after their military careers by serving others through volunteering.
  • AMVETSM: Focuses on Veterans serving Veterans to improve the quality of life for Veterans, their families, and the communities in which they live. More than 250,000 members nationwide enjoy volunteering and community service opportunities, local social events, and programming at more than 1,150 posts nationally.

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