was established by the proud wife of an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who sustained a traumatic brain injury while on duty in Iraq and who also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The website is dedicated to both the veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq and to those who love a veteran. It exists to help them find their way and find the information needed that will help them “cope with life after combat” and “to survive and thrive.”
To do that FamilyOfaVet has undertaken projects designed to help veterans and their loved ones. Those projects include:
- Conducting a “Congressional Survey” that is filled out by visitors to the website. The data collected will be used to develop an information packet on—including suggestions and requests—the families of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans that will be sent to members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.
- Hosting a virtual mental health summit for military and veterans’ caregivers (and those who want to help them). The Caregiver Mental Health Summit is scheduled for Nov. 29-30, during which information and real-world resources will be made available to the men and women who care for those who served and who are now in need.
FamilyOfaVet is working to make itself the hub of a network dedicated to helping struggling veterans and their families. It elicits suggestions “on things we should add” and that will help it “expand this community.” It welcomes all “to become part of our cause” with “a willing heart” the only requirement.
For establishing an online community that veterans—especially those affected by injuries— and their families can turn to for information, FamilyOfaVet is Government Video’s Website of the Week.