By BG Gary Cheek, WTC Commander
It seems like every day I am learning about a new organization that supports our wounded, injured, and ill Soldiers and Veterans, as well as their Families. For almost any goal a Soldier sets, there is a group to help the servicemember achieve that goal. It’s impressive to see the growing commitment by the American public at both the national and local level.
There are so many resources, in fact, that navigating them can be challenging to Soldiers. The Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs collaborated to produce the National Resource Directory (NRD), an online database of thousands of resources for wounded warriors. I spent some time looking through the site and was impressed by the wide range of resources available from Federal, state, and local government programs, as well as Veteran service organizations, nonprofit and community-based organizations, academic institutions, and professional associations.
The NRD re-launched this week, and it is now much easier to use. Some of the Web site’s improvements include:
- RSS feeds and an e-mail subscription service allowing users to sign up for content updates
- “In the News” and Spotlight features to highlight news and updates in the wounded warrior, Veteran and caregiver community
- New “homelessness” section of the site featuring VA resources for homeless Veterans
- Improved search function to allow users to search by national or state resource, as well as government or non-government
- Alphabetical and popularity-based views for NRD resources
I encourage all wounded warriors and their Families to use the National Resource Directory as a starting point to find available local resources that meet their individual situations.