The official web site for the U.S. Department of Defense, DefenseLINK is a cooperative effort between the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) and the Defense Technical Information Center. The website provides official, timely and accurate information about U.S. defense policies, organizations, functions, and operations, as well as links to other DoD websites including the branches of the U.S. Armed Services.
The Corporation for National and Community Service seeks to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. The Corporation engages Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service to meet local needs through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, VISTA, NCCC, and Learn and Serve America programs.
A member of AmeriCorps, the national service network noted above, Teach for America is a national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools. Currently, more than 5,000 corps members are teaching in over 1,000 schools in 26 regions across the country, and more than 12,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education. Corp members receive an annual salary and are eligible for AmeriCorps education awards. As of July 2008, AmeriCorps members who successfully complete a term of service can receive a monetary award of up to $4,725 to pay education costs at qualified institutions of higher education, for educational training, or to repay qualified student loans.
This agency of the federal government trains and sends volunteers to work in foreign countries on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation. The Peace Corps advocates promoting a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. Since it's founding in 1961, more than 190,000 volunteers have served in 139 countries around the world. Volunteers can receive academic credit towards graduate degrees as well as partial cancellation of Perkins Loans depending on the length of service.
The oldest branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest-enduring institutions, the National Guard seeks to provide States with units trained and equipped to protect life and property, while providing to the nation units trained, equipped and ready to defend the United States and its interests, all over the globe.
This nonprofit organization represents families of all ranks and services, prepares spouses, children, and parents to better deal with the unique challenges of military life. The Association protects benefits vital to all families, including those of the deployed, wounded, and fallen.
This group offers avenues of mutual support and assistance for family members, volunteers, and Soldiers, and a network of communications among family members, the chain of command, and community resources.
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a non-profit organization aimed at assisting those men and women of the United States armed forces who have been severely injured during the war on terrorism in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots around the world. Beginning at the bedside of the severely wounded, WWP provides programs and services designated to ease the burdens for soldiers and their families, aid in the recovery process and smooth the transition back to civilian life.
by Mark Zdechlik, Minnesota Public Radio May 31, 2005.
by Michael Bronner, Vanity Fair, September 2005.
by David Bellavia; John R Bruning. New York Free Press, 2007. ISBN: 9781416574712