Summer Scholarship Showcase: The Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund

Students are eligible if they are the dependent child of an active duty service member who was killed or permanently disabled (100% VA rating) as the result of an operational mission or training accident, or who is currently certified as POW or MIA.  The applicant must also be a senior in high school, a high school graduate or enrolled in an institution of higher learning, including colleges, universities, or vocational schools.

(See application form and scholarship rules below for complete eligibility details.)

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The “Summer Scholarship Showcase” is a month-long series of blogs (May 30, 2011-June 30, 2011) written by the vfwlady, Laurie Cox.  Each post is designed to promote a wide variety of annual grants and scholarship competitions available to K-12 students.  All scholarships featured are solely sponsored by a menagerie of  Not-For-Profit Veterans Support Groups and organizations.

Summer Scholarship Showcase: AMVETS National Service Organization (12)

AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education. The following scholarships, funded by the National Service Foundation, are awarded annually:

Scholarship applications may be downloaded (see links above) or requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the National Programs Department. Completed applications sent to the National Programs Department must be postmarked no later than April 15. Winners will be notified and names will be listed at this link no later than mid-June. Due to the large number of entries (1,000-plus annually), only the winners will be notified.

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Find more scholarships here

The “Summer Scholarship Showcase” is a month-long series of blogs (May 30, 2011-June 30, 2011) written by the vfwlady, Laurie Cox.  Each post is designed to promote a wide variety of annual grants and scholarship competitions available to K-12 students.  All scholarships featured are solely sponsored by a menagerie of  Not-For-Profit Veterans Support Groups and organizations.

Resources and Services for the Significant Others of PTSD Veterans

Often referred to as the “invisible wounds” of war, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is all too visible to the loved ones of a suffering Veteran.  For most significant others, watching the person you once knew slowly disappear into their own inner hell is nothing less than heartbreaking.  Unfortunately, it is all to easy to get sucked into that ever-sinking abyss of insanity when you quite simply don’t know what you’re dealing with.

Hopefully, some of these resources and services can help significant others and loved ones of veterans suffering from PTSD.  This information is vital to your mental health, and to theirs. Trust me, I am speaking from experience on this one:

1) FACE THE FACTS. Read this study from the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD: Partners of Veterans with PTSD: Research Findings

2) GET HELP NOW.  Contact your local Vet Center.  If there is not one near you, then here’s a good list of resources to try from PTSD Anonymous