By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) - Three families are starting an effort to raise $30 million for troops and veterans through a new organization called Veteran Support Fund. It will be a portal for distributing money to five groups already working to help America's military community. The five are:
-Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, with some 200,000 members, provides health, education, employment and community programs for America's newest generation of veterans.
-Operation Mend provides lifelong medical help, reconstructive surgery and mental health assistance for critically injured and severely disfigured active and retiring service members and veterans. It's a partnership between Brooke Army Medical Center, a leading burn and rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas; the V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and UCLA Health System.
-Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provides peer support and other help to anyone grieving the death of someone in the military.
-Operation Homefront provides emergency financial help to active duty service members and the wounded, such as food boxes or gift certificates for food and rent-free housing for the wounded after their homecoming and while they await veteran's compensation.
-National Military Family Association works for benefits and programs that help the families of active duty service members.
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