Army Recruiting Station
254 Mid Rivers Ctr
Saint Peters, MO
1865 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville
Air Force Recruiting Office
254 Mid Rivers Ctr
Saint Peters, MO
US Coast Guard Recruiting
5445 Telegraph Rd St. 125
St. Louis, MO 63129
Navy Recruiting Station
254 Mid-Rivers Center
St. Peters, MO
Army National Guard Recruiting Office
264 Mid Rivers Ctr
Saint Peters, MO
or go to www.moguard.com; www.ng.mil
Marine Corps Recruiting Station
254 Mid Rivers Center,
St Peters, MO
1865 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville
Fort Leonard Wood
140 Replacement Ave.
Ft Leonard Wood, Mo. 65473
*Family Assistance Center – for referral and follow-up coordinator – 573-596-0216
Whitemen Air Force Base
509 MSS/DPF, 750 Arnold Ave.
Whiteman AFB, Mo. 65305
Family Assistance Center – Building 527, 660-687-7132
Before enlisting, be sure to check out these sites:
1.www.military.com/Recruiting- ‘This site has an entire section on joining the military, including
10 steps to joining the military. Also, feel free to ask any member of the Element Church Military
Ministry for suggestions/cautions and try to introduce you to someone in the branch you are
interested in joining. Please check this site before you speak to a Recruiter.’
2. www.todaysmilitary.com – another ‘research’ site. Has a special section for parents,
requirements for each branch, and information on OCS, boot camp, and ROTC.
3. www.goarmy.com- great recruiting site. Has a section for parents.
4. Don’t talk to recruiters only. Make it a point to talk to men and women who are in the branch
of service in which you intend to enlist.
5. Gateway Marine Families – This is a great local Marine support group for St Louis parents
and families with monthly get togethers. This group is open to those who have a family
member in the Marines, or in the DEP, or delayed entry program.
GatewayMarineFamilies@gmail.com or contact Connie at ConniePloudre@yahoo.com,
314-809-3772. Or email@example.com, 314-378-2129.
Here are some other local sites to check if you are a St Louis or St Charles, Missouri
6.The VA system is extremely difficult to navigate, and, although the DAV offers help, we also
now have an omsbudsman.
Missouri Veterans Commission Ombudsman
205 Jefferson Street, 12th Floor
Jefferson City, MO 65101
Ph: (573) 522-4220 Direct
7. St Louis VA Benefit Centers:
a. 2901 Olive
St. Louis, Mo 63103
b. 2122 Kratky Road
St. Louis, Mo. 63114
located on other side of Page Ave from Carol House Furniture
8. John Cochran VA Medical Center
EMERGENCY ROOM IS LOCATED ONLY AT JOHN COCHRAN
915 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63106
314-652-4100 or 800-228-5459 (phone # is for both downtown and Jeff Barracks locations).
9. Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center
*** Please note: THERE IS NO EMERGENCY ROOM AT JEFFERSON BARRACKS
10. Jefferson Barracks Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63125-4101
Phone: 314-652-4100 Or 800-228-5459
10. St. Charles Clinic
844 Waterbury Falls Drive
O’Fallon, MO 63368
Fax: 314-289-6360 Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm Monday thru Friday
11. www.operationhomefront.net – (Our local St Louis OpHomefront contact is Jon Jerome,
314-799-1475) ‘Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale to our troops,
to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home. A nonprofit
501(c)(3), Operation Homefront leads more than 4,500 volunteers in 30 chapters nationwide
and has provided critical assistance to more than 45,000 military families in need. Operation
Homefront also operates an online magazine for military wives and women in uniform. Through
this community, we reach the newest and youngest military families, instantly alerting them
about our programs and other information to help them succeed in military life. Operation
Homefront provides aid to families struggling not only with emergencies, but also with the
problems of everyday life. Existing programs include:
Emergency Aid — Provides food, baby care items, vehicle donation and repair. Computer
Program — Allows children and spouses to stay in touch with their loved ones. Financial
Assistance Program — Addresses crises such as illness, homelessness and death. Furniture
Program — Donates household and baby furniture; working-order appliances.
Moving — Provides physical labor for families when a service member is deployed. Social
Outreach — Offers Adopt-a-family opportunities, Thanksgiving/holiday baskets, back-to-school
supplies. Community — Rebuilds the challenged social network of the military community by
bringing it to our online magazine where it is convenient to everyone, no matter the time or
12. www.heroescare.org – ‘H.E.R.O.E.S. Care is an affiliation of program partners working
together to provide support to military families in the communities where they live. H.E.R.O.E.S.
(Homefront Enabling Relationships, Opportunities, and Empowerment through Support) Care
combines the power of national organizations dedicated to providing emergency financial aid,
employment opportunities, and mental health care services through a network of specially
trained care givers before, during, and after deployment.’ A trained Hometown Support
Volunteer will walk with you from the time your spouse enlists, until up to 2 yeas after they are
discharged. Our local HEROESCARE rep is Brandon Dunman
13. F’n Boot of Missouri – A Facebook site for Marines who have seen combat
14. Above and Beyond Chiropractic, Dr. Eric Glass in Wentzville – free chiropractic care to
military for one year after completion of duty. Phone # is 636-332-9100
15. Camp Hope – Created in honor of Christopher White, age 23, who was killed by an IED in al
Anbar Province, Iraq. Camp Hope is located in Farmington, Mo., on Chris Neal Farm, and
allows wounded veterans to again participate in outdoor adventures. A few of the on-site
activities are hunting, hiking, and skeet shooting. For more info, contact Mike White
910-599-0604, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
16.www.gslhonorflight.org - Greater St Louis branch of Honor Flights – ‘Many of our local
veterans do not have the money or the means to visit the memorials in Washington, D.C. that
honor their service and sacrifice. Honor Flight Network works to fulfill the dreams of those
veterans and help other senior heroes travel free of charge to our nation’s capital.’
17. http://mo.wingmanproject.org – Missouri Wingman Project. Their goal is to eliminate
warfighter and family member suicide through human outreach, media, and training.
18. www.burnpits360.org – Shanna Wymore is the Missouri burn pit advocate. Her phone
number is 636-447-3236. Her email is email@example.com
19. VFW Hall -Located in O’Fallon, Mo., near I-70, on Veterans Memorial Parkway, across the
street from Ethyl’s Restaurant. This VFW hall is mostly attendees who are under the age of 35
and are OIF/OEF veterans. This is a great place for those who want face to face support.
20. wwww.mo.childcareaware.org – 1-866-424-2246. Need help with child care services?
Childcareaware has referral specialists with comprehensive, current databases of child care
practitioners, 7 days a week, 24 hours per day.
21. **Stars & Stripes Rental Program – this benefit honors residents who current serve in the
military or are retirees, veterans and beneficiaries from any United States military branch. The
program waives fees and additional costs normally associated with renting an apartment
in appreciation of the service and frequent geographical transfers experienced by military
personnel and their families. Be sure and ask if the apartment complex you are interested in
offer this program, since it could save you up to 50% of your move-in expenses. Not all
apartment complexes offer this.
22. Auto Repairs and towing – John Zuranski is located on Highway D, at DD, near Busch
Wildlife Preserve in St. Charles County. John has a garage behind his home, and does all types
of car repairs – major, minor, as well as transmissions. He also does towing. Let him know you
are active duty, show your military i.d. or DD214 form and he will give you 20% off his already
great prices. John’s cell phone is 636-328-4128
23. Discounts at theme parks -There are many establishments in Branson, Missouri that offer a
10%-20% discounts on shows or theme parks. Call ahead and ask for details. The entire town
of Branson, Mo takes the entire week of November 11th to honor veterans with parades, free
stuff and good discounts on most everything. Six Flags St Louis does not offer any military
discounts at all (as of 2009). Infor-bit: It’s not a good idea to ride roller coasters if you have
been diagnosed with TBI. Please be aware, too, that being around large crowds at a theme
park could bring on symptoms of PTSD or cause you to feel panicky. If you want to try a theme
park, but you’re not sure if you can tolerate it, call the park first and explain your situation before
buying a ticket. Ask if the park would be willing to give you all or part of your money back if you
find that you cannot handle the crowds.
24. www.usomisssouri.org - USO – located at Lambert-St Louis International Airport. THE USO
OF MISSOURI, INC. is a private, non-profit organization, whose mission is to support the troops
by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to our military personnel and their
families. Go to this site if you are interested in volunteering.
25. www.stlsoldiersmemorial.org – Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St Louis
26. The Hair Saloon – gives free haircuts to active duty and veterans on Veterans Day
27. Home Depot – Bring a copy of your DD-214 form and receive a 10% discount on all
28. http://raftt.org – Regional Alliance for the Troops. Over 250 government and nongovernment
organizations (NGO’s) provide some form of support for military, veterans and their
families. Most of the military and veterans they are trying to help don’t even know they exist
much less how to connect with them. St. Louis RAFTT is on a mission to fix that.
29. stpatrickcenter.org – St. Patrick Center is the largest provider of homeless services in
Missouri, with 28 housing, employment and mental health programs assisting more than 9.000
persons annually who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. We help individuals and
families move from homelessness to independence in a measurable, cost-effective manner.
Located at:St. Patrick Center
800 N. Tucker Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63101 314.802.0700
30. http://www.ourmilitarykids.org/how-to-apply/apply-now/ ~ This website gives grants to
children up to 500.00 for lessons. Brooke is currently getting 500.00 worth of free golf lessons
and we are waiting to hear about Peyton for his tennis lessons.
31. http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/csc/Pages/MilitaryAssistanceFAQs.aspx ~ this site is for a
$1000.00 credit on your Ameren UE bill.
32. http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/about/hudvet/library/scra.cfm – SCRA or Servicemember Civil
Relief Act – They will drop any interest rates above 6% on credit card debt. One credit card
company dropped our interest rate to 4% for the life of the families credit card debt. The SCRA
states that no interest above 6 percent can accrue for credit obligations (that were established
prior to active duty or activation) while on active duty, nor can that excess interest become due
once the servicemember leaves active duty. instead that portion above 6 percent is
permanently forgiven. Furthermore, the monthly payment must be reduced by the amount of
interest saved during the covered period. livepage.apple.comAlso go to www.military.com for
33. Free gym membership at the YMCA for spouse and family members when military member
is deployed. The only catch is you have to go 8 times per month to maintain your membership.
Contact your nearest YMCA for more information.
34. Cell phone providers will freeze deployed military members’ cell phone account so they will
not incur any more charges on their cell phone(some companies require a copy of deployment
orders). If you do this, be sure and take the battery out of the phone for better storage.
35. www.quicksilverpen.blogspot.com or Deb.firstname.lastname@example.org -Warrior’s Arts
AllianceWriters Project – It has been proven that writing about your experiences can provide a
much needed outlet as well as healing. Deb is a great lady who provides a place and format to
do just that. This can include visual arts and photography Classes and groups are forming in
various locations. If you’d like to get involved, contact Deb Marshall
36. www.missioncontinues.org – I put this in other areas but also here, as it is based right here in
the St. Louis area! ‘The Mission Continues is the only national nonprofit challenging post-9/11
veterans to rebuild a sense of purpose through community service. Many veterans struggle to
find purpose at home without the structure, mission and camaraderie of a military unit. The
Mission Continues does not offer charity; rather, we challenge returning service members to
utilize their tremendous skills and leadership to continue serving our country at home. Through
service, veterans find renewed strength and purpose while building stronger communities.’
37. www.teamriverrunner.org - ‘TRR envisions a growing national chapter network which
creates innovative paddling programs designed to assist with the recovery of those injured while
serving our country. TRR volunteers and partners provide local communities unique
opportunities for the active, safe and positive support of healing service members and their
families.’ Our team River Runner is located at the Jefferson Barracks pool. Classes are Monday
evenings and/or Tuesday mornings, and once a month, extreme sports enthusiast Tim Pfeil
takes anyone who wants to go to Simpson Lake near the Meramec River. In the summer the
group is able to kayak in Colorado or Florida at a minimal cost. Veterans with disabilities are
encouraged to attend, no matter the disability, as long as they have no open wounds. Contact
Tim for more information at email@example.com.
38. www.marinecomfortquilts.us – St Louisian Jan Lang makes handmade quilts to send to
those who have lost family members in war.
39. http://bransonveteranswebsite.com – There are many establishments in Branson, Missouri,
which offer 10%-25% discounts on shows or parks. Always call ahead and ask for details.
Branson also has a Veterans Week the week surrounding Veterans Day where active duty
military, veterans, and their families are honored.
40. http://www.ameren.com/sites/aue/csc/Pages/MilitaryAssistanceFAQs.aspx ~ this site is for a
$1000.00 credit on your Ameren UE bill.
41. www.military.com – The SCRA provides a wide range of protections for individuals entering,
called to active duty in the military, or deployed servicemembers. It is intended to postpone or
suspend certain civil obligations to enable service members to devote full attention to duty and
relieve stress on the family members of those deployed servicemembers. A few examples of
such obligations you may be protected against are: Outstanding credit card debt, Mortgage
payments, Pending trials, Taxes, Terminations of lease.
In addition the new law: Expands current law that protects servicemembers and their families
from eviction from housing while on active duty due to nonpayment of rents that are $1,200 per
month or less. Under the new provisions this protection would be significantly updated to meet
todayA?s higher cost of living A? covering housing leases up to $2,932.31 per month A? and
then be adjusted annually to account for inflation.
Provides a servicemember who receives permanent change of station orders or who is
deployed to a new location for 90 days or more the right to terminate a housing lease.
Clarifies and restates existing law that limits to 6 percent interest on credit obligations incurred
prior to military service or activation, including credit card debt, for active duty servicemembers.
The SCRA unambiguously states that no interest above 6 percent can accrue for credit
obligations (that were established prior to active duty or activation) while on active duty, nor can
that excess interest become due once the servicemember leaves active duty A? instead that
portion above 6 percent is permanently forgiven. Furthermore, the monthly payment must be
reduced by the amount of interest saved during the covered period. (Note: This law only covers
debt incurred prior to military service). Updates life insurance protections provided to activated
Guard and reserve members by increasing from $10,000 to $250,000 the maximum policy
coverage that the federal government will protect from default for nonpayment while on active
42. http://www.facesoffreedomfighters.org – Our goal is to raise money needed, that will allow us
to erect the first Missouri State monument, dedicated to fallen soldiers from Missouri who paid
the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against Global Terrorism.
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