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 VA 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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