Jason's Box was created to extend our hand in gratitude to men and women for their service in all our military branches.
We provide physical support and emotional encouragement by sending deployed troops items they miss from home.
And when they come home, we will be there to support their transition from military to civilian life.
Jason's Box is a non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of our military men and women. Jason's Box was founded by Teri Johnson, in honor of her son CPL Jason G. Pautsch, KIA April 10, 2009, Mosul, Iraq.
Jason's Box has continued to grow and collaborate, driven by an engaged and informed board of directors, many compassionate and caring volunteers, and a new partnership with UnityPoint Health - Trinity. This progressive health system has stepped up in a big way to support the mission and goals of Jason's Box by providing valuable resources. They are forward-thinking, aware of the issues faced by our veterans, and actively implementing, along with Jason's Box, strategic initiatives in support of the military community.
From care packages to education and training to advocacy, Jason's Box is taking the lead in caring for our troops and veterans so they have the support they need. We believe that by working together, we can reduce the barriers to those who will benefit from treatment. And we want to help make the process of getting that help easier and more accessible.
Among Teri’s most cherished possessions is a beautiful walnut chest filled with items from Jason’s military service. She simply calls it Jason’s Box. It was a gift given to her by an Army Lieutenant Colonel with a heart for God and for soldiers. The story behind Jason’s Box has inspired Teri to keep giving and to send special gifts from home to our troops deployed around the world. It all starts with a thank you card on which they can request items they need or want. A box is then custom-prepared and sent to them free of charge as a way of thanking them for their service.
QUICK HELP LINKS
Veterans Crisis Line
VA (Press 1)
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2)
This is the official U.S. Army program that assists and advocates for severely wounded, ill, and injured soldiers, veterans, and their families, wherever they are located, regardless of military status. WTs who qualify for AW2 are assigned to the program as soon as possible after arriving at the WTU. AW2 supports these soldiers and their families throughout their recovery and transition, even into veteran status. This program, through the local support of AW2 advocates, strives to foster the WT's independence.
American Military Family
To honor and support all members of the United States military and their families through financial assistance, emotional support, and collaborative efforts with other nonprofit organizations and volunteers who together strive to assist those serving in their time of need.
To recognize, thank and extend appreciation to our troops and their families.
Our troops demonstrate honor, respect, sacrifice, loyalty and patriotism. It is imperative that we appreciate these qualities and support our military family to the best of our ability.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) was established as a Cabinet-level position on March 15, 1989. President Bush hailed the creation of the new Department saying, "There is only one place for the veterans of America, in the Cabinet Room, at the table with the President of the United States of America."
Military OneSource is a free service provided by the Department of Defense to service members and their families to help with a broad range of concerns including money management, spouse employment and education, parenting and child care, relocation, deployment, reunion, and the particular concerns of families with special-needs members. They can also include more complex issues like relationships, stress, and grief. Services are available 24 hours a day — by telephone and online. Many Military OneSource staff members have military experience (veterans, spouses, Guardsmen, Reservists), and all receive ongoing training on military matters and military lifestyle. The program can be especially helpful to service members and their families who live at a distance from installations.
Army OneSource's goal is to enable soldiers and their family members to be strong, healthy and capable, by providing a full range of information and services made available to soldiers and family members 24/7 - promoting resiliency and stability during war and peace.
Make The Connection
Connecting Veterans and their friends and family members with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their health, well-being, and everyday lives. Hear inspiring stories of strength. Learn what has worked for other Veterans. Discover positive steps you can take—all in the words of Veterans just like you.
As a single service member, it is important to have a personal network of peers, friends and family members to help you cope with the challenges that you may experience throughout a deployment cycle. They can help you feel connected to life at home, cope with the stress of a combat environment and help you readjust when you return from deployment. Try using the tips and suggestions below to help you strengthen and expand your personal support network.
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) has established an Outreach Center to provide information and resources to service members, veterans, family members, health care providers, caregivers, employers and others in the community with questions about psychological health issues and traumatic brain injury.
Is a wellness resource for the military community. Our mission is to help service members, their families, and veterans overcome common adjustment problems following a deployment.
Welcome to Home Base Iowa
The comprehensive source for job services available to veterans.
If you’re a veteran or know someone who is, we encourage you to bookmark this site. Home Base Iowa is here to help veterans find jobs, explore career paths, and make a smooth transition to civilian life in Iowa.
In an ideal world, someone who has mastered the challenges of military life would find countless opportunities back home. Home Base Iowa has developed this site to provide countless resources on opportunities in Iowa.
It’s an honor to assist you in any way. That’s why this site features job postings, links to job fairs, and up-to-date information about educational opportunities, National Guard recruiting, job training, and much more.
If you have questions, please call us at 855-9HB-IOWA (855-942-4692) or email us at http://www.homebaseiowa.org/
Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) is a statewide, public-private network of veteran- and military-serving organizations. We collaborate in person and online to help service members, veterans, and their families navigate the “sea of goodwill.”
No one organization can do it all. But veterans shouldn’t have to wander from office to office—or website to website—to figure out who does what, and who can best meet their needs.
By searching the IJF website or by asking the IJF site support team for help, service providers, veterans and military families open one door... and find a whole world of support.
Veterans Crisis Line
Army Wounded Warrior Program
American Military Family
GI Bill & VA Educational Benefits
Make The Connection
Home Base Iowa
Illinois Joining Forces
JASON'S BOX BATTLE BUDDY PROGRAM
Quad City Region
Service members returning from the rigors of war face serious, monumental challenges. Jason's Box offers a resource navigation support program for troops in transition. Founded upon the same principals as the Military's Core Values and Warrior Ethos, the Battle Buddy Program provides confidential, immediate access and referral to a vast network of community and regional support.
WARRIOR TO WARRIOR NEVER LEFT BEHIND
For more information contact:
Joseph A. Tirone
COL, U.S. Army, Retired
We have updated our online giving system to use Paypal. If you would like to donate to Jason's Box, please visit our Contribute page or use the Paypal button below. Jason's Box is a Not for profit 501(c) 3 organization.
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Jason's Box Brochure
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