Community provides new home for wounded warrior

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A Texas Marine who lost both legs in Iraq attends the ground breaking of his new home in Fort Worth, Texas. The house is courtesy of donations to the non-profit group Helping a Hero. The organization provides specially adapted homes for qualifying service members and engages the community to provide services and resources for wounded heroes and their families.

Helping a Hero is one of more than 10,000 vetted resources for wounded, ill and injured service members, veterans and their families listed on the National Resource Directory, jointly funded and managed by the Office of Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy at DoD,  as well as the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs.

The information contained within the NRD (www.NationalResourceDirectory.gov) is from Federal, state and local government agencies; veterans service and benefit organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

            The NRD is an easily accessible, comprehensive tool for transitioning Service members who are looking for education and training-related, and employment opportunities.  Content on the National Resource Directory is gathered, reviewed and updated by a team of subject matter experts with a military background.  The NRD features hundreds of resources on job training, scholarships, tuition assistance programs, internships, apprenticeships, licensing & certification, the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program for Guard and Reservists.

            To ensure that users are getting the information they need, the NRD utilizes several social media methods to distribute resources and new information.  One of these methods is an e-mail marketing service.  Currently, more than 3,200 NRD subscribers receive regular updates about education, training and employment.  News and updates are also posted through the NRD Facebook page and LinkedIn groups.