3/8 Veterans of Fallujah and Ramadi or 38VFR, is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit organization that is dedicated to aiding any Veteran of the United States Armed Forces who is in need.
While 3/8VFR was founded by Combat Veterans of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines who served in Iraq from 2005-2006, we serve all Veterans. Our choice of name is meant as homage to our comrades and their service; particularly those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and brothers. It is their example of selfless service and sacrifice that motivates our actions. These Marines were engaged in bitter fighting over the course of two deployments with the battalion suffering 25 killed and over 300 wounded. With this background we understand many Veterans still suffer from effects of combat sustained during their time of service and hope to help Veterans navigate post military life. This organization supports the USMC veteran community, however it is not officially connected to or endorsed by the USMC.
1.Financial Assistance – Some of the veterans who are experiencing financial hardship can receive assistance from us in making sure they can pay bills, mortgage, or any other financial needs they might have.
2.Legal Assistance – Due to any legal needs these veterans might have we want to make sure they have proper representation and assistance if they need it. We can help the veterans hire legal representation if needed.
3.Medical Assistance – any medical needs that these veterans might have that is not being helped by the Veterans Administration (VA) or has not been treated to the best ability we want to assist such as paying for new prosthetics or therapies that the government won’t cover.
4.Connection to Veteran Network – we can connect veterans with many other veterans organizations in their area that can provide other assistance or place them into a network with other veterans in their area such as Azalea Charities.
5.Organizing Retreats – In 2008, we started an annual reunion for men of 3rd Battalion 8th Marine Regiment. These reunions provide an important support network for these vets which contribute to the healing process. They are held in remote areas all over U.S., mainly in secluded cabins. In this privacy, we participate in unit events and provide dining to the guests. If the costs involved in traveling to the event are too much for one of our brothers, we do our best to relieve that burden. These retreats are far too important to the healing process for anyone to be turned away because of hardship. The connections and camaraderie at our annual events provide a crucial support system for our brethren, and the therapeutic benefits are both countless and priceless.
We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. We accomplish this by ensuring that veterans and their families can access the full range of benefits available to them; fighting for the interests of America’s injured heroes on Capitol Hill; and educating the public about the great sacrifices and needs of veterans transitioning back to civilian life.
Made up of 100% volunteers, Azalea’s primary focus is on Aid for Wounded Warriors, nationally and internationally. They also support youth and special needs projects in their local Northern Virginia area. Beyond minimal expenses, the money raised through Azalea is donated to charitable causes.
This foundation was founded by marine grunts, for marine grunts, so that they could have a support system that ensures their reintegration into civilian life is made as effortless as possible. They provide various resources for career building, benefits of advocacy, and much more.