More than two million men and women have served in the U.S. armed forces since September 11, 2001. As they return home from their military service, they settle into new cities and begin to build their futures. Some are learning how to live with disabilities – visible and not visible. Most are trying to define who they are after their time in combat and years of service. No one returns from war unchanged. Now these men and women who are serving or served in the U.S. military are looking for ways to enter the community. JCCs are a natural entry point.
The Bender JCC of Greater Washington is helping returning veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OIF/OEF/OND) connect with their Jewish community by offering them reduced pricing on full facility membership for individuals and families*. Veterans and active duty military* can join the Bender JCC with no initiation fee and reduced monthly membership dues. Please contact membership services for details via email or phone at 301.881.0100.
- Full access to the Health & Fitness center
- Over 70 Group Exercise Classes
- Indoor and outdoor pools (when in season)
- Basketball court
- Racquetball courts
- and most of all, community!
College Resources for Military Service Members and Veterans
- College Guide For Servicemembers and Veterans
- Financial Aid Overview For Military and Veterans
- America’s Best Online Schools For Military
- Military Education Headquarters
- Guide to Military and Veterans Affairs Social Work Licensure
- Guide to Becoming a Social Worker
National Veteran Service Organizations
Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)
Jewish War Veterans
Wounded Warrior Project
Got Your Six
Student Veterans of America
American Red Cross
American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
These are only a few of many organizations dedicated to helping veterans and their families. For more comprehensive lists, visit the National Resource Directory.
*Discounted rates are valid for active duty personnel (with military ID) and Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn (OIF/OEF/OND) who are transitioning to civilian life, or who have recently separated from the military in the last 24 months.