Together We Served provides virtual base for connecting Veterans

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These unprecedented times are contributing to a higher level of anxiety, particularly among our Veteran population. The constant flow of often discouraging news, along with a reduced ability to mingle with others to keep spirits up, makes it difficult for some to maintain their morale. TogetherWeServed, a military heritage community website and home to over 1.9 million U.S. Military Veterans, wants to help.

A secure virtual base for Veterans

During a Veteran’s military service, their base, ship or shore station is place to call home – a safe haven to share in the company of some of the finest men and women with a mission in common. Together We Served (TWS) aims to replicate that same spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood in its own “Virtual Base” website.

With its membership containing only active serving and Veterans, TWS provides a secure platform for all Veterans to engage with other Veterans on a level that is simply not possible in most social networking environments.

Create your own military service page on the Together We Served site.

Create your own military service page on the Together We Served site.

Together We Served’s forums encourage informal discussion, reminiscent of barrack-room banter on a wide range of interests – from local community discussion, uplifting military humor and interesting hobbies, to lively debate on current political issues.

With a number of members suffering from combat-related and other health issues, TWS’s Support Forums provide a safe environment where Veterans can discuss the situations they face each day.

Find your battle buddies today

The joy of locating a long-lost buddy cannot be underestimated and TWS has proven to be an accomplished Veteran locator. You can easily find other Veterans you served with, without having to enter names, by way of TWS’s ability to automatically match the service information you enter on your Military Service Page with the service information on the pages of all other TWS members. The list of matching members is particularly useful as names are often forgotten.

Honoring Service

More free time can provide an additional opportunity. TWS’s Military Service Page is designed to honor the military service of each and every Veteran. Each Veteran’s Page displays: their photo in uniform, rank insignia, medals and awards (displayed exactly as worn), all badges and unit patches; and names, dates and locations of their boot camp, training schools, unit assignments, as well as any combat or non-combat operations participated in. Unlimited photographs from military service can be scanned and added to the TWS Photo Album. A step by step self-interview called “Service Reflections” captures the memories of key people and events that made an important impact on a Veterans life. The result is a rich, visual presentation of a Veteran’s entire military service which, once shared, becomes a lasting legacy for their children and grandchildren.

In support of the Veteran community at this difficult time, Veterans are invited to join Together We Served, via the link below, to receive a FREE 12-months Premium Membership.

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Brian A. Foster is the founder of Together We Served.

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of the VA.

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Comments

  1. A Owen    

    For those of us who served in 2 branches, will we have access to both (ie: Army and Navy) with the free account? Or is it all one big database?

  2. BRINA BOLDEN    

    I tried to set up the one-year premium membership, but it is not showing as free. I received a link through my school and was directed to this page, but after I went to TWS and filled out everything, it still asked for payment. How do I get the one-year free premium membership.

    1. Monica J Primus    

      Hello Brina,
      Did you click on the link at the bottom of this article that reads “Join Together We Served”?

    2. TWS Admin    

      Brina – contact our Help Desk at Admin@togetherweserved.com and we will have you squared away. TWS Admin

  3. David Nickerson    

    This sounds really kool! I spent time in Nam with MCB10, & River Division 532 . I was a Cook in both units. During 1968-1970

    1. TWS Admin    

      David, we have a huge number of Vietnam Veterans on Together We Served. Join us at join.togetherweserved.com/VA to connect with old friends and make new friends. We have 5 Members who served in RIVDIV 532 you might know. TWS Admin

  4. HeatUpJamz    

    This is highly commendable. Brave men

  5. Harold K Ressler    

    Lance Tucker on 4/15/2020 and Patricia Bravo on 4/15/2020 both asked about the cost of membership after the free 12 month premium membership period has expired. You failed to answer this after 12 months cost question for both of them. I see this failure to respond to a direct question that several of us prospective members have as a huge red flag. Do you intend for us to join before we understand the future cost?

    1. TWS Admin    

      Harold – more than happy to answer your question. When your complimentary 12 months Premium Membership expires, your Membership reverts to Free status unless you elect to remain a Premium Member. So the short answer is there is no cost if you so choose. You can also cancel your membership at any time. TWS has two Membership Levels: Free Membership and Premium Membership. Free Membership enable you to do most things on the TWS website. Premium Membership enables you to access Premium areas of Together We Served websites including access to all service branch websites. This is similar to LinkedIn. The cost of Premium Membership after the complimentary 12 months is only $9.97 for the next year. As a military-oriented website, TWS does not carry any advertising nor does your activity triggers ads to your Inbox. It relies solely on the support of its Membership to pay the salaries of its staff – all disabled US military Veterans – plus its 12 man programming team and the substantial advertising which helps bring more members and therefore connections to its Veteran Membership. I hope this answers your question.

  6. Daniel J Wall    

    Maarine Corps 1981-1986, surviver of Beruit Lebanon, 23 OCT 1983, Battallion 2/8 Expaditionary Forces

    1. TWS Admin    

      Daniel – we have number of Marines who survived the Beirut Bombing on Together We Served. Please join us at https://join.togetherweserved.com/VA and connect with a few Marines you may know from over 440,000 Marines on TWS. We look forward to welcoming you on board. TWS Admin

  7. Kathy Wagner    

    I’d love to reconnect with my First Sgt Wayne Frideres from the 108th MI BN in Wildflecken, Germany. I served there from Feb 1985 to April 1987. He was a great leader.

  8. Martin Stults    

    Sp4 Martin Stults, 228TH ASHB, Comp. C. Vietnam 1969-1970. Did everyone make it home alive?

    1. TWS Admin    

      Martin, We have 53 Members who served in the 228th Assault Support Helicopter Battalion (ASHB). Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in your Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  9. Cath Higgins    

    I have shipmates I would prefer not to contact me. Will I be able to block individuals?

    1. TWS Admin    

      Cath, Yes we do have that ability for you to block any Members from contacting you. A block button exists on every Profile Page.

      TWS Admin

  10. John Robinson    

    Served aboard the Bull, USS DURHAM LKA 114 72 TO 75 and the Good Hood USS MOUNT HOOD AE29 76 TO 78 B Div Hole Snipe

    1. TWS Admin    

      John, Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter both your ships on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in those ships will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  11. John Stanley Clark    

    Looking for Army friends Alex Popp ,Earl Waldon, Last name Minzer Last name Gladstone Dale Tellise Sol hurvitz we all served in 91st Field in 1st Armored Fort Hood Texas and Fort Polk La

    1. TWS Admin    

      John, Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter 91st Field Artillery Bn on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in your Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  12. Donald R Turnbull    

    Anybody from Ist Div, Bravo Co, 2nd of 28th Infantry. That was in Vietnam 2014 – 2016 Please contact Me

    1. TWS Admin    

      Donald, Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter B Co, 2nd Bn, 28th Infantry on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in your Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  13. Wilma Jean williams    

    Looking for comrades 1971-1975 ft McPherson ga or ft benning ga 3rd army

    1. TWS Admin    

      Wilma, Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter Fort McPherson and Ft Benning, 1971-1975 on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in your Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  14. gary tibbetts    

    looking for for any one who was in the 70th Engr veitnam1969-70

    1. TWS Admin    

      Gary, Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter 70th Engineer Bn 1969-1970 on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in your Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  15. Dennis Reneau    

    My name is Dennis Reneau and I served with the 1st Marine Airwing in Vietnam 1970-1971. My rear was Malbur Mountain. I spend most of my time on LZ Baldy fire base. My best friend George Rodriguez we both kept our choppers fuel and I have been looking for him. Please help.

    Dennis Reneau ISG/Retired.

    1. TWS Admin    

      Dennis, Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter 1st MAW 1970-1971 on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in your Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  16. Maynard H. Smith ( Smitty)    

    I want to connect with other Coast Guard Guys who served on the Winnebago WHEC 40 during our 68-69 Vietnam tour ?

    1. TWS Admin    

      Smitty – We have 61 Members who were on the Winnebago WHEC 40. Join our Coast Guard site with 22,000 fellow Coasties via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this ship on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in this Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

    2. George    

      Donald, Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter B Co, 2nd Bn, 28th Infantry on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in your Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  17. Gary A Thurston    

    So, I am already a member. TWS wants to charge me to renew my membership. But others can join for free. Why? Doesn’t seem fair.

  18. Gerald Rush    

    Looking for Lorana Jones from Alconbury AFB, England. We served in the same unit around 1983-86.

    1. TWS Admin    

      Gerald – We have 272 Air Force Members who served at RAF Alconbury. Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this Base on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you on this base will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  19. Mike Carrington    

    Looking for Jo from 625th Military Airlift Support Group.

    1. TWS Admin    

      Mike – we have 24 Members who served in the 625th MASG. Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this Unit on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you on this base will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  20. nick cayafas    

    US Army 1972-1974
    Basic Fort Ord, CA
    Korea 1973 Camp Indian 44th Engineers
    Fort Macarthur, CA 1974 103rd MP Co.

    1. TWS Admin    

      Nick – join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter your Units on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you on this base will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  21. Douglas Robertson    

    Anyone in 3700 M&S Squadron Lackland AFB, SanAntonio, Tex from Aug 1970- May 1974

    1. TWS Admin    

      Douglas – We have 12 Members who served in the 3700 M&S Squadron on TWS. Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this Base on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you on this base will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  22. Tan P Johnson    

    Searching for Angela Jackson who was from Brooklyn, NY my battle buddy at Ft. Sam in Feb 1993. Also Zuby Freeman from Blue Field, OH, we were stationed in 2ID, Korea 1993-1994.

    1. TWS Admin    

      Tan – join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this Base on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you on this base will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Ms Jackson and Freeman may be on this list. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  23. Darold Robert Cherry    

    Looking for Earl Edward McGee 72 BW Clinton-Sherman AFB 1967-1968 , Darold R Cherry

    1. TWS Admin    

      Darold – We have 32 Air Force Members who served on the Clinton Sherman AFB. Join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this Base on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you on this base will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Mr McGee may be on that list. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  24. Bill Simpson    

    It has been fifty plus years. We have all changed and lived a different life with one brief shared experience. We are strangers except for that one moment in time. Carry on with your life.

  25. Bruce Stewart    

    I served on the USS Waddell (DDG-24) from 1983 -1988

    1. TWS Admin    

      Bruce – we have 266 Members who served on the USS Waddell. join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this ship on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in this Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  26. Lance Tucker    

    You say that the TWS provides a one year free membership. What you don’t say is what it cost after the first year.

  27. James D    

    Veterans you guys deserve the best… Thanks for all that you do! You are all amazing

  28. Patrick Dana Seeker    

    We served Our Country When It Needed us Most. Our Parents Served during the 2nd World War. Grandpa Served in WWI. Hoping to connect with some buddies from 7th PSYOP Group in Okinawa (1970 and 71)

    1. TWS Admin    

      Patrick – preserving your service and reconnecting with people you served with is what TWS is all about. Join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this unit on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in this Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  29. Dennis Richard Cole    

    Is this also for non-combat vets ? Does the other party have to be a member ?

    1. TWS Admin    

      Bobby – TWS is for all Veterans who honorably served – combat or non combat. You can join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  30. Patricia C. Bravo    

    What is the cost of membership?
    Do you sell member information? If so, can I opt out ?
    How does your site protect our information?

    1. TWS Admin    

      Patricia – All Veterans joining at https://join.togetherweserved.com/VA get 12 months complimentary Premium Membership. Together We Served fully protects the personal information of its Members on its secure servers. It does not share, the personally identifiable information of any of its Members with any third party, outside of the TWS organization.

      TWS Admin

  31. Roger Borroel    

    I’m kind of careful meeting old war buddies from the ‘Nam. They all might be trumpies! I was in the 101st Airborne Division, 3rd Brigade, as an RTO with B/2/506th Infantry, A Shau Valley, 1968-69. Anyways, have a good life, what’s left of it!

  32. Roger Borroel    

    I’m very careful about meeting old war buddies from the ‘Nam, they might all be trumpies! I was in the A Shau Valley, 101st Airborne Division, artillery RTO for B/2/506th infantry, 1968-69. Anyway, have a good life guys, what’s left of it..

    1. TWS Admin    

      Roger – we have a large number of Members who were in that Unit in Vietnam in 68/69 on our website. You may find some old friends to reminisce with. Join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter your unit on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in this Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

    2. Bill butkus    

      I was in the 101st airborne ,2nd brigade. I was a helicopter crew chief.,and I am not a Trumpy. I was in Nam from 69-70. My name is Bill Butkus, nice to hear from another Nam soldier. Good luck and God bless!

  33. Gary Lee Sill    

    Sounds good to connect with friends when I served with OSI in the San Francisco OSI Detachment in 1970-73.

    1. TWS Admin    

      Gary – Absolutely. Join us via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter OSI on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in this Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  34. John Edward Babbs    

    Dont think my guy’s would still be alive ,from naha Okinawa naval air base 1963 – 64 ,I’m 74 years old, I was 17 in 1963 I only remember a couple of names Kenneth P McKenzie, Andy Andersen, he worked in the post office in Naha,air base, I worked on the fuel farm, as a driver ,also remember Richard Kempling, is ther any way to find them ?

    1. TWS Admin    

      John – you may be surprised as we have Members from WW2 on Together We Served. Join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter your units on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in this Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website who will be happy to assist. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  35. Joseph Anthony Ferrara    

    Do you mean I can connect with shipmates serving on the Roger B Taney 1951-1954?

    1. TWS Admin    

      Joseph – the SS Roger B Taney was a liberty ship sunk in 1943. Could it be a similarly named ship? Join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  36. Bobby McNeill    

    Wishing to connect with OPtis (Jack)mJackson, 1967, Viet Nam, 2nd Bat, 1st Marine Div.

    1. TWS Admin    

      Bobby – join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter this unit on your Military Service Page. A list of all Members who served with you in this Unit will be presented to you, which you can contact as a Premium Member. Mr Jackson may be on that list. Any questions contact our Help desk at the bottom left of our website. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

  37. James D Ormsby    

    Us Army 1968-1975
    Basic Fort Polk,La
    Ordnance Center, Aberdeen Md.
    Ft Gordon,Ga.Casual status
    Korea..Camp Casey 1970
    Ft Jackson,SC.1971-1975.
    SSG Enlistment ended 2/5/75

    1. TWS Admin    

      James, join TWS via the link https://join.togetherweserved.com/va and enter those units on your military service page. We will deliver you a list of people who served with you who you may contact if you wish. Any questions, our Help Desk at bottom left of the TWS will be able to assist promptly. Looking forward to welcoming you on board.

      TWS Admin

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