Want to Support U.S. Veterans? Here's How.
As Memorial Day honors the fallen heroes in our country's plight for freedom, the event also reminds each of us that we need to support those heroes of freedom in America who are still living.
All of us can do SOMETHING. We each have interests, talents and skills that would benefit military personnel and veterans in our corners of the nation. Thankfully, many organizations exist to support these heroes and their families. The following are just a few to consider partnering with to share your support:
1. Fisher House. Based in Rockville MD, this organization "builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital." The foundation also "operates the Hero Miles program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program, using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge."
2. Hire Heroes USA. Provides personalized job search assistance for transitioning U.S. military members, veterans and military spouses. Works with a large network of volunteers to provide training and scholarship opportunities.
3. Operation Homefront. Since its inception over fifteen years ago, this organization focuses on programs that offer: “RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems.”
4. Homes For Our Troops. Supporting severely injured post - 9/11 veterans, this organization builds and donates specially adapted custom homes for veterans who have sustained injuries including multiple limb amputations, partial or full paralysis, and/or severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).
5. Pets For Vets. Seeking to improve the lives of both veterans and animals, this organization’s goal is to give back by matching veterans with deserving shelter pets. Professional trainers prepare the animals to adapt to specific needs of recipients.
Consider reaching out to a local organization in your community, such as the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) or an American Legion chapter. These organizations are always in need of volunteers, and you'll be able to connect directly with local veterans and military families.
Just take one step. Offer one hour. Touch one life.
Shine On. -Kimberly
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