…. November 11, 2011, designated as Veteran’s Day in the United States, is an important day for honoring the service and sacrifice of the military. It’s important to express gratitude to our troops and their families (active, non-active and survivors of deceased) all throughout the year – every year.
An article in the November 6, 2011 Parade suggested 11 ways to help veterans, which made me curious on other ways to aid our warriors and peacekeepers. An article previously posted here, https://dlcommunicates.wordpress.com/2010/08/05/aiding-any-soldier/ , also notes two great organizations that serve specific needs: AnySoldier.com and Operation USO Care Package. I found some other organizations, I thought noteworthy, who would love your time and/or money to aid those who serve our country, both in the areas of conflict and back at home.
The Fisher House Foundation – “Providing a “home away from home” for closer proximity of military families during a loved one’s hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.” The Foundation originated in 1990.The programs offer what they dub “comfort homes”, much like the Ronald McDonald homes. Since injured soldiers’ treatment often doesn’t occur in their hometown, family members travel to the treating facility. Fisher House provides a home nearby, thereby reducing some of the stress of the situation. These homes exist at every major military medical centers. More than 10,000 families benefit annually from the services at Fisher House. All of these families stay for free. For the locations of all of the houses: http://www.fisherhouse.org/houses/house-locations/
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) – “The greatest casualty is being forgotten.”™ This organization serves and brings attention to the needs of those severely injured on, or after, September 11, 2001. This includes rescue workers at the Towers, as well as service men and women through unique, direct programs and services. Programs that address mind, body, economic and engagement issues. These include such programs as the Combat Stress Recovery Program, Physical Health & Wellness, Soldier Ride (that welcomes both warriors and civilians) and Campus Services for self-sustainability and long-term prosperity. WWP’s stated vision: to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in this nation’s history. All programs are free
As a caveat, I strongly recommend that you check out any charity with a vetting organization such as Charity Navigator. Also, as an aside, I’ve read comments that Veteran’s Day only applies to wars and that any combat since World War II are only conflicts. That, I believe, is semantic and simply an outdated qualification. Call it conflict or war, we should honor all of our military who serve
And, of course, you can take part in total non-monetary contributions such as greeting soldiers at the airport, which many churches and organizations arrange for their members. Or, call the VA or a military base and ask: How can I help today?
- Because you served, I can… (living4bliss.wordpress.com)
- Hiking 2181 Miles For My Fellow Veterans (tchtravel.com)
- MLB honors the troops on Veterans Day (mlb.mlb.com)
- MLB, players pitch in to ‘Rise and Honor’ show (mlb.mlb.com)