I am horribly behind on EVERYTHING in life lately, but, sometimes, that is a blessing in disguise. If I had put ALL the Working Together Wednesdays into posts right away and scheduled them out, I probably would NOT be writing this, and that makes me a little sad.
Today in the U.S, we “celebrate” Veterans Day. Now, I put celebrate in quotes because while I am sure there are SOME that celebrate, for me, it has always been a time to remember and honor those who have fought for us, those who have given up those precious late teen and young adult years to serve our country. It has mixed emotions, for while Memorial Day is the day we remember those who gave up their lives and died serving our country, Veterans Day is a day we simply thank those who served or are serving our country.
There are tons of organizations that help Veterans while they are in active duty and throughout the rest of their lives. I believe that a simple Thank You is NOT enough when it comes to the sacrifices made by those who serve our country. Having resources to help them and their families is critical to showing support. While I understand not everyone can afford to donate, there are ways of donating time, and also simply helping these organizations get their message out to other who CAN donate time or money.
I have been looking and have found a few organizations that seem stellar and their messages are amazing. So, here we go…
Adopt A US Soldier: “Adopt A US Soldier allows you to show your support for our deployed troops.
You can choose to Adopt A US Soldier by sending a weekly letter or post card and optional care package to a single soldier for the duration of their deployment OR register through Project Frontlines for a one time donation to a unit.” I have adopted a few soldiers through here and the group is AWESOME. If you are looking for long-term donations, they have awesome ideas in their message boards, and everyone there is amazing.
Any Soldier: Any Soldier was set up to connect individuals and families with a deployed soldier to send a 1 time care package. This is not necessarily an on-going adoption, but rather a 1 time package as the addresses are not always current passed a couple weeks of receiving the address. This is a GREAT place to start out if you have never sent care packages before, and being able to choose who you support means if there is a particular branch of the military that is near and dear to your heart, you can find someone in that branch fairly easily, as well as choosing between men or women (you click on a name and read a bit about them before you request the address to send to them).
Brave HEART: “The Brave HEART Program is a program for Military members and their families, including therapeutic activities.
We appreciate the immeasurable courage, sacrifice and dedication of our Military Personnel and their Families, and honor this by giving something back to them. We believe every Military Family is special – Military Service and overseas deployments take a toll on the Service Member and on the Family, both during the deployment and after they return home. Each deserves the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of the American way of life, which they have worked so hard to support and defend.
Our individual tailored farm visits, variety of activities, and friendly environment in a convenient location, are the keys to improving family relationships and strengthening family bonds.”
LCpl Lutz Live to Tell Foundation: This foundation exists to help those who are home from being deployed deal with the Post-Traumatic Stress that being deployed in a war-zone causes. To fully understand the mission behind this foundation read the Letter From The CEO.
Home For Heroes Foundation: “The Homes For Heroes Foundation Mission is to provide needed support in the form of financial assistance and/or housing resources to our nation’s Heroes who have been wounded in the line of duty or are needy. The Homes For Heroes Foundation defines our nation’s Heroes as those who serve in the Military and those who serve our communities every day, such as Police/Peace officers, Firefighters and First Responders.”
Armed Forces Foundation: The Armed Forces Foundations mission is “To protect and promote the physical, mental, and emotional wellness of military service members, veterans, and their families.” They have several ways to get involved and are a great resource for information.
So there are several ways to get involved helping our veterans. A BIG Thank You to those who have served and are serving now.
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