Hello! I hope that you enjoyed the 1st installment about what Armed Forces Week/Day was and a little about the Marines and the Army. In a followup, I would like to showcase a few military charities and organizations this week.
In this edition:
Wounded Warrior Project
You’ve probably seen this logo, heard about it on the news, seen a video or ad online or maybe even something in your mailbox. Wounded Warrior Project is a military charity that supports troops on the battlefield and off. It advocates physical and mental health of the troops, especially those who have been injured. As of May 1st, 2016, Wounded Warrior has 88,978 in their Alumni Program and 18, 564 Family Members. As pulled from their website, their mission is to “honor and empower Wounded Warriors,” with the vision “to foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation’s history.” They have a 3 part purpose: “To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, To help injured service members aid and assist each other, To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injures service members.”
I think, Check, Check and Check. They certainly do a great job.
Since August 2003, the Horn family having been helping our troops, primarily overseas, get through tough times and give unconditional love. For the past almost 13 years, AnySoldier has grown exponentially. As of May 17th, 2016, they have helped almost 2.5 Million of our beloved military service men and women in many countries of the world. As a Soldier is stationed, they can sign up and be put on a searchable list to be found and adopted. There are no requirements for what you “need” to do, but they ask for you to follow basic and common sense rules to help and protect the adopted units (for example: their security).
How do you currently support our troops? Need some help? Consider some of these…
- Send out a care package or even a letter. Word from home is what they miss the most!
- Thank an active member or a veteran when you see them!
- If you have someone in your family or close to you, thank them for their service and sacrifice and if they are willing, ask them to share their story with you.
- Donate to military charities to help further military support.
- Shop at places that give back to our military. A great place is The Veterans Store at http://theveteranssite.greatergood.com/clickToGive/vet/home
- Learn about our military, what each branch does and the corresponding issues, policies and factors that affect them. If something you support, let them know! Let our leadership know! Sign petitions, meet up, send letters to your government stating how much you support our troops and that you want them to also.
- Volunteer in local events, races and fundraisers.
- Volunteer at your nearest Veterans Affairs Hospital (VA), American Legion or other military support group in your area (Check out Meetup [available online and app] to find groups in your area).
- Take a look at other awesome works military charities are doing to support our troops! CNBC did a good coverage on Top 10 Charities that Support Veterans, check it out! http://www.cnbc.com/2014/11/14/top-10-charities-that-support-veterans.html
Do you know of or support any other military charities? Share in the comments or send me an email. I’ve love to hear about it!
Make sure you stop by the rest of this week. I’ll be covering the Navy and the Coast Guard on Wednesday and another set of Military Charities on Thursday!