A wide variety of options exist when it comes to supporting U.S. military troops stationed abroad or here in the U.S. Emotional support, gifts at the holidays or year-round and offering aid to spouses and families while loved ones are away are just a few of the ways you can show your support and appreciation.
Whether you provide direct support or donate time or money to organizations that do, your help will be welcome. Although the post-911 anthrax scare of 2001 forced the military to ask the public to refrain from sending mail directly to service members who are not close friends or relatives, you can send care packages via a number of non-profit groups. Hugs for Heroes, Troops Need You, Tea Party Vets and American War Mothers are a few examples.
Injuries, war-related emotional issues and lack of veteran housing are just a few of the issues addressed by organizations who support the military troops. Your visit to a VA hospital may be just what the doctor ordered for an ill or injured veteran. Donations to American Archangels help re-acclimate disabled veterans to civilian life after war. Pillows for Soldiers and Warmth for Warriors provide large, comfortable pillows and crocheted hats to soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan, while a large number of groups send volunteers to greet and cheer on veterans as they return home after serving abroad.
Families of troops stationed overseas need emotional and financial support as well. The National Military Family Association offers a wide array of services and funds to military spouses and families. The Fisher House Foundation allows loved ones to stay with injured military members at donated houses on military and VA medical center campuses. In addition to accepting monetary donations, this non-profit organization applies frequent flier donations to transportation for family members.
The number of different ways to support the military troops is virtually unlimited. Through donations of time, money and other resources, you can help improve the lives of soldiers currently serving their country, as well as their spouses and children. And don’t forget to show your gratitude and support for the veterans who need emotional support and assistance with disabilities and re-integrating into society.
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