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As Americans we are indebted to the brave men and women who have served in the military and have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom. These servicemembers may have retired their uniform, but they still remain an essential part of America’s identity. They deserve our respect, gratitude and service.
As part of President Obama’s United We Serve initiative and in response to First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s call to action, we are committed to engaging American citizens in service to veterans. With service efforts throughout the country, we hope to address the pressing issues facing this important and heroic group of Americans.
There many ways to help and honor our American veterans through service. You can serve with one of the organizations listed below, search for volunteer opportunities, or check out our toolkit for working with the Department of Veteran’s Affairs Volunteer Transportation Network.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Contact your local veterans group and organize or attend an event for veterans commemorating Veterans Day and Memorial Day in your neighborhood. Find a VFW or American Legion in your community.
- Support wounded veterans and their families by checking out the programs at the American Red Cross Armed Forces, VA Voluntary Service, and CAUSE: Comfort for America’s Uniformed Services Elite.
- Want to use your professional skills to help? Check out the Coming Home Project and the Military Pro Bono Project – just a few great examples of ways your specialized skill set can serve those who served us.
- When organizing a letter or card writing campaign, be sure to include the veterans at your local VA hospital. Learn more about letters to the troops and some tips on running a successful campaign from the Red Cross.
- Work with an organization like Homes for Our Troops, which assists injured veterans and their families by building new or adapting existing homes for handicapped accessibility.
Helpful Resources and Organizations
Learn more about veteran’s issues or get involved in other ways through these resources::
Are you a veteran?
Your military service may have ended, but your country still needs you. The leadership and skills you learned in the military are valuable to your community. In or out of uniform, you can make a difference here at home as well.
Here are a few resources to help you get started:
- The Mission Continues is an organization dedicated to empowering wounded veterans to continue their lives of service.
- Connect to a Veteran’s organization in your community such as American Legion or VFW.