Happy Veterans Day…Thanks to Our Troops and Lend Your Support

Official 2013 Veterans Day PosterToday is Veterans Day. It’s always on November 11 because the armistice to end World War I was signed the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 2013.

Which is trivia. What is not trivial is my deep gratitude to our Vets and my hope that all who read this will support them, now and as they need it in the future.

Below are links to several highly organizations that help Veterans and active servicemen and women; we hope our readers will read down and find one they like.

To Veterans:  Thank you for going to war and risking your life, limbs, peace of mind, and things I can’t even imagine.

Thanks you for putting our country and our safety above your own and your your family, even if it meant not hearing your children’s first words or seeing their first steps. Thank you for being overseas in hellish conditions while we were safe at home.  Thanks to you that did not come back and your surviving loved ones. Thanks for those who came back with disabilities. The only thing I can do for most of you is to spread the word and ask that others support you today, tomorrow and for as long as you need it.

Support Our Vets However You Can

Few Vets will read this to know my gratitude, so I’m asking all of you to donate whatever you can (time, money, clothing). Make sure you donate to legitimate agencies. Here’s a good place to start: http://www.volunteer.va.gov/ 

Here are other organizations (most supported by various branches of the military) that all have an A or better ranking from the American Institute of Philanthropy, which is an excellent rating. Unfortunately, some charities waste money in overhead and ads, and others are just fraudulent.

Army Emergency Relief: with an A+ rating, AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.”

AER funds are made available to commanders having AER Sections to provide emergency financial assistance to soldiers,- active & retired, and their dependents when there is a valid need.

FISHER HOUSE - HELPING MILITARY FAMILIESOperation Fisher House: with an A+ rating, supports America’s military in their time of need. Their goal: “Providing a home away from home for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.: The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and the hardships of military service. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes” for family members near the grounds of major military and VA medical facilities.

Intrepid Fallen Hero Fund ExampleIntrepid Fall Heroes Fund: with an A+ rating, the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 , the Fund has provided close to $120 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund.

National_Military_Family_AssociationNational Military Family Association, with an A rating, helps military families through a variety of programs.  Please remember that the salary for most servicemen and woman with families actually puts them at or near the US poverty level. And, many people in today’s service are National Guard and DO NOT have ready access to base housing and other amenities available to those in past conflicts.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief SocietyNavy-Marine Corps Relief Society, with an A+ rating, helps active and retired Sailors and Marines. Its mission is to provide, in partnership with the Navy and Marine Corps, financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United States, eligible family members, and survivors when in need.

Please share this post with as many people as possible and donate whatever you can. Even the smallest donation will help.

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