Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Association is brilliantly joining forces with our men and women returning home from service in the middle east. Their thoughtful programs and supportive assistance include case management, education, mental health support, and employment programs. They directly work to reduce veteran suicide rates, strong commitment to better support our female soldiers, and fighting the backlog at the local VA hospitals and clinics so that these heroes have access to the care they deserve. Go to your CEO's or higher up Mucky Mucks and engage them in a matching collection drive... Whatever dollar amount the staff raises the gang upstairs commits to matching it! Make it a fun contest, a team building experience, make it memorable and perhaps even annual! Hop to it and be the difference these returning soldiers need so desperately! http://iava.org/campaigns/
Children of Fallen Patriots is a passionate group completely focused on supporting the children of the men and women in our military who pay the ultimate price for freedom. "The vision of Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation is to ensure that EVERY such child receives ALL necessary college funding." What better gift to provide these kids than hope and foundation for the future. Please reach out to your carpool group, yoga class, tag football team to start a collection to help Children of Fallen Patriots. Or, volunteer and dig in to help this amazing group! http://www.fallenpatriots.org/ways-to-help/
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) offers services that I'm sure they wish they didn't need to do. They (TAPS) offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994 TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. These services include support following death during active duty, suicide, and to Casualty Officers who suffer severe grief following being the support network to families upon the death of their soldier. It's about grieving, healing, and finding hope again. Get the group at your Zumba class, your spin class, or your Yoga class to fill a hat and donate to TAPS. http://www.taps.org/
Created in 1920 to support the Veterans of World War I, Disabled American Veterans continues to provide much needed services to our wounded men and women returning from active duty. They operate with the best fiscal responsibility I can find in an organization. They are very diverse in their services and offer much needed programs from transportation to educational services to representing our military families in the court systems and in congress. Take that spare change and turn it into a donation to DAV to honor, respect, and show much needed support to those who sacrificed their lives to suit up in our place. http://www.dav.org/
This list is awesome and inspiring. In particular the part about how getting involved and giving - in any fashion - can help one become a more fulfilled and happy person is especially meaningful to me. How about you? Happy International Day of Happiness!
What if you got your coworkers to donate the cost of one fancy brand coffee one day each week to start a donation for National Military Family Association? 10 people x $2.50 for one week = $25.00. Do this for 4 weeks and you've got $100 to donate to this worthy charity! Not only do they offer services to our men and women in uniform, they have therapeutic and supportive programs for the children and partners. They offer family retreats following deployment to help families get acclimated and destress. They have summer camps for military children. They offer scholarships and education funding. NMFA is an all encompassing charity that needs our help. Take An Extra Bag, donate the cost of a cup of coffee and help military families. http://www.militaryfamily.org/
Operation Homefront has a solid reputation for being a responsible charity keeping their priorities on their members in need. There are many ways to contribute to this awesome charity including financial, volunteering, and "In Kind Giving" such as gift cards, household items, canned goods, children's books, furniture, computers, or any other non-monetary items that are new or like new. Also donated or pro-bono services are desperately needed like legal support, automotive repair, heating and air conditioning services, roofing, and accounting services. Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. Reach out to Operation Homefront and give of yourself with donations of goods, finances, or, even better, your kindness and compassion! Take An Extra Bag to Operation Homefront today! www.operationhomefront.net
Jacksonville Florida is the home to K9sFor Warriors, www.k9sforwarriors.org This group is an amazing foundation committed to training shelter dogs to be therapy/support companions to warriors suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder during service following 9/11. This group is doing the work of angels trying to stop the epidemic of 22 US soldiers committing suicide daily by providing purpose, responsibility, and the unconditional support and love of a rescue dog. In a sense, they soldier and the dog save each other. Please consider contributing funds, supplies for the training house including basic toiletries, bedding, gift cards to PetCo or the local grocery stores OR gather your gang and become part of the Kasseroles for K9s! They need to feed the soldiers as they provide them training with their dogs. The casseroles will keep our men and women well fed as they start down this new path to wellness. Take An Extra Bag and B4 K9s for Warriors!
Let this serve as your call to arms to gather your friends and coworkers and Adopt A Soldier.http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/index.php/site/adopt Adopt a Soldier allows you to customize your commitment abilities: Adopt a Soldier for their entire deployment sending notes, cards, and care packages. Or, you can do a short term commitment by contributing just once. Wouldn't it be great to have church families or baseball team families each adopt one soldier for the balance of their deployment? What an enormous difference such a commitment would make and a role model opportunity for the children. Take An Extra Bag today! Adopt A US Soldier allows you to show your support for our deployed troops. You can choose to Adopt A US Soldier by sending your letters and packages to a single soldier for the duration of their deployment OR register through Project Frontlines for a one time donation to a unit.
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Kari Stiles, RN, BSN, WCCN, CRRN. Philadelphia Metro Area, Pennsylvania.