Supporting Veterans Beyond Veterans Day


    soldier salutingVeterans Day may be observed every year on November 11, but there are plenty of ways to show your support the other 364 days of the year. From building and adapting homes to grief support, see how you can make a positive contribution to the lives of Veterans and their families.

    United Service Organizations (USO)

    The USO’s mission is to lift the spirits of troops and their families. The nonprofit’s programs support deployed, transitioning, wounded, injured or sick troops, as well as families of the Fallen. Host a fundraiser, volunteer your time or become a monthly donor.

    Disabled American Veterans

    Over 1.2 million Veterans with disabilities and their families benefit from the invaluable services offered by this organization. Donations are accepted, but you can also help by volunteering at Veterans Affairs hospitals or by driving Vets to medical appointments.

    Homes For Our Troops

    This nonprofit builds and adapts homes for Veterans who have returned from Afghanistan and Iraq with disabilities. Monetary or land donations are welcome, but volunteers are also needed to help construct and retrofit homes for injured Veterans.

    Fisher House Foundation

    When a loved one is receiving medical treatment, Military families can stay for free at this network of homes. In addition to monetary support, donating your frequent flier points can help fund travel expenses for Military families.

    Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA)

    A strong volunteer base allows the ASYMCA to offer low and no-cost programs—ranging from childcare and counseling to emergency food assistance—to members of the Military and their families. Get involved by donating your time or lending financial support.

    The Wall That Heals

    More than 58,000 names are etched on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., built in 1982. The objective to “honor, educate and heal” continues with the funding and construction of an education center beside The Wall. Monetary donations and planned gifts are always welcome.

    Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

    TAPS helps grieving families mourning the loss of a loved one from the Armed Forces through a support network and grief resources. Families and individuals can reach out 24 hours a day, seven days a week—free of charge. Donate online, where a one-time donation or recurring gift can be registered.

    Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)

    Connecting and empowering post-9/11 veterans, IAVA focuses on community building, education funding and mental health. There are several ways to show your support: dedicate a donation to a Veteran, put on a fundraiser or attend their annual Heroes Gala.

    Looking for more ways to support our Veterans? Check out our 6 Ways To Show Your Military Appreciation article for inspiration.

    GEICO, a long-standing supporter of Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund’s The Wall That Heals, has promised to double every gift we receive — dollar for dollar, up to $50,000 — to go toward bringing The Wall That Heals home to communities around our country. Help us match this generous gift by making a donation in honor of Veterans Day today.

    By Lisa Jackson & Alexandra Ward
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