Today, is Veterans Day, a day America honors and remembers the sacrifices made by the men and women of our armed services and their families.
There are a ton of great organizations that are dedicated to helping veterans and their families, but, we’ve decided to spotlight a few that are making a unique impact in the lives of this amazing community.
If you are looking for a way to support our nation’s veterans, these organizations are a great place to start.
From the Wounded Warrior Foundation: “Veterans and service members who incurred a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound while serving in the military on or after September 11, 2001. You are our focus. You are our mission … Everything we offer is free because there’s no dollar value to finding recovery and no limit to what you can achieve.”
Founded by actor and veteran’s advocate Gary Sinise, the highly rated charity provides a variety of services to veterans, first responders and their families, including providing smart homes, mental health resources, a family- oriented festival and more.
From the organization: “Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital … Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $451 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.”
The organization “builds and donates specially adapted custom homes nationwide for severely injured post-9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives … Homes For Our Troops provides a pro-bono financial planner for three years to assist in financial planning and household budgeting, in addition to homeownership education and warranty coverage to ensure that the Veteran is set up for long-term success as a homeowner.”
From the organization: “The DAV Charitable Service Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs; enhances research and mobility for veterans with amputations and spinal cord injuries; benefits aging veterans; aids and shelters homeless veterans; and evaluates and addresses the needs of veterans wounded in recent wars and conflicts. For those of every era, the Trust also supports programs that benefit the caregivers and families of ill and injured veterans.”
From the organization: “ In 2007, 1stLt Travis Manion (USMC) was killed in Iraq while saving his wounded teammates. Today, Travis’ legacy lives on in the words he spoke before leaving for his final deployment, “If Not Me, Then Who…” Guided by this mantra, veterans continue their service, develop strong relationships with their communities, and thrive in their post-military lives. As a result, communities prosper and the character of our nation’s heroes live on in the next generation.”
The Foundation provides a variety of services, programs and scholarships for families within the Naval Special Warfare community.
Here’s what they do: “Since 2005 we have focused on providing free mental health care to active duty, National Guard and Reserve service members, veterans, and their families.” Though they now focus on a variety of communities, Give an Hour still has programs specially designed to be mental health resources for veterans and their families.