Nov
06
2012

Veterans Day
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Every Veterans Day we remember and honor the service members who have risked their lives to keep us safe. Generations of soldiers have sacrificed so much for our country, and we’d like to take a moment to offer a few ways to show our appreciation to them and give back to the veterans’ community.  Take a look at the organizations that support veterans below, and then some of the ways you can take action.

Thousands of returning military members suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Returning from a war zone can leave scars, not all of which are visible. These invisible wounds, such as depression and anxiety, affect the lives of veterans and their family and friends. Give an Hour offers free mental health services to veterans and their families through a community of professional counselors. Give an Hour helps educate and assist soldiers living with emotional trauma as a result of war; to date, mental health professionals have donated more than 55,000 hours to patients.

The Mission Continues empowers returning military men and women through veteran-led service projects. Post-9/11 veterans participate in service fellowships that allow them to use the skills they learned from the military to help the community. The fellowships are geared toward potentially providing full-time employment for veterans as well as the opportunity to pursue higher education.

Social media has become an important and useful tool in helping veterans re-join society. With the recent war in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) have dedicated themselves to connecting those who have served with one another through social networking tools, and invites communities across the nation to support veterans online and offline.

Veterans Day was established to remember and commemorate those in uniform. Take a look at some of the ways you can do your part to honor our veterans:

Volunteer

Coming Home Project

http://www.cominghomeproject.net/

Assists veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan by improving the psychological, emotional, spirtiual, and relationship challenges they face. They help build connections with other vets, community, and family members.

Homes for Our Troops

http://www.homesforourtroops.org

Help severely injured military members and their families build homes so they can live more independently by collecting donations, building materials, and coordinating professional labor.

Veterans History Project

http://www.loc.gov/vets/

The Library of Congress is looking to record soliders’ tales from the war to help future generations understand the realities of war straight from veterans.

Canine Companions for Independence

http://www.cci.org

Volunteers or puppy-raisers help take care of puppies, preparing them to assist veterans with disabilities.

Disabled American Veterans

http://www.dav.org

Volunteers provide free rides to and from veterans’ medical facilities and help improve the care and morale of sick and disabled veterans.

Care Packages for Veterans

The Hugs Project

http://www.thehugsproject.com/

This project is all volunteer-based. Supporters can send Marines and National Guard members in Afghanistan care packages with snacks, hygiene items, socks, and many other items (check the full list on the website).

Soldiers' Angels

http://soldiersangels.org/support-groups.html

Provides aid and comfort to men and women of U.S Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and their families. Volunteers can "adopt" a deployed service member and send supplies and letters to them.

Social Media

Veteran Central

http://veterancentral.com/

This site coordinates businesses and organizations that help returning veterans locate resources, programs, and job opportunities.

Hire A Hero

http://www.hireahero.org

A job resource site for veterans.

After the Uniform

Have a great idea for how to help Veterans in your community? Submit your idea to After the UniformFacebook App and enter in the running to win $1,000 to help put your idea into action.

Have any other ideas? Add them here in the comments, or share with us on Twitter @CaseFoundation or on our Facebook page.

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