Other things you can do
HERE ARE SOME EASY, FREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP OUR NATION’S HEROES AND THEIR FAMILIES
Give a Veteran a free meal
It doesn’t cost you a penny. Fund meals for homeless and hungry Veterans by simply clicking on a button. Sponsors pay for meals each time you click. It cost you nothing. It even has an optional reminder via email each day if you want.
Record a war story
Do you know an old soldier with tales from the front lines? The Library of Congress wants to hear his voice. Go to the website below for tips on conducting an interview or to request a field kit, including biographical data and release forms.
Offer a vet a ride
The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own. You can volunteer to drive a DAV van for those in need.
Put those old cell phones to good use
Instead of stashing your used phones in the junk drawer, ship them to Cell Phones for Soldiers. For each one donated, the organization will pay for an hour of talk time for troops overseas
Donate used DVDs
Drop off movies or television shows at your local VA facility, or mail them to DVDs4Vets, a national organization that distributes them where needed.
Provide foster care for a pet
Take in the dog or cat of a deployed soldier or a wounded veteran while he or she is on duty or receiving VA medical treatment
Have some expired coupons lying around? Military families can use them for up to six months past their end date
Post a care package
Through the organization Kitchen Table Gang, hospitalized veterans and troops abroad can receive personalized parcels containing everything from candy to board games. Get a service member’s address from KTG, bundle up items with a note of thanks, and send them off.
Share your expertise
MilServe connects volunteers with vets in many areas: financial counseling or legal services; job search guidance; even carpentry, for building wheelchair ramps
Send a care package
Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000 care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in hostile regions, to their children left behind and to Wounded Warriors, Veterans and First Responders.
Volunteer at the Veterans Administration
Veterans of all wars seek health care at the nation’s many VA hospitals. And more than likely, there is a VA hospital in your community. If you go to the Veterans Administration website, there is a way to sign up volunteer at your local VA hospital.
Donate airlines miles
The nonprofit Fisher House Foundation administers the “Hero Miles” program in partnership with the Department of Defense in accordance with Public Law 108-375, Section 585, the FY 05 Defense Authorization Act. The program is comprised of individual airlines whose passengers donate their frequent flyer miles to assist service members and their families.
Specifically, Fisher House Foundation provides free airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill military men and women who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center and to attend authorized events.
Send a letter
We are asking individuals, schools, churches, businesses, and other organizations to write cards, letters, emails, and prayer messages of appreciation for our military, past and present. It is our goal to see that our military – active, reserve, and veterans – receive these messages, whether they are serving at home, abroad, or are injured in hospitals.
Hire a Hero
The Armed Forces Support Foundation 501 (c)(3) was established in 2006 with a mission to plan, promote, and execute programs to assist members of the United States Armed Forces transitioning back into civilian life.
Today our flagship program Hire A Hero (www.hireahero.org) is the premier online job board and community of choice for those who have served our country. Hire A Hero has helped thousands of veterans and their spouses connect to employers who value their service, work ethic and loyalty to our country.
Since September 11, 2001, more than two million troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, many have deployed multiple times. The most prevalent request made by our service members serving on those dangerous battlefields was “Please take care of our families.” Our Service members and military families are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of frequent deployments: social, educational, physical, medical and emotional. As our men and women in uniform experience deployment, reintegration, and in some cases permanent injury or the ultimate sacrifice, it is vital that American communities better understand what our Service members and our military families are facing.
Donate your used ink cartridges
Why not gather up all the ink cartridges your company throws away every month and donate them to help support our men and women who serve our Nation.
Donate your skills as a photographer
Yellow Ribbon Photographers is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2010 by Andy and Michele of Normand-Ashley Photography, consisting of member photographers that have donated their talent and time to photographing servicemen and women.
Knit a wool hat
As an all volunteer organization, we are always looking for more help! We are knitting and crocheting homemade hats to comfort our soldiers as they serve for us in Afghanistan. We send hats all year long to active duty soldiers and to medical units where the sick and wounded are prepared to leave for hospitals in Germany or back home in the United States. A warm, wool hat, made with love, provides both physical comfort and a “Hug of Thanks”.
The President and First Lady, and the Vice President and Dr. Biden are among many who believe that supporting our service members and strengthening our military families is both critical to the Nation’s national security and a national moral obligation. Through the President’s Call to Service, the Corporation is focusing efforts to positively impact veterans and military families.
It is vital that American communities better understand what our troops and their families are facing – and use that knowledge to simply, positively, and productively help those families address the challenges that service to our country has imposed upon them.