Wednesday Is Veterans Day. Looking For Ways To Give Back? Here Are Some Ideas.By iParticipate on Mon, Nov 09 2009, 14:03:36
If you would like to get more involved, you can search for volunteer opportunities in your area within the iParticipate search box or look at the list below of just a few of the organizations providing volunteer services to veterans and military families:
Welcome Back Veterans
They were there when we needed them. They served us all and kept us safe. Yet hundreds of thousands of American veterans, home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, at times can not access basic treatments and get the support needed to enable them to transition back into civilian life. They need our help. It's our turn to serve them.Welcome Back Veterans (WBV) was created to inspire Americans to give back to our returning veterans and their families. The mental health issues they face are well documented, but too many people still don't know about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) -- or what we can do to assist these great men and women. By giving everyday Americans the tools they need to make a difference, creating a national network of clinics to provide the best care to those who deserve nothing less, and funding groundbreaking research to limit the scope of PTSD, WBV is committed to supporting our returning heroes. All of us can play a part. Join us and find out how at www.WelcomeBackVeterans.org.
Create The Good - Supporting Military Families Toolkit
Deployed military members leave behind spouses, children and parents who must try to maintain life as usual while their loved one is away. Often, they are left to settle into a new community without the benefit of local family and friends. Giving a bit of your time can make a world of difference.
The Mission Continues
Find toolkits for planning service and armed forces-related events, including hosting a backyard benefit to support wounded and disabled veterans, creating a Veterans Tribute Project, and setting up a toy drive to donate toys to children in need.
Blue Star Families
Support military families through our service programs, such as Books on Bases, where volunteers read to and distribute free books to military children, and Care Packages for the Families Back Home, which sends morale and support to the spouses and children of deployed service members.
In partnership with the American Legion Auxiliary, provide support to veterans and military families in service activities connected to poverty alleviation. In coordination with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service, help to mobilize volunteers who will provide assistance to hospitalized veterans, as well as respite care for older veterans and their families.
Volunteer Transportation Network
VTN links volunteer drivers with those seeking care from the Veterans Administration.
Give an Hour
Give an Hour is a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their families and their communities. Currently, there are more than 4,400 licensed mental health professionals volunteering their time on the Give an Hour network.
National Military Family Association
This association educates military families about their rights, benefits and the services available to them. It also provides information about the issues that affect their lives and promotes and protects their interests by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them.
Army Family Readiness Groups
ArmyFRG offers information and resources to assist soldiers and their families during deployment.
The USO provides morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel and their families.
The VA Administration provides patient care to veterans and helps them get the services they have earned. To volunteer, fill out a volunteer form and a local VA representative will contact you.
The Red Cross has a deep history in helping military members and their families. To learn more about volunteering, go to www.redcross.org and click on “volunteer” under the Giving and Getting Involved tab.