Giving Back To Help Those Who Gave So Much
Non-Profit Military Organizations: Give to Those Who Serve and Deserve
December 2, 2013 by David Khan
As the holidays get closer many of us think about all the awesome new gadgets or collectibles we would love to receive. However the holiday season isn’t supposed to be about what you get, but what you give. For some it’s the gift of time, for others the gift of their talent and for a lot of us, we give up our gifts of treasure to others who are in greater need. With so many organizations helping returning service members, the prospect of including one of these nonprofits in your holiday giving is both overwhelming and exciting. Here is a short list of some of the deserving groups:
Operation Home Front
This organization was established in February 2002 as a way to support the deployed service members immediately following 9/11. Through numerous volunteers and donations, they are able to provide emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors. Learn how you can volunteer or donate to their mission at http://www.operationhomefront.net/.
Little Patriots Embraced
To help with the emotional and psychological stress that military members' children may incur due to separation, relocation or death of a loved one, the Little Patriots Embraced organization created the LPE Family Deployment Package which includes items such as teddy bears, custom baby blankets, journals for writing in and a CD of relaxing music. These packages provide a soothing way for kids to express their thoughts and emotions. To learn more about this project go to http://littlepatriotsembraced.org/.
Sew Much Comfort
Sew Much Comfort provides custom-made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to all service members wounded during their tours. These garments provide them a tangible reminder of the gratitude that is felt for their sacrifice and is meant to offer a higher level of comfort and dignity as they recover from their wounds. To learn how you can help with this important cause, go to http://www.sewmuchcomfort.org/.
Quilts of Valor
An all-volunteer organization dedicated to creating custom made quilts to cover the returning service men and women touched by war. These wartime quilts called “Quilts of Valor” serve as a lasting reminder of America’s gratitude to each recipient. Each quilt is unique and is presented to simply say, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice.” Over 37,000 quilts have been made and distributed to service members and veterans. To learn how you can assist them with their dedicated show of gratitude to the troops, go to http://www.qovf.org/.
Operation Write Home
This is another fantastic organization to create and send holiday cards to deployed service members. The organization is constantly seeking volunteers to create cards to send, and has mailed over 1.5 million cards already. If you would like to learn how you could support this organization go to http://operationwritehome.org/.
Lone Survivor Foundation
This foundation is focused on bringing wounded warriors affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and serious combat injury into a holistic and therapeutic environment, like a such ranch retreats, or into other activities that empower them to heal and restore their hope through health, wellness and support. Founded by retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who survived one of the greatest losses in Naval Special Warfare history during Operation Redwing. You too can assist this important project. Visit http://lonesurvivorfoundation.org/.
Wounded Warrior Project
An organization built with the vision to help those who have been wounded to adjust well back into society, provide awareness for the needs of wounded service members and create support networks for veterans to aid and assist each other. The Wounded Warrior Project has been around for over 10 years. It continues to host events that promote the incredible sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces, while empowering them on their recovery. To learn more about this well respected organization and how you can assist them go to http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/.
United Service Organization (USO)
The USO is one of the oldest and most respected military aid and appreciation programs that continues to support the military around the globe. The USO is responsible for programs that provide care packages, entertainment, warrior and family care, and child morale programs, as well as holiday boxes for the deployed and gift boxes for the spouses in deployed troops’ lives. This organization offers a multitude of ways to give back and is always looking for volunteers. To learn more about the USO and its programs go to http://www.uso.org/.
Regardless of how you choose to give back, each organization presents an easy and tangible way for us to thank those who have made many sacrifices for our nation. Whether it's with your time, talent or treasure, give back and be rewarded with one of the best gifts you could receive during the holiday season—the opportunity to serve others and know you made a difference.