Honoring Our Veterans

Unique Ways to Give Back for Veterans Day

Veterans_Day_17According to the most recent stats from the Census Bureau, there are 18.8 million military veterans in the United States. We owe a great deal of gratitude and respect to each and every one of them, because they all put their lives on the line to protect the freedom and liberties we so often take for granted. Veterans Day is an opportunity to stop and reflect on their sacrifices and show them that we truly appreciate their service.

One of the best ways to help and support our veterans is through charitable giving and philanthropy – whether it’s donating money to a nonprofit or lending a helping hand at a local event. Here are a few of our favorite military charities to consider helping in honor of Veterans Day:

  • A Million Thanks. In addition to gathering cards and letters and shipping them to service members all over the world, they also have other programs to support our country’s military veterans and their families, like Grant a Wish and Fund a Scholar.
  • Fisher House. This group provides free lodging for military families while their loved one receives treatment. They have locations around the country near military medical centers.
  • Homes for Our Troops. Their mission is to build specially-designed, mortgage-free homes for wounded service members.
  • Patriot PAWS. A small non-profit that trains service dogs for service members, and provides them at no cost.
  • Thanks USA. This group provides needs-based scholarships to children and spouses of military members.

You can also use websites like Charity Navigator to search for new charities that support veterans, active-duty service members and their families. The ones on this list all have positive reviews in regard to their responsibility and transparency.

If you’re feeling a little more creative, MilitaryBenefits.info put together a list of companies around the country offering charitable Veterans Day programs. Many of these offers last all weekend.

With the holiday season fast approaching, Veterans Day is the perfect opportunity to get into the spirit of giving. If you’re not able to donate this year, there are lots of other ways to show your appreciation, even if it’s a simple thank you to the service member, veteran, spouse or military family member in your life.

From all of us at Pioneer Services – Happy Veterans Day!

Jake Butler

About the author: Jake Butler

Jake Butler is a staff writer at Pioneer Services who understands the challenges facing modern military families. He writes informative and entertaining pieces about military life, financial education and everything in between. Follow Jake on Google+.

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