Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Give Back to Veterans this Holiday Season

With the holiday season comes the opportunity for corporate philanthropy, and what better charities to consider than those that benefit America’s veterans?

Below is a list of well-regarded Foundations and Charities for Veterans and their families.

Fisher House Foundation

The Fisher House ™ is a private-public partnership that donates ‘comfort homes’ on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes allow family members to be close to a loved one during the stressful time of hospitalization and rehabilitation for an injury. The Fisher House ™ program originated in 1991 and has served more than 10,000 families and nearly 2.5 million days of lodging altogether. There is no charge for a family to stay at a Fisher House, and there is at least one Fisher House ™ at every major military medical center.

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides financial and educational assistance to members of the Navy and Marine Corps, their families, and survivors. NMCRS provides financial assistance to eligible recipients in the form of interest-free loans and grants for emergency needs and needs-based scholarships.

Special Operations Warrior Foundation

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation provides full scholarship grants and educational and family counseling to the surviving children of special operations personnel who die in operational or training missions and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel and their families.

National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is an organization that supports military families and speaks up on behalf of military families and empowers husbands, wives, and children to understand and access their benefits. They meet the needs of service members and their families through recommendations, programs, and grassroots efforts to better the quality of life for military families.

Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust

The DAV Charitable Service Trust supports physical and psychological rehabilitation programs, meets the special needs of veterans with specific disabilities, and aids and shelters homeless veterans. Programs include helping to maintain a volunteer-operated transportation network providing rides to sick and disabled veterans needing transportation to and from VA medical centers for treatment; providing food and shelter and connecting homeless and needy veterans to essential medical care, VA benefits counseling and job training; meeting the special needs of veterans faced with specific disabilities such as blindness and amputation; supporting significant therapeutic initiatives; supporting physical and psychological rehabilitation projects aimed at some of America’s most profoundly disabled veterans; and bringing hope to the forgotten and suffering families of disabled veterans.

Wounded Warriors Project

The Wounded Warrior Project raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women, helps severely injured service members assist each other, and provides unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severely injured service members.

These charities are a perfect match for corporations looking to give back to those who have proudly served our nation. Happy holidays!

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