Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You, Veterans

On this Veterans Day, if you'd like to honor our vets by supporting a charity, here are a few that have the highest rankings on Charity Navigator, as well as a little about what each one does from their mission statements.

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The Semper Fi Fund, and its program America’s Fund, provide immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to post 9/11 wounded, critically ill and injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, ensuring that they have the resources they need during their recovery and transition back to their communities.

A national nonprofit, Operation Homefront leads more than 2,500 volunteers with nationwide presence who provide emergency and other financial assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors... 93 percent of total donations to Operation Homefront go directly to programs that provide support to our military families.

Founded in 1969, the National Military Family Association is the leading non-profit organization focusing on issues important to military families. We believe that all military families deserve comprehensive child care, accessible health care, spouse employment options, great schools, caring communities, a secure retirement, and support for widows and widowers.

Founded in 2004 by an Iraq veteran... Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has quickly become the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing new veterans and their families. Over the last decade, IAVA has become the leading advocate for its community. It pioneered historic changes, like the Post-9/11 GI Bill, VA funding reforms, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act, and more. IAVA is now leading the charge on combating veteran suicide, improving support for female veterans, ending the VA disability claims backlog, and defending veterans’ education benefits.

The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. Begun in 2000 and established as an independent not-for-profit organization in 2003, the Fund has provided close to $150 million in support for the families of military personnel lost in service to our nation, and for severely wounded military personnel and veterans. These efforts are funded entirely with donations from the public, and hundreds of thousands of individuals have contributed to the Fund.

Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI). These homes restore some of the freedom and independence our Veterans sacrificed defending ours, and enable them to focus on their family, recovery, and rebuilding their lives. Since its inception in 2004, over 90 percent of donations to Homes for Our Troops has gone to directly support Veterans.

Fisher House Foundation is best known for a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

The Armed Services YMCA is a top-rated military nonprofit designed to make military life easier. Programs are offered at no or low cost and require no dues or membership fees.

Photo from The Guardian
P.S. Have you seen the amazing pictures of the ceramic poppies planted at the Tower of London? It's such a moving piece of work, isn't it?

1 comment:

  1. I wish I had thought and designed the incredible poppy field in London. Did you realize that is where the men lined up to sign up for the war so that is why that site was selected? The beauty and majesty of those poppies is outstanding. Thank you for including it in your blog, Poppy B.

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