Regardless of our views on the wisdom of sending troops to Iraq and Afghanistan, we have young friends – and friends with young sons and daughters – who are serving their country there. We would like to send a message to soldiers and their families that we appreciate their sacrifices – but there are many ineffective organizations trying to profit with sentimental appeals. How to help?
Learn what our troops’ wish lists can be found, and Give2The Troops will help get the gifts to our troops in combat and disaster-relief areas. Monetary donations are welcome.
Enable military families to be close to returning soldiers who are hospitalized.
You can give airline miles or make a direct contribution to Fisher House. Charity Navigator (see ASE article) rates them highly. A young friend in the Marines confirms that Fisher House serves soldiers’ families well.
Help reduce the stress when wounded soldiers return and rebuild their lives.
In 2006, two women began Hope for the Warriors at Camp Lejeune, in North Carolina. One was the wife of a severely wounded returning Lieutenant Colonel They recognized that wounded soldiers and their families face huge challenges and government programs can be slow to meet family needs. “Hope” advocates for these wounded soldiers, runs a care center where families can join them while they recover, and provides for immediate daily needs – from groceries to child care – to bridge the gap between active duty and disability assistance.
Help provide financial assistance in the form of scholarships.
These are for higher education to deserving sons and daughters of Marines and children of former Marines, with particular attention being given to children whose parent was killed or wounded in action.
Give emergency financial assistance to soldiers – active & retired – and their dependents when there is a valid need.
Army Emergency Relief‘s sole mission is to improve the morale and welfare of soldiers and their dependents. It is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own”. Commanders have access to donated funds to help soldiers and their families in emergencies.
Army Emergency Relief is a private nonprofit organization incorporated in 1942 by the Secretary of War and the Army Chief of Staff.