Folks, as you get ready to celebrate the 4th of July, it’s important that we remember all those veterans and milfam orgs who really have their boots on the ground making a difference for our country. I know I have talked about the good work that IAVA and Swords to Plowshares does. Here are five more veterans and milfam orgs to check out that were part of the Veterans Charity Challenge 2.
Dog Tag Bakery
Dog Tag Bakery is an entrepreneurial program focused on education and employment for veterans with disabilities and their spouses. Here’s how their venture works. They hire cohorts of wounded veterans and their spouses to complete a program that provides both substantive work experience and a tailor made curriculum at the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. During the day, veterans operate the bakery: learning skills from baking to sales to business management. At the same time, they pursue a course of study focusing on small business administration and entrepreneurship, providing each student with the skills needed for the successful pursuit of a job or the foundation to create a small business venture of their own.
Healing4Heroes is dedicated to assisting military service members and veterans lead healthy, productive lives. They connect wounded service members, as well as those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury, with certified service dogs. The Service dogs are free of charge to veterans.
National Military Family Association
Military families are the strength of our servicemen and women. More than 2 million children have struggled with a parent’s deployment—often leaving them with deep, emotional scars that don’t disappear when the service member returns. For 45 years, the National Military Family Association has supported the families of the currently serving, wounded, survivors, and retired. Their services include retreats for wounded service members and their families, summer camps for the children of those deployed, and educational scholarships for spouses.
Returning Veterans Project
Returning Veterans Project provides free confidential counseling and complementary health care services in Oregon and Southwest Washington for Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans, National Guard, Reserve, Active Duty Service Members, and their families. Their services are free because they recruit, train and support a large network of licensed, community-based practitioners who volunteer by opening a pro bono slot in their practice for those they serve.
Full Circle Home
Full Circle Home supports the special women of our Armed Forces during deployments. Through donations and corporate partnerships, FCH arranges for gift boxes to be sent on behalf of service members to the home front. These boxes, filled with a variety of pampering products, and most importantly, a hand written note, help to comfort and support military wives and mothers during heart-wrenching separation.
What organizations would you like to see added to this list?