Serving your country is one of the noblest actions you can ever do. It’s also one of possibly the most dangerous, traumatic, and life-changing acts you can do. Trying to integrate back into your previous life can be incredibly difficult, but there are people who want to help. Currently, there are more than 450,000 military and veteran nonprofits in the United States. It may be challenging to identify which ones you should invest with your trust and resources. Here are some of the top five nonprofits making differences in the lives of veterans.
Fisher House Foundation
The Fisher House Foundation is a national organization that was created to support the Fisher House program. The Fisher House provides a home away from home or temporary relief housing for the families of patients who are being treated for medical care or major military and veteran medical centers. The Fisher House Foundation was founded in 1970 by Elizabeth and Zachary Fisher. The organization has helped more than 300,000 families saving them more than 360 million dollars in out-of-pocket expenses.
United Service Organizations
The United Service Organization works to support veterans and families through a variety of avenues. The USO helps with everything from assisting soldiers in staying connected with their families, to entertainment. The USO currently has over 160 centers worldwide. They also partner with other events and individuals in raising money for events and fundraisers.
Semper Fi Fund
Semper Fi serves all branches of the military and provides emergency funds for post 9/11 veterans who are wounded, critically ill, or injured during service. The nonprofit offers additional support for veterans and their families as they get back to ordinary life. The Semper Fi Fund is one of the three recipients of the annual Marine Corps Ball funds.
Bob Woodruff Family Foundation
The foundation is created after the journalist Bob Woodruff, who was injured while reporting for ABC’s World News Tonight. Woodruff spent 36 hours in a critical coma where his wife Lee met many families who were suffering from PSTD. After those interactions and Bob’s eventual recovery, the Woodruffs made it their life’s mission to help veterans struggling with PTSD, among other things. Presently, the Woodruff Foundation has helped more than 2.5 million families while investing 45 million dollars into national and local organizations and nonprofits.
Operation Care and Comfort
The OCC provides support and comfort to added on units of deployed U.S Military service members serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other conflict regions. The OCC works within communities through donations and service work. They assemble and ship care packages to adopted units until they return home. They presently support over 200 units on a monthly basis.
Serving in the military is one of the noblest things an individual can do. A great way to support your veterans and your community is by supporting the organizations that can provide the help veterans need.