Supporting Our Troops on Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day to all of our service men and women. Thank you so much for what you’ve done (and continue to do) for our country.

My family has a long history of military service. My father served in the Air Force in the Vietnam War and his father served in the Air Force in World War II. My father-in-law served in the Army in the Vietnam War. Most of my husband’s uncles served, including his uncle who recently passed away, who was in the Navy. Jonathan also has many active and recently active cousins, who are or have served in the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. We currently have someone active in every branch, including a cousin leaving soon for Guam (Navy) and another who will be going to Afghanistan (Marines), and this is after two times serving in Iraq.

On Veterans Day I feel it’s important to thank not only those we know, but those who serve for us, knowing we will never meet. Here are a few organizations that support these men and women.

Operation Troop Appreciation
www.operationtroopappreciation.com

This Pittsburgh-based organization provides “creature comforts” for deployed soldiers such as DVDs, CDs and video games. They accept new and gently used items, monetary donations and volunteers.

Military Connections
www.militaryconnections.org

Another Pittsburgh-based organization, this group sponsors soldiers for Christmas. I actually met a few of their volunteers at a local fair and they’re great ladies. They collect food, healthcare, supplies and “morale boosters” in addition to monetary donations, old holiday cards and volunteers.

Blue Star Mothers
www.bluestarmothers.org

Blue stars are traditionally hung in the home of parents with a soldier fighting at war. Gold stars symbolize the loss of a soldier. I love that this organization is a group of mothers that started in 1942. They have local chapters around the country (although no Pittsburgh chapter – someone get on that). This group supports the military through volunteering and advocating.

Military Pets Foster Project
www.netpets.org/militarypet/foster.php

When service men and women are deployed, they often times need a home for their pets while they are away. The Military Pets Foster Projects matches foster homes with pets. They accept both volunteers to foster pets and monetary donations.

There are many more worthy organizations that can be found at http://www.military.com/spouse/content/military-life/military-resources/how-to-support-our-troops.html. Please take some time to support a military member today!

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