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Ways You Can Help

How You Can Make A Difference

Ways You Can Help Veterans, Service Members, and Their Families

Thank you for your interest in helping veterans, service members, and their families! There are many ways to do this, and we have listed some of the best below. Keep reading to find out how you can help make a difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much for us.

Help them start a business

Veterans are natural leaders and often have the skillset needed to be successful entrepreneurs. However, they may not have the resources or know-how to get started. If you are a business owner yourself, consider mentoring a veteran as they start their own business. You can also donate supplies or office space to help them get on their feet.

Help them find a job

Many veterans struggle to find employment after serving their country. If you are an employer, commit to hiring at least one veteran. You can also reach out to veteran-owned businesses in your area and see if they are hiring. Finally, you can help veterans brush up on their resumes and interview skills, so they are better prepared to enter the workforce.

Help them improve their skills

In addition to finding a job, many veterans also need help honing their skills so they can be successful in their careers. If you have a specific skill set or trade that you are willing to share, consider offering training or workshops for veterans.

You can also connect veterans with resources such as online courses that can help them learn new skills in an industry of their choice. If they’re hankering to go into business, for instance, this online MBA program is worth exploring for the key business concepts it covers, as well as the flexibility of being able to study online.

Help them find or modify a home

Many veterans live in substandard housing conditions due either to financial constraints or because their homes are not accessible for their needs. If you are a contractor or handyman, see if there is any way you can donate your time and skills to help veterans make necessary repairs to their homes. If you know of any vacant properties that could be used as housing for homeless veterans, please connect with the appropriate resources.

Help them find a service dog

Veterans with disabilities often benefit greatly from having a service dog by their side. If you have a trained service dog that you no longer need, please consider donating him or her to a veteran in need. You can also donate money to organizations that train and place service dogs with disabled veterans.

Help them access medical care and counseling

Many veterans struggle with physical and mental health issues stemming from their time in service. If you are a medical professional, please consider donating your time and skills by volunteering at a VA hospital or clinic. You can also donate money to organizations that provide counseling services for veterans struggling with PTSD or other mental health issues.

Help them connect with loved ones

One of the hardest things about being in the military is being away from family and friends for long periods of time. If you know someone who is currently serving overseas, reach out and let them know that you are thinking of them. Consider sending care packages filled with snacks, games, and other items to help pass the time during deployments.

Volunteering for veterans groups and charities

There are many organizations that support veterans and their families, but they always need more volunteers! See if there is any way you can lend a hand at your local VA hospital or through Military Women of Valor, dedicated to supporting those who have served our country.

There are many ways you can help improve the lives of those who have served our country—and we hope this list has inspired you to take action! Every little bit helps, so even if you only have time to do one thing on this list, know that it will make a difference in the life of a veteran or military family. Thank you for your support!


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