HEALING & SUPPORT
Practical Ways to Support the Troops
There are many things Americans can do to support the active duty troops, veterans and their families who have been directly impacted by wartime service.
The following is a list of useful links and ideas about how to help and support our troops:
Helping Individual Service Members or Families
An organization seeking to lift morale and put smiles on faces by sending care packages addressed to individual soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed in harm's way.
An organization that sends care packages to support U. S. troops stationed overseas.
Support Our Troops online is a nationwide platform for individuals, organizations, businesses and non-profits to bolster America’s troops and their families.
Non-profit that offers simple guideline and drop-off locations for letters written to letters to active and reserve service members and veterans serving at home, abroad, or who are injured in hospitals.
An all-volunteer organization that connects volunteers with expertise with Service Members, Veterans and their Families in a wide variety of areas including financial counseling, job search guidance, even carpentry for building wheelchair ramps.
Site that includes links to programs that offer aid to our military – everything from gifts, cards and care packages to emergency services to military family support.
This website encourages support to deployed soldiers through letters, care packages, pen pal campaigns, and monetary donations.
Foster the pet of a deployed soldier, wounded warrior, deployed military family, homeless veteran or family of a fallen service member who needs temporary assistance.
Military families can use coupons for up to six months past their end date. Send your expired coupons or cut and donate new ones.
One of the many USO programs that benefit troops and transitioning military families, this care package program was created to provide a safe and secure way for the public to show support for our men and women in uniform. For a $30 dollar donation, Americans can sponsor a care package for a service member who is either en-route to an overseas assignment or currently deployed.
Soldiers’ Angels provides aid and comfort to tens of thousands of service members stationed around the world. Supporters can “Adopt a Soldier” by sending regular letters and care packages to an individual service member, join a “Soldiers Angels Team” or simply make a donation, among other ways to help.
Visitors to the website can select one or more soldiers’ names from the “Where to Send” page. Each soldier’s address contains the line “ATTN: Any Soldier.” When the recipients - who are all AnySoldier volunteers - see that line, they will put the letters and packages into the hands of those service members who don’t get much or any mail.
This organization provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of service members and wounded warriors through programs offering food assistance, auto and home repair, transportation and moving help, morale initiatives and a program that paves the way to home ownership.
The BBBS Military Mentoring program supports children in military families and engages active duty, reserve or retired/separated military personnel, as well as civilians as volunteer mentors.
ThanksUSA is a non-partisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) effort to mobilize Americans of all ages to “thank” the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. They provide college scholarships of up to $5,000 per year for the children and spouses of our troops.
The program seeks to help soldiers serving overseas call home. Individuals and communities can donate cell phones and accessories or volunteer to set up drop-off centers for cell phone collections.