Support Veterans

Watch “American Idol” winner Kris Allen honor veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Veterans Day, Americans focus on how to honor veterans. But it is also a day when we must renew our resolve to support our veterans and their families. They served for us — now it’s our turn to serve for them.

“I call upon each American to reach out and touch our beloved wounded vets and their families with your loving care and helpful actions,” says Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.)

Make yourself available to drive veterans to doctor appointments or to run errands. Offer to help with a job search, or assist with finances if possible.

The families of our wounded veterans desperately need help managing daily life. Lend a hand with household chores, child care or even routine home maintenance.

Looking for more ways to help? The following organizations and initiatives are dedicated to assisting veterans and their families.

• Community Blueprint Network: The Community Blueprint Network offers a road map for local communities across America to address the most common challenges facing veterans, returning service members and their families by transforming goodwill into service.

Gary Sinise Foundation: The Gary Sinise Foundation serves the nation by honoring defenders, veterans, first responders, their families and those in need by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.

• Got Your 6: Got Your 6 is an awareness campaign led by the entertainment industry that works to promote understanding and respect for America’s veterans and military families. It focuses on the activation of the American public through six key pillars of veteran reintegration: jobs, education, health, housing, family and leadership.

• SEW Much Comfort: SEW Much Comfort is a non-profit organization specializing in providing adaptive clothing for service members who are injured or maimed and re-adjusting to prosthetic limbs. They are always looking for materials, clothing and volunteers to help with the program.

• Soldiers’ Angels: Soldiers’ Angels is a volunteer-led nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families.

• VA Voluntary Service: Founded 60 years ago, VAVS is one of the largest volunteer programs of the federal government. Volunteers assist in community-based programs, hospital wards, nursing homes and veteran outreach centers. VAVS also offers a special program for student volunteers and runs a volunteer transportation network.

• Yellow Ribbon Fund: Yellow Ribbon Fund arranges opportunities for injured soldiers undergoing long-term rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and their families to enjoy outings in the local community. In addition, the mentoring and internship program gives veterans a chance to learn job skills at a local company or technical institution.