As I’ve said in past years, my family includes a number of veterans from various wars and actions, and I’m grateful to everyone who has served our Country, and their families. This handsome gentleman to the left is my late husband (although the photo is from long ago, after boot camp).
This year I thought I’d highlight just a few of the many nonprofit organizations that try to provide support and assistance to veterans. These are some of the most well known. Full disclosure: I haven’t personally vetted their finances etc etc. I’ve merely gathered up a few well known (and known-to-me) organizations and it’s up to you to decide whether to support any particular effort, or be inspired to look into others. Feel free to mention others you may know in the comments.
L-Z Grace: founded by Lynnette Bukowski, the widow of a Navy SEAL, who I’ve come to know and admire though her blog postings and social media. “Rest, Renew, Heal, Reconnect.” The organization’s purpose: “Landing Zone Grace (LZ-Grace) provides a place of respite for combat weary warriors and their families. The goal of this family farm is to provide a sanctuary of rest, renewal and hope to Special Operations Forces (from all branches of the military) transitioning from combat to life at home.”
Wounded Warrior Project: Their copyrighted motto: “The greatest casualty is being forgotten.” Their purpose (from the website):
- To raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members.
- To help injured service members aid and assist each other.
- To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.
Got Your 6: (From their webpage):
Got Your 6 facilitates collaboration amongst the campaign’s many partners, because widespread social change is best achieved through collective impact.
Through entertainment industry partners, Got Your 6 works to normalize the depictions of veterans on film and television to dispel common myths about the veteran population. Through nonprofit and government partners, Got Your 6 ensures successful veteran reintegration and empowers veterans to lead here at home.
Gary Sinise Foundation: (from their webpage)
At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.
We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
The Mission Continues: founded by SEAL Eric Greitens – from their website: The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life after the military to find purpose through civic action. We deploy veterans on new missions in their communities, so that their legacy will be one of leadership and service. The Mission Continues has helped thousands of post-9/11 veterans reintegrate successfully by focusing their talents and energy on tackling challenges in their communities.
I always have quotes on my Wednesday post:
When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn’t over for the veterans, or the family. It’s just starting. Karl Marlantes
Veterans report that service dogs help break their isolation. People will often avert their eyes when they see a wounded veteran. But when the veteran has a dog, the same people will come up and say, ‘Hi’ to pet the dog and then strike up a conversation. Al Franken
I have veterans in my family. But I didn’t know anything about DAV, Disabled American Veterans. Gary Sinise
My father had many, many veterans over to the house, and the older I got the more I appreciated their sacrifice. Steven Spielberg
It was a requirement by the veterans to list the 57,000 names. We’re reaching a time that we’ll acknowledge the individual in a war on a national level. Maya Lin
The Veteran’s History Project, a nationwide volunteer effort to collect oral histories from America’s war veterans, provides an avenue to do just that. Now in its fifth year, the Project has collected more than 40,000 individual stories. Spencer Bachus
The popular songs that were written in the 1920s and ’30s, ’40s and early ’50s were written by veterans – mostly men who’d had experience in life. How can you write a lyric if you haven’t really lived life? Rudy Vallee
I have a cousin who is a spiritual advisor for Native veterans in Canada, so I’m very familiar with the history of Natives in the military. And growing up as an American Indian myself, the story of Ira Hayes is one that is often told. Adam Beach
The notion that war forever separates veterans from the rest of mankind has been long embedded in our collective consciousness. Phil Klay