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5 Nonprofits That Support the Troops

Jul 01, 2016 01:14PM ● By Melanie Heisinger

Photo courtesy of the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW Facebook page.

As we prepare to celebrate the 4th of July, it's important to refocus on those plans of doing good in the community and thanking those that have served for our great country. Here's a list of 5 nonprofits that support the troops and are always looking for assistance. 

A Rose of Thanks

Photo courtesy of the
"AROT" website.

(704) 754-2943
[email protected]

Mission: To send every US Armed Service Member in the Gulf Region a Thank You Card, to show them they are loved, missed, and appreciated for defending the U.S. and us. This is just the starting point. Everyday for these servicemen and women should be a day of thanks. It is because of their sacrifice that we can still be free to live in the greatest country in the world. A Rose of Thanks has sent out over 10,000 cards since Valentines Day, 2007. 

How to Get Involved: To get involved, all you need to do is order a card here, fill it out, and send it back. The person signing the card gets to personalize the cover and write their own message on the inside. 

For more information about A Rose of Thanks, or if interested in making a donation, you can visit their website

Wounded Warrior Project

Photo courtesy of the
Wounded Warrior website.

Mission: To honor and empower Wounded Warriors. To foster the most successful, well-adjusted generation of wounded service members in our nation's history. 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.

How to Get Involved: Donate: Your generous, tax deductible donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) enables the WWP to help thousands of injured warriors returning home from the current conflicts and to provide assistance to their families. As the number of wounded steadily increases, it is easy to see how the needs of these brave individuals also increase.
Join the Advance Guard monthly giving program for $19 a month and receive a WWP blanket.

Host your own fundraising campaign 
Want to host a golf tournament, put together a lacrosse event, or support WWP through your school? WWP has various ways you can become a Proud Supporter to make a difference in the lives of wounded service members and their families. You can read the Proud Supporter Event Guidelines before you get started. 

Volunteer: Visit their website for possible volunteer opportunities. 

For a full list of ways you can help, visit their website.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)


Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans. Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country. 

How to Get Involved: Donate: There are many ways that you can donate. It can be a one time donation, a monthly donation, or make a Memorial Giving (more information about this here). You can also plan on giving someone a direct gift or submit someone's name to a Memorial Wall. 

For more information on what can be done, visit the VFW website

Disabled American Veterans (DAV)

Photo courtesy of the DAV Facebook page.

877-I AM A Vet (877-426-2838)

Mission: Dedicated to a single purpose: Empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity. 

DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year. The organization provides more than 700,000 rides for veterans attending medical appointments and assists veterans with more than 300,000 benefit claims annually. In 2015, DAV helped attain more than $4 billion in new and retroactive benefits to care for veterans, their families and survivors.

How to Get Involved: Donate: Donate to the DAV to continue the assistance they give to disabled veterans. There is a choice between a one-time payment, monthly payment, or giving to  a scholarship program. 

There are a series of local volunteer options to take advantage of. Click here to find a local spot. You can also drive a van that brings vets to and from appointments and events, and rejoin them with the community. Click here to learn more about how to sign up to drive a van. 

Advocate: DAV’s multi-aspect legislative campaign provides this education and support in the capitol and across the country. Take some time here and learn how DAV is working with lawmakers on your behalf. Read more and discover how you, too, can stand with our heroes and make sure their voice is heard in Washington. To view DAV’s current advocacy campaigns, click here.

For more information on DAV, visit their website

American Legion

(800) 433-3318
Send E-mail

Mission: The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans in Washington. The Legion stands behind the issues most important to the nation's veterans community, backed by resolutions passed by volunteer leadership.

How to Get Involved: Donate: There are just a few ways your donation can make a life-changing difference for a hero in need:
  • Supply wounded warriors with comfort items during recovery
  • Grant scholarships to children whose parents have been killed as a consequence of the global war on terror
  • Identify the unmet needs of U.S. military personnel, veterans and their families, and provide the necessary resources to meet them 
Click here to learn more about making a donation. 

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