The United States has many organizations that were created in order to help veterans adapt to normal daily life again. These organizations range from being geared towards specific wars, versus specific ailments suffered as a result of service, or just general groups related towards religion and gender. Below is a small sample of some of the organizations present today for veterans and a summary of their area of focus. A full list can be found at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_veterans_organizations
- Paralyzed Veterans of America – This veterans organization was founded in 1946 and focuses on veterans of the United States armed forces who have experienced some sort of spinal cord injury or dysfunction.*
- Wounded Warrior Project – This organization offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military. It was founded in 2003 by John Melia; a veteran who was wounded in a helicopter crash serving in Somalia in 1992. As of 2011, the organization has 147 employees and over 1600 volunteers.**
- Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America – This organization was created in 1896 by Civil War veterans to prove that Jews have proudly served this country since the Revolutionary Era. It has an estimated 15,000 members ranging from WWII to current conflicts.***
- Vietnam Veterans of America – The VVA is a national non-profit corporation founded in 1978. It is committed to serving all veterans, however is dedicated to Vietnam veterans and their families.****
- Blinded Veterans Association – BVA is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families overcome blindness. Based on VA data, there are more than 158,000 veterans in America that suffer from severe vision impairment or blindness.*****
As you can see, there are organizations that focus on very specific sects of veterans and aim to provide awareness and services to those groups. Many focus on injured veterans, while others focus on veterans of a specific religious background or veterans of a specific war. Regardless, all organizations have a similar goal in mind; to help veterans in any way possible.
If you are interested in donating money to an organization or would like to volunteer, feel free to visit any of their websites where there will be information on how to contribute to their cause. Many are non-profit organizations and have received congressional charters under Title 36 of the United States Code. This essentially means that the organization is “officially” sanctioned by the U.S. Government.
If you chose to associate with any veteran’s association you are setting a good example for other American citizens, and helping show how veterans should be treated when returning home from service. Whether you are helping by making a donation or by volunteering your time, the organizations and veterans will greatly appreciate your contribution. Many of these organizations need all the help they can get in terms of funding and workers, so if a contribution is made, they will be extremely grateful, as will the veteran’s they are serving on a daily basis.
The next time you see a veteran, be sure to thank them. The sacrifices they’ve made to serve our country should not go forgotten or un-noticed.