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The morning of September 11, 2001 will live on in the hearts and minds of every American forever.
Hundreds of thousands of men and women from all over America are serving in our armed forces and away from their homes. While they serve our country, those of us “on the homefront” can be making a difference too.
Many Americans are looking for ways to support members of the military and their families. The following are some of the ways you can express your support for our troops, give time and care to their families, and help strengthen their communities.
Help for Troops
- Through Operation Dear Abby, send e-mail messages to deployed troops of any Service from your home state.
- Through Defend America, sign an online thank you card to troops.
- Donate a calling card to help keep servicemembers in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at http://www.operationuplink.org/
- Through Operation USO Care Package, contribute to the purchase of a care package of items requested by troops such as sunscreen, disposable cameras, prepaid calling cards, and toiletries.
Help for Families
- Offer your time and resources as an individual, organization, or business to give families of deployed troops help with activities such as household repairs, spring cleanings, and yard work or specialized skills such as financial planning or legal advice. Volunteer by contacting a local chapter of any of the following organizations: American Legion, American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, BPO Elks of the USA, Camp Fire USA, National 4-H Headquarters, National Fraternal Congress of America, The Salvation Army, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and YMCA of the USA. For additional information about these groups, click here.
- Volunteer with one of the youth serving organizations helping to tutor or take care of children while a parent or caregiver is stationed away from home. Some of these organizations include the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Camp Fire USA, National 4-H Headquarters, and YMCA of the USA.
- If you want to donate
money, there are many organizations that help military
families. Each of the branches of the armed services has a
military relief society that offer low interest loans and
other emergency financial assistance to military families:
Army Emergency Relief, Navy/Marine Relief Society, Air Force Aid Society and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.
Help for Others
- Think about sharing your time and compassion with a veteran at a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital or other facility.
- Search for a way to help in your community through the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network.
- Make a donation to one of the military relief societies:
- Army Emergency Relief at http://www.aerhq.org/
- Navy/Marine Relief Society at http://www.nmcrs.org/
- Air Force Aid Society at http://www.afas.org/
- Coast Guard Mutual Assistance at http://www.cgmahq.org/
- Donate to"Operation USO Care Package" at http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html
- Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/
- Volunteer at a VA Hospital to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts.
- Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals through a donation to the Fisher House at www.fisherhouse.org.
Canadian Jim Presley salutes during the playing of 'God Bless
America', at a rally in support of troops fighting the war in Iraq,
in Ottawa, March 29, 2003. Thousands attended the rally as the war
in Iraq entered its second week. REUTERS/Jim Young
|An Iraqi waves a pre-1991 Gulf War Iraqi flag (without the slogans "Allahu Akbar", or God is great, which President Saddam Hussein later introduced) in Baghdad's al-Fardous (paradise) square(AFP/Ramzi Haidar)|
|A local Iraqi boy offers a flower to a British soldier from the Royal Fusiliers during patrols in Basra, southern Iraq, April 8, 2003. British officials said a local 'Sheikh' would form the leadership in Basra province of Iraq, as residents no longer under the yoke of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's loyalists complained of lawlessness. REUTERS/POOL/Mark Richards|
British 'Desert Rats' Royal Fusiliers, Zulu
Company, pose with a portrait of Saddam Hussein taken from local
Baath Party buildings in Basra, Southern Iraq, in this Monday 24
March photo made available Tuesday March 25, 2003. (AP Photo/Mark
tattered American flag rides northward through the Iraqi desert atop a
U.S. Army tank with the 3rd Infantry Division Task Force 1-64 near Karbala
in central Iraq Wednesday, April 2, 2003.(AP Photo/John Moore)
FREEDOM -- Air Force members from the 621st Air Mobility Group
Tanker Airlift Control Element pose in front of a makeshift sign at
a forward-deployed location in southern Iraq on March 28. (U.S. Air
Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shane A. Cuomo
|Patty Yentsch (R) and her friend Mike Calarco of Las Vegas, Nevada, hold signs as they attend a pro-USA rally, March 26, 2003. About 2,000 people attended the event in Las Vegas in support of coalition troops fighting in Iraq. Calarco's son Michael Calarco, 22, a Lance Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, is now serving in the war in Iraq. REUTERS Ethan Miller/Las Vegas Sun MAGS OUT NO SALES|
A U.S. marine doctor holds an Iraqi girl in
central Iraq March 29, 2003. Confused front line crossfire ripped
apart an Iraqi family on Saturday after local soldiers appeared to
force civilians towards U.S. marines positions. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Julie Infante holds a poster of her son Washington Sarmiento, 20, at
the Rally to Support Our Troops at Ralph Bunche Park across from the
United Nations in New York, Friday, March 28, 2003. Her son is
currently involved in the Iraqi conflict. (AP Photo/Ed Bailey)
Soldiers, seen in this image
from video, ride in the back of a truck as they move away from
helicopters of the U.S. Army's 173rd Airborne Brigade at the Harir
airfield, 45 miles northeast of the Kurdish city of Irbil, in
northern Iraq on Friday March 28, 2003. (AP Photo/APTN)
U.S. Army Stf. Sgt. Chad Touchett, center, relaxes with comrades
from A Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, following a
search in one of Saddam Hussein's palaces damaged after a bombing,
in Baghdad Monday, April 7, 2003.(AP Photo/John Moore)
Lori Baker, and her
6-month-old son, Leighton, stand next to the U.S. flag in front of their
home Saturday, March 29, 2003, in Eustis, Fla. Baker's husband, Carey
Baker, a two-term Republican representing a central Florida district in
the state House of Representatives, has spent the past two months on duty
somewhere in the Persian Gulf region. He commands about 130 troops from
Alpha Company of the Florida National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 124th
Infantry Regiment. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Lance Cpl. Thierry Gation, left, of New York, of India Co., 3rd
Battallion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division, shakes hands with a
local man while patroling a rural area south of Baghdad, Iraq on
Friday, March 28, 2003. At right is 2nd. Lt. Adian Haskamp of
Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
A U.S. Army infantry soldier faces
towards north in the direction of Baghdad as he stands guard in the
south of the city of Najaf in central Iraq, March 23, 2003. The U.S.
Army announced that they faced about 100 local people, including
soldiers and members of the Baath party, in a heavy gunfight last
night, before the Najaf area could be secured. REUTERS/Kai
Members of the U.S. 15th Marine
Expeditionary Unit Fox Company 'Raiders' sit on their tank, south of
the town of Nassiriya, Iraq on March 30, 2003. U.S. troops battled
Iraqi fighters on the Euphrates river near the site of ancient
Babylon on March 31 in what appeared to be the closest the land war
has yet come to Saddam Hussein's capital. (Desmond Boylan/Reuters)
|Lance Cpl. Graeme Church, 27, from Middlesborough, sits on the head of a 17-foot tall statue of Saddam Hussein that was toppled and beheaded by Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers 25 Armored Engineer squadron, 2RTR battle group, in Az Zubaya, Iraq Tuesday April 1, 2003. (AP Photo/Brian Roberts, Pool)|