Archive for January, 2012


While many have opted to lose weight or to quit smoking for their New Year’s resolutions, both of which are admirable, a few others have chosen to volunteer more of their time in 2012. A few more have even specified how they want to spend their volunteer time and have chosen to do so supporting military members and their families.

However, trying to find volunteer locations that support troops isn’t always easy. So if you have decided to support the troops more in the New Year, look to some of the following to find positive volunteering experiences:

Contact Your Local VFW
One of the best places to find the services and help needed by veterans and their families is by visiting the local VFW. Through VFWs you should be able to find out where the next care package day is being sponsored or which veterans throughout your area are in need. You can even just drop in to hang out with your local veterans, and challenge them to a board or card game or listen to their stories. All forms of support are appreciated, and nothing says thank you more than simply spending time with someone.

Visit Your Local VA Hospital
If you are lucky enough to have a VA medical facility located within your area, you can find a number of excellent volunteer options. Local Vas are a hotpot for organizations that support the troops and you can usually find listings posted all over community bulletin boards throughout these facilities. So whether you want to work with older vets, visit those who are far from family, or make quilts, cards, or gift baskets for our wounded warriors, the VA offers plenty of opportunities. All you have to do is show up and be on the lookout for other volunteers – or simply ask an attendant at the front desk.

Get Online
If you don’t have a VA facility located nearby, or simply can’t coordinate volunteer times, that doesn’t mean that you have to abandon you desire to support the troops. There are several ways that you can offer your services and support online.

Organizations like, Wounded Warrior Project, and Enhance Lives offer ways in which you can support serving and wounded soldiers as well as their families, whether it be through a monetary donation, sponsoring care packages to send overseas, or putting together cards and quilts for the wounded.

If none of these options seem to be working for you, you can always organize your own way to help the troops. Creating care package ship days or getting local classrooms to create Thank You cards are fun and easy ways to show your support for the troops, and generally your local post office will be willing to help you in your endeavor.

Our troops have fought hard to preserve our honor and freedom, and by offering your time to them, you are not only making their time of service a bit easier, but you are also showing your respect and gratitude in deepest form. So if you are looking for a great way to spend a few of your extra hours after work or on the weekend, don’t be afraid to look to some of your local volunteer opportunities to support the troops.

Maya Szydlowski is a community manager for Veterans United Home Loans, the nation’s top dedicated VA lender.

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The Red Sox Foundation, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Home Base Program in partnership with The Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project have published an invaluable resource to help military parents and health care providers protect the health of their children: A Toolkit for the Well Child Screening of Military Children.

It is divided into different sections for the primary care clinician, the parents, and the children. It gives the doctor screening tools and a overview of effects of a parent’s deployment. It provides parents with strategies for dealing with upcoming and current deployments, homecoming, and death. And the section addressed to children normalizes the range of possible emotions and responses to the parent’s absence.

My only criticism is that the toolkit does not address what can happen after the parent returns. The child’s mental health is just as at risk after the parent’s homecoming as during deployment. The veteran parent very well may experience PTSD that children easily absorb and perceive that they have somehow caused their parent’s anger and/or depression. It is urgent we consider the effect a veteran parent’s PTSD can have on their children.

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مبلمان اداری صندلی مدیریتی صندلی اداری میز اداری وبلاگدهی فروشگاه اینترنتی گن لاغری شکم بند لاغری تبلیغات کلیکی آموزش زبان انگلیسی پاراگلایدر ساخت وبلاگ بوی دهان بوی بد دهان