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Give Back to Veterans and Military Families

Updated: Sep 12, 2019

Looking for a way to give back to those who have served our country in the armed forces? Perhaps something a little more meaningful than an annual post on social media? This is how you can, make Memorial Day matter a little more.

Learn: “Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the paratrooper and captain -- who went on to write "The Other Wes Moore" -- explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan. He shares the single phrase he heard from civilians on repeat, and shows why it's just not sufficient. It's a call for all of us to ask veterans to tell their stories -- and listen.” You can watch Wes Moore's TED talk at:

ACT: As one of the nation's preferred veteran employment service organization, Hire Heroes USA is looking for volunteers to help their members thrive in the workforce. However, no matter how much we aspire to volunteer - it's not always easy to find the time. "The majority of Hire Heroes volunteers participate in virtual opportunities. This means you can volunteer with Hire Heroes from the comfort of your home or office. Most opportunities are scheduled as needed, so there is no requirement to set aside a certain number of hours every week." From resume building to mock interviewing, there is so much that you can do with just a few hours of your time! Hire Heroes' volunteer webpage states that the organization is currently in need volunteers from the following industry backgrounds, or with expertise in: - Project Management - Logistics - Entertainment - Nursing - Federal Sector - Security/Law Enforcement - Video Game Design - & more! Additionally, the website states that the organization needs volunteers with experience in the following companies who could speak to company culture, the application/interview process, and how to get your foot in the door:  Amazon, Disney, Lockheed Martin, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics.

GIVE: Organizations like the Gary Sinise Foundation and Operation Gratitude work tirelessly to give back to veterans, first responders, and their families. From building smart home modifications to take care of wounded veterans to ensuring that every one who served, and the families they left behind, get a handwritten care package of gratitude. For more information, visit their websites to get more insight into the unique, and wide ranging programming of these two non-profit organizations.

Have an idea on how to help with this issue or a different cause? Email with a subject line that includes your cause and whether your suggestion involves donating (GIVE), taking action (ACT), or bringing more awareness to the cause (LEARN).

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