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How to Support Troops

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Donate a Calling Card through Operation Uplink. Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone card. Using contributions from supporters like you, Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about.

Give Blood through the American Red Cross.

Volunteer to be a "Foster Parent" for the pet of a deployed servicemember through the Military Pets Foster Project or Operation Noble Foster.

Financial Support

In addition to the above methods of showing your support, there are several organizations which accept monetary donations in order to provide financial and other assistance to needy servicemembers:

  • The American Red Cross provides emergency financial assistance and assists servicemembers with emergency leave.
  • The USO provides morale, welfare and recreation-type services to uniformed military personnel.
  • The Army Emergency Relief provides emergency financial assistance to members of the United States Army.
  • The Air Force Aid Society provides emergency financial assistance to members of the United States Air Force.
  • The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides emergency financial assistance to members of the United States Navy and the Marine Corps.
  • The Coast Guard Foundation provides assistance to Coast Guard men and women.
  • The Armed Forces Retirement Home provides a place to live for needy retired members of the United States Military.
  • The National Military Family Association is the the only national organization dedicated to identifying and resolving issues of concern to military families.
  • The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS ) is a national non-profit organization made up of, and providing services to, all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed Forces.
  • Fisher House is a private nonprofit organization, that supports America's military in their time of need. Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates "comfort homes," built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times - during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

Other Ways to Support

Another way to show support is by doing a good deed on behalf of servicemembers. Visit or volunteer at a VA hospital or nursing home. You can also volunteer in the local community to help make up for servicemembers who normally would volunteer but are now deployed or otherwise too busy with their duties. Many servicemembers volunteer to coach children's teams, feed the homeless, and aid their communities in a variety of other ways. Interested Americans can show their support and honor their military by volunteering in their local communities.

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