There are easily over 1 million nonprofit organizations in the US. That’s a lot to choose from! If you’re wanting to give some of your money or time (which is a wonderful thing!) but you’re not sure where you should give, here’s a small list to start you out.
Keep in mind that there are many more charities out there aimed at serving our military. These are just a few I found that have plenty of information about their organization along with some great missions.
1. The Wounded Warrior Project
This organization provides medical assistance, programs, and other services to Veterans and service members who have been injured while in the military (this includes “invisible” injuries such as PTSD). To read some success stories and for more information about how you can help, click here.
2. Operation Gratitude
This is an organization dedicated to sending care packages to “new recruits, Veterans, first responders, wounded warriors, care givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas.” They’ve sent over 1 million care packages so far, and donating money or volunteering would be a great way to show some love and appreciation to our military. Learn more here.
3. United Service Organizations (USO)
It turns out the USO is more than just a military hotspot in airports! The USO also cares for wounded service members, supports families of the fallen, and helps service members make the transition back into civilian life. Check out their website for more information.
4. Homes for our Troops
This is such a cool organization, y’all. Homes for our Troops builds homes that are specially adapted for severely injured Veterans. There are many ways to support this charity, including volunteering, becoming a sponsor, hosting a fundraiser, and participating in runs. Click here to learn more.
5. Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
The DAV actually supports all veterans, not just those who are disabled. They help veterans claim benefits, represent disabled veterans and their families before Congress (as well as state and local governments), and educate the public on these matters. To learn more about their mission and how you can help, click here.
6. The Armed Services YMCA
This charity provides support and services to service members and their families, particularly to those serving on the front lines of duty. Their services include “childcare, hospital assistance, spouse support services, food services, deployment support, emergency support, computer training classes, counseling, wounded warrior support, wounded family support, health and wellness services, and holiday programs that are tailored to the specific needs of the military community on the local level.” Whew! To read more and find out how to help, visit their website here.
7. Hope for the Warriors
This organization provides help for wounded service members (for both physical and psychological injuries), programs for career transitions, and scholarships for military spouses or caregivers of wounded or fallen service members, among other things. To donate, volunteer, attend an event or run, or to learn more, click here.
8. Thanks USA
While Thanks USA isn’t directly helping military personnel, they are dedicated to providing scholarships to the spouses and children of active-duty service members. Since this indirectly assists military members, I figured it still belongs on this list. Learn more about Thanks USA here.
9. Operation Support our Troops
This charity is volunteer-based and works to provide “comfort, resources, and education” to service members and their families. They also send packages to deployed military personnel (and stuffed stockings during the holidays!). To find out more about this organization, check out their website.
10. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
As you probably guessed, this organization provides services to Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. They provide assistance, awareness, and even advocate for policies that benefit veterans and their families. They’ve recently launched the Campaign to Combat Suicide, which is aimed at lowering the rate of suicide among Veterans. Click here to learn more.
If you know of any more awesome military charities that I didn’t mention, let me know in the comments below!