Can you think of a better way to celebrate the fourth of July, than doing something constructive to help our veterans? The fourth of July brings is deeply fixed in America’s traditions. We celebrate our nation’s freedom, and we also celebrate the brave men and women who helped to keep our country free and safe.
Sadly, but most of us only spend the holiday with backyard barbecues, lying on beaches, enjoying lake get-a-ways and fireworks displays. This year, try something different. Make a difference in the lives of former military members by volunteering to show them that you really appreciate their service and sacrifices.
You can volunteer to be a driver. If you have a driver’s license, sign up at the Department of Veterans Affairs Transportation Network. To do so, contact your local VA Hospital. Also, think about spending a couple of hours doing chores. Some veterans are disabled and would greatly appreciate your help, such as running errands, housework, yard work and grocery shopping.
Additionally, hold a community supply drive for your area VA Stand Downs. Stand downs are one to three day events that give much-needed supplies to homeless veterans. Hold drives to collect food, clothing, and toiletries. It’s also a good idea to check with local counselors to see if they’ll help with free mental health counseling.
If time is tight, you can send gift cards from stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s to Building Homes for Heroes. This nonprofit will take those cards to buy supplies to update and maintain homes for injured veterans and their families. Mail cards to Building Homes for Heroes, Inc. 65 Roosevelt Ave. Suite 105, Valley Stream, NY 11581. Find out more at buildinghomesforheroes.org
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