How can you help? There are several websites that will assist you and your Philoptochos Chapter in the effort to aid our troops, veterans and their families:
The Fisher House Foundation (www.fisherhouse.org) is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military who are hospitalized as a result of illness, disease or injury. The fisher House Foundation has provided “comfort homes” to more than 11,000 families and has made available nearly three million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990. These homes are built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers and enable family members to stay in a home close to their loved ones at a most stressful time during hospitalization.
Support Our Troops (www.supportourtroops.org) offers a nationwide platform for individuals, businesses and non-profits to find constructive ways to assist, such as sending care packages and improving medical aid for our troops.
Operation USO Care Package (www.usocare.org) offers individuals opportunity to make a donation in $25 increments. Ready-made care packages will be forwarded to the troops with a personalized message from the sender. Through this organization many Philoptochos Chapters have supported our troops.
On holidays, free meals are offered to service men and women on active duty, their dependents, and retirees. Chapters near military bases can contact their local USO. www.uso.org, to see how they may volunteer in assisting with these meals and festivities.
USO Operation Phone Home, www.uso.org. A $50 donation can provide deployed troops with 140 phone calls to loved ones back home.
www.AnySoldier.com is a wonderful website through which you can obtain the name and address of a service member who will distribute care packages directly to the troops with whom he or she is serving. The website has a wealth of information, including links for Where to Send, What to Send, and How to Send.
Joining Forces, www.whitehouse.gov/joiningforces, is a national initiative that mobilizes all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. This initiative includes writing letters, finding service opportunities, and pledging service hours.
Armed Forces Foundation, www.armedforcesfoundation.org, is dedicated to providing financial and moral support to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families, highlighting its motto, “Serving Those Who Serve.”
Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproect.org, provides programs and services to severely injured service members during the time between active duty and transition to civilian life. The trademark for the Wounded Warrior Project is: The greatest casualty is being forgotten.