8 Ways to Support the U.S. Troops and Vets This Memorial Day

By 09.13.2016 interact


There are many ways to support the heroic efforts of military soldiers abroad and at home. For some, paying tribute comes in the form of writing letters, donating supplies to soldiers and military families and raising funds for wounded vets who need medical assistance. For others, honoring vets is about making a statement.

Want to support the troops? Here’s a list of ways to do it:

  • Here’s a great way to help the families of service members and wounded soldiers.  Through Operation HomeFront, you can send the troops a care package  loaded with essential goodies (visit the website for suggestions), volunteer at a local center, or raise funds right in your community that will support the work that Operation HomeFront does.
  • The Fisher House organization provides inexpensive lodging  for families of injured service members. To help, you can volunteer at your local Fisher House.
  • You can make a difference at home by volunteering your time and compassion with a Veterans Administration hospital. It is a great way to tell a veteran, “Thank you for your service.” For more information, visit the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • One detail that many troops often overlook is what to do with their pets while they are away. This is where you come in. You can take their pets into your home through an organization called the Dogs on Deployment.  Military personnel are matched with caring foster homes that will look after their pets until their safe return.
  • Teen Shauna Fleming started a campaign to collect a million “Thank you” letters to send to forces around the globe. She and a team of volunteers collect and sort the letters, CDs and DVDs to send to the troops. To learn how you can help, visit A Million Thanks.
  • Support the troops’ humanitarian efforts with Operation Crayon. AdoptaPlatoon and Army soldiers serving in Bosnia founded the project in 1999. Military units adopt needy schools or orphanages in places such as Bosnia, Iraq, Kuwait and Kosovo and provide them with much needed supplies. You can lend a helping hand by sending winter clothing, toothpaste, toothbrushes and school supplies. So, check out the website to see just how much your future care package will be appreciated.
  • Help those serving overseas phone their loved ones back home by donating to Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization that gives troops prepaid calling cards. You can donate cash or old cell phones and/or phone batteries that are then recycled and sold for money to buy the calling cards.
  • Donors buy gift certificates that can be redeemed by troops’ families at various stores. Donate at Commisscries. com.


  1. Isaac S

    I’m SAD

  2. kendle cobb

    yes,because it fun

  3. Aubrey

    Very good idea btw my dad and grandfather was in the military thank you all who put your lifes first

  4. Bonnie from fnaf

    we should do our part like give a hug, write a letter, and more.

  5. Kobe

    Happy Veterans Day!!!

  6. sydney

    Very nice. <3

  7. sydney

    Very nice.

  8. Sarha


  9. Kamryn Schmidt

    I”m glad people are protecting our country and I respect them.

  10. Clary


  11. Alix Coleman

    I agree with Amelia.

  12. Alex

    I agree with it completely

  13. Emma Grace Reynolds

    I think all soldiers would love this. It is a great way to honor them!

  14. Landon

    I disagree. Even if they are protecting the country, They still need to support their families back home.

  15. joshua

    i think they should be paid because they need some money to pay for hospital bills

  16. Jacob Nemyer

    Yes, they should not be paid for patriotism. It is an act of love and loyalty for our country.

  17. Audrey

    My dad is in the Army, he is currently in Fort Bliss Texas. He’s not in danger, but he’s not going to be home until July. Military soldiers sacrifice so much for our country ; Putting their lives in danger, and giving up time with their family so others can have time with theirs.

  18. Kaytlin C.

    Ways we can support our vets is making them know that there are actually people that care about them and know what they do to help keep us safe if you get the chance to talk to one of the learn more about them don’t just walk away get to know what its like to do what they do.

  19. Serenidy

    Great idea

    • Connour

      I agree

  20. Amelia

    I don’t think people should be paid for patriotism. This should be an act of love and loyalty for our country. It is priceless

    • Tristan

      You wouldn’t be saying that if you were on the front lines losing friends missing your loved ones not seeing any familiar faces for months. Our veterans deserve much more than respect we owe them our lives. Because would you be out there, no i don’t think so.

    • Sarha

      That’s right

    • Punchwood

      I agree with Amelia. People shouldn’t be paid just for being in the military. They should be paid with love and thankfulness.

    • Bonnie from fnaf

      you are right

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