Volunteering & Donation Resources
Vets National Advocates understands how important it is to provide emotional, financial and psychological support to our veterans. If a loved one has recently returned home, you may be asking yourself, “How can I help?” There are many ways you can help those who have returned from service obtain what they need to move forward with their lives.
From donating clothing and motor vehicles to providing a shoulder to lean on, there are many ways everyday citizens can help those who fought for our county. The following is a list of organizations across the U.S. whose goal is to help veterans and those transitioning out of service.
Wounded Warrior Project
For more than a decade, the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) has provided injured service members with direct programs that meet their needs.
Some of WWP’s programs include the Combat Stress Recovery Program, the Soldier Ride, Economic Empowerment which offers employment assistance, and an alumni program that helps connect injured service members with one another.
Non-veterans can become a sponsor, create a WWP fundraising event or volunteer for special events. Visit www.woundedwarriorproject.org for more information.
Purple Heart Foundation
More than 550,770 cars have been donated to the Purple Heart Foundation, which works to help combat-wounded veterans who have been awarded the Purple Heart medal. Donated cars can help the foundation provide financial support for veterans and their families, create scholarships and even provide legal representation for veterans claims.
Those who cannot donate their cars can still help by donating cash, clothing and home goods. Over 200,000 veterans have been helped with the assistance of the Purple Heart Foundation.
Visit www.purpleheartcars.org for further donation information.
Disabled Veterans National Foundation
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) was founded in 2007 by six female veterans and the State Women Veterans Coordinators. The DVNF provides direct services to veterans and families in need, particularly paying attention to the needs of under-served groups of veterans, including women, homeless veterans and those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Those looking to help can donate money to the foundation; contributors have the option to make it a recurring donation. Additionally, companies looking to make a difference can host an employee giving drive during an office or holiday party. Visit www.dvnf.org to learn more.
Department of Veterans Affairs
There are many ways you can donate your time and money to assist veterans alongside the VA.
- Donate money online to VA medical centers and hospitals
- Volunteer at a local VA center
- Corporate volunteerism is available for companies who wish to get together to help American veterans
- A student volunteer program is available at VA medical centers for those who are exploring healthcare careers, but also want to receive a valuable experience
- The National Salute to Veterans Patients is a week-long celebration where volunteers can participate in a variety of activities at local VA medical centers. The program typically takes place the week of February 14.
To locate a VA medical center where you can volunteer, visit www.volunteer.va.gov.
President’s United We Serve
The President’s United We Serve program from the VA has four unique volunteer opportunities at various VA facilities throughout the United States.
- Volunteer Transportation Network – volunteers can help provide transportation to veterans using privately owned or government-owned vehicles.
- Welcome Home Events – These events provide information on veteran’s benefits for returning military service members and their families.
- Stand Down for Homeless Veterans – Stand down is a program used to reach out to homeless veterans and provide them with assistance so that they may live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible.
- National Cemetery Volunteer – Volunteers can help honor veterans at time of burial, greet visitors, provide directions around the grounds and offer administrative support.
Contact our Veterans Advocates
Vets National Advocates can help military members and their families appeal veteran’s benefits claims.
Need help with a denied disability claim or finding more resources on how you can support our troops?
Contact us online now or call 1 (877) 777-4021 today to connect with one of our compassionate advocates.