Veterans Day is a Call to Action
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, as of December 2012, more than 900,000 service men and women have been treated at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals and clinics since returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. And from 2001-2014, more than 117,000 cases of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in service members were diagnosed. The monthly influx of new patients at the end of 2012 was approximately 10,000. In all likelihood, this means that more than one million Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated for wounds sustained in the course of their service.
These painful statistics should motivate Americans to act on behalf of these heroes, recognizing the sacrifices they have made in service to us with more than platitudes.
There are many ways you can make a difference in the life of a Veteran, a wounded warrior, and their families. And let us never forget the families of our fallen heroes. Here are some of the many ways you can help:
- Let your Congressional representatives know that legislation supporting benefits and services for Veterans and their families is important to you.
- Volunteer to assist a local charity serving the needs of Veterans in your community, or even better, get involved and take on a role in their operations.
- Make a contribution to one or more efficient and effective charities serving Veterans and their families.
- And when you see a Vet, thank her or him for their service. It may not seem like a lot, but it matters. Recognize their service and sacrifice on Veterans Day and every day.
There are hundreds of American charitable organizations with a mission to serve Veterans, wounded warriors, and their families. The MVAT Foundation acts as a fiduciary, investigating and selecting the most effective and efficient charities to receive grants for their programs. Consider a gift to the MVAT Foundation and … Make a Difference in the Life of a Veteran.