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Groups Supporting Veterans

There are thousands of groups supporting veterans. They range from 1-1 help and mentoring to group support in the challenging life to be able to “come home”. Find one that resonates with your abilities and time. Volunteer, this is the most meaningful and profound service that you can offer your country. America needs us to be involved and stay involved.

The Ride Home, which is the largest multigenerational gathering and tribute event for former POWs and MIA families held in the United States. It takes place on the third Friday in September — the designated POW recognition day every year — in Andersonville, Georgia, near the National POW/MIA Museum and the grounds of a Civil War prison camp. Volunteers serve in many aspects of the event —  hotel hostess, merchandise coordinator, program speaker, logistics coordinator, and honored guest escort.

Additional support is given POWs and MIA families year-round as well. We take POWs to their doctor appointments and clean their houses. Volunteers are also involved in the honor of giving some soldiers their POW medals.

nPOWER – providing technical training here in the SF Bay Area, to enable veterans to be ready for the transition to civilian life and a great career. This program provides training and support in several local colleges in the Bay Area. Volunteers are invited to help in the transition process, to review resumes and linked in postings, to discuss future plans, to help implement mentoring and technical interviews and jobs in their workplaces.

NPower creates pathways to economic prosperity by launching digital careers for military veterans and young adults from underserved communities.

In today’s economy, over 50% of all jobs require some degree of technology and digital skill, and this is expected to grow to 77% by 2020 in the U.S. Yet the job market is not keeping pace. Of the nearly 6 million jobs expected to require tech skills in the future, labor statistics project a candidate pool of only 3.2 million.

NPower currently operates in New York City, Texas, California, Baltimore, Toronto, New Jersey, and St. Louis.

May is Military Appreciation Month – Charity Navigator lists of ways to support our Veterans and military families.

Maybe you’d prefer the one to one outreach…. a few suggestions that can really help:

  • Shoveling snow / mowing the grass of a family with a deployed service member.
  • Visiting a VA Hospital to read to a recovering soldier or have a supportive conversation.
  • Giving a meal to a homeless Vet (this is the hardest service for me, heart-breaking), Thousands of Vets are on the street in SF.

The list of helpful service is long and only limited by your imagination. Won’t you consider Volunteering to Service those that Serve?

 

 

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