Throughout my blog I have promoted advocacy for veterans being educated on the benefits they have earned, and supporting recreation of ones identity after the military. While serving you are always taught to have the back of the man/woman next to you, and do what ever it took to ensure they were safe and able to return home after any mission or assignment. We are taught camaraderie, and team work, and always serving the people around us which is the true definition of serving. This is true when a service member exits the military as well, it is important that they know where they can go to still receive that sense of belonging and camaraderie they once felt while serving.
This is why it is so important to give back to your veterans, and providing safe havens for them to be fully supported in their transition and know they belong. I have personally taken this upon myself as a challenge to continue to support and be a part of organization that foster this type of environment for our veterans, below I will share some of the organizations whose entire mission is to continue to support the veteran after their service is over.
Non-Profit Organizations That Veterans can join:
Disabled American Veterans
DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans of all generations and their families, helping more than 1 million veterans in positive, life-changing ways each year.
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States is a nonprofit veterans service organization comprised of eligible veterans and military service members from the active, guard and reserve forces.
Our Mission: To foster camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. To serve our veterans, the military and our communities. To advocate on behalf of all veterans.
Our Vision: Ensure that veterans are respected for their service, always receive their earned entitlements, and are recognized for the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of this great country.
The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization. Focusing on service to veterans, servicemembers and communities, the Legion evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.
American Veterans is a non-partisan, volunteer-led organization formed by World War II veterans of the United States military. It advocates for its members as well as for causes that its members deem helpful to the nation at large.
Paralyzed Veterans of America
The Paralyzed Veterans of America is a veterans’ service organization in the United States of America, founded in 1946.
This is just a few of the veterans organizations that provide a place for transitioning service members to join, and become a part of that brotherhood again they once were a part of. Most states also have local veteran services offices, as well as most universities or colleges have clubs and organizations that offer membership to veterans only and provide that support. If you ever find yourself in need of this please do not hesitate to reach out and I can get you in contact with the appropriate organizations.