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Last updated: November 8, 2016

American flagNovember 11 is Veterans Day, a very important holiday. Today, we honor our service members and thank each and every service member for their sacrifice and dedication to this country. Our nation’s service members put their lives on the line every day  so that we can enjoy our civil rights here at home.

Donate to Veterans Organizations This Holiday Season

This holiday season, please consider donating to a veterans organization. Our service members deserve assistance when returning from tours of duty. Many return home severely injured with long term symptoms and long term financial hardships. Here is a list of four national organizations.

Hope for the Warriors

Hope for the Warriors was founded by spouses who witnessed the often devastating effects of war on families of service members. This organization provides a variety of services including career transitioning, education, health care and family reintegration services.

Helmets to Hardhats

Helmets to Hardhats is a great organization exclusively devoted to helping military service members find jobs after finishing tours of duty. This organization is near and dear to firm partner, Jeff Laffey, because it works to connect service members with jobs in the building and construction industry. Jeff is the proud son of a union carpenter, and wholeheartedly supports this organization. Jeff’s organization, Tailgating for Trades, donated $10,000 to Helmets to Hardhats last year.

Homes for Our Troops

Homes for Our Troops provides mortgage free, handicap accessible homes for service members. The organization works with amputees and vets with traumatic brain injuries. Since it was founded in 2004, it has built over 150 homes across the U.S. In Pennsylvania alone, the organization has built homes for 9 wounded service members; 2 more are in progress.

Purple Heart – Donate Clothing & Household Items

Donating funds isn’t the only way to help service members. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is one of the nation’s oldest nonprofits aimed at helping service members. The organization supports national and local programs that help all service members. It also funds research for post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries, unique injuries affecting many service members. The Purple Heart also funds a full-time attorney who represents service members for various veterans’ claims.

The Purple Heart accepts donations of cars, clothing and household items which it sells. Donations are quite easy to make; you can schedule a pickup at your home. This is a great way to get kids involved.