Veteran’s Day only happens once a year, but our nation’s veterans need our support year-round. We’ve pulled together five facts about U.S. veterans, the great organizations that are supporting them and how you can help any time of the year.
WHO IS DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans offers resources and technical assistance for a national network of community-based service providers and agencies that provide emergency and supportive housing, food, health services, job training and placement assistance, legal aid and case management support for hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans each year. Over the past six years, the NCHV and their partner organizations have collaborated with the Department of Veteran Affairs to halve the number of homeless veterans in America.
WHO IS DOING SOMETHING ABOUT IT The Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. They currently store thousands of audio and videotapes, personal memoirs, visual materials and correspondence from American Service members dating back to World War I.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
You can help veterans commit their stories to history by collecting them with the project’s Field Kit. Interview family members at your next family reunion, gather war-related correspondence or visit a retirement community and get to know the veterans there. You can then honor and promote these stories with various community events.