Ways to Honor Veterans Online

Posted on 11/10/2011

According to the 2010 US Census there are 21.8 million veterans. While it’s important to honor them all year, November 11 is Veterans Day, a time set aside annually to mark their service and contribution. There are a growing number of opportunities to honor veterans online.

Visit the Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial Honor the 58,256 veterans killed or missing in the Vietnam War virtually by visiting fold3.com’s Interactive Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Search the wall and leave a tribute, story or photograph.

Advocate for Homeless Veterans

Nearly one-fifth of the homeless population are veterans. The US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are 107,000 homeless veterans on any given night. Study up on the reasons for homelessness and learn about the supportive services veterans need to regain their place in the community. Then advocate for those services by contacting your local legislators. For letter writing tips head to NCHV.org.

Watch Videos of Veterans
Student veterans at Penn State chronicled their experiences from serving in the Iraq War for a project called Back From Iraq. The collaboration gave students a chance to learn about documentary filmmaking and oral history while preserving their role in preserving freedom and sharing it with others.

Donate Tweets to the IAVA

The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (or IAVA) addresses needs facing new veterans and their families. You can help spread the word about their work by donating a tweet a day to them through justcoz.org.

Celebrate Veterans Day with Your Children
Teach your children the importance of honoring veterans by downloading a free resource guide from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. The kit consists of puzzles, coloring pages and games fit for all ages.

Make an Online Donation

Many great organizations are serving veterans in worthwhile ways. Celebrate Veterans Day by making a donation to one of these hardworking non-profits like the Paralyzed Veterans Association. When you make a donation of $15 or more they’ll send you free custom address labels so you can display your support of veterans with every piece of mail you send.

By Alison Storm

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Posted on 11.10.11 at 1:57 PM

Some of us appreciate our veterans--no matter where they were sent to fight on behalf of our country. Listen to Charlie Allen’s song “No Welcome Home” memorializing veterans: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/no-welcome-home/id316835897?i=316835902&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

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