13 Veterans Charities to Consider Supporting

  • Adaptive Sports Center: Founded in 1987, this program has grown to offer more than 5,000 activities annually for wounded and para-athletic service men and women.
  • Air Warrior Courage Foundation: Formed by military aviators, the group focuses on providing financial assistance for medical, educational and other extraordinary expenses not covered by other charitable institutions.
  • A Soldier’s Child Foundation: This nonprofit supports the families of fallen heroes or veterans suffering post service-related death by celebrating their children’s birthdays every year until they reach age 18. Additional services include camps, social events and mentorship programs.
  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust: Programs supported by the trust aid physically and psychologically injured veterans by providing food, shelter and other necessary items to homeless or at-risk veterans, therapeutic activities, rehabilitation services, and other forms of direct service.
  • Fisher House Foundation: This organization provides housing at no cost to military and veteran families so that they can be near a loved one receiving treatment or care. Approximately 91 comfort homes of up to 21 suites are located near Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers and major military hospitals nationwide.
  • Gary Sinise Foundation: Established under the direction of actor Gary Sinise, the foundation offers philanthropic support to “America’s defenders,” including active duty, veterans and first responders.
  • Hire Heroes USA: A team of former military and business professionals partner with veterans to effectively transition them to the civilian workforce. The goal of this group is to link service skills to stable careers through workshops, training and collaborating with veteran-friendly companies.
  • Honor Flight Network: The purpose of this nonprofit is helping to transport veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit and reflect at the memorials honoring their sacrifices and service to the nation. Top priority is giving to World War II survivors and those who may be terminally ill.
  • K9s for Warriors: The largest provider of service dogs to disabled veterans strives to empower wounded military personnel as they return to civilian life. Additional programs focus on alleviating symptoms from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury in the hopes of preventing suicide. Approximately 90% of the service dogs are from shelters or surrendered by owners to avoid euthanasia.
  • Puppies Behind Bars: This transformative program targets more than the veterans it serves by training prison inmates to raise service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders, in addition to explosive-detection dogs for police departments. Puppies live with inmates in the prison for nearly two years, offering comfort and initiative, until they are placed with veterans returning from Iraq or Afghanistan or law enforcement agencies across the country.
  • Spirit of America: This organization’s mission is to support Americans serving abroad by aiding vulnerable local citizens most at risk of extremism and conflict. They currently provide assistance in 74 countries in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America.
  • Support The Enlisted Project (STEP): This program supports families of military men and women with emergency financial grants and transition assistance for unexpected hardships.
  • Yellow Ribbon Fund: With a three-prong approach, the mission of this nonprofit is to provide housing and transportation for families visiting wounded or injured service members, offer training, respite and social opportunities for military caregivers, and plan engaging events and outings for recuperating veterans and military members to build morale.

This is only a sampling of the hundreds of nonprofit and support organizations out there. Most donations to these programs are tax-deductible, but we recommend you speak with a tax specialist to be certain.

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