These are a few of the organizations with a mission to benefit military servicepersons, veterans, and their families:
The United Service Organizations (“USO”) was founded in 1941 by Franklin D. Roosevelt, and has a mission to “lift the spirits of the American troops and their families.” Can’t argue with that. The USO has hundreds of locations around the world, so stop by a USO near you. Click on the icon to find the USO nearest you, for more info, to donate or volunteer. Follow on Facebook at www.facebook.com/theUSO, and on Twitter at @the_USO.
Over ten million people have joined Military.com’s free membership, making it the largest military and veteran organization in the world. The website is a way for military folks and their families to stay connected and informed on anything from benefits, scholarships, technology, housing, careers, missions, insider tips, and news from the front lines. Like Militarydotcom on Facebook and follow on Twitter @MilitaryDotCom.
Stars and Stripes Newspaper was first published briefly during the Civil War, then again during WWI. Since WWII, the newspaper has been continuously printed, with a world-wide circulation of over 100,000. The newspaper is the main source of information for troops and their families serving overseas, but you can read articles on www.stripes.com (click on icon.) Like stripesmedia on Facebook, and follow on Twitter @starsandstripes. (And don’t forget to read “Spousecalls” by my writer pal, Terri Barnes, which appears every week in print and online!)
I must admit to a little bias — my column, “Things That Drive Us CRAZY!” appeared monthly in MilSpouse Mag for nearly two years — but Military Spouse magazine is a fun publication for those of us who are married to servicepersons. Like other magazines, it has articles on marriage, home decor, cooking and parenting, but it is from a military perspective which makes all the difference in the world. You can pick it up from military exchanges and commissaries, or click on the icon to subscribe and have it delivered to your door. Follow @MilSpouseMag on Twitter, or on Facebook at MilitarySpouseMagazine.
You may think the American Legion is OLD. Well, you’d pretty much be right because it was chartered in 1919, but did you know that the American Legion still raises millions of dollars in donations at the local, state and national levels to help veterans and their families and to provide scholarships? Did you know that American Legion Baseball is one of the most successful amateur sports leagues in the country, teaching kids the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork? And did you know that you can follow the American Legion on Facebook at americanlegionhq or on Twitter @AmericanLegion?
Holy cow, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) traces its roots back to the Spanish American War in 1898! Soldiers first banded together to secure rights and benefits. By the end of WWII, the organization was 200,000 strong and growing. The VFW was instrumental in establishing the Veterans Administration, creating a GI bill for the 20th century, the development of the national cemetery system and the fight for compensation for Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange and for veterans diagnosed with Gulf War Syndrome. Follow @VFWHQ and on Facebook at VFWFans.
OK, I know, it’s an insurance company. But seriously, they totally cater to us military folks, so I’m vouching for them. And plus, they do a lot more than just insurance. They offer banking and investments, and multiple member benefits for service members, veterans and their families. Follow @USAA or on Facebook at USAA. Click on the icon to go to their site.