Thank You to Our Homecoming Heroes!
When our U.S military troops return from active duty, I believe they deserve to be honored – not just in words, but in action.
We all know the transition from active military duty to civilian life is very difficult, although none of us can fathom how difficult unless we’ve been there. Veterans face mental and physical trials, re-acclimation challenges, and more.
Delays in benefits and pay (or any number of other situations) can cause quickly-mounting bills which translate into the loss of power, the family vehicle, a job, or even the unthinkable: the loss of a home for their family. In many cases, one mortgage payment or one car repair can mean the difference between staying self-sufficient and falling into financial disaster.
Veterans Day has passed this year, but we must not forget those who served just because their special day has passed. For veterans who are struggling to make ends meet, returning home to collector calls and past-due expenses may even seem like a betrayal. I gave some of the best years of my life to serve my country; now I have to endure the stress of re-acclimation and I can’t pay my bills?
I believe veterans of our military deserve grace periods during which they do not have to make monthly payments like heat and mortgage. That may never happen, but hopefully all veterans will eventually receive the benefits and pay due to each of them.
Until then, however, many are in a state of emergency. They need help immediately.
If you can, please donate to a homecoming hero today, through the organization of your choice – perhaps one that can provide assistance in a hurry. There are many wonderful organizations in place to help veterans. These charities do immense good for our troops, who deserve nothing less than a hero’s welcome when they return to civilian life.
Be sure to vet any contribution you make through the BBB (Better Business Bureau) and well as on Guidestar.org (or another charity rating website). Unfortunately, not all operate with integrity, so when you hear about a charity or nonprofit claiming to help veterans, please be sure they are legitimate.
Again, I want to express gratitude to our veterans – for every sacrifice: every risk taken, every family separated, and every soul scarred. You have protected our freedoms and endured the unimaginable. Thank you.
If you are a recently returned veteran and would like to apply for a Homecoming Heroes grant, please visit Modest Needs’ website at http://www.modestneeds.org. It will walk you through the application process.
If you would like to help a veteran in need, please visit the DONATE NOW page on our website and, when asked, choose “to support veterans through the Homecoming Heroes” grant.
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