We’re proud to honor our United States service members, veterans, and their families. After serving our country, many are still fighting due to mental and physical health challenges. Veteran suicide rates are 1.5x higher than the general public, and 1.8x higher for veteran women. Approximately 20% of veterans have a service-connected disability. But our veterans don’t have to fight alone. We can help by providing support, resources, and healing, so our service members, veterans, and their families can thrive.
Here’s what you can do:
- Give to our Hero’s Health cause fund to support paralyzed and seriously injured veterans; provide military families with free lodging close to loved ones hospitalized for an illness, disease, or injury; offer 24/7/365 peer support; and provide mental health services.
- Share our Military and Veteran health resources—for crisis peer support, mental health warning signs, PTSD assistance or housing support, scholarships for military children, or to donate frequent flyer miles or hotel points.
- Use our Volunteer on the Spot Guide to coordinate a volunteer event in your office. Write cards for veterans in hospitals, make snack packs for family members visiting their loved ones, or design your own event. You can also visit our volunteer locator to find volunteer opportunities by zip code and keyword.
For more information, check out media coverage and other news:
- US Chamber: Not All Battles are Fought in a War Zone by Thomas G. Bognanno, President & CEO, Community Health Charities
- Military Times: CFC givers have many military-friendly options. One expert suggests playing the long game. Interview with Thomas G. Bognanno
- My Greatest Honor: Serving Our Country
- The Hill: I Don’t Deserve a Medal by Amanda Ponzar, Chief Communications & Strategy Officer, Community Health Charities
- A recap of our 2016 event for veterans with Tom Ridge, first Secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Pennsylvania, Heather Nauert of Fox News, Major General Mark Graham, Brigadier General Allyson Solomon, Marianne Downs from Lockheed Martin, and Kerri Childress from Fisher House Foundation: https://healthcharities.orgnewsletter-december-2016/