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Honoring Our Veterans

Long View: Remember Veterans this Independence Day

Independence Day is almost a month away, but I am already looking forward to it because—you guessed it—the food. Barbecued chicken and ribs, potato salad, and deviled eggs, all in the same meal? It’s almost too good to be true. However, the holiday also moves me beyond just my stomach.

To mark the day, I hang the American flag on the front porch if it’s not raining. This simple act always reminds me of the many service members who have helped defend our nation. Being in the military must be a very challenging experience, so I am thankful there are resources available to military personnel after they serve. One such resource is the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Local veteran service officers can help veterans navigate the many useful programs offered in their area. The resources they offer include help finding employment, starting or continuing an education ,or launching a small business. The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs also helps people who are transitioning from active duty to civilian life, which can be a complicated process.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website features an easy-to-navigate section on health topics. Some are of general interest (like cataracts), while others are topics of specific interest to service members (like readjustment counseling). One of the department’s more pressing challenges is to provide support for homeless veterans or recently discharged service members. The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that about 12% of homeless people at any given time in the U.S. are veterans.

One local group that’s fighting homelessness is C-U at Home. Executive Director Melany Jackson and her dedicated volunteers support our most vulnerable homeless citizens. Their annual fundraiser, One Winter Night, encourages public service figures, community leaders, business leaders, academic leaders, and other community members to spend the night outside in a cardboard box.

“The percentage of homeless veterans has not diminished in recent years,” Melany told me. “They typically face complex situations that need to be addressed. We strive to match them with the many services available in our area. The public awareness and donations generated by our event helps us fund this very important work.”

I know many of you have served in the military or have friends and family who have served. Health Alliance Medicare thanks all those who have protected this country and allow us to continue celebrating Independence Day. This year I plan on being more about the flag and less about the food.

Holiday Charities

Holiday Charities

Each day this week, we gave you some great holiday charities options to give back this holiday season.

First up was Card Aid, which offers a range of Christmas cards, all of the profits of which go to different charities. You can buy packs, or, better yet since they’re located in the U.K., you can even choose e-cards. Especially great for businesses.

Doing all your shopping online? No need to go out in the cold this holiday season to give to the bell ringers, you can donate to the Salvation Army online too!

You can give money, a toy, or host an event to give to Toys for Tots and make kids’ Christmas dreams come true.

Trees for Troops is an organization that you can donate to easily online to provide a Christmas tree to a military family in time for the holidays. Help today!

Donate to Make-A-Wish for the holidays. One child used his wish to go on a toy shopping spree for the hospital that treated him. One wish can touch many.

The Holiday Project helps spread the cheer with visits to people in nursing homes and hospitals. Join in!

Samaritan’s Purse helps you buy Christmas gifts for people around the world that will actually change lives.