Give Back: Military-Focused Charities

Charity Challenge

Each month we feature three deserving charities that serve the military community and YOU decide who will receive our monthly donation.  Spread the word and help your charity win!

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The poll will be open from August 21st, 2014, to August 31st, 2014

★ THIS MONTH’S CHARITIES★

 

  Brides

BRIDES ACROSS AMERICA

Brides Across America in conjunction with MilitaryOne Click hopes to enhance the lives of military families and express gratitude and appreciation for all serving in our Armed Forces. By working together, were hoping to spread the word to as many military couples as possible and to help create their dream wedding.

Website: bridesacrossamerica.com

 Hounds and Heroes

HOUNDS & HEROES

Hounds and Heroes, founded by Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Sports Broadcaster, and the only female scout in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers, is a national nonprofit dedicated to lift the spirits and morale of our active, wounded, and veteran military troops worldwide, and to increase community awareness, education and, involvement about the cruelty to animals and necessary care for animals through rescue, foster, and adoption.

Website: houndsandheroes.com

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VETERAN STAFFING NETWORK

We have a mission to provide our clients top-tier talent while simultaneously reducing veteran unemployment. We provide supportive services to prepare veterans and their spouses to become job ready. We have a wide spectrum of skill sets available to clients so we are not limited to one industry and can support client needs across business disciplines.

Website: veteranstaffingnetwork.org


Charities Supporting Military Causes

  • Achilles International – Freedom Team  ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    The mission of Achilles Freedom Team is to enable wounded veterans with all types of disabilities to participate in mainstream athletics in order to promote personal achievement, enhance self esteem and lower barriers to living a fulfilling life.
  • Air Force Aid Society
    Air Force Aid Society is helping “to relieve distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education”. It is rooted in the original Army Air Corps and the World War II Army Air Forces, whose members wanted to “take care of their own.” Through the years, AFAS has become increasingly effective in helping individuals with personal emergencies– as well as extremely useful when used by commanders to help solve personnel problems in their units.
  • American Military Partner Association ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Our Mission: Connecting, supporting, honoring, and serving the partners and spouses of America’s LGBT service members and veterans.
  • Army Emergency Relief
    AER is the Army’s own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to “Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own.” AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of soldiers.
  • Battling Bare ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    The mission of Battling Bare, Inc. is to provide a network of support for the spouses, children and family members who silently struggle to carry the burden of PTSD with their beloved Service Members. By creating a safe place to band together and share our stories, we will raise awareness about PTSD and create positive programs of true healing for families affected.
  • Blue Star Families
    Blue Star Families is a non-partisan, non-profit organization, created by real military families.  We are committed to supporting one another through the unique challenges of military service and asking the larger civilian population to help as well, connecting military families regardless of rank, branch of service or physical location, and empowering military family members to create the best personal and family life possible for themselves.
  • Camp C.O.P.E. ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Camp C.O.P.E. provides military families with an unforgettable weekend at camp. Camp C.O.P.E. gives these children hope and patience and courage. Camp C.O.P.E  lets them be just kids- again! Through therapeutic interventions, certified therapists teach children and their families how to cope with their changed world due to deployment, injury or loss of a family member as a result of their service in our country’s military. Camp C.O.P.E. provides weekend camps across the country free of charge to children and families of military personnel.
  • Children of Fallen Patriots
    Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling to military children who have lost a parent in the line of duty . We serve families of all branches of armed forces that have experienced combat casualties, military training accidents and other line of duty deaths.
  • Coast Guard Assistance Fund  ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Imagine your loved one graduating from bootcamp with no one there to celebrate with them. Our fund helps family members attend the graduation of their recruit from Coast Guard bootcamp when they could not otherwise afford to attend. 100% of your donations will help a mother, father, grandparent, spouse or sibling attend when no one else will be there. Our goal is that every recruit is represented at graduation. This fund is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. The fund is run by volunteers who have children in the Coast Guard.
  • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
    CGMA provides essential financial aid to the entire Coast Guard family, primarily through interest-free loans, grants, and financial counseling. Established and operated by Coast Guard people for Coast Guard people, CGMA provides a way to extend compassion to one another in times of need. It serves as a vital financial safety net, promoting financial stability and general well being, fostering high morale and encouraging a sense of loyalty to the Coast Guard.
  • Code of Support Foundation
    The Code of Support Foundation works to engage and leverage the full spectrum of this nation’s resources to ensure that our service members, veterans, and their families receive the support they need and have earned through their service and sacrifice.
  • Courage Beyond at Centerstone
    Courage Beyond at Centerstone provides confidential, no-cost or low-cost programs and services to warriors and their families facing PTSD and other invisible wounds of military service.  They offer a supportive online community, anonymous forums, retreats, eGroups, a 24-hour crisis line, and face-to-face counseling services.
  • F7 Group Foundation
    TThe F7 Group Foundation addresses a wide-range of needs for Veterans in the community. Through community based collaboration, the organization brings together tools, resources, and support for Veterans and military families. As the only organization of its kind and a trusted resource for those who serve, the foundation is changing lives and creating a positive community effect on our nation’s future.
  • Fisher House Foundation
    The Fisher House foundation provides a “home away from home” for military families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
  • Flyin’ Heroes
    Flyin’ Heroes is a program that utilizes the sport of fly fishing to promote therapeutic growth and rehabilitation of U.S. military veterans. The goal of Flyin’ Heroes is to create memorable fly fishing experiences that unlock the healing power of the water and foster lasting relationships.
  • Guardian Angels for Soldiers Pet ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    ALL volunteer 501c3 nonprofit “Military & Veterans Service Organization” (MVSO) supporting our active duty military, wounded warriors,  homeless veterans, and their beloved pets to ensure the pets are reunited with their owners following a deployment  related to a combat or peace-keeping or humanitarian mission  or unforeseen medical and/or homeless hardship  situation through various programs/services/projects.
  • Hearts Apart
    HeartsApart.org was created to keep families connected while our military men and women are serving abroad. Through the efforts of our community’s finest photographers, HeartsApart.org provides our soon to be deployed servicemen and women with pictures of their spouses and children. The photographs are printed on waterproof and durable bi-folded cards, which fit securely in their uniform pocket. HeartsApart.org believes that our military personnel deserve and need the memory of their families to carry them through the difficult times that lie ahead.
  • Homes for Heroes Foundation   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    The Homes For Heroes Foundation Purpose is to provide and/or coordinate financial assistance and housing resources to the Heroes of our nation such as Military personnel, Police/Peace Officers, Firefighter and First Responders who are in need.
  • Hope for the Warriors®
    The mission of Hope For The Warriors® is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.  Hope For The Warriors® is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.
  • In Gear Career
    In Gear Career is a nonprofit organization created by military spouses for military spouses past and present. In Gear Career provides a free forum for professional development, community support, information sharing and networking to address the unique challenges faced by career-minded military spouses.
  • K9s For Warriors ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our warriors suffering from post-traumatic stress as a result of conflicts and war after 9/11.
  • Lone Survivor Foundation
    The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers and renews hope for our wounded service members and their families through health, wellness and therapeutic support.
  • Luke’s Wings   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Luke’s Wings is an organization dedicated to the support of service members who have been wounded in battle.  Recognizing the immediate need for families to be with their loved ones at such a difficult time, Luke’s Wings provides families with the means to visit during the service member’s hospitalization and rehabilitation.  By purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for loved ones, Luke’s Wings provides an immediate and invaluable service to the families of our men and women at arms while also helping to encourage and motivate the service member’s recovery.
  • Marines & Mickey   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Marines & Mickey has two missions.  The first is to send Marines who have recently returned from an overseas Deployment, Recruiting Duty or the Drill Field to Disney with their famillies. The second is to assist families who cannot afford to attend their New Marines Boot Camp Graduation due to financial hardships.
  • Mid-Atlantic Bulldog Rescue
    MidAtlantic Bulldog Rescue is run by a military family and assists military families in adopting pets. Volunteers provide a safe and loving home for bulldogs in transition.
  • Military Child Education Coalition
    Ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition.
  • Naval Services FamilyLine
    Naval Services FamilyLine is THE source for Sea Service Spouse Mentoring. This 501c non-profit volunteer organization is dedicated to empowering all Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard families to meet the challenges of a military lifestyle. NSFL free training materials and programs are available to all spouses and family members around the world and have been helping families for nearly 50 years in all stages of their sea service lives.
  • Navy Marine Corps Relief Society   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Navy Marine Corps Relief Society provides financial assistance and education, as well as other programs and services, to members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors. The Society also receives and manages donated funds to administer these programs and services. The Society’s main goal is to help each person who comes to us get support for their immediate needs. Our long-term mission is to help Sailors and Marines become financially self-sufficient by learning how to better manage their personal finances and prepare for unplanned expenses.
  • Operation Care and Comfort   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Americans support our Troops serving in times of war in many ways: Writing letters, mailing care packages, welcome home events, or by showing support for a deployed service member or Veteran’s family. The unique programs of Operation: Care and Comfort (OCC) (an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization) carries on this tradition allowing caring Americans to donate their time, talent, and treasure to honor those currently serving our country and those who have served.
  • Operation First Response
    Operation First Response serves our nation’s Wounded Warriors and their families with personal and financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injury, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life into the civilian world. Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses.
  • Operation Homefront
    Emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors. OH provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support.
  • Operation Purple Camps The National Military Family Association has collaborated with outstanding camp partners to continue supporting military kids by providing a camp where they connect with other kids just like them. At Operation Purple Camp we embrace being “purple” and bring together military kids from all ranks and services, including National Guard and Reserve components, to a unique and memorable summer camp experience.
  • Our Military Kids   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Our Military Kids provides grants to the children of National Guard and Military Reserve personnel who are currently deployed overseas, as well as the children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants pay for participation in sports, fine arts, camps, and tutoring programs that nurture and sustain military children.
  • OutServe-SLDN   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    OutServe-SLDN empowers, supports, and defends the Department of Defense and military service LGBT community, LGBT veterans, and their families, while working to strengthen our military’s culture of inclusion.
  • Pat Tillman Foundation
    After Pat Tillman died in 2004 while serving with the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment in Afghanistan his family and friends established the Pat Tillman Foundation. The mission of the foundation is to invest in military veterans and their spouses through educational scholarships; building a diverse community of leaders committed to service to others.
  • Paws4People
    Through the paws4vets Assistance Dog Placement Program, Veterans, Active-Duty Service Members or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs.
  • Pets for Patriots
    We exist to transform the lives of our veterans by helping them save an at-risk shelter dog or cat. With your support, we can end animal homelessness in the U.S. and enrich the lives of the men and women who serve, and have served our country.  Pets for Patriots’ mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person through honorable companion pet adoption.
  • Project Evergreen
    Preserving and enhancing green space in our communities for today and future generations. GreenCare for Troops is a nationwide outreach program coordinated by Project EverGreen that connects local green industry professionals with men and women serving our country in the armed forces away from home. GreenCare for Troops is in the process of helping hundreds of volunteers provide free lawn and landscape services for thousands of military families nationwide.
  • Ride 2 Recovery
    To make a difference in the lives of Healing Heroes by providing a rehabilitation experience that can impact their lives forever. The goal of Project Hero is to enhance, inspire, and challenge Healing Heroes’ rehabilitation by introducing them to Ride 2 Recovery which allows each person to set individual goals while working in a group. We will partner with the local facility staff and cadre to create a personalized and progressive cycling program that fits the needs of the patient population and will promote a fuller and quicker rehabilitation.
  • The Rosie Network
    The Rosie Network is a non-profit founded by military spouses whose mission is to promote the entrepreneurial efforts of American veteran and military spouse business owners. The talents and skills of these men and women are brought to the American public by showcasing their products and services on The RosieNetwork website. Consumers search a selected geographic area for businesses owned and operated by military spouses and veterans.
  • Semper Fi Fund
    Provides immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
  • Snowball Express
    Every day, many of the men and women of the armed forces return to their families and their civilian lives. But not every one will have that chance, and the families left behind are forever changed.Snowball Express remembers those fallen heroes who will never return, and honors the supreme sacrifice their families have made. Snowball Express serves the children who will never be reunited with their mom or dad.
  • Team River Runner ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    TRR is an all-volunteer organization run by a council of kayakers and overseen by a board of directors. Working in partnership with The Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled Sports USA, TRR helps veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) find health, healing, and new challenges through whitewater boating on the Potomac River. While the focus of TRR’s work is on soldiers recuperating at WRAMC, TRR also provides whitewater boating opportunities for family members as well as for other wounded veterans.
  • That Others May Live Foundation
    That Others May Live Foundation provides critical support, scholarships, and immediate tragedy assistance for the families of United States Air Force Rescue Heroes who are killed or severely wounded in operational or training missions.
  • Train a Dog, Save a Warrior
    The Mission of Penny’s from Heaven Foundation’s Train a Dog, Save a Warrior program is to unite wounded warriors, suffering with PTSD, with homeless, rescue shelter dogs, who are evaluated and deemed viable, to nurture a healing and rejuvenating bond between the two. The result is a positive, non-judgmental, unconditional relationship desperately needed by both.
  • The Travis Manion Foundation
    The Travis Manion Foundation assists our nation’s veterans and families of Fallen Heroes. We continue the service to community exemplified by these Fallen Heroes and veterans.  In the spirit of the Fallen, we will foster strength of mind and body to create a generation for future leaders.  We stand by the ethos of “If Not Me, Then Who…” and strive to embody the values of servant leadership, integrity, excellence and passion for what we do and whom we serve.  We hope to inspire and activate everyone with the generous spirit of those who serve.
  • Toys for Tots
    The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program collects new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distributes those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community.
  • United Through Reading   ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    United Through Reading offers deployed parents the opportunity to be video-recorded reading storybooks to their children which eases the stress of separation, maintains positive emotional connections and cultivates a love of reading. At nearly 200 recording locations worldwide Marines, Soldiers and Sailors, National Guard, Reservists and Airmen, can read to their children from units on ships, in tents in Afghanistan, on bases and installations around the world and at 70 USO centers worldwide.
  • USO-Metro
    The USO of Metropolitan Washington is a nonprofit organization chartered by Congress and dedicated to “Serving those who serve, and their families” in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission. With the help of nearly 5,000 devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty service members and their families at area military hospitals; through its Mobile USO program; at five USO Centers; four USO airport lounges and through Operation USO Care Package.
  • Victory Village
    Victory Village Amador – Amador County Veterans Organization:  Our duty is to serve those who have served our great nation. To facilitate Veterans Services for our service members, veterans, and families. To streamline access to Veterans housing, employment, healthcare and training. In support of our Military and Families, we are bridging the gap from military service to civilian life.
  • Volunteers of America Chesapeake
    Volunteers of America Chesapeake takes great pride in doing everything possible for our nation’s veterans. While their sacrifices are too often forgotten when they return home, this shortsightedness inspires us to do even more to ease veteran’s transitions and help them find purpose in civilian life.
  • Women in Military Service for America Memorial    ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    The memorial, at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, is the only major national memorial honoring all women who have defended America throughout history. Their patriotism and bravery are a part of our nation’s heritage and are now recognized. Visitors to the Women’s Memorial experience the collective history of women in the military along with the individual stories of registered servicewomen.
  • Women Veterans Interactive  ★★★ CHALLENGE WINNER ★★★
    Women Veterans Interactive (WVI) was created to address these kind of unique, and often unrecognized, challenges facing our nation’s 1.8 million woman veterans as they return to civilian life. WVI provides outreach and support services to more than 950 women veterans and the organization has members in 15 states.

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  • http://marineshelpingmarines.org Tony Begenwald

    I would like to introduce the Marines Helping Marines Foundation(marineshelpingmarines.org). We are a 501(c)3 Charity that was started in Maryland in 2003 as a Marine Corps League program to provide comfort, financial, and material support to Marines and FMF Corpsmen in Iraq at the Bethesda Naval Hospital. It quickly expanded Nationally to include similar support at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, TX; the Naval Medical Center in San Diego; and the Wounded Warrior Regiments at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton. We are an “under the radar” organization run 100% by volunteers and an have 98% of all donations received going to benefit the wounded. Since the consolidation of Walter Reed and Bethesda, we support all services at WRNMMC-Bethesda. We would like to be added to your list of Charities Supporting Military Causes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Thank you.

    Tony Begenwald
    Vice President/Director – East Coast
    3404 Medina Lane
    Bowie, MD 20715
    301-262-4869 (h)
    301-906-4479 (c)
    caroletonybeg@aol.com

    • http://www.militaryoneclick.com Rose Holland

      Tony,

      My name is Rose Holland and I am responsible for the Charity Challenge and community outreach. I just saw this. I will be contacting you soon!

      Thanks for all you are doing!

      Rose

      • http://www.jamiejarboe.org/what-we-do.html Andrea Ulm

        Hello Rose,

        I would like to Nominate a dear Friend’s Military Non-Profit, Military Veteran Project, as I have volunteered for her for the past 2 years & have never met a more giving, selfless Angel to Advocate & Help our Military Veterans & their Families.

        I would like to introduce Melissa Jarboe, Gold Star Wife & Founder of Military Veteran Project (formerly known as Jamie Jarboe Foundation.

        http://www.jamiejarboe.org/what-we-do.html

        Melissa has poured her heart & soul in fulfilling her husband’s, Sgt Jamie Jarboe, dying wish to assist his Comrades & families so they will never have to experience the things that he & Melissa did during their 11 Month stay at Walter Reed where he was recovering from a Sniper wound that left him paralyzed from the chest down and would take his life after a brave fight. Melissa jumped Into this immediately using a large portion of her Life Insurance Policy to get it started. Since then in the past 2 years it has grown to National & even in other Countries, recognition and outreach.

        To learn more I am attaching links to the website, FB page, an article which interviewed Jamie prior to his passing and a You Tube video of an example of how Melissa & MVP has touched the lives of thousands of Military Veterans & their families!

        Thank you so much for your consideration & I look forward to hearing from you!
        God Bless!
        Andrea Ulm
        andrea.ulm@gmail.com
        MVP Volunteer & Admin for FB Page Prayers for Sgt Jamie Jarboe

        https://m.facebook.com/jarboefamily?_rdr

        http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GC1XSoSWYaA

        http://talkabouttopeka.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/episode-90-melissa-jarboes-military-veteran-project-staff-sergeant-anthony-baker/

        http://www.unknownsoldiersblog.com/2012/02/just-follow-me.html?m=1

        • Danya

          Hello Andrea,

          I have passed your message on to Rose. Thank you for sharing Melissa’s story with us.

          Have a great day,
          Danya

    • Lee

      Do you have a charity that donates Marine Corps Blues to Retired Vets.? This is for my Dad he is 81 and served in the USMC for 20 years and then worked for our Federal Government for 33 years. Thank You

      • Danya

        Hey Lee,

        I do not have the answer to that question, but I will dig around and see what I can find out.

        Thank your father for his service for me!

        Danya

      • Danya

        Good morning Lee,

        I checked with the girls that I work with. One suggested you contact your local VFW and American Legion. I hope this helps. Let us know if you would like us to do some more research.

        Have a great day,
        Danya

      • http://www.marinesandmickey.com Kimberly

        Lee, have you gotten the Dress Blues yet??? I would love to help look with the Marines I know if you havnt….

        you can contact me via our website, Facebook page with info as far as size address etc or our email…

        http://www.facebook.com/marinesandmickey

        Semper Fi,

        Kimberly
        USMC Veteran

        • Danya

          Thank you Kimberly!

  • http://aacps.org diane

    Thanks to all of the soldiers that have given so much to the U.S.A. May your life be filled with many blessings

  • http://www.ride2recovery.com High Speed

    Vote for Ride2Recovery!!

    The things this organization does for Wounded Veterans like myself, and Military Brothers and Sisters are Outstanding and so important to us in the healing process!!

  • http://www.kidzshowingkindness.org Christy Gilliland

    I would like to introduce our group, Kidz Showing Kindness. It was started back in January, for families that wanted to get their children involved in the local community by giving back. We as a group want to instill in our children…compassion, kindness, empathy and service to others by volunteering. If we start them at an early age to love volunteering, it will become second nature for them as adults.

    We pick a different place to volunteer in the community each month. This organization is a family volunteer group, however each opportunity is geared for the children to do the majority of the work and the parents help their child in the task. Please take a look at our facebook page and see what we are doing in the community…https://www.facebook.com/KidzShowingKindness?ref=hl . We also have a meet up site that has detailed information on each volunteer opportunity and it’s where you join our group…http://www.meetup.com/Kidz-showing-Kindnes/ .

    Kidz Showing Kindness was founded by a Military Spouse at Scott AFB after she found it difficult to find volunteer opportunities for her young children. Although the group consists mostly of Military families right now…this group is open to everyone.

    Christy Gilliland
    Kidz Showing Kindness
    Kindness…pass it on!
    205-299-6387

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  • Caroline

    I do not see the vote button. I have not voted before but would really like to. Please let me know how I can cast my vote.

  • Kate

    Below the total number of votes, you should see a link that says “vote”. You may only vote once and you may only choose one charity. If you have already voted then this link is no longer available to you.
    Thanks!
    Kate

  • Jean Stalllings

    Good luck with this. Can we vote more than once?

  • Patti K. Witalis

    My mother, Lorraine R. McKenna, my aunt Estelle F. Murphy and I are all proud charter members of the Women In Military Service for America Memorial. We were Army medical people and we were proud to be in the service of helping our fellow soldiers.
    We send out a big Hoo-Ahh to all of our sister veterans!

    • Danya

      Thank you for your service Patti!

  • Gladys Silva

    ABOVE ★ THIS MONTH’S CONTESTANTS ★ is the place to vote. Its at the top before the list of charities. It asks Which Charity Would You Choose?

  • Lou

    I voted for my own organization but each and every one of these is deserving. Thank you to all for your service to our deserving families.

  • Julie Manta

    Very worthwhile cause to support and document the contributions of women who’ve served our country.

  • kTHLEEN

    I AM ONE OF YOUR ORIGNAL MEMBERS . I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE THAT HELPS THE WOMEN OF THE MILITARY FOR WHAT THEY ARE / HAVE DONE FOR THEIR COUNTRY. I SERVED IN THE NAVY AND WAS PROUD TO DO SO.

  • ruth ward

    womens memorial for me

  • Patty Johnson

    I voted for Women In Mililtary Service For America Memorial, but I was not able to see the result. It is important to get service women registered.

  • Patty Johnson

    If you know any military service women feel free to get them registered at Women In Military Service For America. The website is http://www.womensmemorial.org

    • Danya

      Thank you Patty!

  • Terry

    The lengthy list of charities indicates great interest in helping everyone affected by some anomaly or tragedy or situation or event that causes a disruption. Clearly when receiving a call to donate it should be painfully obvious only those with substantial funds can support all of them. As a female veteran I”m partial to the women’s memorial in this case. If one had been about cancer research that would have been my choice. The other would be The Lutheran Hour.

  • Lisa Stone

    Always a privilege to generate funds for military personnel

  • Jean Stallings

    I hope that I voted for WIMSA. A little box talking about a newsletter is covering up the spot to vote for WIMSA.

  • Marion Welenz Hedrick

    As a Charter member of WIMSA I am so proud to see they have won. I am from Oklahoma and belong to the HQOKWVO. I also am the designer of Oklahoma’s FLAG/BANNER that is used in all their activities. How proud can a A/2nd Class Air Force airman get??? Marion Welenz Hedrick.

  • http://WIMSA Christina Smith, MSG, USAR Retired

    So proud that our history is being recorded. Women have served in many roles in all branches of the Armed Forces. My mother was a SPAR who served in WWII teaching survival swimming to Navy personnel. Very proud of her service. Please go and read the histories of the women who have served proudly for the USA. We were proud to serve! I too, am a member of the Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization of Oklahoma-Tulsa Chapter (OKWVO-TC).

    • Danya

      Thank you Christina,
      We are happy to highlight your history!
      Danya

  • Shelley

    I could not find a “vote button” – the women’s memorial is very special to me, in memory of my mom. She flew planes and received a congressional medal of honor. I wish I could vote in honor of these wonderful women.

    • Kate

      Hi Shelley,
      Voting ended on June 30th. Thanks for your support!
      There will be a new round of charities to vote on later this month.

      Thanks, Kate

  • Marcia

    I am a charter member of WIMSA. Cast my vote for them

  • Aloha

    Can we recommend charities ? My top three favorites are
    Project Sanctuary: Project Sanctuary helps military families reconnect and reintegrate into their communities by providing therapeutic, curative, supportive and recreational activities in the healing leisure environment of the Colorado Rockies. – See more at: http://projectsanctuary.us

    Familyofavet.com: Family Of a Vet was started by the proud wife of an OIF Veteran who suffers from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury). Her family originally planned to be “career” Army. They dearly loved the military, the people who make up its family, and are passionate patriots. However, both her husband’s personality changes
    (later identified as PTSD & TBI) and some other injuries during his last deployment, caused
    their family to make the hard choice to leave military life. – See more at: http://www.familyofavet.com

    CAMP COPE: Camp C.O.P.E. provides military families with an unforgettable weekend at camp. Camp C.O.P.E. gives these children hope and patience and courage. Camp C.O.P.E lets them be just kids- again! Through therapeutic interventions, certified therapists teach children and their families how to cope with their changed world due to deployment, injury or loss of a family member as a result of their service in our country’s military. Camp C.O.P.E. provides weekend camps across the country free of charge to children and families of military personnel. This is done through generous donations and grants from individuals and our corporate partners. Camp C.O.P.E was established in 2004 and is classified as a non-profit 501c (3) organization. Campcope.org

    • Danya

      Hello Aloha,

      You absolutely can recommend charities. Thank you! I will pass this great information on to Rose, our Charity Challenge Coordinator.

      Thanks again,
      Danya

    • Rose

      Aloha,

      Thank you for recommending these worthy organizations. We are always on the lookout for those who help our service members, veterans and their families!

      Rose

    • http://www.militaryoneclick.com Rose the Resource Hount

      Did you notice . . .Camp COPE is on our list this month. We have contacted the other two organizations. If you have a personal contact please let me know by emailing me at rose@militaryoneclick.com.

  • Terri Szendrodi

    There are 2 military charities I would suggest. The first is Lone Survivor Foundation, created by retired Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, The Lone Survivor Foundation restores, empowers, and renews hope for our wounded warriors and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.

    Overseas deployments and combat action can take a serious toll on everyone involved – from the men and women on the front lines to the friends and families who wait patiently for their loved ones to return home. America’s Armed Forces are asked to perform at exceptionally high standards in the most demanding circumstances and that service demands incredible sacrifice, dedication, and in some cases debilitating personal transformation. Transitioning to post-military life, whether wounded in combat or simply adjusting to the civilian sector, will often cause difficulty for the service member and his or her family. The unfortunate reality for many service members and their families is that life changes after the loved one returns home and the effects of their experiences begin to manifest in negative ways. In short, the normalcy of life prior to their service may have been lost forever.

    Therefore, the Lone Survivor Foundation is here to help America’s Wounded Warriors and their families adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into what may be looked at as their ‘new normal’ – providing an understanding and acceptance of who they are as a person, a family, and a community. http://www.lonesurvivorfoundation.org/mission.html The next would be The Boot Campaign, The Boot Campaign is a grassroots initiative started by five women from Texas known as the Boot Girls. The campaign encourages everyone to “get their boots on” providing an easy and tangible way for Americans to show appreciation for troops, cultivate awareness of the challenges they face upon return and raise funds for military programs meeting the physical and emotional needs of our heroes.

    What better way to say “Thank You” to our troops than wearing a pair of boots just like theirs? Join in the growing chorus of musicians, entertainers, athletes and other celebrities and get YOUR boots on!

    - See more at: http://www.bootcampaign.com/about/#sthash.zAk9w8GA.dpuf We Promote Patriotism:
    What is it that moves you to appreciate your freedom? Perhaps it’s hearing the National Anthem or watching a parade, maybe it’s the fly-over at your favorite sporting event. For us it’s boots! They show personal gratitude for our military. Flags and ribbons decorate houses and cars, but boots go where you go and tell the story of thankful Americans wearing their gratitude for the guardians of our freedom.
    Watch the video

    We Cultivate Awareness:
    We believe the first step in making a difference is to understand the need and to make people aware of that need. The Boot Campaign was developed to bridge the gap between American society and the warriors that protect her. The contrast of wearing combat boots with everyday clothes starts a conversation. When you put your boots on, people want to know what you’re up to! More often than not they also decide to join you. Before you know it, your act of wearing boots influences those around you to do the same. Our goal is to see 1.4 million Americans with their boots on thanking 1.4 million active duty military serving in 150 countries globally and stateside.

    We Provide Assistance:
    We believe that no single organization has ability to solve the diverse and complex issues that surround our returning heroes. It is our mission to provide the funding needed for best programs available today for relevant issues. Some of those programs are through the Boot Campaign’s internal initiatives, and other charity initiatives that work hand in hand with the Boot Campaign. Proceeds from our boot sales combined with donations and corporate sponsorships help us to assist wounded military and their families with job placement, mortgage free homes, PTSD counseling, adaptive clothing and so much more.
    http://www.bootcampaign.com/about/

    • Danya

      Thank you Terri,
      I will pass on these great ideas to our Charity Challenge Coordinator.
      Danya

    • http://www.militaryoneclick.com Rose the Resource Hount

      Terri,

      I have contacted both organizations. If you have a point of contact for the Lone Survivor Foundation, please let me know at rose@militaryoneclick.com.

  • Rose

    Thank you Terri! I’ve added them to my list and will be contacting them!

    Rose

  • Robin

    The American Military Partners Association is not supportive of all military spouses. In fact, they are quite hateful and refuse to tell you why they do not like you if you ask any questions about the organization at all. It is really sad actually and speaks volumes as to the leadership of this soon to be irrelevant group. Sad that so many stay quiet when they are abused by these people.

    • Momof3

      Robin I am sorry to hear that you had a bad experience with AMPA. I have been a memeber of the group for a while now and the only thing that I have seen initially is the lack of diversity that was shown in their pics. I have since seen this change after people voiced their concern. What was your experience with them?

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  • http://www.trottwoodcreations.com Trish Snyder

    How do you nominate a charity for the challenge?

    We would like to submit “Hero’s Rock” which is a 501(c) 3 non-profit, which builds custom tribute rockers for the children of fallen heroes. Each rocker is created to honor each hero’s line of service, has etched portraits of the hero along with their service medallions and their service title engraved in the bottom. These rockers are a comforting toy for the child at their time of loss and later an heirloom to remind them of their loved one and that our nation appreciated the great sacrifice these men and woman make for their country.

    Thank you!

    • http://www.militaryoneclick.com Rose the Resource Hount

      Trish,

      Please email me a point of contact at rose@militaryoneclick.com. We do look for organizations that are 501(c)3. We also seek organizations that support our military/veterans/families or are run by military/veterans/families.

      Rose

  • Amanda

    I would like to recommend the charity Raising Raiders.
    They are a small charity that has a really specific purpose of supporting the families of Marines and Sailors of Marine Special Operations Command. They have done so much to support the families of this unit, to encourage education about PTSD and TBI as well as empowering the spouses of the unit.
    They will roll out an initiative next year that will provide grants to this end.
    Lastly, they are made up entirely of spouses of the MARSOC service members.

  • http://www.yellowribbonfund.org/ David

    Many of these organizations are so great and I wish some more of them had been around when I was an injured sailor in the 1970s. So I hope our current wounded warriors appreciate how all these groups are trying to help them.

    I would like to nominate the Yellow Ribbon Fund which helps wounded warriors and their families at Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethseda, MD. They have a small staff and a list of around 1,200 volunteers, including myself, who bring a lot of cheer, hope, and help.

    The Yellow Ribbon Fund provides:
    •Free hotel stays, rental cars, and cab rides for visiting family members.
    •Free apartments to keep families together during months or years of outpatient treatment.
    •Family caregiver support — we’re one of the only service organizations to offer childcare and family-oriented activities, plus stress-relieving massages, spa visits, dinners out, and more.
    •Social events and outings to cultural and sporting events that build confidence and offer relief from the grueling rigors of recovery.
    •Innovative mentoring that helps injured service members build new lives through education and career guidance.
    •Ongoing support after injured service members leave the hospital and return home, to ensure no one falls through the gaps.
    •Pro bono legal services when injured service members need an advocate to stand up for them.

    Thank you to everyone on this list for your service to our military, veterans, and their families.

  • lawrence george mcpherson

    Thank you

  • http://sldn.org A.R. Hopkins

    Its great to see the social change of our generation and the active involvement of servicememembers around the country and organizations like OUTSERVE-SLDN. All have tireless fought for true fairness and equality to secure our rights under this Constitution we cherish.

  • http://www.militaryoneclick.com Rose the Resource Hound

    For anyone who would like to nominate an organization, please contact me at Rose@militaryoneclick.com.

    Please be aware that the organization should be a 501(c)(3).

  • Calvin M

    I vote for OUTSERVE-SLDN! #LGBT #progress #movement

  • http://www.hireourheroes.org Darlene Christianson

    Hire Our Heroes is a non-profit organization for veterans and their families operated and founded by veterans. Our goal is to capture each transitioning veteran ideally within one year prior to their discharge to Train, Mentor and Coach them in job placement. The motivation behind this effort is to create a National approach to reduce Veteran unemployment that will allow employers an overall talent acquisition and retention strategy by making veterans a part of their workforce. We offer industry best practices and theory to meet current and future hiring and retention needs through the employment of Veterans. Hire Our Heroes stands ready to assist veterans looking for a new career or employers who are eager to hire skilled professionals! – See more at: http://www.hireourheroes.org
    Contact Dan Caporale ( Executive Director) at dan@hireourheroes.org

  • http://www.SpecialForcesCharitableTrust.org Leigh Coleman Hotujec

    I would like to introduce you to the Special Forces Charitable Trust. In addition to the web site at there is info at . Please consider the SFCT as a possible recipient for one of your monthly donations.

    The Special Forces Charitable Trust is the information and referral provider 501c(3) organization for the Green Beret community. (EIN #27-420-9721)

    The US Army Special Forces (SF) soldiers are a special breed; highly trained, fiercely proud, and quietly effective. They are the unsung heroes of the past and today’s diplomatic warriors in the war on terror. Masters in conducting training and operations with indigenous forces they conduct the majority of special operations counterinsurgency missions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    In cooperation with the Special Forces Association (SFA), a 9,500+ member 501 c (19) fraternal organization, and through active engagement with the Special Forces Command the Special Forces Charitable Trust (SFCT) provides programs to meet the most pressing needs of SF soldiers (past, present, future) and their families. SFCT programs include scholarships for SF family members; Vietnam Veteran’s assistance; job transition programs; and family support services.

    Our programs include:

    1. Education and Motivation
    - merit based scholarships for secondary education and professional skills
    - recognition awards
    - tuition assistance
    2. Family and Unit Support
    - unit functions for dependents of deployed SF soldiers
    - pre and post deployment resiliency programs for both families and single SF soldiers
    - assisting with special family needs during deployment
    - providing financial and general assistance to those left behind in the event of a major tragedy
    3. Veterans and Heritage
    - VA issues
    - transition assistance
    - funding assistance for advocacy, memorials and monuments

    ABOUT THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

    The Trust’s Board of Directors includes prominent and influential former Special Forces personnel, business and community leaders who are committed to building a sustainable charity in support of our mission of providing service, support and advocacy for Green Berets and their families. Together, they are providing the leadership and expertise in guiding our programs and the accountability expected by our donors and sponsors.

    Questions can be directed to Mr. David Guernsey, Executive Director, at (860) 7671510.

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Leigh Coleman Hotujec – Special Forces Wife
    Facebook and Social Media Editor (Full Time Volunteer)
    Special Forces Charitable Trust

    • http://www.militaryoneclick.com Rose the Resource Hound

      Leigh,

      Thank you for your interest in being a part of the Military One Click Charity Challenge. We have been in contact with Mr. Guernsey.

      Feel free to contact me with any questions. I can be reached via email at rose@militaryoneclick.com.

      Rose

  • http://www.xunzi.cc TADSAW

    I am glad I stumbled accross your blog. Very timely, I will be coming back often. Have you guys looked at TADSAW?

    • Danya

      Hey there,

      We would love to hear more about TADSAW. Please send me an email danya@militaryoneclick.com

      Happy New Year,
      Danya

  • https://www.milfamsmatter.org Richard Crowley

    Military Families Matter is a non-profit organization that provides cost-free services and support to the families of U.S. military members. Support includes providing cost-free birthday parties for children of deployed military members, as well as scholarships and unique employment assistance to military spouses and children . Military Families Matter…”Serving Our Military’s Unsung Heroes.” http://www.milfamsmatter.org

    • http://www.militaryoneclick.com Rose the Resource Hound

      Richard, if you can email me with a point of contact at rose@militaryoneclick.com

  • http://www.education4military.com/military-spouse-career-advancement-accounts.asp www.education4military.com

    There is a ton of great information on this site. Keep up the great work!

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  • http://www.warriorwigs.com Anatalie

    Warrior Wigs is a grassroots charity focused on providing customized wigs to military members and their dependents currently undergoing cancer treatment.

    We are a group of NYC based stylists wih a passion for giving back to our military community. We have seen firsthand the power of a great cut and color on one’s confidence and spirit and want to be aw to provide that gift to those that fight for our freedom!

    Find us at:
    http://www.warriorwigs.com
    Like us on Facebook
    @warriorwigs on Instagram and Twitter

  • http://healingwarriorsprogram.org Ada Palles

    I’d like to make you aware of a new charity providing complementary care therapies for military service men and women, and their families. The first clinic has opened in Colorado, with plans to expand throughout the state and the country.

    Healing Warriors Program is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization offering clinic services to our service members and their families for pain and PTS symptoms.

    Our mission is to advance individual well-being for Veterans and their families through evidence-based complementary care services and education.

    Our Vision: To champion the use of Complementary Care Services.

    http://healingwarriorsprogram.org

    Healing Warriors Program is a registered VA vendor.

  • http://www.militaryoneclick.com/ MilitaryOneClick

    Hello – thank you for participating in our Charity Challenge – we are thrilled to promote these amazing non-profits and provide a monthly donation to the winner you choose! Thanks ~ MOC Team