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You Will Need
- A military family
- A volunteer commitment
Find a military family
No matter where you live, there’s probably a military family that can use a hand. To find one, check with neighbors, religious institutions, and real estate agents – download a tip sheet at CreateTheGood.org/howto. Or contact local veterans service organizations and military bases for advice on connecting with a family.
Get to know the family and find out what kind of help they need. You may find that many returning vets need help finding work or acquiring new job skills. In fact, among veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, unemployment is higher than the national average.
Offer specific help
No matter who you are, you have something to offer. Connect them with your professional contacts. Teach them new marketable skills. Or offer to baby-sit while they take a class or go on job interviews. Also, their children may benefit from tutoring. Since military families move a lot, it’s often tough for kids to keep up in school.
Find others to pitch in
Consider organizing a group of teachers or business mentors to join your efforts in helping the family. An introductory potluck dinner at a local college or guard base is a good way of bringing everyone together.
Consider helping a nonprofit
Think about donating your time to a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans. Visit America Supports You to find organizations. You might also consider volunteering with Give an Hour, a national nonprofit that provides free counseling to military members and their families.
Share your experiences
Share your experiences at CreateTheGood.org to encourage others to support our troops.