Give Thanks: Support Our Military Family
President Abraham Lincoln
Second Inaugural Address
March 4, 1865
When soldiers are deployed overseas, families are left behind and often face financial and emotional hardship. With thousands of charities devoted to supporting our military family, it’s not easy to know which ones are the most worthy of your support.
The Military Family Support Web Guide lists our top charities for supporting military families and troops. Use it to connect with the families and service members who have sacrificed so much for America by sending letters and supplies, volunteering, helping heal wounded soldiers or giving much-needed donations.
Make the United States the country you want it to be: a place where citizens support our military family and honor their principles through even the most challenging of times. Learn how to support the families whose loved ones are currently serving, how to support the troops overseas and those who have returned home, and find Web sites that military families can visit to seek help.
View a Spanish-language version of the Military Family Support Web Guide.
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Sending a military care package is a time-honored way to give our troops items they need and to let them know that someone at home is looking out for them. Use the sites below for suggestions on what to send and how to address your military care packages, whether you know a specific service member in need or are reaching out anonymously.
- The U.S. Postal Service provides free boxes for sending military care packages to soldiers.
- Some of the organizations listed below offer several outreach possibilities in addition to sending military care packages. Browse each organization’s site to learn how you can help.
- Some items that may seem basic to you aren't allowed on the frontlines. Before you put together a care package, review these sites to find out which items will be most helpful to the troops and where you can send them.
- The U.S. Department of Defense recently no longer offers the “Any Service Member” program, which allowed people to send care packages to anonymous troops. Care packages now have to be addressed to specific recipients. To help you do that, some of the Web sites in this section provide soldiers’ names and addresses.
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