Support Our Troops

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Give Thanks: Support Our Military Family

“With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive … to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan.”

     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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Support Our Troops

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Insights for Supporting Our Troops

  • These organizations ask that individuals that volunteer do so only if they have a generous amount of time to dedicate to correspondence. If you don’t think you can commit to writing regularly, consider other ways to support our troops.
  • Many of these organizations also encourage you to send care packages. These packages don’t have to be big or expensive—even small items like toothpaste and lip balm can make a big difference in the daily life of a soldier.
  • E-mails urging you to send a holiday card to “Any Wounded Soldier" at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are popular during the holiday season, but in fact no military facility can accept mail that isn't directed to a particular soldier. Be skeptical of any such e-mails (well-meaning though they may seem) and instead rely on the excellent organizations we’ve listed here for help corresponding with individual service members.

Top Sites for Supporting Our Troops

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