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Help Our Heroes This Veterans Day
Posted By Bianca Falcone On November 7, 2012 @ 2:37 pm In Featured | Comments Disabled
Each year on November 11, Americans celebrate Veterans Day by commemorating the men and women who have heroically served our country and selflessly devoted themselves to the defense of freedom and liberty. This Veterans Day, we should honor these heroes by helping those service members who need our assistance.
Since 2007, more than 2 million  service members have been deployed. Many have served numerous combat tours. In fact, today’s service members have spent more time on average in a combat theater than at any other time in U.S. history.
There are numerous ways Americans can help those who fight to protect our nation. The Department of Defense currently counts more than 400,000  registered websites for donors and organizations established to assist service men and women. The missions of these websites range from healing soldiers injured in war to assisting veterans’ transitions from military to civilian life.
One such organization that assists disabled veterans is Building Homes for Heroes . It works to build new houses or modify existing ones to meet the needs of veterans injured in combat. In 2011, for instance, the organization built a home for Army Specialist Brendan Marrocco . Marrocco, a Staten Island native who served in Iraq, is the first U.S. soldier to survive a quadruple amputation. Thanks to Building Homes for Heroes and over $850,000 in donations, Marocco now has a house equipped with the latest technology to help him live an independent life.
With so many such organizations in existence, Americans clearly have a desire to help the men and women who have served our country. The challenge these organizations face today is not so much finding support as it is coordinating with the military families that need their help.
The Heritage Foundation’s James Carafano is president of Esprit de Corps, a nonprofit organization that educates people on veterans’ affairs. He describes three key attributes  in becoming an effective veterans’ services organization:
Veterans have skills and abilities that make the communities in which they live stronger. The challenge lies not in finding the resources to help veterans succeed but in connecting them with the organizations and services that they need. The Pentagon has called the abundance of charitable organizations a “Sea of Goodwill.” As Veterans Day approaches, we should find ways to navigate this sea.
Bianca Falcone, Adam Yosef, and Steven Ballew are currently members of the Young Leaders Program at The Heritage Foundation. For more information on interning at Heritage, please visit http://www.heritage.org/about/departments/ylp.cfm .
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 2 million: http://www.heritage.org/events/2012/05/veterans
 Building Homes for Heroes: http://www.buildinghomesforheroes.org/about/mission.htm
 Brendan Marrocco: http://www.silive.com/news/index.ssf/2011/06/welcome_home_brendan_marrocco.html
 three key attributes: http://washingtonexaminer.com/of-war-and-healing-waters/article/2502214
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