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Veterans Day is Thursday, November 11, 2010. Youth Service America compiled the following ideas and resources for service projects from their partners.
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10 Ways to Get Ur Good On to Support the Troops
- On Veterans Day, plan a service project in honor of military members and invite them to join you. Mission Serve has lots of potential projects listed: www.missionserve.org/pages/plan-a-project
- Rock a yellow ribbon! Request a free yellow ribbon from Yellow Ribbon America and wear it during November. www.yellowribbonamerica.org
- Gather a group of friends and make holiday cards to send to troops. The website A Million Thanks has letter drop off locations across America; find one near you: http://amillionthanks.org/Drop_Off_Locations.asp
- Visit, thank and honor hospitalized veterans at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center, clinic or nursing home. Find out about their student volunteer program here: http://www.volunteer.va.gov/StudentProgram.asp
- Bake cookies! Is one of your family members deployed right now or do you have a friend with a deployed family member? Bake cookies to send to them. Treats for Soldiers has tips on how to ship the cookies. www.treatthetroops.org/tips.htm
- Halloween is over and you probably have a lot of Halloween candy left over and your candy can go to a good use. Several organizations are currently collecting candy donations to add to care packages they send to deployed soldiers. Visit Operation Gratitude at www.halloweencandybuyback.com or Operation Shoebox at www.operationshoebox.com
- Have a cell phone drive and send collected phones to Cell Phones for Soldiers. They send the donated cell phones to ReCellular, which pays them for each donated phone - the money provides an hour of talk time to soldiers abroad. www.cellphonesforsoldiers.com/becomeDropoff.html
- Host a "Support the Troops" drive at your school and collect items to send to the organization Give 2 the Troops. View the list of items they can accept; there is a huge variety of items you can collect! www.give2thetroops.org/items.htm
- Become a USO volunteer! They have volunteer opportunities in the US and Europe. You can help out at a special event, cheer for troops at a homecoming, man a front desk, or provide a listening ear to a soldier. Visit the site for more volunteer info: www.uso.org/ways-to-volunteer.aspx
- Help collect and preserve the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them by participating in the Library of Congress's Veterans History Project. www.loc.gov/vets/vets-home.html
Here is the 2010 Veterans Day video by the Department of Veterans Affairs