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December 6, 2012
By Rita Boland

Ever wanted to be one of Santa's elves? Here's the perfect chance to try it out and help wounded warriors at the same time. Operation Covert Santa gathers the wish lists from recently injured troops and their families, removes all identifying information and asks volunteers to supply the presents. All the gifts are given and received anonymously. It isn't charity—it's the magic of Christmas.

Last year, more than 175 elves provided presents for 74 severely injured soldiers and their families. People who want to participate this year can help in several ways:

November 29, 2012
Rita Boland

Donating to many of the country’s most prominent military charities now is a little bit easier. More than 100 such organizations have come together on The United Heroes Campaign to give people a one-stop shop for giving back. Visitors to the site can choose to share a single or recurring gift with one or more of the charities listed. They can also decide to have their donations shared equally among all the charities.

November 9, 2012

U.S. veterans—on the day our nation sets aside especially for you, we at SIGNAL want to say thank you for all you’ve done overseas and domestically to make life better for everyone who lives here. From fighting vicious enemies to rescuing people during natural disasters, you step up when others run. We appreciate the sacrifice of you and your families. Welcome home.


November 8, 2012
By Rita Boland

The National WWII Museum has launched the Thank You for My Freedom campaign to give the public a chance to share videos, photos and words of appreciation to support the nation’s veterans. Efforts center around the www.myveteransday.org website, where people can upload their messages and see what others have posted.

November 1, 2012
Rita Boland

Turns out that supporting the military just might be a laughing matter. Stand Up for Heroes is an evening of comedy and music during the New York Comedy Festival put on to build morale among and raise money for wounded warfighters, veterans and their families. The funds go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, a nonprofit organization investing in national and community-based programs that connect members of the military community with help they need.

October 18, 2012
Rita Boland

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA—the decommissioned USS North Carolina—invites the public to an onboard Halloween bash on October 30, 2012. The fun includes sweet treats, a petting zoo, temporary tattoos, caricatures and a bounce house, not to mention a chance to celebrate the holiday within a piece of classic U.S. military history.

October 11, 2012
Rita Boland

The nomination period is now open for the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation 2013 awards. Each year, the foundation honors Marines and civilians who have carried out exemplary work in advancing or preserving Marine Corps history, life, culture and work. Winners will be honored at a ceremony next April.

October 4, 2012
Rita Boland

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) remains one of the biggest causes of suffering for troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a Web resource to reach out to people who need help handling the affliction, calling on fellow veterans to lend support. On About Face, visitors can find all the expected basics, such as an explanation of the disorder, contact information for immediate help and links to more information.

September 20, 2012
By Rita Boland

Normally Homefront Help stories focus on the need-to-know information. But every so often an opportunity arises to take an in-depth look at the dedicated manner in which people across the country use diverse skill sets and interests to serve the military community. Such is the case with Warrior Cry--an all-volunteer group that provides musical instruments to wounded warfighters and helps find musicians to provide instructions when requested.

September 13, 2012
By Rita Boland

Administered by Fisher House, Hotels for Heroes offers free hotel rooms to wounded, injured or ill service members and their families in certain situations.

September 6, 2012
By Rita Boland

The U.S. Defense Department's Valor website pays homage to troops who have earned the country's highest decorations for bravery.

August 23, 2012
By Rita Boland

Honor our Heroes aims to raise $300 million for the four service-branch relief funds that provide direct assistance to military families.

August 16, 2012
By Rita Boland

Frustrated with trying to figure out all the benefits you've earned through your military experiences? MilitaryBenefitsReport.com will handle the research for you. All you have to do is answer some questions.

August 9, 2012
By Rita Boland

Team Rubicon forms groups of veterans and medical personnel to respond during crisis scenarios.

July 19, 2012
By Rita Boland

This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project offers Iraq and Afghanistan veterans temporary jobs working with archeological items.

June 21, 2012
By Rita Boland

The Wounded Warrior Hiring Initiative gives injured veterans the first chance at being hired for certain jobs at SAIC.

June 14, 2012
By Rita Boland

Through its America the Beautiful pass series, the National Park Service is offering free admission to federal recreation sites for military members and their dependents.

May 25, 2012
By Jonathan Cisneros

For those who have lost their lives and for the Wounded Warriors that now have long roads to recovery, we owe them the homage and the support they ultimately deserve.

May 18, 2012
By Henry Kenyon

Two severely injured soldiers are learning to scuba dive thanks to a little help from some dedicated volunteers.

May 17, 2012
By Rita Boland

Injured in combat and looking for a chance to scuba? Then swim over to Dive Pirates--no treasure necessary.