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May 29, 2017

Memorial Day: Ways to honor our servicemen and women

by PBUnitedWay

Memorial Day is a day to remember and honor all of the men and women who have died while serving in the armed forces. 1.3 million people have lost their lives while serving in the armed services. Despite the somber nature of Memorial Day, it’s also a day when a lot of good can be done. If you’re looking for a way to honor those servicemen and women who have lost their lives in conflict, here are a few organizations working to help veterans and their families:

  1. Wounded Veterans Relief Fund of South Florida

This organization, based in Lake Park, assists wounded veterans and their families, as well as the families of servicemen and women who died in combat, with everything from paying rent in order to avoid eviction, to providing transportation for medical services. Read more about their mission here: https://wvrf.org/

  1. Homes for Our Troops

In 2014, Homes for Our Troops built a home for Army SFC Steven Holloway, his wife, and their four children in Wellington. The veterans they work with have sustained severe physical and mental injuries, so they work to provide the independence, freedom, and security needed to recover, focus on their families, and regain a sense of normality in their lives. Read more about their mission here: https://www.hfotusa.org/

  1. Paws 4 Liberty

This organization, based in Lake Worth, helps veterans with disabilities regain independence and confidence through the assistance of a professionally trained service dog. Paws 4 Liberty places skilled service dogs with veterans at no cost to the recipient, and provides continuing supportive services after the service dog is matched with their human “partner.” Read more about their mission here: http://www.paws4liberty.org/

  1. Stand Down House

This organization, which has locations in Lake Worth and Palm Springs, was founded in 2000 by two veterans: Ray Foster and Donald Reed. They help male veterans who are struggling due to mental/physical wounds and illnesses, addictions, homelessness, and/or other issues regain their lives through a multi-tiered program that allows them to focus on recovery without the stresses of daily life, such as employment. Read more about their mission here: http://www.standown.org/

  1. Renewal Coalition

This organization, based in Jupiter, assists wounded service members and their families in their transition from military to civilian life or back to active duty by offering retreats at Florida residences. Their goal is to provide military families a relaxed, pleasant, and welcoming environment. They focus on family being able to spend time together without worrying about expenses, so all costs are covered by Renewal Coalition. Read more about their mission here: http://renewalcoalition.org/

  1. Forgotten Soldiers Outreach

This organization, based in Lake Worth, with the help of donations from the public, sends monthly “We Care” packages to those soldiers who receive little or no support from the home front. Their goal is to send “that little bit of home” to assure these soldiers that they are not forgotten. Read more about their mission here: http://www.forgottensoldiers.org

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