According to GuideStar, there are more than 45,000 registered nonprofit organizations in the U.S. that are dedicated to serving the veteran community. With so many groups doing good, veterans and their families may not be aware of all the services, support and resources available through these nonprofits.
Here is a small introductory handful of the esteemed nonprofits for veterans:
As a way to honor the fallen and support future generations, this organization helps provide educational counseling and college scholarships to children whose parents have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.
What started as a Facebook group of military spouses soon became a nonprofit organization committed to serving Hispanic military and veteran families by offering helpful resources and information in Spanish.
This national network of volunteer mental health professionals provides free services to active-duty military personnel and veterans. Give an Hour also advocates for changing the culture around mental and emotional well-being and treatment.
To help military members transition into civilian life and employment, Hire Heroes USA offers job search support and career assistance to veterans and their spouses.
This nonprofit's mission to support veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War entails flying these veterans out to visit the memorials erected in remembrance of those who served.
This service organization supports a variety of programs for veterans and military families. These are designed around wellness, peer engagement, recreation, and transition to civilian life.
Since the early 2000s, Operation Gratitude has delivered more than 2.6 million care packages to members of the military, veteran and first responder communities.
This nonprofit for veterans helps families secure rent-free transitional housing, financial assistance for homebuying and caregiver support services.
This organization serves ill, injured and wounded combat veterans. Volunteers identify immediate needs and offer support through hospital visits, counseling resources, scholarships, retreats and more.
Active-duty and veteran members of the armed forces have their wish lists fulfilled by morale-boosting gifts from Operation Troop Appreciation. The organization also supports transitional housing and distributes letters of gratitude.
Partnering with military hospitals and bases, this cleverly named nonprofit provides wounded veterans and service members with recreation therapy through fishing trips and duck hunts.
Perhaps one of the most well-known nonprofits for veterans and active-duty servicemembers, the USO supports a broad range of programs and resources, from transitional assistance to entertainment and community building.
Vet Tix distributes free event tickets to veterans and their loved ones, promoting stress-free opportunities for family bonding, memory-making and community engagement.
The VVA advocates for veterans' issues including health care access, public opinion and perception, POW and MIA accountability, and more, specifically focusing on supporting veterans of the Vietnam War.
This nonprofit for veterans serves those who have experienced a physical injury or mental illness as a result of their post-9/11 military service. The organization sponsors a wide range of programs focused on recovery and empowerment.