Helping Those Who Served: How You Can Volunteer To Support Wounded Veterans
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, over 140,000 people have given more than 11 million hours of service to help the ever-growing veteran population in America. The time and energy that these volunteers give means so much to those who fought for our nation’s freedom. And it’s impossible to put a price on the effort given by so many caring people. If you want to add yourself to the list of people who give up some time to help veterans, there are plenty of opportunities.
Giving back to America’s veterans does not have to be a one-person job. You can enlist the help of your co-workers and together you all can make a difference. The VA has a program called Corporate Volunteerism, which allows companies to work together with the Department of Veterans Affairs. The department tailors a program that fits the needs and ability of the corporation or office looking to volunteer, and it designs the volunteer program that fits both individuals and groups.
Another volunteer opportunity within the Department of Veterans Affairs helps students get involved. Called the Student Volunteer Program, this opportunity to give back is geared towards students who may be looking for a career in the health field. Students who volunteer for this program have the opportunity to be nominated for James H. Parke Memorial College scholarships. This scholarship program provides opportunities to students who donate their time volunteering at VA medical centers.
Volunteers come from all walks of life with a variety of skills. No matter what your skill set, there are opportunities to serve those who have served us. There is no job too big or too small, yet each moment a volunteer donates makes a big difference in the lives of America’s veterans and no doubt makes a big difference in the lives of the volunteers as well.