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One of the Simplest Ways to Show Your Support for Military Families and Veterans

February 13, 2015


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The recent release of actor turned producer and director, Clint Eastwood’s film American Sniper renewed a sense of patriotism and pro-military support across the nation. The film depicts the military career and family life of one of — if not the single most — deadly American Navy SEAL sniper, Chris Kyle.

While American Sniper has received much praise, the film has also garnered the support of countless military families and veterans who can empathize with Kyle’s struggles as a soldier, father, and husband.

It’s common for military families and veterans to deal with circumstances and struggles that the majority of civilian families might have difficulty imagining. This includes frequent and long deployments, frequently relocating (sometimes internationally), higher rates of unemployment, post-traumatic stress upon returning home, in addition to the struggles of trying to assimilated to everyday life after living in an active combat zone.

Luckily, however, there are a variety of simple, easy ways you can give back and show support for the military and veteran community. There are a number of local, regional, and even national organizations that help military families that make giving back and showing your support easier than ever.

While common charitable donations such as non-perishable food items and household goods are readily accepted and appreciated by military and veterans charities, this winter has been particularly severe, complete with frequent storm systems, heavy snow, and bitterly cold temperatures that have affected most of the nation. As such, one the best and easiest ways to show your support is to make winter clothing donations.

Did you know that the average American household discards nearly 68 pounds of clothes each year, of which the majority — 99 percent — could have been recycled or repurposed? In addition to helping military families, clothing donations also help the environment by reducing the amount of textile waste found in landfills.

As an added convenience, many veteran and military charities offer a donation pick up service, in which donations can be picked up from the convenience of your home.

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