Adopt a Veteran
Thanks to the outpouring of support from the American people, deployed troops who need a morale boost can usually find one in a care package from a patriotic American. But what happens when they get home and face a new kind of fight? Who is standing by to offer them the kind of moral support they experienced while overseas as they face the battle to build a new life?
What We Do
For some veterans returning home after deployment, there is no family support to assist them as they transition to civilian life. Members of the Adopt a Veteran team provide moral support and small gifts for returning heroes.
The Adopt a Veteran Team provides returning veterans with extended support by providing them with an Adopting Angel who sends at least one card or letter a week and one small gift/package a month. Each adoption pairs up a veteran and an Adopting Angel for a full 12 months of letters and small gifts. At the end of the 12 months, Soldiers' Angels re-evaluates the status/need of the veteran. If needed, the Adopting Angel is given the chance to continue supporting the veteran or the adoption can be assigned to another angel.
Supporting a veteran is about showing them that America still remembers, while tailoring that support to the veteran's individual needs. For example, if an Adopted Veteran has a car but mentions that he/she is having difficulty getting to and from VA appointments due to the high cost of gasoline, a gas card would be the perfect thing for an Angel's once-a-month gift/package.
Members of the Adopt a Veteran team support in a way that supplements the resources available to returning veterans, serving as a sounding board and a caring heart. Letters from these Angels often include personal encouragement and information about local or national resources to address any struggles they may be having. Encouraging pictures, quotes and sayings are also included to help the frustrating adjustment many veterans face. Adopting Angels aim to make it fun for both themselves and the veterans they support.
As wonderful as home is, it's an adjustment for veterans seeking their place in a world that hasn't changed nearly as much as they have. Knowing that Americans STILL have their backs can make a big difference to a veteran facing the challenge of building a post-combat, post-military life.
How to Help
Members of the Adopt a Veteran team must be Verified Angels. If you are interested in adopting a veteran, email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not yet a Verified Angel, sign up here before emailing.