Back to Work Resources for Veterans

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Getting back into the swing of civilian life is tough for former active duty men and women. It is especially difficult for veterans with mental health concerns such as addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Thankfully, America’s heroes are not alone in their quest for gainful employment and entrepreneurship. The following advice and resources can help. 


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Thank a Veteran Through Home of the Brave

November 06, 2018

This Veterans Day, show your gratitude for those who have served our country through Home of the Brave. We have partnered with this annual campaign to help provide Honor Packs and Blankets to homeless veterans and veteran patients in VA hospitals.

Here's how it works:
1) Purchase Honor Packs or Blankets from the Soldiers' Angels Angel Store here: https://angelsstore.myshopify.com/collect…/home-of-the-brave

2) Select from the drop down the state you would like your donation to support. You can also identify a specific city/VA by writing that in the "Special Note to Seller" box on checkout.

3) If you do not wish to specify a state or city, please select "Any State" from the drop-down.

4) You can even order multiple items and ship them to multiple locations-- just specify the quantity you want to go to each location.

All items will be shipped to the VA's in time for volunteers to hand out during the National Salute to Veteran Patients week in February of 2019!

 


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We Did It!

November 05, 2018

On Day of the Deployed— Friday, October 26, 2018— we had a lofty goal to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels... pack 15,000 care items for service members and veterans in just 15 hours, including 5,000 care packages, 5,000 hygiene kits, and 5,000 box lunches. There were times when this task seemed mountainous, but thanks to some incredible sponsors, volunteers, donors, and supporters, we did it! Learn more about the event here. And if you were a part of the action in San Antonio and eager to see the photos, we will let you know here and on Social Media when the photos are back and ready for you to view!


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Donate Halloween Candy!

Are you candied out from Halloween?? Why not donate that candy to a great cause? Soldiers' Angels Treats for Troops Program will ship your donated candy to deployed service members around the world or distribute to veterans in VA Hospitals across the country for a sweet treat. You can even register your business to become a collection site and collect extra candy from your community! This year our goal is to collect 17,000 pounds of candy for our troops and veterans. Click here and search by your zip code to find a location near you. If there is not a drop-off location near you, you can also email InKind@SoldiersAngels.org for a location where you can ship your candy.


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Hop on the Hops for Heroes Bandwagon

This year the Hops for Heroes project celebrated its 7th year of brewing beer to support our military. Breweries from across the country participated by brewing a unique recipe called Homefront IPA. The beer is released on Memorial Day weekend and 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Homefront IPA benefit Soldiers' Angels to help us continue our vision of providing aid and comfort to service members, wounded heroes, military families, and veterans of all eras. Soldiers' Angels is now accepting applications from breweries wishing to participate in the 2019 Hops for Heroes program. In order to prevent overlap in distribution, only one brewery per market will be selected to participate. So... if you have a favorite brewery in your area-- help us spread the word about how they can brew to support our military! Learn more here.


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Holiday Stockings for Military and Veterans

Let's come together this holiday season and show our deployed service members and veterans how much we appreciate them! Soldiers' Angels Holiday Community Partner Program works specifically during the holiday season to provide cards, letters, and stuffed stockings for our troops and veterans. As combat deployments have drawn down many charities, including Soldiers' Angels, have discontinued the acceptance of holiday cards and letters to the troops- the volume of cards and letters exceeded our distribution abilities. While most charities will not, Soldiers' Angels will continue to accept your holiday cards and letters from our Holiday Community Partner members only! Each card and/or letter must be placed into a stocking filled with goodies for our troops and veterans. Soldiers' Angels will deliver your stockings to a deployed service member or veteran patient. Registration for this unique holiday program is now open. Learn more or register to pledge stockings here. 


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Cetera® Supports Soldiers' Angels

Soldiers’ Angels was recently honored to receive a donation of $207,000 from Cetera Financial Group®during their Connect18 National Advisor Conference. As a part of the event, Cetera’s philanthropic wing, Caring Cetera, highlighted Soldiers’ Angels. Attendees had the opportunity to show their support of Soldiers’ Angels by writing letters to troops, donating goods for care packages, and making financial contributions. Cetera Financial Group pledged to match donations raised by Connect18 attendees, Cetera-affiliated advisors, and home office staff up to $100,000, resulting in a total donation of $207,000. This donation marks the largest single-source monetary donation to Soldiers’ Angels in recent history.


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How Our Veteran Mobile Food Distributions Work

We receive many questions about how to get involved with Soldiers' Angels Veteran Mobile Food Distributions— from veterans in need of support to volunteers interested in the opportunity to serve our veterans to businesses looking to give back. Take a quick read through our recent blog to learn how and where you can get involved in this fast-growing program. And don't worry, if we're not in a city near you yet, we may be soon! We are scheduled to open up an additional event by the end of this year.


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Celebrating 15 Years of Support

This year, Soldiers’ Angels is celebrating 15 years of support for our deployed service members, wounded heroes, military families, and veterans of all eras. 15 years is a huge milestone, which is why we’re celebrating it in a BIG WAY! On the Day of the Deployed (October 26, 2018), we’re hosting an anniversary celebration in San Antonio, Texas. Learn more about the event and how you can participate.


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Adopt-A-Family Open for Registration!

We are excited to announce that our Adopt-A-Family Program is officially open for 2018 registration! Through this unique program, sponsors can ‘adopt’ a qualified military or veteran family for the holiday season. The sponsor will then provide gifts for the children as well as a grocery gift card for the family to put towards their holiday dinner and trimmings. The program is currently open for military and veteran families to register for support. Registration for those interested in supporting military/veteran families will be opening in the coming weeks. For full details on the program and how to register, click here.


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Providing Essentials for Veterans Through Hygiene Kits

It's easy to take hygiene items for granted. If you run out of toothpaste, just run to a store and refill your supply. For veteran patients staying in VA Hospitals and homeless veterans, that simple task is not quite so easy. Soldiers' Angels volunteers distribute thousands of prepackaged hygiene kits every year to provide veterans with essential hygiene items. Later this year, we will be packing and shipping 15,000 care items, including 5,000 hygiene kits, to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels. In Part 3 of our special 3-part blog series, we take a look at the reason behind hygiene kits as well as how we're making it all happen. Learn more about Providing Essentials For Our Veterans Through Hygiene Kits.


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What it Takes to Supply a Box Lunch to a Veteran

It is no secret that veteran homelessness is an issue in our country. With tens of thousands of homeless veterans and more than a million veterans considered "at risk," the numbers are shocking. Through the Soldiers' Angels Hunger Relief Program, thousands of Box Lunches are distributed to VA Caseworkers who provide the food to veterans who may not otherwise know where their next meal is coming from. Later this year, we will be packing and shipping 15,000 care items, including 5,000 box lunches, to commemorate the 15th Anniversary of Soldiers' Angels. In Part 2 of our special 3-part blog series, we take a look at the process and planning of getting these Box Lunches assembled and into the hands of the veterans that need them most. Learn more about What it Takes to Supply a Box Lunch to a Veteran.


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PTSD Resources

PTSD can be debilitating for those who suffer with it. It can break up families, lead to substance abuse, and in some cases end in suicide. But our heroes don’t have to suffer in silence. There are effective treatments and many resources out there for those who suffer. Today is PTSD Awareness Day. Please share this list of PTSD Resources on all your social channels. You never know who may be suffering in silence that may benefit from the help these resources can provide.