Get Involved for Veterans Day

KCET invites you to serve your community through service. Our weekly Get Involved page features ways for you to connect with organizations in need of a helping hand.

This week KCET features ways to celebrate Veterans Day and support troops past and present.

Welcome Back Veterans is a group that helps current Vets transition back into daily life stateside. The group specifically focuses on mental health issues Vets face including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Welcome Back Veterans gives everyday Americans the tools they need to make a difference, has national network of clinics to provide care, and funds groundbreaking research to limit the scope of PTSD. To find out how you can help, visit Welcome Back Veterans' website.

Blue Star Families is an organization that support military families through service programs. Volunteers for its Books on Bases program read to and distribute free books to military children. Other participants create care packages for Families Back Home, which sends morale and support to the spouses and children of deployed service members. Visit Blue Star Families for more information.

The Volunteer Transportation Network links volunteer drivers with those seeking care from the Veterans Administration. Volunteers provide transportation to veterans using a privately-owned conveyance or a government-owed vehicles. For more information visit the Volunteer Transportation Network's volunteer page.

Give an Hour is a national nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to members of the military, veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, their families and their communities. Currently, there are more than 4,400 licensed mental health professionals volunteering their time on the Give an Hour network. To find out how to help the program visit Give an Hour's website.

National Military Family Association educates military families about the rights, benefits and the services available to them. It also provides information about the issues that affect their lives and promotes and protects their interests by influencing the development and implementation of legislation and policies affecting them. To find out how to participate, visit the National Military Family Association website.

The Veterans Administration provides patient care to veterans and helps them get the services they have earned. To volunteer, visit the VA of Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System's website.

This image was taken from Flickr user deltaMike using the Creative Commons License.

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