I’m always on the look-out to learn about organizations or projects helping military personnel and their families. In fact, I include several of these on my website www.mrslieutenant.com in a section titled “Support Military Families.” And I blog about other organizations or projects I find.
In the coming weeks I’m looking forward to learning about several new groups as I have found a long list of such organizations on www.armywifetalkradio.com. Yet for now I want to tell you about a project I learned about in the May-June 2008 issue of the University of Pennsylvania’s magazine The Pennsylvania Gazette.
Margaret (Peggy) Carr, who graduated from Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1988, and her husband Chris Carr, both former Marine officers, started a nonprofit project called Vacations For Veterans (www.vacationsforveterans.org). Here’s the introduction from the website:
Vacations For Veterans is a nonprofit organization created to provide recently wounded veterans of the United States Armed Forces with a week of free lodgings donated by a vacation homeowner.
Each wounded veteran faces new challenges: readjusting, rebuilding their lives, and reconnecting with their families. For many of our wounded veterans, time away to rejuvenate is a luxury that is often unattainable and unaffordable.
When you make a donation of time at your vacation home, or a donation of money to sponsor a veteran, you give our wounded veterans a brief respite when they need it most. You make entire families feel better through your generosity.
Providing wounded veterans with a week of relaxation is a wonderful opportunity for both veterans and donors alike. It is a chance for many of us to show our appreciation for our veterans’ honorable service to our country.
If you have a vacation home that you’d be willing to share with a wounded veteran, please consider becoming a part of this program. Use the contact information on the website to get the ball rolling. And let me know if you do this. I’d be happy to include in this blog the names of people who read this post and then acted on it!