The Department of Veterans Affairs is charged with providing disabled American veterans with the services and benefits to which they are entitled through their military service. Unfortunately, this goal is not always met, and many disabled veterans fall through the cracks.
If issues like fair and adequate disabled veterans' compensation programs and veteran homelessness matter to you, then you can make a meaningful difference in the lives of countless American veterans. By donating your time or becoming an advocate for the cause, you help to improve the lives of disabled vets, assist homeless veterans and help hospitalized veterans.
Review these 5 action steps to join the cause:
1. Learn about the issues affecting American veterans.
In order to be a strong voice for disabled veterans, you must understand the relevant concerns in regards to veteran disability and how the Department of Veterans Affairs addresses them. Take the time to explore our Life After Service article library and veterans blog to get an understanding of typical challenges those seeking disabled veterans' compensation face.
2. Determine where your advocacy efforts are needed.
Conduct online searches to locate regional or national programs that are in need of active advocates. For instance, is there a local veterans' homeless shelter or job-placement center that receives federal funding? You can act as a voice at the state level to express your desire as a taxpayer to see this resource continue to receive funding. Our We Can Help section provides information on local and national organizations that may have specific advocacy needs that you could help to fulfill.
3. Let your voice be heard!
Elected officials depend on the support of their constituents to stay in office. Plainly said, the more you speak up about the importance of an issue, the more likely they are to sit up and pay attention. Contact your representative and senator and tell them how important it is that the Department of Veterans Affairs has adequate funds to provide disabled veterans the compensation they deserve. Curious about how someone in office voted on an issue affecting disabled vets? Keep track of voting records and let your elected officials know how you feel-good or bad-about their vote.
4. Communicate effectively.
If you are calling your senator to discuss how a proposed bill would, for instance, help hospitalized veterans, review your notes beforehand and keep your talking points brief and to the point. Politely but firmly, tell him or her you are a constituent and be clear and concise in what you believe should be done.
5. Lend a helping hand.
Want to raise awareness of veterans' issues and funds for Care for Disabled Veterans? Hold a fundraising event to support the CFV mission. Here are some ideas:
Want to make a difference in a disabled veteran's life? Give a secure online donation to Care for Disabled Veterans. Or call 1-877-617-2170 to contact us directly. Order our free veterans and caregivers guide to learn more about who we are, what we do and why we care.
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