Veteran’s Day is great but it’s only one day out of 365, which all too often leaves our past and present service members neglected or underappreciated for the rest of the year. It’s especially shameful because these heroes can face lots of professional, financial and emotional challenges as they attempt to re-enter civilian society. WellWell has compiled a list of national and regional programs that honor and help those who have served. It’s just a start. We know there are lots of other programs out there.
Veterans Yoga Project
Offering over 100 free yoga classes per week for veterans and their families, VYP provides support whether they are currently struggling with severe symptoms or are focused on increasing resilience and looking to give back. Learn more at www.veteransyogaproject.org
Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Dedicated to the physical and emotional rehabilitation of disabled active military service personnel and disabled veterans, the program offers intuitive and comprehensive fly-fishing lessons, equipment and events. Learn more at projecthealingwaters.org
Hope For The Warriors
Providing nationwide assistance to combat veterans and military families, Hope For The Warriors offers a wide array of services including clinical support, transition aid, and sports and recreational activities and groups. Learn more at www.hopeforthewarriors.org/
Saying thank you by providing care packages to deployed troops, first responders, veterans and military families. These packages include any necessary items they may need from clothing to food but most importantly appreciation. Learn more at www.operationgratitude.com
A Hire Power
NPower is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping military veterans and young adults from underserved communities embrace brighter futures through extensive IT training programs that prepare them for rewarding technology careers. Students who complete the free six-month training program earn industry-recognized certifications and develop the competencies of an IT professional with one to two years of experience. NPower currently operates centers in New York, Texas, California, Maryland, Toronto, New Jersey, Missouri, and Michigan. Learn more at npower.org.
US Military Endurance Sports
A thriving multi-sport recreational, club, development, and elite athletic program now operating as a division of the American Servicemembers Amateur Sports Inc., the UMES supports cycling, triathlon, running, and adventure racing teams for amateur athletes of all abilities, including special programs for wounded veterans and adaptive athletes. The program additionally provides athletes incredible opportunities including camps, clinics, focus events, team competitions, and non-competitive gatherings. Learn more at usmes.org
Please consider getting involved in any of these programs and let us know at email@example.com if there are others we can flag.