Veteran's Day, the federal holiday reserved to honor those veterans of the United States military, is today. You may have the day off of work, maybe your kids are home from school. There may even be a parade or cook-out in your town as a celebration of their bravery. It's a day of respect and admiration and honor.
And while we wish that every single soldier who has ever served his or her country would be forever after financially secure, we all know that is not the reality of the situation. Our veterans our fathers and mothers, teachers and doctors, neighbors and friends, they are also homeless, injured, ill and tragically, sometimes even ignored.
The terrific thing about the way Modest Needs operates, is that you can filter applications by search terms, targeting exactly the cause the most speaks to you. And so on this Veterans Day, what better way to *directly* honor a military veteran than by investing directly in their lives?
A quick search of the Modest Needs website reveals FOUR military families and individuals who have reached out to ask for a hand with their modest need. For instance, one gentleman who is an Army veteran of the Persian Gulf War is working vigilantly to maintain his sobriety and keep himself afloat financially. But unexpected car repairs put him behind. He didn't want to risk not having transportation to AA meetings--his lifeline--so he used rent money to pay for the repairs. Now he simply needs a hand with one month's rent to continue on a path of health and happiness.
This disabled vet's wife, who has worked 22 years for the post office, was forced to take time off work due an illness and received no pay for the time she was away. This put the couple behind on their mortgage. And while this veteran waits for an increase in VA benefits due to his disability, they've turned to Modest Needs donors in hopes of help.
This husband and father was active in the Army Reserves, but since he returned from active duty, he has been unable to find full-time work due to the sky high unemployment rate. The family vehicle is now in need of repairs--repairs that can't be ignored, because without a working vehicle, the family can no longer earn an income. This family is seeking one-time assistance with the cost of the car repairs so they can remain independent.
And lastly, she is a single mother and a full time soldier in the Rhode Island Army National Guard who is seeking assistance with the cost of burying her mother, who passed away after a battle with illness. Outstanding medical bills put this grieving daughter behind, and now she just wants to honor her deceased mother with a modest, but respectful funeral to lay her to rest.
On this Veterans Day, make direct and meaningful impact on the life of a soldier who selflessly served this country. What better way to show your respect?