We hear all the time about veterans and their sacrifices, and many families witness this first hand, unfortunately. After hearing about this, it’s a noble idea and a good idea to try and get involved by making a donation to an organization like a veterans association in Los Angeles on somewhere closer to home for you. This is a great way to show your support, but you want to make sure that you do it the right way.
The Struggles After Coming Home
There are a lot of different areas where your money can go to good use, but the bulk of veterans face issues in two primary ways: medical and financial.
Medical: Medical issues include both physical and mental problems that stem from things that happened to service members during their time in combat. In some cases, these medical issues may present lifelong problems that require support and money to help with.
Financial: The military provides many skills that service members can put to use when they return to civilian life. But the economy can change a lot over the course of one deployment. For example, a skill set that was primarily in demand when they got started may no longer be in such a high demand when they return. In addition, the struggles with medical issues may link with financial issues. This may include medical bills for injuries, as not all service members are guaranteed insurance after leaving the military. In addition, insurance fails to account for loss of earning power from medical issues. For example, if you learn a certain skill in the military, but an injury renders you unable to use it, you are essentially an an unskilled and disabled worker.
When choosing where to donate, it’s important to do your homework to make sure that your money is being put to good use. A charity can be a poor choice even if it isn’t an outright scam. For example, some charities say that they support a certain cause, but in reality, a percentage of that goes towards the operations of the charity and some towards the cause. This isn’t entirely abnormal but in some cases, the ratio is wildly skewed to the charity versus the cause. In some cases, the way that the charity supports the cause isn’t clear either.
How do you avoid being caught in this situation? The best thing you can do is treat this like patronizing a business and do plenty of research. This includes looking up official verification that the charity is an actual charity. Try to find testimonials of people who the charity has helped. Also, be ready to ask the charity itself detailed questions and read their reactions.