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June 20, 2021

Focus on Our National Symbol this June 20th

Close Up Photo of Bald Eagle | Veteran Car DonationsEvery year on the 20th of June, we set aside time to educate ourselves and others about our national symbol, the bald eagle. National American Eagle Day is a day meant to raise awareness for protecting this iconic bird. It also encourages us to do our part in preserving the bird’s natural habitat.

Besides spreading the word, here are 4 activities you can do to make the most of this significant day:

  1. Volunteer for a preservation group.

Look for preservation groups in your area and ask if you can lend a hand. It can be a nonprofit that advocates for bald eagles or an organization that serves to protect other endangered species.

  1. Visit the local zoo.

That is, if it houses bald eagles. The National Zoo, Saint Louis Zoo, and San Diego Zoo do.

  1. Watch a documentary.

Entertain and educate yourself by watching a documentary about this majestic bird. National Geographic’s “Bald Eagle — Nature’s Largest Raptors” is a must-see.

  1. Go birdwatching.

Spend the day watching different species of birds flying around. Be sure to capture some images. Who knows, you might catch a bald eagle passing by!

 

The 7 Amazing Facts about the Bald Eagle

We at Veteran Car Donations would also love to share these 7 amazing yet lesser-known facts about our national symbol:

  1. Bald eagles have a long lifespan.

While about 80% of them die of starvation or accidents before reaching adulthood, those that mature (at around five years old) usually live for 15 to 25 years. Some bald eagles even lived to reach 50 years in captivity, while others were able to survive 30 years in the wild.

  1. They usually mate for life.

Bald eagles are quite romantic animals. Not only do they tend to pair up until death parts them, but they also share parenting duties by taking turns incubating the eggs and feeding their offspring.

However, they can also be polygamous. In such cases, one nest holds the combined eggs, with each of them taking care of the eggs and the young. Pretty amazing, huh?

  1. They’re one of the largest birds in North America.

With a wingspan of 80 inches and weighing about 10 to 14 pounds, bald eagles are HUGE. They may vary in size depending on where they live, with Alaska being home to the largest bunch. You may also notice that the young look slightly larger than their parents — that’s because of their fledgling feathers.

  1. They build giant nests.

These big birds build large homes for their families. A couple will start constructing their nest on a treetop a month or two before mating. Since they use the same dwelling for years, they’d continuously expand it until such time that it reaches about nine feet wide and 20 feet deep. The nest can even weigh two tons over time.

  1. They’re no longer endangered.

Thanks to the hard work and perseverance of our dedicated conservationists, bald eagles are no longer considered endangered. Gone are the days when we feared for their precious lives. National Bald Eagle Day should also be a reminder to thank the heroes who made this possible.

  1. They have impressive eyesight.

Believe it or not, bald eagles can see things with their eyes closed. They have this see-through eyelid called “nictitating membrane” that protects their eyes while their main eyelids remain open.

That’s not all. Eagles also have sharper vision than humans. They have a 20/4 or 20/5 vision, allowing them to see small prey as far as two miles away. What’s more, they can see UV light! Now you know where the term “eagle eye” comes from!

  1. They’re not really bald.

Now this one can be a shocker. Despite their name, bald eagles aren’t bald at all. Young bald eagles have mostly brown heads while adult eagles have bright white plumage on their heads. They actually move through a series of changing plumage patterns during the first four to five years of their lives.

 

Show Your Support for Our Disadvantaged Vets

This National American Eagle Day can also be an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of our suffering heroes. We’re talking about our former service members who willingly put their lives on the line for us and are now struggling in their transition to civilian life.

Following their separation from the service, they are left to deal with numerous challenges despite receiving some assistance from the government. Not being able to find decent jobs, many of our vets fall into the pit of poverty, often ending up living in the streets. Others couldn’t afford treatment for their service-connected disabilities or mental illnesses.

How about extending a helping hand to these heroes? All you have to do is donate an unwanted vehicle to us at Veteran Car Donations.

We’ll sell your vehicle through an auction and distribute the generated proceeds to some of our nation’s leading military and veteran nonprofit organizations that are in partnership with us. The funds help these IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofits in providing their beneficiaries with much-needed assistance to our suffering veterans.

Thus, thanks to you, deserving vets in your community will receive financial aid, housing assistance, free health care, psychotherapy services, employment opportunities, family support, and many other benefits.

You, too, will benefit from your gift. You’ll get to enjoy our free towing service and our quick and convenient donation process where you don’t have to do any paperwork. On top of that, your donation will entitle you to receive the maximum tax deduction in the next tax season.

Aside from the material rewards in store for you as our donor, you’ll also be privileged to enjoy a most satisfying donating experience, knowing that your act of charity will help transform the lives of our nation’s heroes.

We accept almost all types of vehicles, including those that are hardly running anymore. If you have any questions, feel free to reach us at 877-594-5822 or send us a message here. Visit our FAQs page to learn more about our vehicle donation program, tax deductions, and more.

 

Be a Bringer of Hope Today!

Man Waving the US National Flag | Veteran Car DonationsLet our former troops know how much you care about their well-being. A simple vehicle donation can change their lives in a lot of ways. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our online donation form now!

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