May 15, 2023
Get to Know Our Military Better!
We celebrate National Military Appreciation Month in May to provide us an opportunity to thank the brave and dedicated men and women of our armed forces for protecting and preserving the peace and freedom we enjoy in our country today.
This month is also a perfect time to get to know our military better. Veteran Car Donations shares the following interesting facts about the U.S. armed forces that you may not know about:
- Our Army is older than our country.
The Continental Army was established on June 14th, 1775, a year before the founding of the United States of America on July 4th, 1776.
- The Department of Defense is the world’s biggest employer.
The Department of Defense employs about 3.5 million personnel, including 1.3 million active-duty service members, 750,000 civilian personnel, and 811,000 National Reserve Guard service members, making it the biggest employer not only in our country but the entire world as well.
- Not everyone is cut out for the military.
Only one in four Americans between the ages of 17 and 23 would qualify for military service.
- Most U.S. Presidents were military vets.
Thirty out of 46 U.S. Presidents served in the military. The most decorated of them was George Washington, who was awarded the rank of six-star general or General of the Armies in 1976, 200 years after his service. Dwight D. Eisenhower was a five-star general while Theodore Roosevelt once received the Medal of Honor.
- The Armed Forces of the United States has six branches.
The six branches of the United States Armed Forces are the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, and Coast Guard. There are also reserve units such as the Army National Guard and the Air National Guard that operate in part under state authority.
- The U.S. military has a far reach.
The U.S. has 737 military installations overseas while the Department of Defense owns 29,819,492 acres of land worldwide.
Ways to Give Back to Our Service Members
National Military Appreciation Month is the perfect time to show our appreciation and gratitude for the members of our military, both past and present. Here are some neat ideas on how you can do that:
- Send care packages.
Service members deployed overseas feel the love of their fellow Americans when they receive care packages from back home. To send a care package, you first need to get the deployment address from a service member you know. If you don’t know any service member and want to send a package to a random soldier, you can visit AnySoldier.org to find a name and overseas mailing address for service members who have requested care packages. You may also contact the United Service Organizations (USO), which has a care package program for our troops overseas. Include notes, snacks, magazines, and other simple stuff that our troops may like.
- Adopt a military family.
Invite a military family in your neighborhood for lunch or dinner. Soldiers abroad would be happy to know that their loved ones are receiving the love back at home.
- Support a veteran-owned business.
After hanging up their boots, many veterans have opted to start small businesses instead of seeking employment. What better way to say “thank you for your service” than supporting their means of livelihood?
Heed the Cry for Help of Our Veterans in Need
National Military Appreciation Month is about giving back to our brave heroes in the military, including those who have left the service. Many of them have survived extraordinary odds only to find themselves at a loss upon returning home as they encounter difficulties in assimilating into society.
You can extend them a helping hand by simply donating any vehicle you no longer need to us at Veteran Car Donations. We’ll use your donation to improve the living conditions of the struggling disadvantaged veterans in your local community.
Our team will auction off your donated vehicle and use the proceeds to support the life-improvement programs for veterans of our charity partners. These IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations cater to former service members who are homeless and impoverished, those who can’t find decent jobs to support themselves and their families, and those who are suffering from service-connected disabilities and serious illnesses, including mental health disorders.
Our charity partners use the funding we give them to provide their beneficiaries with housing and financial assistance, employment and livelihood opportunities, family support, free quality health care and medical treatment, psychotherapy services, and many other services designed to uplift their lives.
As our way of showing our gratitude for your donation, we’ll promptly mail to you the 100% tax-deductible sales receipt of your auto soon after its sale. This will entitle you to claim the maximum tax deduction when you file your itemized income tax return in the next tax season.
We’ll also be hauling your vehicle away without charging you a single dollar. We can collect your donation anywhere in the United States.
However, the best reward you’ll get is the priceless feeling of satisfaction, knowing that your act of charity will give our neglected and suffering heroes opportunities to fulfill their most cherished dream: to live a decent and dignified life.
We take almost all types of vehicles, including those that are barely running and with damaged or missing parts.
For more information regarding our donation program, including our quick and convenient donation process, head over to our FAQs page. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call us anytime through our toll-free hotline at 877-594-5822. You may also leave us a message here.
Be a Bringer of Hope to Our Hurting Heroes Today!
You can make a difference in the lives of the hurting heroes in your community. Your vehicle donation can go a long way in helping them turn their lives around. Call Veteran Car Donations at 877-594-5822 or fill out our secure online donation form now!