POLITICS
03/14/2011 08:53 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Giving Back: How You And The Politics Community Can Help Struggling Families

Today, as HuffPost and AOL unite to launch the Huffington Post Media Group, we're celebrating by making a statement about the importance of giving back and helping others.

Led by HuffPost Impact -- The Huffington Post's section devoted to service, causes, and volunteering -- every HuffPost section is featuring a group or individual who is taking action and inspiring others during these challenging times. Like the rest of the world, our hearts and minds are also focused on Japan, and we've created a resource page for everyone wishing to support the emergency relief efforts.

And we're thrilled to announce that Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, is joining the Huffington Post Media Group as Strategic Adviser For Social Impact. Stone will help the company to create innovative social impact and cause-based initiatives.

AOL/Huffington Post Media Group has also issued a 30-day Service Challenge to every one of its employees worldwide, encouraging them to give their time to non-profits in their local communities and organizing volunteer events in 16 cities.

We hope you'll join us in utilizing the power of online journalism to help people get involved, work together, and bring about real change.

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U.S. Vets is a non-profit organization based in California that works to help veterans and their families who are struggling financially and in some cases homeless after returning home from service. Established in 1992, the group also has programs that offer coun­sel­ing and mental health support for veterans, as well as assis­tance designed specifically for women who have served and troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

According to data released by the Department of Labor last week, more than 1 in 5 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans was unemployed last year. The numbers indicate an estimated 15.3 percent of female veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 were out of work during the same time period. Both figures are higher than the 9.6 percent national jobless rate that cast a shadow on 2010.

The U.S. Vets website notes that over the course of one year, the group will help upwards of 1,000 vet­er­ans to secure full-time jobs, as well as help find homes for 3,000 men and women who have served on behalf of the country.

The current economic landscape is affecting countless people across the nation. As the grim picture relates to unemployed veterans looking to get back on their feet, you have the opportunity to support and stand with the men and women who stood up for you.

You can help U.S. Vets advance its efforts in a variety of different ways. From financial contributions to donations of new clothing, food and computer equipment, you can learn more and get involved right on the group's website.

Click here to follow U.S. Vets on Twitter and here to get the latest from the group on Facebook.

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