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Military Families: 5 Ways You Can Help

First Posted: 04/12/2011 10:54 pm   Updated: 06/12/2011 5:12 am

Much more than April showers, it's a perfect storm of giving. With National Volunteer Week in full swing, we here at HuffPost are honoring Military Families Week to focus on the issues that affect service members and their loved ones. What better time to volunteer your efforts to show military members you care.

In a 2010 Operation Appreciation survey, about 90 percent of military families members said they felt the general public didn't understand the sacrifices they make.

From helping build homes to serving as a foster parent for pets, we're highlighting ways you can donate your time and efforts to support military families. Click below to find opportunities for everyone -- both community-centric efforts and behind-the-scenes work.

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Organize your school, office or friends to write military families letters expressing why you're truly thankful for the freedom you enjoy. Operation Appreciation offers prompts and guidelines you can use.

Or, share an electronic message through the campaign Joining Forces, a national program that supports service members and their families launched Tuesday by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden. Visit the site to thank military families or share a personal story to move others to action.
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