Memorial Day: Beyond Picnics and BBQs


By the US Air Force, from:

By the US Air Force, from:


For many of us, Memorial Day is an opportunity for long weekends punctuated by barbecues and enjoying the outdoors. However, at its core, Memorial Day is about remembering the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As we look forward to Memorial Day, the Resources Now! Blog would like to take a moment and highlight the many ways that we can all support the families of those who gave up their lives serving the US:

  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS): This nonprofit organization provides a range of assistance for survivors, including bereavement counseling, peer mentorships, and staff to help survivors connect with benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Friends Never Forget:  This foundation provides financial and logistical support for the children of fallen active-duty Armed Forces members to attend summer camps in order to ensure that these camps are no additional cost to the parents or guardians.
  • Fallen Patriots:  This foundation provides scholarships and long-term educational counseling to the children of servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty.
  • American Widow Project: This nonprofit organization was created in 2007 as “peer to peer support to a new generation of military widows grieving the loss of a spouse in the United States armed forces.”

These are only a handful of programs and organizations out there to support the families of those who have died in action. To find more, please visit the National Resources Directory, supported by the U.S. Departments of Defense, Labor, and Veterans Affairs.

Of course, when tragedy strikes, it may feel unwieldy to call on the services of a nonprofit organization or government agency. Sometimes, all you need is some help organizing some friends, family, or colleagues to pitch in.  For instance, Take Them a Meal is a website that helps people create and coordinate a meal schedule for homes that could use some additional help. What other websites or resources can you think of that can help a community come together when a brave serviceman or woman doesn’t come home?

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Hieu Truong

As a Project Specialist with Campaign Consultation, Inc., I primarily support the Social Innovation Fund, showcase their leadership in effectively scaling programs that improve youth development and school support, economic opportunity, and healthy futures. Prior to joining the team, I served as Program Officer at the Chesapeake Bay Trust where I provided direct grant assistance on water quality improvement projects and encouraged grantees to develop cross-sector partnerships with community development and social service organizations. I also have experience with issues of cultural competency and helping grassroots organizations serve various Asian American/Pacific Islander communities with limited English proficiency. Read more.

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