December 7: A Day to Support and Remember Veterans

In the buildup to the holidays at the end of the year, this day, December 7, stands out. As much a day of remembrance as Memorial Day, it stops us. Every year. There are still WWII Vets among us, fewer each year, but the memories of families are long, and the legacy of service stands firm.

Here at the NVF, we know to plan for a flood of calls. This can be an especially difficult, lonely time for Vets, whether they’re struggling with homelessness or the trials of transitioning out of the service.  This is when we feel most keenly the urgency to get our Lifeline for Vets open and available 24/7.

PTSD, TBI and MST take no holidays, no time off. Neither does loneliness or isolation.  The human voice is a powerful tool in difficult times. Our Lifeline counselors establish connection that can lead to other outside assistance. The strength of our resource database means that Vets are directed to local resources based on where they live.

Did I mention the families? You don’t have to be a Veteran to use our Lifeline. Family members and other loved ones are invited to call for assistance.

As you plan your year-end giving, I hope you’ll consider helping us reach our goal of 24/7. We’re in our 38th year. The Lifeline has fielded over 500,000 calls. We’re a small, lean, dedicated team poised for growth. Join our efforts by supporting us.

Every member of the NVF team joins me in wishing you and the ones you love, a meaningful Holiday and a wonderful New Year.

Shad Meshad

President and Founder

You can be a part of our mission to help Veterans by making a tax-deductible donation!

About the Author

Shad Meshad

As a U.S. Army Medical Service Officer in Vietnam in 1970, Shad Meshad began pioneering treatment techniques for what would later become known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He is the founder of the National Veterans Foundation and founder and co-author of the VA’s Vet Center Program.


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