During the State of the Union address last night, Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg received a much-deserved standing ovation. In fact, he received the longest applause break of the entire night. And, regardless of all political affiliations, we thought this was a great reminder to honor our troops and treat them with the respect they deserve.
To date, 744 California servicemembers have died in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the Los Angeles Times. Many, many more have served. It is important to keep them in the forefront of our minds and do what we can to help them. After all they have given, they deserve no less.
Soldiers like Sgt. 1st Class Remsburg, who was wounded by a roadside bomb during his 10th tour of duty, do not always get the services they need from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Here at Red Lilly Plumbing, we proudly offer a military discount on the services we offer. It’s just a small token of our appreciation.
In addition to Veterans Affairs, there are a number of charities out there designed to help the troops. If you would like to make a donation to provide much-needed services to our veterans, here is a list of some good charitable organizations:
- Fisher House Foundation
- Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund
- Air Warrior Courage Foundation
- Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust
- Home for Our Troops
- The Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
- Navy SEAL Foundation
- Wounded Warrior Project
This is just a short list of the many charities out there that support veterans. Thankfully, there are many more great organizations like these. To find out more about the charitable organizations you plan to give to, consult a service like Charity Navigator to see where your money goes. This can help you make sure that the maximum amount goes directly to services for the troops.