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Commitment to American War Veterans

Service to the Military

The NSCDA made a nationwide commitment to become involved with the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. Offer your time and energy, and they’ll put you to work.

Support Our Military

The following is a list of projects the NSCDA have spearheaded in  local areas. Please use these ideas as starting points for your own efforts to support our military.

  • Letters of appreciation to VA hospital patients
  • Holiday meal and playing cards for patients in the VA trauma unit
  • Packages and letters to active duty troops
  • Letters from school children for troops from their county
  • Collections of supplies identified by local VA outpatient center
  • Wreaths for a church’s Memorial Day service
  • Operation Ball Gown: Dames sent dresses to CA to be worn by military wives at a welcome home ball for soldiers returning from Iraq
  • Books for children and adults sent to airports’ USO lounges
  • Sponsorship of summer youth volunteers at VA hospital
  • Assembly of wreaths for Wreaths Across America, work with several hundred junior and senior high school students to place wreaths on 1,400 graves, ending in a candlelight service during the holidays.
  • ROTC scholarships to programs at local universities
  • Care packages and reception for veterans and caregivers at local VA
  • Homemade Christmas stockings filled with goodies sent overseas, to overseas, to local VA hospitals, and to transition facilities.
  • Financial support to patient care funds at local veteran hospitals
  • Support for a new 6 ­bedroom residence for female vets through Delaware’s Home of the Brave project
  • Swing dance band and dinner provided at an Armed Forces retirement home
  • Wreath provided for outdoor ceremony each Memorial Day at Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) Memorial
  • Support for new WIMSA museum, including uniforms worn by Dames who have served in the military
  • Support for Fisher House, a network of of homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment
  • Coordination of donations of airline frequent flyer miles to soldiers and families
  • Collection of discount coupons that are accepted at overseas Post Exchanges (PX)
  • Collection of international phone cards
  • Annual support for weekly bus service to transport veterans to doctors’ appointments
  • Funds raised to help with area military base’s “Families in Distress” needs
  • Cards and goody bags provided by children to wounded soldiers followed by visits to the school by those same soldiers, sharing stories and showing the importance of honoring the military
  • Collaboration with Girl Scouts to send cookies to deployed troops
  • Donation of toys to children of deployed Marines
  • No Dough Dinners provided in conjunction with other service organizations four times a year to troops at the end of pay periods
  • Building of a shelter to protect families from inclement weather as memorial services are conducted at a military cemetery
  • Attendance at local Veterans Day celebrations
  • Support for “families left behind” by deployed service men and women
  • Organized a story telling program for children of service men and women
  • Creation of prayer cards, and due to their popularity, an additional card organizations four times a year to troops at the end of pay periods memorial services are conducted at a military cemetery women printed with the US Constitution