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Deserving Soldiers Holiday Appeal

We tend to forget the terrible losses and injuries our military has endured when they are no longer covered in the media. However, our military is still sending our men and women into harm’s way. That is why JINSA’s Deserving Soldiers Holiday Appeal is as important as ever. We are able to help these individuals when the lime light fades away and work directly with them to ease challenges they face.


Since 2003, JINSA has distributed more than $1,000,000 to support American troops through this program. The funds are given to military men, women, and families in need from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day – and periodically throughout the year when we hear of warriors in need – and 100% of the money raised goes directly to them. JINSA does not take any percentage of the funds raised and donates the staff time to coordinate the appeal.

Once a year, JINSA appeals to friends like you to help brighten the lives of those who have given so much to defend our freedoms and way of life. These individuals have lost limbs, or even worse, their lives. These are things we cannot fix, but we can help ease a difficult situation, and we hope you will help us in this noble mission.

Donations have already allowed JINSA to help hundreds of wounded veterans and their families. Yet, there are many more that still need our assistance. While the money we send to America’s finest heroes will not fully heal their wounds or bring back loved ones, it does make a tremendous difference – from allowing recipients to pay down medical debts, to funding their children’s education, to purchasing Christmas presents or a Thanksgiving turkey, and so much more.

JINSA works directly with the U.S. Special Operations Command Care Coalition – which receives nominations from the commanders of wounded, ill, or injured service members and their families – to whom we distribute the funds.

One recent recipient was a Staff Sergeant in the Green Berets, who tragically became quadriplegic in Afghanistan. We received the following note from his wife:

Dear JINSA,
I am writing on behalf of my family to express our deepest gratitude for your gift. We wanted to not only thank you, but to make you aware of how timely and impactful it was.

My husband was released from the hospital just in time to spend Thanksgiving with me and the children as we continue to settle into our new environment. We had to make the decision to move across the country from my husband’s childhood home so his medical needs and rehabilitative hopes could be best supported. With your gift, we were able to invest in a yearlong family membership to a hands-on science and industry museum with lots of interactive exhibits that my husband can comfortably watch the children engage in. There are very few opportunities we have found that the children truly enjoy that my husband is able to be a part of without the stability of his health since becoming quadriplegic in Afghanistan. Your gift enabled us to splurge on exactly that type of family opportunity.

[…]

However, what I wanted to share with you the most was that your gift was a gift that has already begun to multiply itself. Just after receiving your gift, on New Year’s Eve, the husband of a friend of mine lost his battle with severe [Traumatic Brain Injury] and [Post Traumatic Stress Disorder] and took his own life. His wife and three children were devastated. As friends and family rallied around them for the long road to healing from this tragedy, we shared with this widow and these, now fatherless, children the blessing you bestowed upon us.

[…] With a gratitude beyond words,
Wounded Warrior Wife