Original Post from Mashable, Written by – Zachary Sniderman
While it’s easy to think of Memorial Day as another wonderful Monday in the sun and the unofficial start to summer, it’s important to remember that the day celebrates the many men and women that died while in the military service.
Mentions of the U.S. military stir up mixed emotions and controversy. Democrats, Republicans, pundits and citizens of all stripes have argued about what the role of America’s army should be. But even the most vociferous of critics will respect and honor the soldiers for their dedicated service even in the face of that debate.
In that spirit, we’ve collected some ways that you can show your support for the troops using social media this Memorial Day.
Let us know in the comments how you plan to help, especially if you are honoring someone you know.
Dog Bless You
Dog Bless You, a community created by the founder of Explore.org in partnership with Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans of America (IAVA). The campaign is donating service dogs to returning soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Rather than ask for donations, Dog Bless You is asking for a show of support. Users can upload patriotic photos, videos and comments on their Facebook Page. For every 5,000 “Likes,” Dog Bless You will donate one dog, up to 100 dogs (worth roughly $500,000 in total).
The IAVA also partnered with Snag Films for an online event and fundraiser. Snag Films is donation $1, up to $10,000, for every person who “Likes” or retweets from its dedicated Memorial Day page. The site features videos and documentaries aimed at promoting veteran awareness
A Million Thanks
You can show your support to troops still serving with A Million Thanks. The site helps you draft and mail letters of support to soldiers overseas. There are also options to donate, help grant a wish, help fund the education of a service-person’s child or simply share photos.
The White House is showing its support through Serve.gov. The site offers news and updates, resources like a toolkit on how to help military families, and initiatives to help veterans and military families. You can post original projects, or sign up with Joining Forces where you can volunteer, send a message of thanks, or share a story of support.
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