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Minnesota National Guard
How can I help?
Financial Donation Resources

AAFES Gift Certificates
The Army and Air Force Exchange Services is where most servicemen and women do their shopping. You can purchase gift certificates for those in Iraq and those hospitalized.

Air Force Aid Society (AFAS)

AFAS is the official charity of the U.S. Air Force. It promotes the Air Force mission by helping "to relieve distress of Air Force members and their families and assisting them to finance their education. To contribute, visit their website.

Army Career and Alumni Program

To list job opportunities for Soldiers retiring or leaving the Army contact
To list jobs opportunities for severely wounded or injured Soldiers from the War on Terror contact

Army Emergency Relief

AER is the Army's own emergency financial assistance organization and is dedicated to "Helping the Army Take Care of Its Own". AER provides commanders a valuable asset in accomplishing their basic command responsibility for the morale and welfare of Soldiers.  Visit the website to make a contribution.

Freedom Calls

The Freedom Calls Foundation is helping families videoconference with their loved ones in Iraq. You can donate money to help keep this project going.

Gifts from the Homefront

Anyone can send “Gifts from the Homefront” gift certificates to individual military family members, friends, or select charities by calling 1-877-770-4438 or by visiting their website.   Bulk purchase may also be made.

Give 2 the Troops

Give2theTroops® is a non-profit organization managed by caring and patriotic volunteers.  We ensure that deployed U.S. military service members in all branches of the military are supported with letters and care packages to help boost their morale while wounded or in combat.


Hero Bracelets

Our aim is to raise money to help build a world-class advanced training skills facility at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. The center will serve military personnel catastrophically disabled in operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as military personnel and veterans severely injured in the normal performance of duties. $2 from each HeroBracelet or tag sold is donated to the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund for this purpose.

Hire Vets First
Governor Tim Pawlenty signed an official proclamation declaring May as “Hire a Veteran Month.”

Honoring All Veterans Memorial in Richfield

A non-profit task force is working to build a veterans memorial to be built in Veterans Memorial Park in Richfield.

Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund

MMAF shows our troops how much we appreciate their service by providing cash grants to all Soldiers, and to the families of Soldiers killed in combat.  It shows the nation we are a proud state dedicated to our troops.

Minnesota Military Family Foundation

Provides community-supported funds to Soldiers and their families as grants or loans to Minnesota Military Families of deployed Soldiers that need a little help.

National Remember Our Troops Campaign

Provides community-supported funds to Soldiers and their families as grants or loans to Minnesota Military Families of deployed Soldiers that need a little help.

Operation Hometown Gratitude
A District-wide effort started by students of the public high schools in Rochester, Minnesota, to support local troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Collects and sends care packages to troops stationed overseas.
http://www.rochester.k12.mn.us/ Click on 'community' then on 'Operation Hometown Gratitude'

Operation Purple Summer Camp
Help send a child with a deployed parent to an Operation Purple Summer Camp

Operation Uplink
With your generous donation, Operation Uplink provides free phone cards to deployed troops and hospitalized veterans to help keep them connected with loved ones.

Sew Much Comfort

This project is dependent on the generosity and skill of countless Americans who wish to show their support to the wounded Soldiers who have given so much of themselves in serving this country. Please help us give these heroes a tangible symbol of our support for them in all phases of their recovery from battlefield to home.

Support Our Troops License Plates

Provides deployed Soldiers grants up to $2000.00 annually for assistance during periods of financial hardships through the sale of vehicle license plates available to all Minnesotans.  Cost is $48.50 of which $30.00, half goes to veterans and half goes to deployed Soldiers and their families.  The license is red, white, and blue with a Bald Eagle and American Flag  www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/

Tee It Up For The Troops

Tee it up for the Troops is a non-profit organization established by family and friends of a Soldier serving in the US Army.  This program is supported by the Minnesota PGA and the Club Managers Association of America.  Additional information, call 952-646-2490 or go to their web site.

Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS)

If you are a manufacturer or merchant and wish to become a licensee, please contact TAPS CFO, c/o dan@taps.org

WRAMC (Walter Reed Army Medical Center) Donations
Officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are seeking donations for wounded troops who are forced to leave behind personal belongings when medically evacuated from war zones.