Please consider donating, as every $1 counts. Through May 31st, your donation goes even further!
Through the generosity of ABC Supply Co., your donation will be matched.*
If you can't give financially, you can give by helping us raise awareness by
sharing our efforts on your social media.
*ABC Supply Co. will match all gifts to Homes for Our Troops through May 31, 2023 up to a total amount of $1 million.
"Be the Difference - Never Again" highlights those who risked their lives to save others, inspiring us to take action in our lives. It begins with World War II and Holocaust stories and continues with stories of individuals who step in to help others.
REMEMBER THE ORIGINAL MEANING OF MEMORIAL DAY AND VETERANS DAY
See videos: American Students Discover a New Appreciation
of MEMORIAL DAY and VETERANS DAY
Over 200,000 Americans are buried at American Cemeteries Abroad*
|In Rome:||7,858 are buried.||3,095 are Missing in Action.||10,953|
|In Florence:||4,383 are buried.||1,409 are Missing in Action.||5,792|
|Total Americans honored in Italy:||16,745|
* Search ABMC Burials | American Battle Monuments Commission
The following organizations help our military, first responders and their families. Students who have participated in the "Be the Difference - Never Again" project have honored the memory of those buried in Italy by contributing to some of the following organizations:
The Fisher House Foundation builds “comfort homes” at military and VA medical centers, enabling family members of hospitalized military personnel to be present during treatment, saving military and veteran families more than $235 million in travel and lodging costs. Today there are more than 86 Fisher Houses across the country.
Homes for Our Troops is a privately funded nonprofit organization that builds mortgage-free, specially adapted homes nationwide for severely injured Post - 9/11 Veterans, to enable them to rebuild their lives. The PBS series This Old House featured homes built for disabled veterans.
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund is a leader in supporting the men and women of the Armed Forces and their families. 100% of donations go directly to the program. (The Board of Trustees of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund underwrites all administrative costs and no portion of contributions are deducted.
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation builds mortgage-free smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. In addition, the foundation pays off the mortgages of military, law enforcement officers and firefighters and who lose their lives in the line of duty or to 9/11 related illness with young children.
Learn about The National World War II Museum. It is designated as the official WWII museum of the United States. Visitors experience that time in history "from the industrial efforts on the home front to the combat experience of the American soldier abroad. It honors the "Greatest Generation".
Watch Debt of Honor the history of disabled veterans in the United States from the Revolutionary War to the present. It was directed and produced by Ric Burns as part of the PBS series "Stories of Service" and underwritten by Lois Pope.
TAKING IT A STEP FURTHER!
Learn About a Service Member choosing a name from the list and adding the name on your Facebook page, challenging all your friends on your Facebook page to do the same. You can also add the name of a family member or friend who served in World War II.
Consider doing this as a family activity and teach your children about the meaning of Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
We are providing websites that list information about individual service members, divided in two categories:
- Army and Army Air Forces
- Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard
To find out about a service member, you need to be a detective, putting pieces of a puzzle together, writing down information about an individual who served in WWII.
- City or County
- Branch of Service