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Volunteer with Veterans for America and the Obama Team on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Day of Service – January 19)
On the eve of President-elect Obama’s historic Inauguration, our troops are still fighting two wars overseas and returning home to the difficult task of addressing their combat-related needs and a cycle of repeated deployments with insufficient time between tours.

Veterans for America (VFA) will be working to ensure that the incoming administration makes improving care for our troops and veterans a top priority. The legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., however, has shown us that while government has the primary responsibility of tend to our nation’s war-related needs, we as citizens can make a big difference in own communities to help our fellow citizens. The power is in our hands as well.

With that in mind, President-elect Obama has called on all Americans to honor Dr. King by participating in the National Day of Service on January 19th, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Specifically, the Presidential Inauguration Committee has asked Veterans for America to be part of this great volunteer effort. We, in turn, call upon you.

VFA recently released The American Veterans and Servicemembers Survival Guide, a free downloadable 599-page book that covers everything returning servicemembers need to know about serving as an active-duty member or being a veteran in the current age — from obtaining help with education or housing to getting benefits and treatment for psychological wounds of war and traumatic brain injury, the signature injuries of the post 9/11 period.

The New York Times recently lauded the Guide as “a powerful updating of that old tradition” of veterans helping veterans. The Times also stated that when it comes to navigating the maze of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, “it is heartening to see that one promising form of help has indeed arrived: a 599-page guide to veterans.”

While the book is available for free download, this information will not reach enough of the hundreds of thousands of returning troops — and their families — that need it if it stays primarily in the digital realm.

We all know the power of boots on the ground. That’s why we’re asking for you to lace yours up and help us spread the word regarding the Survival Guide in the DC area.

Some of our service day activities will include:

Distributing copies of the Survival Guide at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and at National Guard armories and family assistance centers

Spreading word about the Survival Guide by handing out flyers outside Metro stops, coffee shops, and restaurants

If you would please send your email address and cell phone number in your reply, this will help improve coordination of our service day activities.

For more information on Veterans for America, please visit:

We look forward to seeing you Monday.

Time: Monday, January 19 from 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Host: Jason Forrester
Veterans for Ameria, Logan Circle (Washington, DC)

Logan Circle
(at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue/13th Street, NW)
Washington, DC 20005

Directions: We’ll meet in Logan Circle near the statue.

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