As U.S. troops continue to deploy and defend our nation overseas, many Americans want to know how to send care packages for service members -- even if they don't personally know them.
Our country loves supporting our troops both at home and overseas. And care packages sent to overseas bases or stateside hospitals are a great way to show that gratitude.
But how do you find service members to support if you don't know their names or mailing addresses? And what should you send in a military care package? Searching for troops to support online can get tricky, especially given the number of scam artists pretending to be U.S. service members. What you need is a trusted, vetted source.
Fortunately, since the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan started, a slew of organizations have stepped up to fill this support gap. These non-profits, recommended by the Department of Defense, provide a variety of care package services. Some of these organizations allow you to donate so they can continue to provide care packages. Others give you the ability to order a care package yourself.
Note: next to each name is an acronym noting where the organization has been vetted. They are: Combined Federal Campaign (CFC); Better Business Bureau (BBB); Charity Navigator (CN); GuideStar (GS).