Friday Pimping

Here are a couple worthwhile links:

* has a couple of Occupy-related sites, one that allows voting on demands, and the other on actions.

* I’ve mentioned this site before, but today’s Philanthroper charity feeds homeless dogs. Philanthroper is a micro ($1 to $10) donation site that picks worthy charities and features them for a day.

Since it is Veterans’ Day, I wonder if anyone has any worth vets-related charities or sites. Mention those, or any other, in the comments. Also, too: if you want your site or charity featured on Friday, send me a link. My email is at the upper right.

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    Jack the Second says:

    Personally, I think a great way to honor our veterans is to try to dismantle the military-industrial-congressional machine.

    Now, there’s a small, tiny, infinitesimal chance that Congress is going to cut the defense budget in the next N months, and our brave congressmen are trying their hardest to ensure that the cuts come out of veteran benefits (and pay for active soldiers!), and not out of defense contracts.

    Does anyone know a lobbying organization which is trying to lobby for the opposite, cuts in defense contracts (fewer war machines, fewer mercenaries), and maintaining benefits for troops and veterans?

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    Fisher House is a Vet related charity I give to regularly. From the website:

    Because members of the military and their families are stationed worldwide and must often travel great distances for specialized medical care, Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

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    Hawes says:

    Is there a charity to end the Second Mile “charity”?

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    WereBear says:

    @Jack the Second:

    Founded in 2006, and backed by over 100,000 members, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home.

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    soonergrunt says:

    The officially chartered and designated service relief agencies all run strictly on donations. They provide grants and interest-free loans for financial emergencies, parenting and budgeting classes, civilian clothing loan lockers, charity pantries, and even loaner packages of pots, pans, dishes, and flatware for families that have relocated but haven’t had their household goods catch up with them.

    Army Emergency Relief
    Air Force Aid Society
    Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

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    Happy Veterans Day.

    I am grateful that my closest veteran, my daughter, is alive and kicking and still getting into things.

    I remember a brother who disappeared in Korea.

    I remember a lover who left his soul in Vietnam.

    Jesus! When the hell are we going to stop this shit?

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    soonergrunt says:

    Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
    The Paralyzed Veterans of America, and the Disabled American Veterans provide counseling, assistance, and other support to America’s Veterans. They are the best of the service organizations with respect to the assistance they give to vets navigating the VA’s byzantine Veterans Benefits Administration rules and procedures. Unlike the American Legion, which was always a front for right wing politics (having been started by the Italian fascist movement) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, which national leadership are all republican activists, the PVA and the DVA only lobby Congress on issues of import to Veterans and do not advocate for or endorse candidates for office.

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    soonergrunt says:

    And last but not least, the USO whose website seems to be down at the moment.

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    Halcyan says:

    The Wounded Warrior Project Supports vets helping wounded vets.

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    soonergrunt says:

    @Halcyan: I can’t believe I forgot WWP.

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    WereBear says:

    @Halcyan: If you buy from, you have the option of adding a dollar to your purchase that goes to Wounded Warrior Project.

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    gelfling545 says:

    Those in the WNY area (or even out or it) might want to consider WNY Heroes, a really small but hardworking local organization. I have had contact with them through some work I am doing for one of the organizations with which they partner. WNY Heroes has helped area Vets & their families with a lot of issues but I have mostly noticed that when someone has a problem that there is no particular agency to address or that needs to be addressed faster than the wheels of many agencies can turn WNY Heroes has taken up the slack.

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    Great idea on the donation site – I got there with 10 seconds left to donate and I couldn’t find a way to log in. :( Boo. But I did sign up so maybe next time around.

    Thank you for hipping us to it!

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    qkslvrwolf says:

    IAVA and MAAF come to mind…not directly related, I suppose, but important nonetheless.

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    harlana says:

    I recently discovered Charity Navigator which provides information regarding many charities including how the money is spent including breakdowns of admin costs, etc. Also, they are featuring vet-related charities today on their website

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    Mark says:

    Hey, this is Mark Wilson, founder of Philanthroper. Thanks for the mention!

    In terms of Veterans’ Day, there are some fantastic groups we highlighted on July 4 – from free psychological counseling for troops coming home to free calling cards for those still abroad. Here’s our list, all of ’em are great:

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    j says:

    I converted all of my United Miles Plus points (from my credit cards) to donations to the Fisher Houses charities. (Google Fisher House for locations.) They are like Ronald McDonald Houses for the families of wounded soldiers recuperating in VA hospitals. I also converted some points to gift cards for local restaurants so the staff can either give them out to the families visiting their wounded warriors, or take some of the patients out for a good meal.

    You can do it right through the links on the United Mileage Plus site.

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    j says:

    @The Ancient Randonneur: Sorry, I didn’t see your post. I take too long to type and Google.

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    Joel says:

    With PayPal’s current infrastructure, it’s just not possible to make your donations completely anonymous. However, groups featured on Philanthroper have agreed not to solicit to nor share the contact information of donors from Philanthroper – and we ask anyone who receives such solicitations to report them to us. Obviously, if you choose to donate directly through a nonprofit’s site or interact with them away from Philanthroper, you’ll probably be added to their contact database.

    This is a key point for me. I donated to the USPS-sponsored Feeding America drive last year. It was just a modest amount, but one that I could afford, and was rewarded with an unending stream of solicitations from almost every poverty-related charity under the sun. One even sent me a dollar bill to try and guilt me into donating to them. It’s still somewhere in the pile of charity mail that included some knickknack of other that prevents me from being able to just straight drop them in the recycle bin. I found all of this pretty crass. When I move, and it wont be too long now, I’m going to be exceedingly guarded against that kind of stuff.

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    cckids says:

    @The Ancient Randonneur:

    Fisher House Foundation donates “comfort homes,” built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. These homes enable family members to be close to a loved one at the most stressful times – during the hospitalization for an unexpected illness, disease, or injury.

    Great aim, they get my vote (and a sadly small amount of cash, at least for today). I’ve used a similar home when my son was hospitalized for weeks & months at a time, and it is a sanity saver.

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    Raven says:

    At the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game in Atlanta last night they introduced three “Wounded Warriors”. As they left the field the PA played “Shotgun, Shoot em Till They Run Now”. I know it was just an oversight but to some of us it was pretty stupid.

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    Raven says:

    @soonergrunt: And will send you 50 emails a week once they get your addy.

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