CFC Cause of the Week: Military Support Published Nov. 5, 2021 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Combined Federal Campaign is underway, allowing personnel and retirees to pledge monetary support and volunteer time to approved charities. CFC’s Cause of the Week for Nov. 8-14 is “Military Support.” More than 1.4 million active-duty military members serve on the front lines, sacrificing day after day for the nation’s defense and freedom. Military service, however, can be lonely and feel thankless. These service members and their families experience long separations, celebrations spent apart, uncertain futures and frequent moves that strain and affect all who wear the uniform and those around them. Military service is primarily made up of the young, with about 75% of post-9/11 veterans under age 45. Unfortunately, some service members return from deployment with mental, physical and emotional scars that can affect them and their families for the rest of their lives. Roughly 56% of veterans experience major barriers in returning to civilian life — ranging from difficulties attaining education and inadequate financial resources to lack of physical or mental wellness. The veteran unemployment rate was 6.5% in 2020, with about 200,000 service members expected to transition to civilian life over the next four years. Military service should not prevent American families from thriving. CFC makes it easy for everyone to change the world. Your donation to “military support” causes lets active-duty service members, veterans and their families know how much the nation appreciates their service. Each gift enables CFC charities to give to them as they gave to the country. Here’s a snapshot of what your contribution can accomplish: $29 — provides one military member serving overseas with a personal first-aid kit. $59 — films a deployed service member reading a bedtime story and sends it to their children back home. $180 — helps a wounded veteran access their home by providing one Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant door. Federal workers can contribute to any of the thousands of participating charities by visiting the online pledge portal at https://cfcgiving.opm.gov/welcome.