9 Ngos For Soldiers You Should Know About.

Wannathankyou/13th August, 2018

Even a million Thank Yous would not suffice for our soldiers for all that they sacrifice for our comfort. Be it staying away from their family and friends for months together, spending tens and hundreds of sleepless nights just so that we can have a sound sleep, giving up on their favorite food, surviving the extreme weather conditions and even sacrificing their own lives, the army personnel shine as our real heroes.   

For all the contributions made by our army to India, it only makes sense for us to give them something in return. Here is a list of NGOs which are founded with the aim of helping the army personnel and their families.   

1. Sainik Welfare Organisation

SWO is an organization volunteered by retired officers and men which is dedicated to helping the needy soldiers and widows of the armed and parliamentary forces to settle down at the place of their choice  giving them an opportunity to live within proximity of available medical facilities and re-employment options which are essential for the fulfillment of human life of a soldier beyond simple survival after retirement.

2. Lakshya Foundation

Lakshya Foundation Lakshya Foundation, founded by a team of selfless volunteers spreads the saga of the sacrifice of our young soldiers. They conduct various events to spread awareness about the wars fought by India to defend its sovereignty. Through these events, they are able to shed some light on the life of our soldiers and also express gratitude towards them and their families. 

3. War Wounded Foundation

The War Wounded Foundation was incorporated in August 2002, with the intention of creating long-term avenues for the financial independence of all war – wounded personnel of the Army, Navy and the Air Force.  

Their aim is to ensure that war-wounded personnel becomes productive citizens by participating in the economic development of the Nation. At the same time, they must be able to supplement their pension, including disability pension.

4. Army Wives Welfare Association

The Army Wives Welfare Association works for the welfare of the spouses, children, and dependents of the Army personnel. The foundation aims at social empowerment and skill building of spouses and dependents of Army personnel since inception. 

AWWA supports and enhances the official welfare efforts within the Indian Army, focusing especially on the welfare of families, children, and widows of all ranks including retired personnel of the Army.

5. Maruti Veer Jawan Trust

Maruti Veer Jawan Trust was established with the sole objective of helping the families of soldiers who lost their lives fighting bravely for our better tomorrows. The Trust provides for the education of martyr's kids, the family's health and for other basic necessities. During the major festivals, the trust also sends out gifts to the families as a symbol of love. 

6. Bharat Ke Veer

Bharat Ke Veer is an initiative by Ministry of Home Affairs  to pay homage to the bravehearts who laid down their lives in the line of duty. 

7. Armed Forces Official Welfare Organisation

AFOWO  is a social service organization, functioning with an objective of promoting and facilitating the welfare of Serving and Retired Armed / Defence Forces as well as Para-Military personnel. The objectives of AFOWO, amongst others, include facilitating provisions of residential units by promoting housing schemes in cities all over the country as per the demand of military personnel and their families.

8. Paraplegic Rehabilitation Center

PRC is a Rehabilitation Center meant for the aftercare and rehabilitation of personnel of Defence forces of India who are medically boarded out i.e. retired from service due to Spinal Cord Injury while serving the Nation. 

9. Vasantharatna Foundation of Arts

VRFA started as a support system for the families of Jawans martyred in the service of the nation. VRFA aims at building a more secure and sustainable future for the families of martyrs, addressing these families’ needs and rights by working with the government and changing common social perceptions to enable reintegration into society.

Apart from contributing to these NGOs, you can also donate to the National Defence Fund which is set up by Government of India to promote the national defence effort.

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