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10 Compelling Humanitarian Aid Missions


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Supporting Troops
Military personnel have a demanding job and have many humanitarian efforts directed to help them.
Military personnel have a demanding job and have many humanitarian efforts directed to help them.
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There are many casualties in war, including the well being of soldiers. These are the men and women who, when they enlist for a tour of duty, do so with the knowledge that they're putting their lives at risk for their country. Giving back to those who protect us is a laudable cause. When you consider that soldiers are also often at the front lines of humanitarian aid efforts, it's difficult to imagine a group more deserving.

Outreach programs range from providing cell phones and addressing medical and housing needs to assistance for dependents. In the United States, highly regarded groups such as Homes for Our Troops, Armed Services YMCA, Army Emergency Relief, Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust and Special Operations Warrior Foundation are fighting the good fight for these brave men and women.

Internationally, the issue can be infinitely more complex. When NATO soldiers return to developed counties, there are often government-sponsored programs that provide assistance. But in places such as the Sudan, in Africa, where youngsters are often forcibly enlisted to fight, international organizations such as the United Nations World Food Programme provide support for those child soldiers hoping to return to civilian life, while the United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, lobbies governments to commit more funding to social programs [Source: Baddorf].