Want to help a veteran?

There are many ways to aid veterans in need within the local community.

If you’d like to learn more about the Friday morning breakfasts at Central United Methodist church, go to www.cumcballston.org/ministries/aspan.

On the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website, you will find links to veteran service organizations looking for volunteers. Go to www.volunteer.va.gov for information. There are links to veterans’ homes and President Obama’s program, United We Serve.

Find a list of veteran organizations and service groups providing assistance in the Greater Washington D.C. area at ova.dc.gov/page/veterans-organizations.

The Vets Group, www.vetsgroup.org, is a non-profit 501(c) 3 community-based organization, headquartered in Washington, D.C. According to the program, it helps veterans and their families achieve economic empowerment through education, entrepreneurship and employment. Assistance with affordable housing, family strengthening and health rehabilitation is also offered.

Make a difference in the lives of some of the area’s oldest veterans and military retirees by volunteering at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. From joining in on games, calling Bingo numbers to just sharing a quiet conversation, your service would be welcome. Visit www.afrh.gov/volunteer to learn more.