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Organizations Join Forces to Help America Volunteer

Major national organizations are challenging Americans to perform millions of hours of community service to support and honor our nation's military families, veterans and service members, in support of the First Lady's campaign for military families.

Today, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched an initiative to support and honor our nation's military families. As part of that event, the First Lady and Dr. Biden highlighted Operation Honor Cards.

Operation Honor Cards is a joint project of Blue Star Families, the American Red Cross, and ServiceNation: Mission Serve, run cooperatively with the Veterans Administration, the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Department of Defense. Inspired by the First Lady’s campaign for military families, the program aims to create an atmosphere of shared service and a WWII sense of “all give some” by encouraging Americans to perform service in honor of military families and veterans.

“The American Red Cross is proud to be a part of this initiative. Operation Honor Cards exemplifies the Red Cross principles of humanitarianism and voluntary service. This program is an excellent way for Americans to pledge to serve in their community while honoring the sacrifices of our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Sherri Brown, senior vice president of Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces.

Operation Honor Cards will promote and collect virtual Honor Pledges of community service through the website at The website will also maintain a running tally of hours of community service hours committed and fulfilled in honor of military families, service members and veterans. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to join the program and may also fill out physical honor cards pledging service and download an online Operation Honor Cards kit.

The program has already collected pledges of more than 1 million hours of service from the Girls Scouts, Lions Clubs International, the Virginia Office of Volunteerism, the Red Cross, Operation Gratitude, The Mission Continues, and Blue Shield of California. The physical card collection portion of the program will culminate on or before 11/11/11 with ‘Honor Walls’ of pledge cards displayed at the Capitol Rotunda, VA hospitals, military bases and other public venues.