Military charities see green when you ‘go green’

By Kristen Ward: TriWest Healthcare Alliance

PHOENIX — TRICARE West Region beneficiaries can assist military families and help save the environment with a simple click of a mouse.

Through March when a TRICARE beneficiary chooses to “Go Green” and opts-in for paperless statements, TriWest will contribute $5 to one of the following military support organizations: Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA), Operation Homefront, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) or the USO.

Each of the eligible military charities support active duty service members, veterans, military families and survivors in different ways.

• Operation Homefront — Provides emergency and morale assistance for service members, the families they leave behind, and for wounded warriors when they return home, and has filled the needs of more than 267,000 military families since 2002.

• Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) — Delivers quality social, educational and recreational programs and services to active duty military and family members. Its programs include children’s waiting rooms at various military hospitals and Operation Hero.

• Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) — Offers hope, healing, comfort and care to families grieving after the death of a service member through programs such as Survivor Seminars and Good Grief Camps.

• USO — Entertains and provides educational programs to service members and their families.