Being patriotic can take many forms, and the following women show their love for the United States by giving back to their individual communities as well as the country at large. For these ladies, giving back can mean many things: volunteering at a charity, running for office to improve a community or serving in the military.


My passion for community service started when I was in third grade. I discovered Southeastern Guide Dogs through a school project, put together a fundraiser, and raised over $2500 to sponsor a puppy through guide dog school. Since then I have become the youngest head of education/outreach for any walkathon committee. When I decided to move from Florida to Alabama for college, I knew that I wanted to be just as involved in my new community as I was back home. I rushed Delta Zeta for our philanthropy, speech and hearing, and I have been a part of fundraisers and special events to help those in need of speech and hearing technology that is not readily available to them. As a University of Alabama Crimsonette, I am a representative of my school; my team is all about community service and volunteered at the food pantry, RISE Center, and Operation Christmas Child. I think that there is nothing better you can do with yourself than give back to others, and I can only hope that I can influence a few people to find their passion in community service and find the joy that comes with it.


I’ve had the honor of being involved with schools and organizations that placed a heavy emphasis on community service. Because of this I’ve had the privilege of working with organizations like local churches, Habitat for Humanity, the Ronald McDonald House, the American Red Cross, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and my local pregnancy center. My involvement at Habitat for Humanity has been especially impactful as I work closely with the homeowners who lost their homes or were living in shambles. I get to learn skills like installing flooring and putting on roofs all while having conversations with future Habitat homeowners, each with a unique story, like losing their home in a fire or tornado. My favorite story from this year was a homeowner who was a disabled Vietnam vet—he lost his leg in a surgery this year and we got to work on his home to make it more wheelchair accessible! 


I give back to my country by working as a logistics and operations manager at the United States Military Academy – West Point by helping the process of developing the Army’s future leaders. I have always had a passion for public service and I wanted to make sure I had a career that let me do something that I enjoy while serving others. Every day I am motivated by knowing that I’m contributing to a cause, to someone’s future, and to something much bigger than myself.


Giving back to this country is so important to me, and is something that was instilled in my growing up. As a member of the National nonprofit veteran’s organization, the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic, it has allowed me to be involved in giving back to those that gave so much. I’ve sent care packages to our active duty soldiers, recorded the stories of our veterans, cleaned up and marked the graves of our fallen heroes, and that’s just a fraction of the amazing things I have been able to do! Recently, I proposed the idea to the LGAR to adopt the nonprofit organization, Pets for Vets, as their National Project, and the idea was well received! Pets for Vets is a wonderful organization that pairs shelter dogs with veterans that are in need of a companion, and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of working with this organization as well as seeing the incredible results that they achieve for both the animal as well as the individual! Giving back to this country in any way that I can is my pride and joy, and I am so proud of the small impact I have made! 


Through my work as the Historical Research Lead for the UW Missing in Action Recovery and Identification Project, I am part of a team that researches, recovers, and identifies missing US service personnel. Many people may not be aware, but there are more than 82,000 Americans still missing, and our nation owes a great debt to them and their loved ones. Our work helps provide closure for their families and communities while honoring the individual sacrifice.


When I was 18 years old, I decided I wanted to be in the military so I joined the United States Air Force. Prior to that, I was always extremely patriotic and I knew I wanted to give back to my country, the greatest country in the world. Now 24, I have been in the Air Force ever since and it has absolutely changed my life. My military service has made me appreciate the United States even more than I did before and it has demonstrated to be just how good it actually is to be an American. As cliché as it sounds, I am proud every time I put on my uniform and look down to my chest and see that it says “U.S. Air Force” because I get to represent the greatest nation to ever be and do my best to make sure it stays that way.


I decided to run for office because I feel a call to serve my community. My family has a long background of military service and politics is my path to serve. As someone who was born with complete vision loss, I find that I have a unique perspective to bring to lawmaking, and I’m so excited to bring a strong conservative message to the New Hampshire State House.


Giving back to my country through volunteerism is a way I show my thanks to those who have sacrificed for (and contributed to) the wellbeing of my country. One winter in high school, I organized and ran a clothing drive for inpatient veterans at a local VA hospital, as I wanted to show my appreciation to those who have sacrificed so much for their country. Helping to provide warm clothing certainly isn’t enough to compensate for what they have gone through and risked, but it’s important to me that we all do our part to make sure American heroes are taken care of. I also volunteered at a local food pantry throughout my last two years of high school, helping to stock and distribute donations. Although I may not know these people personally but they contributed to the town I grew up in and it’s important to me that I can do something in return to help my community. I feel it is part of my civic duty as an American to help my fellow community members and especially the soldiers who have sacrificed so much for our safety and freedoms.

Karly M.
Karly Matthews is a student at Temple University, where she is majoring in political science and journalism while minoring in Spanish. At any given moment, Karly can be found talking about Marco Rubio and advocating for conservative values with a large coffee mug and color-coded planner in hand.

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