Do you know a veteran or organization doing good in your community? Are you one yourself? If so, AARP is offering $5,000 for you to share the story.
You can win $5,000 for yourself, a veteran or a veterans' organization by telling their story in AARP's Create the Good Honoring Heroes Contest. The contest honors exceptional veterans, and the nonprofit organizations that serve them, by shining a spotlight on their efforts.
If your story is about a nonprofit organization serving veterans, the $5,000 prize will go to that organization. If the story is about another veteran, you can keep the prize for yourself or share it with them as a reward for doing good in their community.
To enter, submit a 500-word or shorter story, along with a photo, about an organization or veteran who is doing good in their community. The contest is open to the public, and neither submitters nor those featured in story submissions need to be AARP members. The deadline for entries is Dec. 31, 2019, and you can enter every day until then.
Your story should describe the impact a nonprofit organization serving veterans has had on your community, the difference a veteran has made in your life, or your firsthand account of the impact a deployment or military training experience has had on you. The public will vote for the top 10 finalists, and the winner will be selected by a panel of judges who are both veterans and AARP volunteers.
"AARP is proud to honor inspiring veterans -- and the organizations that serve them -- through the Create the Good Honoring Heroes Contest. This is a great way to shine a light on their contributions and share our thanks for the sacrifices veterans have made for all of our safety and freedom," said Megan Hookey, vice president of AARP's Office of Volunteer Engagement.
For more information about the Honoring Heroes Contest, including the nomination process and official rules, please visit the website.