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UCLA Veterans

In addition to organizing regular service projects to beautify and improve the Veterans Home of West Los Angeles and sites at the nearby Greater Los Angeles VA, the UCLA Volunteer Center coordinates letter-writing campaigns and care-package delivery to more than 6,000 military service members in hostile regions around the world each year, in partnership with the volunteer-run nonprofit Operation Gratitude. For some soldiers, this is the only contact they have with home. The partnership strives to promote greater awareness of and appreciation for military members' service and sacrifice. The Volunteer Center is hosting a campus-wide challenge to write 3,000+ letters by June 2013. Members of the community can leave their letters in drop boxes found all around campus. Operation Gratitude has sent more than 600,000 care packages since 2003, and UCLA is the first large-scale university the organization has joined with to increase these efforts.