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WASHINGTON - If you want to make a difference in the life of a veteran or their families this Memorial Day, here are some highly rated charities that are working to help those who have served.

Homes For Our Troops raises money to help build houses for veterans with injuries that require specialized housing accommodations.

The Semper Fi Fund provides aid to Marines who are dealing with the effects of ongoing injuries and those suffering from permanent injuries with financial assistance for both medical and day-to-day expenses.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is sponsored by the Department of the Navy and provides assistance in the form of loans and grants to veterans, their families and survivors.

The Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation provides college scholarships and educational counseling for military children who have lost a parent in the line duty.

Memorial Day might be a day off, but it’s also a day to reflect and remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and an opportunity to give back to their families.