ARLINGTON, VA -- On Veterans Day, many Americans will seek to remember and honor veterans by contributing to charities and nonprofit organizations that address issues and needs facing veterans, military service members and their families.The challenge, however, is how to make a wise giving decision among the over 45,000 organizations in the United States that address these issues. While the majority of these organizations are small organizations that bring in less than $50,000 a year, there are a number of larger veterans groups from which to choose.To help donors make informed decisions about contributions to Veterans organizations, the BBB Wise Giving Alliance offers the following tips.Look at the name carefully. It’s easy to be confused as many veterans charities include the same words in different order or slightly different form. So, make sure the organization you are considering is the one you want to support.Find out what they do. Don’t assume what the veterans' organization does based on their name alone. Look for a clear description of the organization’s programs in its appeals and on its website.Be careful about phone appeals. If not managed properly, some telemarketing campaigns for veterans' organizations can be an expensive way to raise funds with very little going to the organization. If called, ask for written information on the charity’s programs and finances before making a donation.Be wary of excessive pressure. Don’t be pressured to make an immediate donation to a veterans' organization. Charities should welcome your gift whenever you want to send it.Learn how donated items will be used. If the organization is soliciting donations of clothing and household items, find out how the charity benefits from the collection and resale of used clothing and other in-kind gifts. Sometimes, the charity only receives a small portion of the resale price of the item or may have a contractual arrangement to get a flat fee for every household pick-up, no matter what the contents.Check with outside sources before giving: In addition to charity reports on Give.org, check with your state government’s charity registration agency, usually a division of the Attorney General’s office or the Secretary of State's office. Charities devoted to the needs of veterans and their families deserve our support throughout the year and not just on Veterans Day. But for those donors thinking of making a special contribution in honor of Veterans Day, we urge them to check out the organization before they donate. The list below includes the 10 largest BBB Accredited national veterans' charities that meet all 20 BBB Charity Standards), sorted by total revenue.Marine Toys for Tots FoundationUSODisabled American VeteransOperation HomefrontMarine Corps Scholarship FoundationHomes for Our TroopsVietnam Veterans Memorial FundMilitary Child Education CoalitionTravis Manion FoundationBlinded Veterans AssociationThe BBB Wise Giving Alliance is here to help you verify the trustworthiness of charities that solicit your support.We hope the above provides some guidance and welcome you to learn more at Give.org.