United in Service

United behind the service star

"United behind the service star"

Ernest Hamlin Baker, 1918

Volunteer organizations during World War I provided morale-building support services for servicemembers in addition to providing food, medical care, and other forms of aid to civilians.

"Huts" run by the Salvation Army, the YMCA/YWCA, and other organizations provided rest and comfort for weary fighters and workers while the Red Cross provided essential medical care and aid for soldiers and civilians alike, and the American Library Association set up libraries in camps across Europe.

Many of the volunteer organizations earned loyal members among the men and women they served, and some provided support for the formation of modern veteran's service organizations.