The USSVI has over 13,000 members in 162 USSVI Bases in the continental US, and Hawaii www.USSVI.org. Year round, US Submarine Veterans visit children in Children’s Hospitals, Cancer Hospitals, Hospices, Child Psychiatric Facilities, Ronald McDonald Houses, Camps for Children with medical challenges...in essence, any place where a child is medically challenged. During the visits they make the children Honorary Submariners. (Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Video: http://www.youtube.com/
The goal of the Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Program is to bring smiles to children battling challenging medical conditions, anywhere they are being treated. US Submarine Veterans voluntarily do this by giving these children caring attention, Honorary Submariner caps, certificates, photos of submarines and submarine related items during visits.
The Kap(SS) 4 Kid(SS) Program is part of the United States Submarine Veterans Charitable Foundation (USSVCF). The USSVCF is the charitable arm of USSVI. It was formed to further the creed and purpose of the USSVI by assuming the responsibility of some USSVI activities which are charitable in nature. The USSVI Creed and purpose, in part, is to “Perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country”.
Note: The (SS) is a military specialty designator, signifying a sailor is "Qualified in Submarines"