With Veteran’s Day on Monday, November 11, here are 20 ways to thank a Veteran. No matter if the Veteran is active duty, or have been out of the service for many years. We need to remember why it’s important to have their service; all of the freedom’s that we often take for granted.
20 ways to Thank a Veteran
- Call and Visit a local nursing home, VA hospital. Find out what you can do to help. If you quilt, make a blanket for a needy veteran. If you bake call and find out if you can bring in something special. Bring a book and read to a veteran “ready and willing” to listen. We all have talents that can be used.
- Employers: Host a special luncheon for all your veterans. Recognize their service to your company and our country.
- See a veterans group selling poppy flowers? Purchase and wear one. Proceeds made from these sales many times go to disabled, needy, and aging veterans in VA hospitals, State veterans homes across the country.
- Call them. A grandparent, uncle, aunt, mother, father. Take the time to call them, especially if they live far away, and find out how they are doing.
- Teach your children a patriotic song. Instill patriotism early.
- Do a random act of kindness for a vet or their family. Remain anonymous.
- Open up your house on Thanksgiving or another holiday to a few veterans (active-duty or prior-service) that don’t have any family in the area. Make it a holiday none of you will forget.
- Help a Veteran family-member or neighbor get to their medical appointments.
- Wear an American flag on your clothing. It’s a small way to say, “I am proud of my country.”
- Listen to them. Some just want to share a story from their service.
- VOTE. Don’t let them sacrifice for naught. Be a good citizen and do your part to protect the freedoms our service-people have fought and died for.
- Visit a veteran’s grave. Even if you simply stand there for a moment of quiet reflection. you’re honoring their service- and you’re rededicating yourself to the freedoms we enjoy as a citizen of this country.
- Attend a local parade or ceremony on Veterans Day.
- Make a lunch date. Take your veteran-colleague (or family member) out to lunch.
- Offer to take a veterans dog for a walk. Invite them to come along with you, if they can.
- Offer to babysit for a veteran-military family. Perhaps it will be a great opportunity for them to reconnect after a deployment.
- Proudly display a “I support the troops” magnet on the bumper of your car.
- If you see a veteran with an old flag on their pole, leave them a new one, with a note of thanks for their service.
- Do you see a Veteran with a service related ball cap on? Use it to strike up a conversation about their service.
- To truly honor our veterans make the best of the opportunity the sacrifices of our fighting men and woman have provided. Love your country with passion, and do what you can do make it a better place
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