There are so many easy ways to support veterans on Veterans Day that you have no excuse! Regardless of how you feel about the country right now, show your support for the men and women who have put their lives in harms way to protect your democratic rights.
Five Easy Ways to Support Veterans on Veterans Day
Start Here: Say Thank You… and MEAN It!
So easy, but often forgotten! Start with a simple, but sincere, “Thank you for your service.” Look them in the eye as you say it, hold their gaze, and let the words sink in for both of you. Often, we just kind of say “Thanks for your service,” but we don’t really give those five words their due significance. These men and women have put themselves at risk, their lives on hold, left their families and their friends in order to give you the freedom to vote (I don’t care what you feel about the election) and the freedom to dissent or support the popular opinion. Thank them for that.
Support Veterans’ Families as Well
Another aspect of veteran life that is often forgotten is the lasting impact of having a loved one gone as well as the responsibility of caring for a service person who has experienced trauma during their time away from their family. Consider showing your support for their family, from offering to drive them to treatments (if necessary), help out with chores around the house or yard, or even delivering fresh cut flowers to the entire family. It might not seem like much, but as my mom discussed with regards to being the support system for a loved one who is chronically ill, it isn’t just the person fighting that is effected.
Volunteer with a Veterans Organization
This page does a good job of mentioning and explaining several major organizations that benefit veterans and provide opportunities to volunteer. I particularly like the idea of canine therapy (you know Ridley would love that!) as well as getting involved with the Wounded Warrior Project and Operation Write Home (which is perfect for the upcoming holidays). Find a local soup kitchen or organization (check with your local church or community center) and help to prepare and provide meals for veterans craving a hot meal on a chilly day.
Educate Yourself About the History of Veterans Day
Do you even know why it is called Veterans Day? Do you know why Veterans day is always November 11? Educate yourself on the history of Veterans Day and what it means: A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. (Source)
Hold a Wear Blue Run to Remember Run
If you have run the Marine Corps Marathon, you are aware of the Wear Blue Mile section of the course (which will make ANYONE cry). Join a local Wear Blue: Run to Remember chapter in person or virtually, and dedicate your steps to the memory of a lost serviceperson. All it takes is a moment, but that moment will change the tenor of your run and will help perpetuate the memory of the people who died in service of our country.Demonstrate your support on #veteransday (and every day!) with these easy actions #giveback Click To Tweet
Bonus: DON’T LIMIT YOUR SUPPORT TO VETERANS DAY
Just like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day, Valentine’s Day… Show you love year round. Mark a day on the calendar apart from Veterans Day that you are going to make sure that you go out of your way to show your support and gratitude.
I hope you all have a fab weekend! It is going to be lowkey here, but you know I will be running and causing trouble, as per usual.
Do you have any veterans in your family?
What are some other small ways to help out and support veterans today? Share them in the comments!