How to give back to Veterans
Today is Veterans Day and it may be difficult to think of a way to give back or help veterans to thank them for the job they did protecting our freedoms. Today, many organizations are promoting Veteran’s Day by giving vets and/or their family discounts or even free items. For example, Wawa food markets are giving away free coffee to Veterans and their families, Outback Steak Houses are giving out free blooming onions with a free drink, Hooters are giving away free meals with ID, Friendly’s Restaurants are also serving free meals, along with Red Robin, Red Robin, and Golden Corral.
If you are looking for a more personal way to give back, volunteer at the many veterans groups or associations looking for help. On group is Disabled American Veterans. “Disabled American Veterans (DAV) offers a variety of services to disabled veterans and their families. With more than 1.2 million members, DAV has tremendous reach and provides invaluable service to wounded veterans.” This organization has been in existence for over 80 years. The DAV does not receive federal funding. They are a group whose mission statement is “We are dedicated to a single purpose: empowering veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.” The DAV has local chapters throughout the United States and are always looking for donations and volunteers. The DAV website offers ideas on how one can help, such as volunteering at an area VA hospital, or local chapter of Veteran’s Affairs. By just going grocery shopping, doing yard work, providing transportation or running an errand there are always ways to help out a veterans.
Then are those who are really in need, our homeless vets. These two words should be removed from any American dictionary. Homeless Vets. There is still a great need in providing shelter, medical care and food for these sometimes forgotten heroes. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, there is a program called the Stand-Down Program. According to the Veterans website, the “program is designed to help homeless veterans “combat” life on the streets. Stand Downs are usually one- to three-day events to provide food, shelter, clothing and health screenings to homeless and unemployed veterans. For those interested in helping they can contact their local VA or VA hospital. If time is a concern for volunteering there is still a way to help. Money helps. Donate to your local veterans groups such as the DAV or veteran support groups. There is also a way to help by picking up your phone. You can make a difference in the life of a homeless or those at risk for being homeless, by calling 877-4AID-Vet or 877-424-3838 which is a 24 hour, seven days a week help center which hope to end veteran homelessness by 20015.
One other way to help a vet today or any other day, is Operation Gratitude. This project send care packages to those serving in the military now and those who have served. By writing letters of support, and creating care packages for our veterans, Operation Gratitude hopes to provide a care packages, letters of support to every Vietnam veteran ahead of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. According to the website Operation Gratitude volunteers are needed” for personal letters for deployed Troops, veterans, wounded warriors and new recruits.
There are so many way one may thank a veterans for their service to this incredible country. One the easiest and one of the best way is the simple Thank You. Thank you to all who have served, are servicing and to those who have paid the ultimate price, their lives. Thank you, thank you and thank you.