Guest Post by Lauren Oliver
Most people go about their daily lives never thinking about the comforts they have…we take them for granted. Military service members give it up to serve. They do not hesitate, they work hard, they protect, and they serve. They are serving our country, true, but they are in reality serving us. Because, do we not make up this country?
Next time you see a service member in uniform, please remember to thank them for their service. All of our military members need to know how much they are appreciated, how much they are loved, and how much they are respected.
Below I am including a list of 5 ways to thank a veteran. I follow my own preaching, and as much as I can, I try to make donations—even the send candy to the troops at my local Walgreen’s—and I always take the time to stand in silence and offer a prayer when I pass by the memorial erected in my neck of the woods when I go walking.
1. Make a donation: Okay, so this is more for active duty military, and not just vets, but at Walgreen’s and some other retail stores they ask if you would like to donate $1 or buy a candy bar to support our troops. Do it! They really do ship the candy to the troops, giving them a taste of home, and that $1 goes towards food drops, medical supplies, and some primitive basics that every soldier may need when on tour. Operation Gratitude is one such organization that will send candy to active duty troops and veterans.
2. Get involved on Veterans’ Day! Many places hold parades, carnivals, etc. for remembering the duty of our veterans. My mother’s city of residence holds a parade and a city block party with BBQ, fireworks, booths for donations and fun events, and of course cold beer! In her city, all purchases go toward donations to military service members and their families, and veterans. Check out local events held in honor of Veterans’ Day and get involved to say ‘Thank you’!
3. Send miles: Most frequent flier miles can be transferred or donated. Do you have mass amounts of them? Donate them to the Hero Miles Program where they are donated throughout military members and their families for travel to and from VA hospitals.
4. Volunteer: There are many organizations that accept volunteers to help out in their community and also benefit our veterans. Check out some great resources—such as uso.org—to find out what you can do to help out, get involved, and thank a veteran by donating your time and effort.
5. Say THANK YOU!!! Just letting our military know of our appreciation is appreciated by them! Whenever you see a military service member in uniform, just say “Thank you”. Trust me, they will not bite off your head; they will be grateful that us civilians pay attention and value their lives and service. There are also many places and organizations that you can write a thank you letter to troops and veterans, anonymously. They will get to the right people.
There are so many more ways to thank our veterans, these being my own 5 ways to thank a Veteran. Be sure to check out what’s going on in your own community for Veteran’s Day and get involved. Make donations, help military families, and ultimately never forget who serves us and this country with their lives. Please add thank you’s to our Vets and troops in the comments section and feel free to add more ways to thank a veteran.
About the Author: Lauren is a stay at home mom currently working from home as a freelance writer. She is certified in Education with a background in education, writing, and tutoring to help students develop their educational skills. She comes from a military family and writes articles about education, military life, and personal development.