9 Thoughtful Ways to Support Veterans on Veterans Day

 

Each year, November 11 marks Veterans Day — an opportunity for Americans to honor the brave men and women in uniform who served in the U.S. military.

This year, celebrate the holiday and show your support by giving back to the country’s 19 million veterans — all of whom have made countless personal sacrifices so that Americans can continue to enjoy the freedoms and values they hold dear.

Below are some great ways to give back on Veterans Day.

1. Donate to a Veterans Organization

Veterans organizations do much-needed and important work by supporting soldiers after duty in a wide array of areas from mental health assistance to career planning and beyond.

This Veterans Day, consider donating to any of the following nonprofit veterans organizations:

2. Attend a Veterans Day Event

From parades to dinners, concerts, and fairs, Veterans Day events will take place all across the nation on November 11, providing American civilians ample opportunities to demonstrate their support.

When it comes to supporting the men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the importance of simply “showing up” cannot be underestimated. It’s perhaps the simplest thing one can do to show their support.

Flip through your local newspaper or do some searching online to find out what local Veterans Day events are going on in your area!

3. Take the Time to Ask a Veteran About Their Service

The sacrifices veterans make are often greatly underappreciated. Taking the time to speak with a veteran can go a long way toward helping them know their sacrifices were not made in vain.

A few good questions to ask might be:

  • When were you drafted or when did you enlist? If you enlisted, what were some of your reasons for joining the military?
  • What were your job(s)/assignment(s) during your service?
  • Which war(s) did you serve in (WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf)?

4. Visit a VA Hospital

Donating to charities is certainly one great way to demonstrate your support for American veterans, but a potentially even better way is donating your time and effort. In honor of Veterans Day this year, consider signing up to volunteer at a VA hospital near you.

Be sure to check with your local VA hospital to see if there are any rules and/or restrictions for volunteers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5. Drop Dinner Off at a Veteran’s House

Nothing quite shows love and appreciation like a home-cooked meal. However, given the ongoing pandemic, it may be difficult to arrange a time and space that is safe for hosting dinner, especially for those veterans who may be older and/or immunocompromised.

So, in honor of Veterans Day this year, consider making a veteran a home-cooked meal and dropping it off at their door with instructions for reheating.

6. Fly an American Flag

If you are able to fly a flag at your home or place of residence, there is no better time than November to display the country’s red, white, and blue. Around this time of year, many Americans choose to fly the flag and keep it flying throughout the entire holiday season.

7. Shop at Veteran-Owned Businesses

As veterans return to normal civilian life and start contributing to the workforce, it is vital that ordinary citizens find ways to support their work. One great way to show your appreciation is by shopping at a local, veteran-owned business. Check to see if there are any veteran-owned businesses in your area and be sure to pay a visit!

Shopping online is also a great way to support veteran-owned businesses nationwide.

A few popular veteran-owned businesses include:

8. Educate Yourself on the Difference Between Memorial Day and Veterans Day

Confusing Memorial Day for Veterans Day — it’s a common mistake many Americans make, but one that can rightly frustrate veterans and sometimes make them feel like others don’t care about or understand the sacrifices they have made.

So, if you haven’t already, be sure to commit to memory the difference between Memorial Day — which honors military members who have died — and Veterans Day, which recognizes and honors all of America’s veterans.

9. Say ‘Thanks’ — and Mean It

As President Biden wrote in his 2021 Veterans Day proclamation:

“So many of our veterans carry the scars from their service — both visible and invisible — and it is our Nation’s responsibility to help them heal.”

On the surface, it may not be easy to tell how deep a veteran’s scars may go — and the personal work, commitment, and sacrifice it takes to heal those scars cannot be underestimated.

The least any non-service member can do is express their sincerest gratitude for the men and women who were willing to put themselves in harm’s way to help defend the United States at home and abroad.

This Veterans Day, take the extra time and effort necessary to let a veteran know their sacrifices are deeply appreciated. A simple “thank you for your service” may seem small, but it can go a long way.

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Last modified: November 15, 2021