Sometimes we forget how much people give to make this the free country we enjoy today. As Veterans Day approaches again, it is important we recognize their contribution.
Here are 6 easy ways to show you appreciate what they’ve done for us and continue to do, as always.
Visit a Veteran
If you live in a big city, you probably have a VA office nearby. Otherwise, talk to someone in an assisted living or nursing home facility in your neighborhood.
Elderly or injured veterans often enjoy conversation and they’ll probably tell you some engaging stories that put the victories and struggles of military service into perspective.
Support a Veteran’s Business
Many veterans operate businesses throughout the country. This link includes Rhode Island businesses proudly owned by veterans, active duty, reservists, service disabled veterans and military spouses. Let them know you chose them, because you appreciate their continued contribution to our country.
If you can’t find a veteran-owned business in your area, speak to your local chamber of commerce.
Donate Your Frequent Flier Miles
Do you have frequent flyer miles just waiting to do some good? Why not donate them to the Hero Miles Program?
This worthwhile program provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill personnel and/or their families so they can get medical care and connect with loved ones.
Sponsor a Service Dog
Post-traumatic stress disorder affects more than one-third of all Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Why not sponsor a puppy or donate Puppies Behind Bars or Canines for Warriors to help them with recovery?
If you’re not sure whether a dog can help, watch this. It does and without medications.
Help Veterans Rebuild
Many veterans return to the U.S. severely injured and can’t live in a traditional home. Building Homes for Heroes helps build new, mortgage-free, specially-modified homes to support these brave men and women as they rebuild their lives. They gift one home every 11 days.
This national non-profit also provides financial planning services, family funding, and emergency support and all donations are tax deductible.
Stop Veteran Homelessness
Stand Down is a grassroots, community-based intervention program designed to help approximately 107,000 homeless veterans living on the streets. This program initiated by the Department of Veterans Affairs, helps veterans who find it very difficult to readjust after service.
Each Stand Down event brings veterans to a central location where they can connect with community resources, renew their spirit, and get the help they need to rebuild their lives.
Veterans receive food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and hope for a better future. You can make a cash donation to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island and they also welcome canned and boxed goods, pasta, packaged cold cuts, diapers and gift cards, especially from Price Rite.