When speaking about veterans many have heard, “A Veteran is someone who, at one point in his life, wrote a blank check made payable ‘To My Country’ for an amount “up to and including my life.” I have been blessed to have veterans in my life and I am beyond thankful for all that they have done. Both of my grandfathers served in the Army and fought in World War 2 and I am married to my favorite veteran who is a soldier in the US Army.
My husband isn’t big on special discounts for being a veteran. The times he uses a military discount are few and far between. Then all the Veteran’s day freebies he chooses to skip them. It is great that so many restaurants now give a free meal to veterans on veterans day’s but in all honesty many veteran’s choose to forgo the hour or longer wait for the free meal. Crowds and waiting in lines are things many service members especially those with multiple deployments to combat zones try to avoid. The other thing my husband is not a fan of is people thanking him for his service. This is just how he feels and if you do a quick google search you can find several blog posts by other veterans that feel the same way. Every service member is different. I have read multiple blog posts about how to thank a veteran and many of them are the same and while they are good list I felt they are missing something. What an actual veteran thinks are good way to honor them. So, I asked my husband for some ways he thought that people can thank a veteran for Veterans Day and everyday.
Here are some tips to honor veterans for Veterans Day and every day from a Veteran!
1. Visit veterans hospitals and spend time with a veteran. My husband is not just speaking about giving your time to an younger veteran from today’s wars but our older veteran’s. Spend time with World War 2 vets, Korea vets, Vietnam vets and Desert Storm vets. Listen to their stories. Bring them homemade treats from home. Give them care packages with things they could use while in the hospital from hygiene products, snacks, books and small games.
2. Support Veteran’s organizations either with your time or money. There are so many organizations out there that support our veterans. Some of my favorites are the USO, Blue Star Families, Operation Homefront and Team RWB.
3. Support Veteran owned businesses. Many veterans own their own businesses. If you are deciding between two companies pick the veteran owned business.
4. Vote! This one is simple. If you are 18 you can vote. Support veteran and military based legislation.
5. Buy a vet coffee or lunch. Just not any vet though…. look for that vet with the Vietnam Vet hat,World War 2 hat etc. You can never forget the sacrifices that they have made. I’m not saying not to buy the younger vet coffee or a meal because they appreciate it too but don’t forget our older vets. Never Forget!
OUR DEBT TO THE HEROIC MEN AND VALIANT WOMEN IN THE SERVICE OF OUR COUNTRY CAN NEVER BE REPAID. THEY HAVE EARNED OUR UNDYING GRATITUDE. AMERICA WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICES.
-President Harry S Truman