As we enjoy the Veteran’s Day parades being held in honor of the brave Veterans and Heroes currently serving in the U.S. Armed Services, we must all remember that waving flags and throwing parades are not enough. The brave men and women and their families who sacrifice so much for this country deserve more than just a single day of remembrance.
Here are 10 easy ways that you can truly support our Troops and Veterans.
Don’t just offer a thank you for their service. Ask Veterans how they are doing and if they need help re-adjusting to civilian life. Sometimes they may simply not know that resources such as The Veterans Crisis Line are available to them or where to find them.
On their site, you can make a financial donation or explore other opportunities to give back.
Consider donating books, DVD’s and games to our troops overseas. Books for Soldiers keeps a list of the books our soldiers would like to receive.
As time passes, we are losing generations of brave soldiers. Frank Buckles, the last surviving American veteran of World War I died in February of 2011. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the last surviving World War II to serve in the United States Senate died in June of this year.
These brave men and women have so much to tell us. We owe it to them to listen.
5. Call Congress And Tell Them To Increase, Not Cut Veteran’s Benefits
Our Veterans have already made substantial sacrifices for this nation. Some of them have paid the ultimate price. It is shameful that some members of Congress feel that they should balance the future budget on the backs of our heroes, while providing tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.
Contact your Representative in Congress today and tell them that cuts to the VA and other programs that provide assistance to our Heroes is unacceptable.
6. Send A Soldier A Care Package
The Veterans United Network put together a great video with suggestions on the best items to include in your packages. Those MRE’s get pretty boring after a while.
Pets are a part of our family. (Some even help us write our blog posts, like my best friend is doing right now!) The last thing our brave men and women serving abroad need to worry about is the safety and care of their beloved pets. Often times, their family members may not be prepared or willing to care for them for a variety of reasons. Organizations like Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pets is ready, willing and able to assist.
The homelessness problem in America is one of our national shames. Unfortunately, Veterans are often disproportionately affected by homelessness. If you know of a Veteran who is on the verge of homelessness or is already homeless, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website or call 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838)
Another way to serve Veterans is to volunteer at your local VA Hospital. A lot of Veterans, especially older ones, may not have any family or friends to visit with them.
10. Support Candidates And Policies That Support Limited American War Involvement
The best way to support Veterans is to stop creating new ones! Americans are paying far too high of a price, in both blood and treasure fighting our endless wars.
These are just a few ways that you can help. I’d like to know: How do you help support our Veterans? Let me know in the comments below.
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