Meaningful ways to really thank our veterans
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Reach out and thank a veteran today using these simple ways to honor their service
Celebrate Veterans Day by showing those who sacrificed for our freedom how much you care. Here are a few ideas of how you can say "Thank-you."
When out and about:
- If you're dining in the same restaurant as a veteran, offer to pay for his or her meal.
- If you can't afford to buy the full meal, then buy an appetizer, drink or dessert instead.
- At the movies? Buy his or her ticket or a snack and drink from the concession stand.
- Pay for a coffee at Starbucks, and instruct the barista to award it to the next veteran in line.
- Just be courteous in general. Hold open doors, offer to help them get their groceries to their car, smile and be friendly, etc.
When traveling and commuting:
- If you're on the subway and see a veteran standing, offer him or her your seat.
- Offer your cab to a waiting veteran.
- Flying first class? Offer your seat to a veteran on the plane.
- If you run into a service member in the airport gift shop, buy him or her a snack or a magazine for the flight.
- CEOs: Think of ways your company can offer special discounts and/or services to our veterans.
- Recruiters: Seriously consider veteran applicants for open positions in your company.
- Bosses: Give your employees who have served our country the day off, or allow them to work a shorter shift.
- Team members: If Veterans Day is not a paid holiday at your company, then pool together funds to cover a day's wages for veterans on your team.
- Bring doughnuts and coffee for the veterans in your office.
- Decorate veterans' work spaces with American flags.
- Have every member of your team write a thank-you note to each veteran you work with.
- Pass out small American flags to each of your co-workers.
Anywhere and anytime:
- Shake their hand, look them in the eye and thank them for their service to our country.
- Send thank-you letters and care packages to our troops.
- Support the families of our troops by giving to the spouses and families of deployed soldiers.
- Bake cookies or cupcakes for veterans in your neighborhood.
- Visit a local VA hospital and share stories with the patients.
- Ask them to share their stories, and listen to what they have to say.
- Know an aging vet in your neighborhood? Give him your phone number, and tell him to call whenever he needs a hand.
- Rather than selling your old car, donate it to Cars for U.S. Troops.
- Organize a collection drive for items our troops need.
- If you have a special skill, find projects like Made with Love where you can put that skill to use to support our troops.
- Shop! When you buy merchandise from Operation Gratitude, every purchase sends a care package to a deployed service member.
- Look for crowdfunding campaigns that help veterans. Operation Homefront is a unique resource you can use to find them.
- Offer to help with house upkeep (mowing the lawn, shoveling snow, etc.) for the families of deployed service members.
- Help injured veterans, past and present, get into homes that accommodate their needs by supporting Homes for Our Troops.
- Help homeless veterans by supporting organizations like the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.
- Support Operation Write Home, which sends blank stationery to active duty soldiers so they can continue to write home to their loved ones.
- Support businesses that regularly offer special discounts and support to our veterans. This will encourage them to keep at it!
- Fly the American flag.
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