Veterans Day is an important day for showing appreciation to members of our military, past and present.
If you’re looking for an appropriate way to honor a veteran in your life, or would like to contribute in a way that’s meaningful for veterans everywhere, here’s a list of suggestions to start you off.
1. Attend an event
Attend to a honest-to-goodness parade or service for veterans. Roy Rogers said, “We can’t all be heroes; someone has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.” Veterans Day is a great opportunity to do just that.
There are a plethora of wonderful organizations who offer all manner of support, services and appreciation for our service members. To get a few ideas for donations, you can check out this page.
3. Write a Letter
A letter is a welcome gift from the home front. A word of encouragement can help give them the strength they need to carry on and complete the mission at hand. Many troops don’t have anyone who writes to them or have little knowledge of news and pop culture back in the States. By writing supportive letters, you bring a little bit of home to their corner of the world.
4. Get Outdoors with a Veteran
Invite a veteran or a military family to explore a national park — admission is free for all visitors on Veterans Day. Being outside helps improve physical and mental health, boosts emotional well-being, and is a great way to celebrate the day with a veteran.
Check some great (and free) outdoor adventures programs for veterans.
5. Visit a VA Hospital
Find out what the policies are at your nearest VA hospital for interacting with patients or volunteering, and spend the day with a veteran. Many VA facilities will have events on Veterans Day or a special lunch you can help prepare. Even if you never interact with a veteran, helping at a facility is a way to give back.