Veterans have sacrificed a lot to serve their country and oftentimes civilians are unsure how they can show their appreciation. Below is a list of options that can help you truly show your appreciation.
1. Consider donating to an organization
There are various organizations within our country that are dedicated to helping veterans. These organizations are available to veterans to help them through financial burdens, counseling services, and transition training into civilian lifestyles.
2. Utilize your skills to help veterans
We often think the only way to thank someone is through monetary donations. Instead, think of skillsets that you can offer and find a way to use them to benefit veterans. For example, if you are a teacher find a way to help tutor for a veteran family for free. If you are a plumber, find an organization that offers plumbing services free to veterans.
3. Hire a veteran or their spouse
Transitioning from the military into the civilian world is not an easy task. Many veterans find it difficult to find where their skills that were taught in the military can be used in the civilian world. Offer a veteran, or their spouse, a position at your company and spend the time to train them.
4. Visit a VA Hospital
Work with your local VA Hospital to see what policies they have regarding volunteers or for visiting patients. Spend some time in the local VA hospital showing the veterans that they are still appreciated. If you’re not sure what to talk about, ask them about their time in service and listen to their experiences. When they are finished express your gratitude.
5. Fly a flag
Our veterans sacrificed a lot for this country and a simple gesture such as flying a flag in your yard can express that you appreciate your country. If you are unclear on how to properly fly a flag, do some research on-line.
6. Use veteran owned business
Show your appreciation for veterans by seeking out veteran owned companies when you are looking for a company to use. If you own a business, add veteran owned businesses to your approved list of vendors and companies that your employees should use.
7. Have a veteran guest speaker
If you are running a meeting, consider adding a veteran for your list of speakers. Veterans offer a lot of insight on topics such as leadership, courage, organization, and time management. Think outside of the box and determine how you can use their knowledge to help better yourself and those attending your meeting. Using the veterans as a speaker shows them that their knowledge is valued.
8. Give a challenge coin
There are several organizations available that allow people to send gifts to veterans. A challenge coin is a great way to show your appreciation. This can be during the holiday season or just because.
Feeling appreciated is always a nice feeling to have. It is important that we do not forget the men and women that sacrificed so much for our country. Please consider taking some time to show a veteran that they are appreciated.