Veterans Day is observed in the United States as a time to honor those who have served in the armed services.
Staxi would like to thank and recognize veterans everywhere for their patriotism and willingness to serve and sacrifice for their fellow countrymen.
Here are a few simple ways you can help veterans:
Give a veteran a ride
Medical care may be necessary for some veterans for the rest of their lives. Disabled American Veterans provides free transportation to men and women who can’t travel to Veterans Affairs medical facilities on their own. You can volunteer to drive a van for those who need a lift.
Buy veteran-friendly holiday cards
Your holiday card purchase this year can help veterans dealing with PTSD and other similar issues. Puppies Behind Bars is a program in which prisoners train companion dogs for veterans with PTSD, and these canines are featured in holiday cards sold to support the program.
Help build a home for severely injured vets
Severely injured veterans often come home needing a place to live that better accommodates their physical disabilities. Homes for Our Troops builds specifically modified homes for veterans that help them live independently. Homes are provided by the organization at no cost to the veterans. The group is able to do so through fundraisers and donations.
Send a care package or a letter
As more American troops return to civilian life, the Operation Gratitude veterans program has been growing. It also has a letter writing campaign encouraging everyone to write handwritten letters of gratitude to veterans. Over the next two years, Operation Gratitude hopes to provide a care package to every Vietnam veteran ahead of the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War.
Give a simple “Thank you.”
Tell someone you know who has served in the military, “Thank you for all you’ve done.” It will make their day! You can search for veterans in your family tree by checking out the Honor Wall by Ancestry.com http://www.fold3.com
To learn more about Veterans Day, check out the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair website at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp
(Some ideas courtesy of Betsy Anderson, cnn.com)