101 Ways to Thank a Veteran and More

A WWII African American soldier. Photo Courtesy of Still Picture Branch (NNSP) of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Put a Veteran in the Library of Congress

Number one on my list: the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.  The Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center hopes you’ll mark Veterans Day by taking time to talk to a Veteran, video tape or audio record the conversation (it must be 30 minutes or longer), and submit it for inclusion into the Library of Congress records.

There are specific guidelines and forms, but the Library of Congress has a user friendly website and a downloadable “field kit.” What a better way to pay tribute to the veterans in your family than to ensure their voices will be part of the national archives for generations to come.

WWII Army Air Corps letters home. Courtesy of the James K. Martin Family on Flickr.

Write a Letter to a Veteran:

Operation Gratitude suggests you write a letter to a Veteran. Its Letters to Heroes project gives you a few simple instructions and an address to send your Letters to Veterans of Previous Conflicts. You can also write a letter to wounded warriors and currently deployed service members.

And it’s a two-way project. You also can send in the name of a Veteran who would like to receive a gratitude letter.

Other Ways to Thank a Veteran

How do you plan to mark Veterans Day? The website MilitaryAvenue.com has a list of 101 Ways to Thank a Veteran.

1. Take a Veteran out to eat; whether it is a fast-food chain or a fine-dining establishment.

2. Are you a knitter or crocheter? Make a scarf for the cold-winters ahead. Donate them at a local-VFW for a veteran in need or contact Operation Gratitude to see how to donate.

3. Listen to their stories with interest. If they are a war-veteran they have seen things you will never see. Listen and Learn.

4. Call and Visit a local nursing home or VA Hospital. Find out what you can do to help. If you quilt make a blanket for a needy veteran. If you bake call and find out if you can bring in something special. Bring a book to read to a veteran “ready and willing” to listen. We all have talents that can be used.

5. Send an ‘E-Card‘ through the American Legion to the Veterans in your life that use email.

You can find all 101 suggestions HERE, but don’t be limited to this list – create your own special thank you. A Veteran will appreciate any effort.

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