Veterans Day: 10 Ways to Thank a Veteran Year-Round

A MacDill Air Force Base color guard at the base Veterans Day Ceremony Tuesday.

It might be a little late to attend a Veterans Day parade or visit a National Cemetery on this Veterans Day. Yet, that doesn’t meant it’s too late to “Thank a Veteran.” Here are some suggestions on how to do that from

  1. Did you know November is also Military Family Month? By thanking the family, you thank the Veteran. Family Matters Blog: Nation Celebrates Military Family Month
  2. Nearly 40 percent of our veteran population is 65 or older, give a veteran your phone number and ask them to call if they need help around the house.
  3.  Teach your children a patriotic song, like America the Beautiful or the Star Spangled Banner. Instill patriotism early.Offer a Military Discount year round and include veterans.
  4. Businesses: Offer a Military Discount year round and include veterans.
  5. Teachers: Invite a Veteran to speak at your school, in a class room or to the entire school.
  6. Clean out your closets and contribute gently used household goods to Vietnam Veterans of America.
  7. Do a random act of kindness for a vet or their family. Remain anonymous.
  8. Open up your house on Thanksgiving or another holiday to a few veterans (active-duty or prior-service) that don’t have any family in the area. Make it a holiday none of you will forget.
  9. Visit Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veterans Wall, or any of the other War Memorials on your next trip to DC.  (The Vietnam Wall and Future Generations)
  10. Volunteer at a VA Medical Center.

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