This week is super important for Ryan and I. With the upcoming holidays, it can be easy to forget about a very special day this week – Veterans Day. Even though we are veterans, I still want our family to give back to others and show them that we appreciate their time spent defending our country.
As a veteran I can tell you that we are usually overlooked. Now, I’m not saying I deserve a red carpet entrance but what I want is for others to appreciate what they have and be thankful. Because reality is, many don’t have that freedom that we have right now. This may come off a bit rough but it’s true. While I sit here and type these words in peace and quiet, there is someone out there who is being deployed.
There is someone who is going through training, just lost their life, found out they won’t be able to walk anymore, or found out they won’t be coming home anytime soon.
And here we are..
We are sitting in our homes, driving our cars, and going on with life as if nothing else matters. Thankfully, Ryan and I are okay. But I know we have brothers and sisters who are not. And that breaks my heart. We don’t know everyone else’s story but I know that some are struggling.
We have brother/sisters without jobs, family, arms, legs, and without their confidence. Some are lost. They suffer from PTSD. They have seen things that won’t let them sleep at night because they wanted to serve their country. But you don’t see them complaining, do you?
No, because they CHOSE to do this. Think about that. The least we could do is thank them.
So here are 6 very small ways to say THANK YOU this Veteran’s Day!
As I mentioned before, many of our veterans suffer from PTSD and sometimes they may need someone to talk to. Be that person for them. Other veterans love to talk about their experiences and memories. After their service, that’s all they have left – memories. Some are good and some bad but talking can help you understand and appreciate them more. Don’t forget to tell them how awesome they are because let’s face it, we all love a good confidence booster.
If there is anything we love to do, it’s definitely eating. Now, I wouldn’t bother paying for their bill on Veteran’s Day because chances are they are eating for free. There are so many places that offer a free meal to veterans which is awesome. Instead, pay for their family or give them a gift card to use next time. I’m not saying you need to break the bank here but something small goes a long way. If you can’t afford a meal, buy them a drink! I’m sure they would love that.
I know I’m guilty of throwing away clothes or dropping it off at Goodwill. I have actually never thought of donating clothes or food to a local veteran center. Because it isn’t usually the first option that comes to mind, I thought it would be a great idea to spread the word about their needs. Some organizations where you can donate are the Vietnam Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project, and Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Write a letter
Writing letters and expressing how thankful we are for these men and women can be a very easy and personal way to say thank you. Send these letters to a VA hospital, a veteran organization, or to someone that you know. I think this is a very special thing to do because it’s something that they can put away and keep for the rest of their lives.
Make a visit
Clear out your schedule and make time to visit a local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). This will give you a chance to get to know these men and women that have served our country. Bring your family so that your kids and spouse can thank them as well. 30 minutes of your day can make a huge difference in their lives.
The small things
Veteran’s Day only comes once a year but we have to continue to show our appreciation the other 364 days. By doing small gestures during the year, we can continue to show thanks. Doing things such as mowing their lawn or shoveling snow during the winter time can be a huge help to veterans. Some veterans are not physically able to do many things around the house so little things can be a big help.
This year make it a priority to show appreciation to those that deserve it. Let us know what you plan on doing this year to say thank you.
Veterans: We want to wish you a Happy Veteran’s Day. Thank you for all that you have done for our great country. We love and appreciate you and we are beyond proud of you. God bless you! – Ryan & Karina