With Veterans Day at our door, it’s good to remember what this day represents. It’s about honoring those that have served in the past or present. It’s about thanking those who have served, letting them know the sacrifice they made for this country was recognized. There are many types of volunteer opportunities available to help support your community this Veterans Day so do your part and get involved. To help, Serve.gov has come up with 10 simple things you can do to show veterans your gratitude for their service.
1. Visit a wounded veteran at the hospital.
2. Offer your home repair skills to a veteran or military family.
3. Create an online neighborhood group that can be used to share information about neighborhood activities, recommend reliable companies, and find babysitters. An online group may also help identify the needs of your neighbors.
4. Volunteer your financial, legal, or career expertise via MilServe.
5. Deliver a meal or care package to veterans.
6. Help a veteran tell their story through a project such as the Veteran’s History Project. You can download a VHP field kit from the Library of Congress website.
7. Volunteer with an organization, such as Canine Companions for Independence. This organization provides therapy dogs to veterans.
8. Offer a ride to a vet by volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization. They provide free transportation for men and women that are unable reach VA medical facilities on their own.
9. Visit serve.gov and use keyword “veterans” to find more opportunities to serve our nation’s veterans.
10. Say “Thank You”.
Remember what Veterans have sacrificed for our country and give thanks whenever you can; even when it’s not Veterans Day.