Veterans Day is coming up quick! Few groups deserve our recognition, respect and gratitude more than the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. Here at Francois-Bend, we honor our veterans. This Veterans Day, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to veterans who have served so selflessly and courageously by letting you know some ways to honor the veterans in your life.
No matter where you live or how much time you have to dedicate, there are a multitude of ways to honor a veteran — whether a loved one or stranger — who has spent his or her life protecting our values and democracy. Here are eight ideas to consider!
- Say “thank you!” If you personally know a veteran, whether they live close by or states away, make an effort to simply say “thanks!” If your schedule is hectic and you don’t have time for an in-person visit, a quick phone call or text is sure to be appreciated.
- Write an old-fashioned letter or send a care package. Looking for something a little more personal than a text or email? Send a veteran a handwritten letter or care package with a small gift and some of their favorite snacks. This is an especially considerate option because vets can treasure your letter or gift for years to come!
- Treat a vet to lunch, dinner or a cup of coffee. Inviting a veteran to a popular local restaurant or cozy coffeehouse is guaranteed to make their day. Prepare a few questions to ask about their time in the military. Being the center of attention for an hour or so will be an even better treat than the meal!
- Offer to help with chores. This small act of gratitude speaks volumes. If you have even half an hour to spare, offer to help a vet with household tasks such as vacuuming, dusting or laundry or mowing the yard.
- Make a commitment to volunteer. With the aid of the Internet, finding meaningful volunteer opportunities is virtually effortless.
- Donate to a cause that supports veterans. Even a small donation is money well spent when you’re supporting our country’s servicemen and women. Consider making a donation to groups such as the Wounded Warrior Project and encourage your friends and family members to do the same.
- Support veteran-owned companies. There are nearly 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the United States – that’s nearly 10 percent of all businesses nationwide. Find a veteran-owned company near you and pay them a visit today!
- Attend your local Veterans Day parade. Bring the whole family to your city’s Veterans Day parade and show your support in person! Check with your local VA office to get details about Veterans Day events and celebrations in your area.
With Veterans Day approaching, we hope that this list finds you well. We know that a large portion of Veterans are now in Assisted Living facilities and that’s why we care so deeply about what we do here. Honor a veteran today and from all of us, we hope you have a Happy Veterans Day!