There are over 23 million Veterans in the United States. That is a staggering number. These men and women made tremendous sacrifices in order to protect the freedom that defines this country. We owe it to them to recognize their heroism. Here are some ways that you can give back to our Veterans.
Deliver a meal to a Vet
Programs like Meals on Wheels provide nutritious meals to Veterans who, due to an array of circumstances, are unable to feed themselves. Go to the Meals on Wheels website to find a program near you or get information on starting your own local branch.
Help a Vet with their home
If you know a Veteran who lives in your neighborhood, offer to help them with any repairs they may need taken care of. A fresh coat of paint, fixing a leaky faucet and other simple odd jobs are easy ways to say ‘thank you’. Also consider shoveling the driveway of any Veterans that live nearby.
Ask a Vet to tell his or her story
The Library of Congress is collecting the stories of our nation’s Veterans. The Veterans History Project is compiling the memories of military members who fought in every war.
Support Vets who are re-entering the work force
The Bellas Foundation for American Heroes provides grants, business training and professional development services to the men and women of our armed forces who have returned from duty and are making their way back into the civilian workforce.
Send a care package
Operation Gratitude sends over 150,000 care packages each year to New Recruits, Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and service members who are deployed overseas. This program helps walk volunteers through the process of sending a care package or letter to a member of the military. They also accept donations that go towards care packages that the organization compiles and sends. For more information, visit the Operation Gratitude website.
Donate frequent flier miles
When a member of the military is injured in duty, they may wind up in a hospital far from their family members. The Fisher House Foundation provides temporary housing to the loved ones of injured military members on the grounds of military and VA hospitals across the country. This amazing organization also collects frequent flier miles to help the family members get to their loved ones. The Hero Miles Program works with a variety of major airlines to collect and distribute the donated miles. Visit the Fisher House Foundation website for more information.
Provide a ride for a Veteran
The Disabled American Veterans organization provides free transportation for veterans who cannot get to Veterans Affairs medical facilities on their own. To make a donation to this agency or volunteer to drive a van, visit the DAV website.
These are just a few of the many ways available to give back to our Veteran community. The www.MilServe.org website offers local volunteer opportunities for anyone interested in finding another way to say ‘Thank You’ to our military Veterans.