On Independence Day, you may be busy with what dish to make or what patriotic apparel to wear. While all these celebrations are a fantastic way to show love for your country, you should also consider other ways to celebrate. Helping our country’s veterans is the perfect way to recognize patriotic holidays. The safety, security, and freedom you enjoy today are because of the sacrifices of people who defended our nation in difficult times.
Little acts of kindness can go a long way in creating a significant impact. If you like to show your gratitude to honor the veterans, here are some simple gestures that you can follow.
- Donate to a Veteran’s Organization
Many veterans’ organizations help veterans and their families with what they need. You can visit a local organization and contribute some money or supplies that may be useful to them.
- Host aSpecial Lunch on Veteran’s Day
You can invite veterans and their familiesto a special lunch on Veteran’s Day. Let the veterans share their military experience with the people at the gathering. It is an excellent opportunity to understand a veteran’s life and respect and appreciate the sacrifices.
- Take Your Kids toa War Memorial
Take your kids to a war memorial, such as World War I Memorial, World War II Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, or Korean War Memorial. You can teach your children about the sacrifices made by the veterans to defend our nation.
- Support Businesses That Help Veterans
Some American companies that sell military apparel, grunt clothing, and various other products pledge to support veteran charities through their sales. For example, Tactical Pro Supply, an online store that sells military t-shirts and patriotic apparel, donates a portion of each sale to support the PTSD Foundation. By purchasing products from such companies, you can indirectly help veterans.
- Volunteer at aLocal VA Hospital
Visit a local VA hospital and check for the volunteer requirements. Spending your time helping with veterans’ health and recovery is often more valuable than offering money.
- Shop at a Veteran-Owned Store
If a veteran in your area owns a business, you can visit the shop and make purchases. It will be an immense help to them and an opportunity to help your local economy.
- Help Them with Household Chores
If you know an older veteran in your area, you can lend a helping hand by doing household chores. Mow the lawn, clean the house, run errands, buy groceries, take them to appointments, or help with cooking. Anything that will ease off their burden is a great service and a show of appreciation.