Honoring our Veterans

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Grateful to those who served. . .

Today is Veterans Day and I would like to show my support for our troops through this painting. The yellow ribbons are to thank them for their service and to let them know we appreciate them. On this day we honor our veterans, who fought for our freedoms and risked their lives in doing so. Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans—living or deceased—but most importantly, it is a day to give thanks to living veterans who honorably served their country during war or peacetime.

There are over 20 million veterans in this country. Sadly, many veterans get lost in “the system”, struggle to adapt to regular life or become homeless once they get back from their service. We should all strive to support our veterans and active military personnel.

There are many ways that we can express our gratitude on Veterans Day and on all days. For example, we can personally thank our veterans by showing up with friends and family at the many Veteran Day events. We can encourage local schools to have Veteran Day discussions or pay for lunch for a drink, lunch or dessert when we see a military person in a restaurant.

I decided I should find out what support programs currently exist for veterans. There is a wonderful program where you and your children can write letters to deployed soldiers, wounded warriors and veterans. Even simply offering a ride or volunteering as a van driver for disabled American veterans can make the world of difference to the lives of these former servicemen.

A simple act of kindness to a veteran such as raking his/her leaves, washing their car, or something else, shows your support. If you have a business, consider a discount or special offer for veterans. This is what I do for military families and veterans.

My online search discovered many different organizations that offer help to veterans, however there was one particular person, Brad Aronson, who really impressed me. The information he gathered is a great educational resource of actions anyone can do to assist veterans. I have covered some of these points above but there are many more. Brad has an awesome website which includes a very well researched Veterans Day page that lists out 22 things you can do to help veterans. He also includes a link to 10 Incredible entrepreneurs serving veterans, how they got started & how you can help. I encourage you to read Brad’s suggestions and see how you too can assist.

Brad has also written a best-selling book, HumanKind: Changing the World One Small Act At a Time, which is filled with true stories about how one small deed can make a world of difference.

On behalf of Americans and those who call America their home, thank you veterans for your service and dedication to freedom!

My kindest regards,

Leisa