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Veterans Day, the anniversary of the end of World War I (November 11th), established to honor US veterans and victims of all wars is swiftly approaching. I encourage everyone to take a little time out of their day to acknowledge and thank a veteran and their families. Listed below are a few ways you can reach out and make a difference in a Veteran's life.

  • First and most importantly, thank a veteran. Shake their hand, send them a card, volunteer or make a donation to an organization that supports veterans. Your goal this Veterans Day is to acknowledge the sacrifice they made to support and defend our country. Operation Gratitude provides all of the details and mailing address to write a Veteran a letter of thanks. Check out their other ways you can support Veterans, like with their Veterans Care Package Program.

  • Help end Veterans Homelessness. If you are a homeless Veteran or family member of a homeless Veteran, or at risk of becoming homeless, please call the Department of Veterans Affairs help line at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838), and visit the homeless Veteran site at www.va.gov/homeless for more information on housing assistance, health care options, and more. How can you help? Check out the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans "How to Help" page and find ways to get involved in your local community. For a list of homeless veteran service providers in each state, click here.

  • Share the love like these companies: This site has links to all of the restaurants that are offering veterans a free meal on Sunday, Veterans Day, or the Monday following. Be sure to read the requirements on proof of veteran status needed (like your ID) and menu items available.

Use this site to locate Veterans Day discounts by zip code for your area.

 

If you are a veteran, THANK YOU. Your sacrifice and dedication makes this the greatest country in the world. I hope that on this day (and everyday) you are respected, thanked and are proud of your service.

 

 

Additional Resources:
Interview with the VA Homeless Veterans Initiative Office
Helping Homeless Veterans
Information on Veterans Job Bank
Contribute to Veterans of Foreign Wars