Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 2011 - Just Don't Thank a Vet Do Something

Veterans DayImage via WikipediaVeterans Day is the day we remember all the men and women who served in the armed forces. The millions and millions of people who served our country over the centuries gave their blood sweat and tears to preserve our freedom. Some went to battle and never returned. The ones who returned, we owe a debt of gratitude and more.

We observe Veterans Day only one day per year but a lot of them need us all throughout the year. Telling a Vet "Thank You" on this day is good, but it's not enough. What are some things we can do throughout the year to help them.

1. Learn about the issues that Vets are concerned about.
Read and investigate what problems and issues effect Vets in this country. Look for Veteran events in your community and find out what you can do to help. Go to VA.Org, the website for the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and see what issues are concerning today's veterans.

2. Veterans that are physically wounded from war, see how you can assist them.
Many veterans have been injured from battle. Visit the VA hospital and see their condition. Ask how you can help. Volunteer at the hospital or other facilities that care for vets. Find organizations that take care of vets special needs and write a generous check or volunteer there.

3. Hire a vet at your business.
Vets need to work just like anyone. Go out of your way and make it your concern to help them get a job. Seek out organizations that train vets new job skills and make it known you want to hire them when they are ready.

4. Some vets are homeless.
This is a terrible situation to have our vets homeless after serving their country. Check out your local agencies that help homeless vets with food and shelter. Veterans have a high rate of homelessness. Donate to local shelters who cater to the veterans. You have to help.

It's time to get serious with issues our vets have to go through everyday. There are many ways to help. Pick one and devote all you can to it.

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