This Veterans Day you may be wondering what you can do to celebrate the troops and show your appreciation. After you call up any current or past service members in your family, consider doing something to honor the rest of the brave troops for their hard work and dedication in defending the country.
Here are some practical ways to support the troops this Veterans Day.
An easy way to support the troops is by donating items service members may need, such as books and snacks, or making monetary donations to organizations that send care packages. Here are a few ways to get you started with donating:
Organizations that support the troops rely on volunteers for a number of tasks. Volunteers can help raise money, collect donations, process mailed-in packages, answer questions from the public and service members, and handle paperwork.
In particular, the USO seeks volunteers to help with its many programs, including preparing packages with special items for service members who are away from their families during the holidays. Volunteers may also help facilitate the collection, packaging and shipping of everything from sports equipment and art supplies to comfortable chairs and gaming systems meant to provide entertainment and comfort to deployed troops.
Operation Gratitude seeks help with such things as collecting and organizing cell phones and making paracord bracelets for service members. Paracord bracelets are made from nylon rope and can be used in emergency situations for everything from constructing a shelter to starting a fire.
Sometimes supporting service members means helping the families they leave behind during deployments. Often, military families struggle with meeting expenses and dealing with the absence of a parent. Donations of gift cards or gift certificates for use at a grocery store or military commissary can help a military family in need.
Likewise, monetary donations can help a military family pay outstanding bills. Many organizations also collect donations of toys and books for children of deployed service members. Operation Homefront, for instance, helps provide soldiers’ families with everything from financial help and transportation to home repairs and baby items.
Some forms of support don’t cost anything. You can send military personnel letters filled with thanks and encouraging words. However, service members also need help getting their own letters and cards back in the hands of their loved ones.
Soldiers Angels has a letter writing team that sends letters of support from United States citizens with messages of thanks and words of support and encouragement. You can also express your appreciation by posting general messages of gratitude via social media or giving the troops shout outs on the radio.
You can support the troops not only by aiding those who are actively deployed, but also by supporting those who have served in the past. Here are a few organizations that provide support to United States Veterans:
Here are some more great charities that support American military veterans:
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