Growing up in one of the most military-friendly states in the nation, I have always been acutely aware of the sacrifices our veterans and their families make to keep our nation safe.
After all, North Carolina is in the top 5 of states with the most active duty and civilian Department of Defense workers, and it is home for four of the nation’s five branches of military (all except the Navy have a dedicated base, although the Navy does have a presence on other bases here).
That’s why Veteran’s Day has always held a special place in my heart. It’s a day to say thanks to those who miss holidays and birthdays away from loved ones, who often work grueling shifts without overtime pay, and who make immense sacrifices in the name of national security.
But what can little ‘ol me do other than say a heartfelt thank you?
Turn’s out, quite a lot! On this Veteran’s Day, I’d like to spotlight five great ways to help our nation’s military members and their families (other than just donating financially), courtesy of Operation Gratitude.
1. Create and send a paracord “survival” bracelet.
2. Write a letter to currently deployed service members, veterans of all generations, and new recruits – email OpGratVet@gmail.com to request a veteran, recruit, first responder, or military family.
3. Send a Battalion Buddy stuffed animal to a child of a deployed service member.
4. Send a care package via a VA hospital, nursing home, veterans’ group, or homeless veteran support program.
Want even more ideas? Here are 101 MORE ways to say “thank you,” via MilitaryAvenue.com.
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