6 Ways to Honor a Veteran on November 11th
We are proud to have many veterans call our retirement communities home. We appreciate their service and sacrifice. In honor of Veterans Day on November 11th, we wanted to share a few ideas you can use to honor the veterans in your life.
6 Ways to Thank a Veteran
- Display the red, white and blue. The American flag is important to all of us, but especially to our patriotic veterans. For them, it represents the freedom they fought so bravely to protect. This Veterans Day. fly your flag proudly and encourage your community and your loved ones to do the same. Whether it is a big or small flag, flying the red, white and blue is a great way to say “thank you” and “we remember” to our veterans on November 11th.
- Write letters to servicemen and women. Veterans are often the ones leading efforts to support active duty servicemen and women. One way you can help is by writing letters to deployed soldiers. Your church or synagogue may have a campaign they are already supporting that you can join. A few other organizations that can help you connect with service personnel include Operation Gratitude and A Million Thanks.
- Volunteer to drive a veteran to a medical appointment. Through the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Transportation Network, you can become a volunteer van driver and help veterans get to and from their medical appointments. By contacting the Hospital Service Coordinators at one of the Veteran’s Administration’s 197 medical facilities, you can find a volunteer opportunity near you.
- Use your social media channels to raise awareness. In the days leading up to Veterans’ Day, you can use the social media channels you are active on to raise awareness. Remind your friends and followers that November 11th is Veterans Day. Encourage them to find ways to thank our veterans and our active duty soldiers.
- Volunteer your time. Many of our nation’s veterans live in nursing homes or senior living communities like Era Living. Others are required to make frequent trips to VA hospitals and clinics for treatments. Volunteering a few hours of your time to support an organization that supports our veterans is a great way to give back. You can also call your local Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) post to see what opportunities they might be aware of close to your Seattle home.
- Help the families left behind. Families of deployed servicemen and women often struggle to make ends meet when their solider is deployed. The National Military Family Association is a non-profit group with a mission of assisting the families of active duty military personnel. Their support comes in many forms ranging from scholarships to help with paying bills to organizing family retreats.
We hope this gives you a few ideas on how you and your family can say “thank you” to our proud veterans on November 11th!