Five Ways to Be a Hero to Veterans on Veterans Day

Written by Dallea Caldwell


American veterans, now more than ever, can feel out of place in civilian life and culture. The greatest generation is all but a ghost and most support for troops is tinged with opposition to the wars they fight, from Vietnam to Iraq. Meanwhile, veterans face disproportionate amounts of homelessness and unemployment as the VA faces accusations of incompetence and corruption.

That’s why today is a day to truly remember and help those who have done so much. Today is November 11, Veterans Day, when we celebrate those who have served. So, America’s veterans get enough lip service in their support. Here are five programs you can become a part of to make a real difference in their lives.

Wounded Warriors Project – WWP’s main objective is to help veterans who have been injured. You can assist by becoming a Proud Supporter where you can organize your own campaign around something else you’re passionate about.

Operation Gratitude – Operation Gratitude provides care packages filled with food, toiletries and words of good wishes. These care packages are not only sent to soldiers abroad but also to veterans, their families and first responders.

Homes for Our Troops – HFOT builds homes for veterans that are mortgage-free and adaptable to any injuries they may have sustained. They have many ways to assist them which includes donations, helping build homes and fundraising.

Disabled American Veterans – DAV offers a variety of services to assist disabled veterans and their families. They have many ways for people to volunteer, including providing transportation and assisting in local hospitals.

Soldier’s Best Friend – Soldier’s Best Friend provides soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury with a therapy dog, usually rescued from a shelter. Donating to this cause helps not only a veteran in need but also gives a shelter dog a new home.

(Additionally, if you personally know any veterans who are showing signs that concern you, please visit this website so they are able to receive the help they need.)

So, this Veterans Day, answer the call of duty as so many veterans have done before. Your sacrifices will seem trivial compared to theirs, but your contributions will help prove this country worthy of all they’ve risked and given to protect it.

(For those of you who have served, we thank you. Here is a nice list of deals and freebies that you and your families can enjoy today.)

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