HONOR A VETERAN
Veterans Days is Tuesday, November 11. Following is a list of things you can do to honor a Veteran, Our Veterans selflessly served our Country for our freedom. Let’s not take this lightly. Honor our Veterans any day of the year by picking one of these suggestions. But most of all, let our Veterans know how much they mean to you.
1. Attend a Veteran’s Day event.
2. Ask a Veteran about their time in the military, and really listen to the answer.
3. Hang a flag in your yard.
4. Visit the gravesite of a Veteran.
5. Visit a homebound Veteran in their home, talk with them, and thank them for their service.
6. Take a Veteran out to dinner.
7. Take dinner in to a Veteran.
8. Take flowers to a Veterans memorial.
9. Write and send a letter to someone who’s currently serving in the military.
10. Ask a neighbor about their deployment.
11. Call a Veteran family member.
12. Thank a Veteran co-worker for their service.
13. Teach someone (a child, a friend, a neighbor) what it means to be a Veteran.
14. Share pictures of a Veteran with someone.
15. Say a silent prayer for those who are serving.
16. Learn about a current or past war/conflict (this will make you a better helper).
17. Observe a moment of silence with family and friends.
18. Read something a Veteran wrote about their experience.
19. Make sure your children and grandchildren know who the Veterans are within their own family, and share the family stories with them.
20. Help young children or grandchildren make a thank you card, and post them in the window or at a grocery store bulletin board or library or some other public place.
21. (Good for any day:) Stand out in front of the VA greet Veterans as they are being dropped off at the door. Some older folks even need a hand getting out of the car.
22. Donate time or money or supplies to local Veterans Day drives.
23. Volunteer to help a Veteran’s Service Organization (there are lots!).
24. Take a moment to reflect on what it means to live in America.
25. Gather with friends and family and watch a patriotic movie.
26. Go to a Veterans Day parade.
27. Write in your journal how thankful you are for the service of Veterans.
28. Thank a Veteran of his/her service while doing errands.
29. Shake a Veteran’s hand.
30. Send an email that tells a Veteran’s story to the people on your contact list.
31. Pick one or two of the activities listed above, and resolve to do them at least one time every month this year when it’s NOT Veteran’s Day.
(Excerpted from list developed by the Behavioral Health staff at the
Spokane VA Medical Center.)