This Veterans Day, saying “thank you for your service” is not enough. Veterans Day honors living veterans – a day to understand what so many brave men and women have done for our country.
Ask a Veteran what they did in the military – where and when they served, and listen to their personal stories. Your questions are a more meaningful way to engage – you’ll have a better understanding of what you’re actually offering thanks for.
If you have a neighbor, coworker or family friend who is a veteran, write a note to let them know that you’re grateful for their sacrifice and what their service means to you.
If you see a veteran at a restaurant, anonymously pay for their meal. If there’s a Veterans Day parade or service near you, show up – these events are special – the more people who attend, the better.
A veteran will tell you that the greatest way to show appreciation is to become educated about veterans’ issues and to use that knowledge to vote responsibly in local, state, and federal elections.
Share with your children how veterans have protected our freedom and liberty for generations. Watch 12 Strong – the true story of the ‘Horse Soldiers’ of the Afghan War – the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11. Find it on cable and Never Forget.
This Veterans Day, and all days going forward, don’t just thank veterans “for their service” – recognize them for what they have always been: America’s elite, the best of the best.
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