100+ Ways You Can Use Your Time, Talent or Treasure to REALLY Help Our Veterans*

«  Say “thank you” to a Veteran for his/her service  It’s such a small, simple gesture that is completely disproportionate to the sacrifice Veterans make for us, but they really do appreciate it. 

 

«  Share your skills and time with a Veteran

 

«  Be a “listener” and hear a Veteran’s story

 

«  Be a Mentor for your local Veterans Treatment Court 

 

«  Be an Advocate for a Veteran who needs assistance

 

«  Take a disabled Veteran for a walk

 

«  Share a meal with a disabled Veteran

 

«  Offer housekeeping services for a disabled Veteran

 

«  Hold a Veteran’s hand

 

«  Comfort a troubled Veteran

 

«  Assist Veterans in securing VA benefits

 

«  Find out how you can assist our military and their Family Readiness Groups (FRGs)

 

«  Assist families of deployed troops

 

«  Provide child care

 

«  Provide elder care

 

«  Take a Veteran to School Day

 

«  Attend Memorial Day Commemoration at the Cemetery

 

«  Participate in or volunteer for the next Veterans Day Parade

 

«  Share a flag with a Veteran

 

«  Sew a Lap Blanket or a Wheelchair Bag or knit a Cap for a Veteran

 

«  Volunteer at the Veterans Home

 

«  Record Oral Histories of Veterans

 

«  Distribute Buddy Poppies

 

«  Visit Veterans at Veterans Home, Hale Anuenue, Life Care Center

 

«  Attend Veteran funerals

 

«  Prepare and deliver meals to invalid Veterans

 

«  Assist with Veterans Stand Down to help homeless Veterans rebuild their lives

 

«  Welcome military troops home from deployment

 

«  Greet incoming troops at Kawaihae Harbor

 

«  Make sandwiches, serve water to incoming troops

 

«  Donate recreational equipment to incoming troops

 

«  Hold a Christmas food drive for needy Veterans

 

«  Distribute backpacks with personal care items to homeless Veterans

 

«  Donate to the Food Basket to support needy Veterans

 

«  Support needy Veterans, families and caregivers, by asking them or a local veteran support group what they need and then help them obtain it.

 

«  Offer your home repair skills to a Veteran or military family

 

«  Offer to help a Veteran or military family maintain their home. Cut grass, clean the yard, or paint the house.

 

«  Drive Veterans to medical appointments

 

«  Be a Companion to a Veteran, to relieve his or her caregiver or family member for a few hours

 

«  Communicate with a Veteran on a Chat line

 

«  Donate your frequent flier miles or points to bring a Veteran family together or help a Veteran

travel

 

«  Send Care packages for deployed troops

 

«  Provide transportation for food shopping

 

«  Prepare and share a picnic brown bag lunch in the park

 

«  Watch football game, one-on-one

 

«  Take Veterans to a cemetery memorial service for someone they know

 

«  Get Veterans together for a ‘talk story’

 

«  Host a ‘Thank You’ Veterans dinner

 

«  Share family photos/family histories

 

«  Play music, entertain residents at the Veterans Home

 

«  Send Christmas cards to Veterans

 

«  Donate money and assist Veteran projects

 

«  Help build a home for an injured Veteran

 

«  Send a thank you letter

 

«  When you see a Veteran eating at a restaurant, discretely tell the waiter/waitress that you’d like to pick up the tab for them.

 

«  Ask your company to name Veterans Day an official company holiday.  

 

«  Donate to the USO and volunteer at a local USO Chapter.

 

«  Acknowledge our military who served our country but didn’t fight in a foreign war.  For instance, the National Guard provides disaster relief support, etc.  Veterans who did not fight in a foreign war are often given less attention, but are just as worthy of our praise and appreciation.

 

«  Place flowers/flags on the graves of Veterans.

 

«  Proudly display your American flag.

 

«  Help a homeless Veteran through VA services to receive their benefits.

 

«  When you see a soldier boarding your fully booked flight, offer them your window or aisle seat.

 

«  Teach your children about Veterans Day and how thankful we should be for the service of our Veterans.

 

«  If you own a business, offer a daily military discount or a special Veterans Day discount.

 

«  Display a yellow ribbon on your clothes, car, or around a tree to remind us of our deployed troops.

 

«  Support local Veteran groups and support groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and the VFW Auxiliary.

 

«  Volunteer for a service project with your local VFW or Veteran support organization.

 

«  Take a Veteran to lunch.  

 

«  Learn about the Veterans in your family.  Find out who in your family served in the military

 

«  Post a message on a social network thanking our Veterans.  You never know who is reading your posts and just needed to hear “thank you.”

 

«  Take a moment of silence to remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedom.

 

«  Don’t forget about the four-legged Veterans.  Support the Vetdogs or similar program with a donation or by spreading the word about their program.

 

«  Surprise a military family/Veteran with a home cooked meal.

 

«  Send International Phone Cards to our troops serving overseas.

 

« Foster a pet when a military member deploys.

 

« Stop by your local war memorial and say a silent thank you to those who died while serving our country.

 

«  Wear red, white and blue today.

 

«  Bring a bag of groceries to a Veterans home.

 

«  Bake some sugar free cookies and take them to the local VA retirement homes in your area.

 

«  Do one good deed today in honor of those who gave their life for the country.

 

«  Help modify homes for wounded Veterans that need ramps, handrails, etc.

 

«  When you see someone in a military uniform, just give them a smile, wink, thumbs up or a nod to let them know you appreciate them.  They get it.

 

«  Help more Veterans take the Honor Flight.

 

«  If you’re in an airport when Honor Flight members are boarding or arriving from a plane, stop and cheer for them.  

 

«  Offer to babysit for a military spouse.  They need a night off too.

 

«  If you’re crafty, offer to help a Veteran scrapbook their pictures, letters, etc so they can share it with others.

 

«  Have a sign in front of your business?  Replace your usual marketing message with “Thank You Veterans!”

 

«  Change your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc profile picture to something patriotic (a yellow ribbon, an American flag, or a picture of your beloved Veteran).

 

«  Each time you thank someone currently serving in the military, thank their family too.  They all sacrifice so much for our freedom.

 

«  Buy a Veteran a military-themed gift.

 

«  If allowed, bring your well-behaved pet to a VA retirement home to bring smiles to the faces of the residents.

 

«  Walk a Veteran’s dog (or scoop the kitty litter).

 

«  Invite a Veteran to your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

 

«  Help a service member connect with his/her family through videoconferencing facilities.

 

«  Send books to someone who served or currently serving in the military.

 

«  Say the Pledge of Allegiance today.

 

«  Learn about Post Traumatic Stress so you can be sensitive to the issues Veterans around you might be facing.

 

«  Adopt a military family for the holidays.  

 

«  Support Veteran-based legislation.

 

«  Remember our Veterans all year long- not just on Veterans Day!

 

«  Volunteer your financial, legal, or career expertise to Veterans.

 

«  Volunteer with an organization, such as Canine Companions for Independence, that provide therapy dogs to Veterans.

 

«  Offer a Veteran a ride

 

«  Help a Veteran heal with an animal companion

 

«  Hire a Veteran or help them find a job

 

«  Encourage education and training for Veterans

 

«  Let our active military, Veterans and their families know you care

 

«  Help currently serving military call home

 

«  Support medical research

 

«  Attend events in honor of our Veterans

 

«  Welcome Veterans and make them feel at home

* Mahalo to VFW Auxiliary to Post 3830 (2015's Community Parade Marshal) 

for starting this list with over 100 ways you can make a difference in the lives of others.

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