There are few groups in the United States who deserve our respect, recognition, and praise more than the brave men and women in our military. These remarkable individuals lay their lives on the line so that we may sleep peacefully and safe in our own beds. At Landmark Senior Living, we believe in honoring those who have served in any we can. We do this by offering assisted living options to veterans at an affordable rate, making both comfort and value attainable to those who deserve it most. We also believe in honoring our Veterans through simple acts of kindness, and encourage our readers to do the same. Here are some ways to honor the Veteran in your life, whether they may be a stranger, friend, or relative.
Say Thank You!
This is probably the most straightforward way you can quickly commend a Veteran for their service. If you personally know a Veteran, you can go beyond the small gesture of saying thank you and take the time to ask more about their service time, and to maybe tell them why you personally are thankful for their service. If you don’t know the Veteran well, it will suffice to simply thank them for their service.
Write a Letter or Send a Care Package
If you’re looking for something that is more personal than a text, email, or “thank you”, you can send a Veteran a handwritten letter. In this letter, you can take the time to explain why their service means so much to you, as well as to thank them for all that they have done for the country. If the Veteran is deployed overseas you can even send them a care package with their favorite snack, perhaps with toiletries or memorable items from home. This is a great way to honor a Veteran because they can hold onto this memento for years and years to come.
Treat a Veteran to a Meal
You can invite your Veteran to a local restaurant or perhaps simply a coffee shop. It will be nice to have someone buy a meal for them and it will also be a great way to learn more about one another. Come prepared with a few questions about their service time. They will surely enjoy being the center of attention and will feel greatly appreciated thanks to your gesture. You can even inquire about military discounts.
Offer to Help with Household Responsibilities
This small act of gratitude can go a long ways in the eyes of your Veteran. If you have a half an hour to spare, you can help a Veteran with household chores such as vacuuming, dusting, or mowing the yard. For Veterans that have physical disabilities, this will be especially helpful, as they may not have the full range of motion required to do household chores. It’s a small gesture that can speak volumes and make a Veteran’s life much easier.
There are plenty of opportunities available for you to serve Veterans through volunteer work. You can search for opportunities on VolunteerMatch.com to find hospitals, charity drives, and other organizations that assist Veterans. Visit your local Veterans Center to inquire about volunteering opportunities. Another organization, DAV is a nonprofit charity that provides a lifetime of support for veterans and helps more than 1 million individuals every year.
Donate to a Cause That Supports Veterans
Even a small donation can help make a difference. Consider making small monthly or annual contributions to Veteran groups such as Wounded Warrior Project or USO, the United Services Organization. These organizations provide support for Veterans overseas as well as those at home with care packages, canned goods, and more.
Invite a Veteran to Speak at Your Event
If you have a child in school, you can invite your Veteran to do a speaking event in their classroom. Many children do not fully understand the importance of what Veterans have done to protect our freedoms, but you can do something to change all that. Ask your child’s principal if they accept speakers, and if they do, invite your Veteran to talk about their experiences or to host a Q&A sessions at your child’s school.
Support Veteran Businesses
You can search for Veteran-owned businesses near you and pay them a visit today. The Census Bureau estimates that nearly 2.5 million businesses in the United States are owned by Veterans. When approaching Veterans, simple acts of gratitude can go a long way towards making their day.
At Landmark Senior Living, we care about those who served our country and those who continue to do so. That’s why we’re unveiling a new campaign to help senior veterans and their spouses unlock the benefits available to them through the Aid and Attendance Program offered by the VA. If you’re looking for assisted living benefits for Veterans, visit Landmark Senior Living in Fall River.