A Sincere “Thank You”
How Do We Thank a Veteran for his or her Service?
Every American should be humble enough to thank a veteran. But, many times, an empty gesture comes across. Do we really understand what their service truly means to us? Have we really thought about the time they missed while we were making a stable family life, an opportunity to advance in our careers for competitive salaries and securing our futures?
If we really want to honor our veterans, we need to do something more substantive than shaking their hand (-that doesn’t mean drop the hand shaking). During these times, I understand, it’s difficult for many of us to donate money. But if you are one of the rare, give money to your community Veterans and Veterans’ Groups.
Everyone has something of value to give. The gifts that mean the most are those that have thought put into them. Volunteer at events focused on helping Veterans or offer your expertise because time is money. Use your skills and be more than a stranger to your community Veterans. Take the time to listen when they are speaking. If you listen to them, you will figure out how you can thank them.
There’s more work to be done. The Veterans fought so that we could keep our communities and it’s up to us to keep our communities. By this I mean, anytime spent volunteering for the community adds to the efforts the veterans have already put forth.