Have you thanked a Veteran for their service lately?
Veterans have committed themselves to a cause greater than their own self-interest. Your “thank you” may offer a moment of validation for the hardships they’ve endured, the time spent away from loved ones, and the risks they’ve taken to protect the freedoms and values that are foundational to the American way of life.
The ID.me team spoke with members of our Veteran community to gain perspective on their experiences around being thanked for their service. Have a listen to their stories.
More Ways to Thank Veterans
Saying a sincere “Thank you for your service” can go a long way, but there’s more than one way to express your gratitude to those who have served. Here are just a few ideas.
- Support Veteran-owned businesses: Give businesses owned by Veterans your patronage.
- Volunteer for Veteran Organizations: Donate your time to organizations that support veterans.
- Make a Donation: Give to reputable charities that provide services to veterans.
- Donate Your Frequent Flyer Miles: Learn more about the Fisher House Hero Miles program.
- Offer a Military Discount: If you own a business, consider offering discounts to veterans.
- Visit a VA Hospital: Spend time with veterans at a hospital or a long-term care facility.
- Hire a Veteran: If you’re in a position to do so, give job opportunities to veterans.
- Offer Your Expertise: Provide pro bono services in your area of expertise to veterans in need.
- Engage on Social Media: Use your platforms to thank veterans and spread awareness. (Sharing this video is a great place to start!)
- Listen: Spend time with a veteran and listen to their stories and experiences.
Thanking Veterans is a simple yet powerful act of communal respect and empathy. It reinforces the values of service and sacrifice that are central to the military ethos, and it helps to weave the service of Veterans into the broader tapestry of national history and identity. Each expression of gratitude, whether on Veterans Day or any other day of the year, is a thread in that tapestry, a small contribution to the narrative of appreciation and recognition that those who have served so rightly deserve.