Great ways to help our veterans

There are over 20 million veterans that require services and help on a daily basis. If you want to say thank you for the service they provided there are several ways you can do this. Use the following list to find a service or item you can provide to make the life of a veteran a little easier and more enjoyable.

The fact is many veterans never see any help or assistance even after years of service to the country. By chipping in and helping in your local community you can help ensure that the veterans in your area are taken care of and have the things they need. Here are some other ways you can lend a helping hand to veterans in your area:

  • Provide your time or equipment to help build a house for a wounded veteran.
  • Take time to drive veterans to VA clinics to receive treatment for medical conditions. The DAV provides rides to veterans all over the country and always needs qualified drivers for their vehicles.
  • Start or volunteer at organizations that help veterans so they can come and get help with food, clothing, shelter, and employment.
  • Provide care for the veterans pet while they are receiving treatment for a medical condition or other issue they may have.
  • Donate you old cell phone to help those deployed soldiers stay in touch with their families.
  • Send expired coupons to a verified source. Past and present military families can use the coupons up to six months past their expiration date.
  • Spend time with a veteran. If you live nearby a veteran take time to talk to them and get to know them. Sometimes this means more than any money donation you could give.
  • If you are a professional in any industry, offer your services to veterans for no cost. This is a great way to say thank you for the service they provided.
  • Take a home cooked meal to a veteran who lives alone. In many cases they may not get hot meals often.

There is no right or wrong way to help a veteran. The fact is if your heart is in the right place, your gift, time or other service will be appreciated. There are oftentimes veterans that are left on their own because there are not enough volunteers and donations to go around. Simply by pitching in with one helping hand can make a difference in a veterans life. Remember, no help is too small. When you help a veteran they will not only benefit from your generosity, but you will as well. Giving back is a positive thing that can enhance your own life. Additionally, involve your children and teach them values such as generosity and giving that will stay with them throughout their entire lives and make them better people.

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