Today, more than two million courageous men and women proudly serve their country, representing the United States military and its reserve components. These individuals, serving both domestically and abroad, wake up each and every morning with one purpose: to defend the principles on which this nation was founded, so that its citizens can live free.
They are Airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines, Sailors, and Soldiers. They selflessly sacrifice their lives for a cause greater than themselves, and they deserve all the support and respect that we as their fellow countrymen can offer.
According to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are around 20.4 million United States military veterans in the United States, representing almost 10% of the total U.S. adult population. They’re your neighbors. You see them at school with your children, and you wave to them at the grocery store. Veterans of our armed forces are everywhere, simply living their lives, not asking anyone to thank them for their service.
But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t. Monday, November 11, is Veterans Day, and it is our duty to honor and support our veterans for their unwavering devotion, and their individual contributions to our freedom.
But words only go so far. If you’re looking for a way to personally salute those who represent the patriotism and selflessness this nation was founded on, remember that even the smallest act of kindness can make an incredible difference in the life of someone who is used to sacrificing for others:
● Simply say, “Thank You.”
● Write them a note.
● Leave a care package at their door.
● Volunteer your time by shoveling their walkway, or carrying their carrying their groceries.
● Donate to a veteran’s charity on their behalf.
Or when in doubt, simply ASK them what they might need. Because each and every one of us, no matter how strong, can benefit from the charity of others.