Showing support for military personnel both at home and abroad is a significant way in keeping this staff focused and dedicated to their duty. To the retired veterans, it is a way of showing gratitude to them. They may no longer be on active duty, but these veterans have served our country, and they deserve praise, and when required they deserve our helping hand. There are different ways to help our veterans from simple expressions that cost our time to monetary donations to courses that make their lives better. More often you’re just not sure of how to help these troops. Here are some of the ways to show love and support to our military forces at home.
VOLUNTEERING TO LAY FLAGS ON GRAVE SITE
Taking your kids and other family members to the graves of servicemen and women to place flags on Memorial Day is a way of showing support to our troops. The task of laying flag is a massive task, and it is one we should all love to do. Regardless of whether the days are hot days, rainy days, bug infested days and cold days, it doesn’t matter. Our servicemen and women have endured these harsh conditions and even much worse to keep us free and safe. To volunteer to place flag during a Memorial Day, contact your local American Legion or VFW organization to volunteer your time.
REACH OUT TO MILITARY FAMILY IN YOUR COMMUNITY
To show support for our patriots and military family, you can extend a hand of friendship to military family around you. You can invite them for a meal, take a mal to them or even invite them out for dinner. Nothing is small, like walking together or running simple errands for them can turn you into a friend. Get to know them and seek out how you may be of help to them. Simple gestures such as giving them extra diaper coupons, helping them put up Christmas lights will show them that they are not alone.
INVITE A SERVICE MEMBER OVER FOR A CELEBRATION OR HOLIDAY
Most time in the army, the holidays away were usually a sad time. You should include a service person over for dinner during the time of the holiday. If you can entertain more than one service person then do so, it will show that you care about our troops. You can contact the Community Relations Office to get more information.
VISIT AN OLD OR RETIRED OR WOUNDED VETERAN
You can contact a veteran’s hospital or a nursing home to schedule visit to see out cherished veterans. An appointment can brighten their day and will also show veterans that the people they serve have not forgotten them. The Walter Reed National Military centre has a page that can provide you with ideas and inspiration.
SENDING A LETTER
Writing a letter of thanks to the family of military personnel either serving or a veteran will give them more strength and motivate them. You can write an appreciation letter to the Blue Star Families and the Operation Appreciation. These organizations were founded to connect the military families with the civilian population to help make military life more sustainable.