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10 Ways to Serve on Veterans Day

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Veterans and Military Families
Sacha Cohen

On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor the brave men and women who have selflessly served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms. There are many ways to give back to the more than 23 million vets who have sacrificed so much.

Zane Schlemmer, a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper who jumped into northern France as a sergeant with the 82nd Airborne Division, walks in his jump boots down the main street of Sainte Mere Eglise with other World War II veterans during the 67th anniversary of the Allied invasion of France, June 5, 2011. French citizens applaud as he and current paratroopers with the 82nd and other Army units parade past. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Michael J. MacLeod)

A good place to begin is with the following organizations:

There are many types of short- and long-term volunteer opportunities available through those organizations and the others listed below. Here are 10 ways you can help:

1. Visit a wounded veteran at the hospital.

2. Offer your home repair skills to a veteran or military family.

3. Create an online neighborhood user group that can be used to share information about neighborhood activities, recommend reliable repair companies, and find babysitters. An online group may also help identify the needs of your neighbors.

4. Volunteer your financial, legal, or career expertise via MilServe.

5. Deliver a meal or care packages to veterans.

6. Help a veteran tell their story through a project such as the Veteran's History Project. You can download a VHP field kit from the Library of Congress website.

7. Volunteer with an organization that provides therapy dogs to veterans, such as Canine Companions for Independence.

8. Offer a vet a ride by volunteering with the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), which provides free transportation to men and women unable to travel to VA medical facilities on their own.

9. Visit and use keyword “veterans” to find more opportunities to serve our nation's veterans.

10. Say “Thanks.”


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