Veterans are a vital part of the U.S. military and risk their lives daily to defend our country. Whether they are injured or disabled while serving or afterward, the death of a veteran is something that everyone should know of and consider. After all, the ripple effect of their time in the military can be long-lasting, with repercussions reaching far beyond what is traditionally thought about regarding veterans’ benefits.
1. Offer Your Assistance
While it might not be possible, or even feasible, for you to help veterans in need, you can offer your support or help in many different ways. If you manage a business and see a veteran who needs assistance with their computer at the desktop or mobile level, consider offering them your help. While some veterans may want to figure things out independently, others will welcome the assistance.
If you’re going on vacation, consider bringing some food donations to the nearest VA hospital. The facility provides care for many ill veterans who cannot leave their beds or rooms. Simply bringing some sandwiches or other small meals will likely make the day for many of these men and women who consciously volunteer their time, effort, and energy to fight for their freedom and safety.
2. Reach Out
If you see a veteran in public, consider reaching out to them. While it might not be appropriate to greet and thank everyone who wears a uniform, it is an option worth considering. You are not aware how much a simple thank you can mean to an injured or disabled veteran who fought hard for our freedom. Ensure you think about how the veteran will be most comfortable before approaching, especially if using a wheelchair.
3. Urge Your Local Government To Help
It can be easy to forget that government programs help veterans and their families and caregivers. For example, there is the VA Caregivers program, which grants people care for a veteran. The VA Veterans Service Officers program also helps veterans navigate the complex rules of the disability claims process. You can urge your local government to take action to support these types of programs by contacting your representative or senator. They will likely appreciate hearing from you and may even send a letter in support of your message on it.
You could also mobilize the local government to help with their medical funding by providing subsidies on payments or free medical care to even veterans exposed to asbestos, a harmful chemical.
4. Provide Transportation
Accessing some of the services that veterans may need can be difficult, primarily if they are not located near public transportation. If you have an available car and see a veteran needing assistance, consider offering them a ride. It might be the easiest way for the veteran to access needed services, especially if they are not in walking condition.
5. Donate Money
Many non-profit organizations help wounded and disabled veterans in need, including Honor Flight Network, Operation Home front, and United Heroes League. By simply giving what you can, you can make a big difference. Donate online and consider signing up for an automatic monthly donation to maximize the amount you can give.
6. Volunteer Your Time
If your schedule and budget allow it, try volunteering your time to non-profit organizations that help veterans. They will likely appreciate the extra help, and their work will benefit people who were injured or disabled while serving our country. This can be especially meaningful if you can get closer to these veterans through working together.
7. Write To Your Congress Member
Congress members work hard to support our veterans and are always interested in hearing more from their constituents. If you meet a veteran in need or hear about one, write your congress member an email explaining the situation. While nothing is ever guaranteed, you might be able to help make a difference for a veteran and their family who fought for our freedom.
In conclusion, remember that you can make a difference. Many wars were fought in this country and with our allies, and we do not want to add more by dishonoring those who fought for our rights and freedoms.