They stepped up to serve us -- now it’s our turn to serve them. On Veterans Day, we encourage all Americans to recognize and honor the valor and sacrifice of our veterans and their families. Today and every day, we want our veterans and their families to know that America has their backs. Here are five ways to thank a veteran:
1. Find a service opportunity in your area.
Say thank you by giving your time. Completing community service in honor of our military communities is a great way to show your support. To pledge hours of community service, find service projects in your area, and track your progress click here.
2. Share your message of thanks through USO.
Gather your friends and family together to write letters of appreciation for our veterans. Writing a message lets them know that we appreciate their service and sacrifice. Submit your message here.
3. Start your own service project.
4. Show your patriotism.
Show your patriotism by flying a flag, and show our veterans that you are proud of the country they fought to protect.
5. Say “thank you."
When you see a veteran or any military personnel, shake their hand and simply say "thank you." This simple act of kindness will brighten up a veteran’s day and make him or her feel appreciated.