5 Ways to Thank Veterans AFTER Veterans Day

David Mead, Senior Executive Vice President of Education and Operations, speaks to Veterans at the Tampa Bay campus on Veterans Day
Nate Mitchell, Instructor, speaking with Veterans at the Tampa Bay campus on Veterans Day

We loved the opportunity to salute our Veterans last week, and did so through various different initiatives. From speaker presentations, to on-campus snacks and a flag folding, it was a special day of thanks.

NAA Veterans folding the American flag on Veterans Day 2017
Veteran students folding the American flag on Veterans Day 2017

 

We also considered some important words from President John F. Kennedy this Veterans Day: “[a]s we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.”

In honor of this sentiment, here are 5 meaningful ways you can give thanks to Veterans any time of year:

  1. Show up!
    Find local events in your area and take part. From parades to speaking events, showing up matters. Your presence is an opportunity to connect with and show support for our military branches.
  2. Donate
    There are plenty of great local charities and organizations that support, service and show appreciation for our Veterans. Find one that is meaningful to you and give!
  3. Ask someone about their service
    This might seem simple… but showing interest is also impactful. Some questions to ask are: What did you do in the military? Why did you choose your branch? How long did you serve? What was your favorite moment while serving? Has anyone else in your family been in the military?
  4. Visit a VA Hospital
    Find out the rules and regulations of your nearest VA Hospital and see if you can make a visit! Spending the day with a patient or volunteering your time are ways you can give back directly.
  5. Don’t confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day
    These two days have very different significance for those who have served. In order to be respectful, take the time to know why! Memorial Day is to remember those who lost their lives while serving. Veterans Day is a time to thank those who have served or who are still serving. Confusing or compounding the two diminishes the importance of both.

Ways to thank our Veterans are limitless. What are some others that you can think of?