Today’s blog is a very special blog for several reasons. First, it’s Veteran’s Day and we want to be sure we honor our Vets. Second, I am honored to have guest blogger Lekiesha from the Incredible Life of the Military Wife blog (found HERE) with us today to talk about how we can show support to Veterans. She’s a Veteran, military wife, mom, and military lifestyle blogger. In my eyes, there was no one else more suitable to share this moment with. Everyone please welcome Lekiesha to Itoja! Be sure to follow her blog and social media sites; she offers great support for military spouses, families, as well as civilians. Finally, a special THANK YOU to Lekiesha, her hubby, and all of the other veterans today and everyday.
Now, without further ado…….Lekiesha!
“On this Veteran’s Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” -Dan Lipinski
Veterans Day is a way for us to show appreciation to those men and women who have served or are currently serving in the military. It is also a day that often gets confused with Memorial Day, but it is important for us to understand the difference. Veterans Day was once celebrated as Armistice Day and was renamed to Veterans Day in 1954. Memorial Day is a day that is set aside to commemorate those men and women who lost their lives while serving their country. Serving your country during war or in a time of peace is far from an easy task. As a Veteran myself I can personally attest to that statement. Being in the military was one of the greatest honors. Many Veterans sacrifice a lot and place the needs of the country before their own. I wanted to put together some ways that you can show your own appreciation to a Veteran who has served.
Visit a Veteran
“This nation will remain the land of the free only as long as it is home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis
There are many great ways that you can get out and pay respects to those Veterans who have served their country. One great way to show appreciation is to get out the house and go spend a little time with a Veteran. When my husband was in Equal Opportunity school (EO), part of their assignment was to go out and visit a Veteran based nursing home. It was such a humbling experience for him to sit with WWII vets, and listen to their stories, play board games, etc. This was something that my husband really enjoyed, and he even shared a couple of laughs with the Veterans. He learned that many of them were far away from their families, so they held on to any visits that came their way. Visiting the Veteran based nursing homes is something we wanted to pass on to our children, not only during Veterans Day but other holidays as well. This does not only have to apply to those Veterans in nursing homes, spend time with any Veteran who may lack those day-to-day interactions with others. Veterans Day is a day that is fully dedicated to those men and women who served their country, giving them a few moments of your time can go a long way to a Veteran.
Send a Care Package
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” -Joseph Campbell
Those who are serving love to receive care packages from back home. A care package is a way for soldiers to still have that connection to home and make the time away less stressful. There are many different types of care packages that you can send overseas. Practical care packages are some of the most popular I have seen as a spouse and a soldier. Practical care packages contain basic need items such as; toothpaste, toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, a few food items, etc. A nice hand-written letter added to the box is an awesome finishing touch to add to the care package. It is a great way to thank them for what they are doing, and to feel the love and appreciation from back home.
Support a Veteran Owned Company
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our Heroes and She-roes!” -Maya Angelou
There are many Veteran owned companies that are available for you to support. Often, they are on more of a smaller scale and not easily identified like the big box stores. Since I have started my blogging journey I have ran across some of the most amazing veteran owned businesses. It is a whole community out here of Veterans supporting Veterans. You can also go out and support some amazing military spouse owned companies, it is also a great way to show appreciation for their service. Google Veteran owned companies or contact your local chamber of commerce to see if they can guide you in the appropriate direction.
A simple thank you for your service, can and will go a long way with a Veteran. This is something that should be not only on Veterans Day, but anytime you encounter a Veteran. Veterans have given so much of themselves to serve their country. I could have sat down a wrote a blog about myself and my time as a Veteran. To my husband and battles, I want to thank each one of you for your service and sacrifice for this country. You are truly appreciated not only on Veterans Day, but every day!! You guys are true example of American heroes in my book.
I would love to hear how you show appreciation on Veterans Day? Leave me a comment below and let’s chat!
As always remember to Live free, Laugh often, & Be Incredible!