With each passing day, finding help for our American Veterans is becoming more and more difficult. In fact, a good number of these military heroes do not get the treatment they deserve. And although they contributed a lot to ensure that the country is safe and well protected, their needs after service are often swept aside.
Although there are days set aside to remember their brave services and pay tribute to them such as Memorial Day and Veterans Day, what about the rest of the days of the year? How often do you stop and consider the plight of these men and women who served the nation so that you can enjoy the many freedoms and privileges in this country?
The reality is that these American heroes continue to suffer from many problems in their daily lives. Fortunately, there are various things you can do to make a difference in a veteran’s life.
1. Donate Simple Things
It does not have to be money. Think about anything that can help a homeless military veteran live a better life. There are several VA hospitals where you can take your donations to help the sick veterans and make their recoveries much easier.
2. Hospital Volunteering
Just like any medical facility, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes need volunteers to perform various duties. These services include providing companionship, serving coffee, escorting patients or participating in recreational programs of the veteran patients.
3. Say Thank You
Although it seems like a straightforward thing to do, this is one of the most efficient ways to help veterans. Most of these veterans think that they have been forgotten by the nation. Hence, a simple thank you for your service helps them know that their service was of great value and that you are grateful. These veterans not only deal with emotional wounds but also emotional wounds. Therefore, showing them that you appreciate their service to the nation can go a long way in healing their emotional wounds.
4. Sponsor a Companion Dog for a Veteran with PTSD
More than a third of veterans who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Companion dogs are being trained daily to help these veterans cope with PTSD. These dogs are a big part of the lives of American veterans. They provide companionship, provide safety and also guide wounded veterans throughout their daily lives. You can offer to sponsor one of these dogs with food, sponsor their veterinary treatment to ensure that their veterans are living a better life.
5. Share Their Stories
There are many veterans’ stories that are yet to be shared yet. Some of these stories make part of the American Veterans history. The Library of Congress is collecting stories of these veterans every day. If you know a veteran or are related to one, help them to share their stories. These stories can be told through personal narratives using audio and videotaped interviews, letters, postcards, photographs, drawings or scrapbooks. Many people are ready to hear it.
American veterans return home from serving the nation, but most of them are faced with lack of support, love, and care from the society. Why not take the time of your busy schedule to show support to these heroes today.