New generations aren’t often aware of the sacrifices made by the veterans in this great country. In contrast, their loved ones are keenly aware of how much veterans have suffered to keep them safe. They have frequently lost physical health, mental health, jobs, homes and families to protect this country.
Honoring family veterans who have passed is one of the most significant acts you can undertake to recognize them as the heroes they are. Here are 5 favorite ways to do just that.
Take another veteran out for a meal
Contact your local veteran’s organization to find out who among them would like to eat out with you. Taking another veteran to eat out honors them while alive, and honors the one who has passed.
An act of kindness in times of great difficulty on both sides is beneficial. They appreciate the need to be recognized and helped in life, and will probably be willing to help you out. Make this gesture of kindness a regular appointment to honor your family member. Spread the word in your community to encourage others to do the same.
Symbolic memorials go a long way toward demonstrating your respect for family veterans who have passed away. Veteran Flag Cases are the ideal way to honor your loved one as they fought for the flag which is an iconic symbol of the country. Additionally, by getting a veteran flag and case, you acknowledge the sacrifices made by the veteran who has died.
The veteran flag case is made from a combination of solid hardwood and an attractive finish in vintage oak. It is constructed for easy assembly using a Dovetail joint system for display of the American burial flag, which can be mounted on a wall or laid on a flat surface in memory of the vet who passed on.
Adopt a veteran
Adopt a veteran informally to show how much you care about their wellbeing. Take them out regularly; visit them when you can and offer support where needed. If you have money available to support their housing, education or reintroduction into society – do that.
Not everything involves money, though. If you have contacts who can provide them with employment, speak to them about whether they would be interested. If they need a wheelchair or any other aid, this is a great opportunity to honor your family veteran and to do some good in the process.
Hear what they have to say
Often, vets’ stories go unheard and untold as they are brushed aside. Listening and hearing the stories they have to tell can be of untold value to them and to you. You will hear about a world that you thought you knew about, but never did.
Take the time to learn from someone who has been in the armed forces. Find out about their best and worst moments, and how they have coped with these, or not. This is an incredible opportunity to learn from their experiences. Most of all, it will make them feel as if they are heard which is incredibly valuable.
Support Operation Homefront
Operation Homefront has a website. Contact them to read about what type of help is most needed. Whether they need financial contributions, people to visit vets in hospital or just a friendly face to speak to—your generosity of spirit can make a difference. Help may be as simple as doing grocery shopping for a local vet in a wheelchair or mowing their lawn.
All help is welcome when needed. Think about how your loved one would have appreciated your efforts in honoring this way. As difficult as their life may have been, there are many more soldiers out there who need your help today.