Not sure how to show your appreciation for those that have served our country? We got your six.
This Veterans Day, we here at OCN encourage you to do more than just say, "Thank you for your service." With so many former servicemen and women struggling to re-enter the civilian world and form a post-military identity, they need more than just words. If you're curious as to how to you can do your part in helping, veterans give our list of suggestions a look:
Listen to Them
If a veteran needs to talk about their post-military struggles, sit down over a beer or coffee and just let them talk.
Show Them Where to Get Help
If you're worried about a veteran's mental health, guide them towards resources that specialize in PTSD. There are now special therapies and treatment centers like PTSD USA that cater specifically to helping combat veterans.
Support Veteran-Run Businesses
Donate Your Frequent Flyer Miles
The good folks at the Fisher House Foundation take donated Frequent Flyer Miles and put them to good use with their Hero Miles Program. The program "... provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill service members and/or their families who are undergoing treatment at a military or VA medical center; or who are attending an authorized event. Flights are made possible through frequent flyer mile donations made by individual airline passengers."
Don't Wait Until Veterans Day to Express Your Gratitude
Make every day Veterans Day and look for ways to serve those that have served. Whether it's cutting their grass or watching their kids so they can have a date night, there's always something you can do to show gratitude.