3 Ways You Can Give Back To Veterans
"Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love," said Mother Teresa.
Not all of us have to serve in the military, but there are countless ways to show appreciation for veterans who defend our nation and help promote peace around the world. As you make plans for Memorial Day weekend with barbecues and American flag hats, spare a thought for those who return from war to face a battle that’s even more challenging: PTSD. Here are three simple ways you can say, "Thank you," and make a difference to more than 23 million American veterans.
- Sponsoring a companion dog for those with PTSD
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is fairly common among veterans. Nearly 20% of Iraq veterans and 12% of Gulf War veterans have had PTSD in their lifetimes. PTSD is not a sign of weakness, but shows that a person has stayed too strong for too long. You can help by sponsoring a companion dog for a veteran with PTSD through the Puppies Behind Bars program. TacticalSupplyPro does its part, too, by donating a percentage of our proceeds from patriotic clothing to the PTSD Foundation of America.
- Donating funds to Building Homes for Heroes
Do you know a veteran who is homeless or who runs the risk of becoming homeless? Call your local VA hospital or 1-877-4AID-VET to help. You can also sign up to volunteer your time and talent helping Building Homes for Heroes. They rebuild the lives of those who've served their country during the Iraq or Afghan war. They also build or rebuild homes and gift them to veterans and their families. Alternatively, you can also make a check payable to the Building Homes for Heroes organization.
- Talk to a Veteran
The kindest thing you can do to someone is to listen without judging. A person who has not experienced war should never comment on those who have survived it. The least you can do to help a veteran is to engage in conversation. Just don’t ask things like, "How does it feel to kill someone?" It’s not a battle they chose. Ask open-ended questions like, "Do you miss the military?" and "How was your experience?"