As any proud American knows, the military serve and protect our very way of life. These brave men and women make countless sacrifices which often go unnoticed. When looking for a few thoughtful ways to support the military, we have you covered with a few ideas!
1. Send care packages
One of the easiest and most familiar ways to support the military is by sending the troops a care package. A care package can include important and comforting items the troops can’t easily get their hands on during deployment such as candy, chips, magazines, and other comforts of home to lift their spirits. There are plenty of organizations and programs which do this around the holidays for a festive outreach or even year-round.
2. Thank a service member
When you see a member of the Armed Forces, thank them in person! Whether you see a service member in their uniform in line at the coffee shop or a retired member wearing a Vietnam vet hat while pumping gas, a simple thank you can show your appreciation. Make sure when you thank them, you keep it brief and friendly to avoid tying up their day or making them uncomfortable since there are a few service members who may not prefer to be thanked in person.
3. Donate time/money to the VA/Wounded Warrior etc.
One of the best ways to support the military is to give your time or money to a worthy cause related to the Armed Forces. When you give to the VA, Wounded Warrior, or a similar organization, you are supporting the military in a way that helps them do their job, transition back into civilian life, or caring for an older veteran in need of extra help. Aside from giving your money, you can also volunteer your time either at one of these organizations or something local.
4. Support their families!
When you want to support our troops, start with their families. If there is a military family in your neighborhood or church, offer to help out where you can. From offering to mow their lawn when you mow your own to bringing over a casserole once a week to make things less hectic, there are lots of thoughtful ways to support the military by extending that support to their families.