What can we do to recognize our Veterans?
It is so important that we recognize the veterans in the U.S., not only on Veterans Day held on November 11, but every day. It has become more socially acceptable and encouraged by society to thank a veteran or active military when you see them in uniform, whether you know them or not. There are a lot of charities collecting packages for our armed forces and charities targeting veterans who suffer from homelessness, unemployment, physical and mental health issues including PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).
Just thanking a veteran can be uplifting and it is as important, or even more important, to show appreciation more than anything else. It will make their day special and honestly, it is the least we can do for their sacrifice to protect our freedom. I often see seniors, sitting on a bench, coming into the showroom or at various places proudly wearing a cap, pin or other accessory identifying them as a veteran. I know they’ve interesting stories to tell, but too often, with our busy schedules, we don’t have make time to sit and listen. This Veteran’s day, take the time to learn more from a Veteran you know.
Many veterans are honored through the “Honor Flight” program. I’d like to highlight this program that flies veterans to Washington, D.C. daily to visit memorials built to honor their service to the nation. Honor Flight Network was created solely to honor America’s veterans for all their sacrifices. They transport America’s heroes to visit and reflect at the memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans – World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill.
For our senior veterans and their spouses, there are some wonderful and little-known government benefits, such as the Aid and Attendance and Housebound Programs, which enable veterans to live at home with help or in assisted living, partially funded by the Veterans Administration. There are other great benefits as well for disabled veterans, spouses and widows, including home loans and educations and training listed on the Veterans Administration website.
Homes for Our Troops in Taunton, Massachusetts and Nashua, N.H. are top-rated charities by watchdog groups and there are many more. (Click here to see the list of A-rated charitable organizations serving our veterans.) The USO is another organization that help supports veterans and their families. There are many good organizations committed to helping our Veterans and the needs are great.
There is a Pat Tillman Foundation where they fund scholarships in memory of Pat Tillman—one of America’s greatest heroes. Pat Tillman is the only NFL football player to walk away from a multi-million dollar contract to join the military and was killed during “friendly fire.” New England folk artist Ellis Paul wrote a tribute to him: Kiss the Sun (A Tribute to Pat Tillman). There are so many great causes serving Veterans if you are so inclined to donate today or any day throughout the year.
It is so unfortunate is that our veterans risked their lives each and every day they served, with minimal pay, away from home and family, making so many sacrifices for our country and the ideals of democracy, yet they come home to face many more challenges than the average American.
Another way of honoring our nation’s veterans is to offer free or reduced meals or other services on Veterans Day and beyond. Money Magazine produces a national list of where veterans can get specials or free meals on Veterans Day. Jaffarian Toyota Scion is offering a $500 rebate to active military, inactive reserves and recent military
We welcome and encourage veterans to apply to Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion as we continue to grow our team. We are always looking for talented men and women to join our team and encourage veterans looking for a career opportunity to consider joining our family. We offer a benefits package unlike what most companies offer.
All of us at Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion wish our veterans a Happy, Healthy Veterans Day and please, thank a veteran today for their service.