A simple gesture can say "Thank you" to veterans, soldiers and their families. There are many ways to give back to the men and women who have dedicated their lives to service. If you have time to spend with veterans or soldiers, there are many ways to reach out. There are also many daily items that are always needed by veterans, soldiers and their families. There are many simple ways you can make a difference in the lives of those who have given so much.
Give your time to someone you know. If you know a veteran or soldier, take him to lunch. Spend some time with him, and just listen. Offer to help him run errands, or offer to fix something around his house. A kind gesture can make all the difference for him and for you.
Volunteer your time to a program that serves veterans, soldiers and their families. There are a number of organizations that serve veterans and their families who are always looking for volunteers. You can spend some time driving veterans to and from clinics and hospitals, or work with widows and young families in need.
Give your goods to those who need them. Veterans, soldiers and their families are supplied with many items through donations distributed by various organizations. You can donate clothing, electronics and even old vehicles to these organizations. Many of them will pick up your donations at your residence.
Share your airline points. The points you accumulate through your airline or air transportation loyalty programs can be donated to service members and their families. These points can enable the family of an injured service member to visit that service member abroad, or can help a service member on leave make a visit back home.
Give money. Organizations that serve veterans, soldiers and their families are always appreciative of a monetary donation. You can help fund programs that allow soldiers who are parents to make and send DVDs of bedtime storybook readings to their children, that help maintain veterans' rights or that provide free medical care to soldiers who have been injured in duty.
- Many donations, such as donations of vehicles, are tax-deductible.
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