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Happy Veteran’s Day

Hello and THANK YOU to the men and women (and their families) who have served and are serving to keep our country a safe place. We can’t thank you enough for your courage and your sacrifices!!

It feels too minimal to just say “thanks” and I was watching football this past weekend and saw a commercial encouraging people to put out green light bulbs to honor and support our vets. That got me excited for the show of solidarity but then I thought… isn’t it just a show? Can’t we do better? Don’t our vets deserve more?

I remember years ago when people purchased bumped stickers during the Afghan war and a portion of the proceeds were supposed to go to soldiers. It’s always hard to know what organizations are the best at taking your dollars and putting them to good use but I did some Internet searching for direct ways I could help support a Vet.

I stumbled across Operation Gratitude – a web site FULL of ways you can directly impact the lives of soldiers and vets!operation gratitude

There are instructions on how you can write letters to vets. They have a variety of interesting programs so you’re sure to find a way you can get involved.

There is a program where people knit/crochet hats and scarves and send them to soldiers and vets:

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They coordinate, pack, and ship care packages to soldiers overseas too:

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The website talks about items that you can donate. If you’re not crafty or don’t have much time, each package costs $15 to ship and you can easily donate. I made a donation to ship some care packages and I printed out the details because I am thinking of making a few scarves too!

This Veteran’s Day, I really encourage all of you to do MORE than just post a “thanks” on your blog or Facebook page. Let’s support these heroes in ways that will really make an impact!!!

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