5 Ways to Serve on Veterans Day

5 Ways to Serve on Veterans Day – From Youth Service America

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November 11 is Veterans Day. Currently, there are more than 22 million Veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces that have reintegrated back into our society; help thank and honor them next week!

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  1. Organize a fundraiser to support a veterans service organization as part of the #DayoftheBrave campaign.
  2. Sign up to be a volunteer at a VA hospital or facility.
  3. Find volunteer opportunities near you to help veterans and military families on Serve.gov.
  4. Interview a veteran and share their story as part of the Library of Congress’s Veterans History Project.
  5. Say thank you to all the military veterans you know and share this list of Veterans Day freebies and discounts for veterans with them.

Additional resources – including a Veterans Day Teachers Guide – are available at http://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/

Many people confuse Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Both holidays were established to recognize and honor the men and women who have worn the uniform of the United States Armed Forces. But Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday in May, was originally set aside as a day for remembering and honoring military personnel who died in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained in battle.

While those who died are also remembered on Veterans Day, which is observed on November 11, Veterans Day is intended to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military – in wartime or peacetime. In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living Veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served – not only those who died – have sacrificed and done their duty.