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7 Ways to Show Your Appreciation on Veterans Day

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honor_a_veteranConsidering the number of men and women who have served in our country’s armed forces, it’s very likely that you know a veteran.

Whether it’s a family member or friend, we encourage you to go the extra mile in thanking him or her for their service this Veterans Day.

And with the federal holiday just around the corner on November 11, these ideas can give you some inspiration to show your appreciation to a past member of our military.

1. Donate to a veteran organization.

There are a number of veteran organizations, including the local U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Cleveland Regional Office (VA) in need of donations. If you’re looking to donate to a worthy cause this year, consider choosing a veteran-based organization.

The VA strives to provide veterans with the world-class benefits and services they have earned by adhering to the highest standards of compassion and commitment.

2. Volunteer at a veteran nonprofit.

There are several nonprofits committed to making life easier for disabled veterans. For example, Purple Heart Homes Northeast Ohio Chapter provides barrier-free living for veterans with disabilities by modifying, adapting or building on existing homes to ensure greater mobility.  

This Veterans Day, support a housing project in your area by giving your time. If you have experience renovating or restoring homes, you’re sure to be a big help.

3. Support a veteran-owned business.

Studies show there are over 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses in the U.S.

In anticipation for Veterans Day, considering purchasing a product or service from one of these veteran-owned and operated businesses in Cleveland and beyond to show your appreciation.

4. Ask a veteran about their time in service.

Servicemen and women often appreciate the opportunity to talk about their decision to serve. This Veterans Day, start a meaningful conversation with a military member in your family. Some sample questions to ask include:  

  • What branch were you in? Why did you choose that one?
  • What inspired you to join?
  • What was the most rewarding part of serving?
  • What was the most important thing you learned? 

If they don’t live nearby, consider writing them a letter or giving them a call. All of these are simple ways to express your gratitude for the many sacrifices they made while serving.  

5. Fly the American flag.

While it’s common to fly the American flag on Independence and Memorial Day, consider hanging it up for Veterans Day as a sign of your appreciation.

If you get a head start, others on your street may follow suit and hang theirs, too.

6. Donate frequent-flyer miles.

Do you travel often for work? If you collect frequent-flyer miles, you can donate them. Consider donating a portion of your miles to the Fisher House Foundation’s Hero Miles Program.

This program provides round-trip airline tickets to wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families who are undergoing treatment at a military medical center.

7. Provide a meal to a veteran.

Many restaurants offer discounted meals on Veterans Day. If you’re in a position to do so, pick up the tab for a veteran. If possible, consider doing it anonymously, as some veterans are uncomfortable with public displays of appreciation.

Let Us Help You Honor a Hero

Busch Funeral and Crematory Services has proudly assisted the families of veterans for more than 100 years, and has seen the level of responsibility it takes to ensure a memorial of the highest caliber.

For more information on our services, contact Busch to help you plan a celebration of life for a fallen hero.

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Jim Busch
Jim Busch
Owner and president of our firm. Fourth generation funeral director and certified crematory operator, Jim is guided by his principles in faith, family and friends. He loves to hear feedback from our families. Proudly serving Busch families since 1986.

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