Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a day we honor those who served in the U.S. military. Originally, this day of observance was called Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. In 1954, the day was renamed and extended to celebrate all who served.
My grandfather served in WWI as an ambulance driver. Although he died many years ago, I think of him on Veterans and Memorial Day. Military service leaves scars, and I have watched many friends and relatives try to heal, nursing wounds that are only visible to them.
Saying thank you to our military service men and women is important. However, we need to thank our veterans with more than mere words. We need to provide good medical and social services to those who served, along with education and housing.
Attempts to provide funding for veterans’ services have stalled in Congress. However, we don’t need to wait for Congress to fix this problem. There are many excellent nonprofits who are helping veterans. A good way to say thank you is with a check to your favorite veterans organization. Here is a list of veterans-related organizations with 3- and 4-star ratings given by Charity Navigator. The list is quite extensive, serving all sorts of needs. There are even organizations for canine veterans.
And while we are honoring and thanking our veterans, let’s not forget those in active service, along with their families. Yes, thank you all who serve us all.