Today America celebrates Veterans Day.

Veterans Day honors all of those who have served the country in war or peace — although it’s largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices.

As a mom and daughter of military men, I am especially mindful of what this day means. Pictured above is my oldest son, Staff Sergeant Kevin Lindsey who currently serves in the Air Force with my dad, Les Pate who served from 1963-67. My dad was also the commander of the American Legion Post 14 from 1981-82.

My son, Kevin and his wife, Michelle are expecting their first child in April. Because Kevin serves this country, we are not certain where exactly Kevin will be during the first year of his newborn son’s life. This is a sacrifice he agreed to make when he joined the military.

You see, serving in the military means sacrifice. 

Most who have served or are currently serving do not expect a parade. They didn’t join to be held up on a pedestal. However, they do appreciate a heartfelt thank you and our prayers. They also appreciate tangible support.

How can we truly show America’s veterans our gratitude?

Tangible Ways to Thank a Veteran

Pray

Make a commitment to pray for our military regularly. This might seem small and not “tangible,” but the Bible tells us prayer is powerful.

“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.” James 5:16 NLT

The way I remember to keep our military in prayer is with my prayer journal. Along with my daily prayers, I scheduled a specific group of people to pray for each day of the week. Every Sunday I pray for the leadership in our country. I start with our president and those in powerful positions as well as our military and their families. I also pray for leadership on a local level as well as pastors, teachers, and fathers.

Thank service members who are currently deployed.

Serve Veterans in your community

  • There are so many ways we can show a veteran our appreciation and gratitude. We can offer to rake leaves, grocery shop, wash their car, buy or make them dinner/dessert. Get creative!
  • Like all medical facilities, VA hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics need volunteers. Find out what you can do to help and make a difference. Volunteer at a VA medical center or facility
  • Department of Veterans Affairs estimated the veteran suicide rate to be 22 veterans per day, based on three million medical records from 20 states. Support a non-profit organization such as the Veteran Suicide Awareness Project (VSAP) or Warriors on Track

Serve the military families (the unsung heroes)

Veterans Day is a great opportunity to do something meaningful for those who have served or are currently serving our country. But the truth is, they need our regular support, not just on Veterans Day, but every day.

May God Bless this great nation and those who serve to protect it!

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