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5 Simple Ways to Thank a Veteran Today

By Bryan Black

Veterans DayThere are plenty of ways that you can thank veterans in your local community, but on this Veteran’s Day I’d like to share a few simple ways you can show your appreciation for what they’ve done.

A veteran is someone who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including their life. Regardless of personal political views, that is an honor and there are too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

I’ve always liked that description because it elicits so much meaning from such few words. That’s what we’d like your goal to be today; to do something simple that will mean so much to the veterans around you. Here are five simple ways you can make that happen:

5 Simple Ways to Thank a Veteran Today

1. Say Thank You – Just the simple act of saying “Thank you for your service” goes a long way with veterans. Throw in a handshake too, you’re bound to see a smile on their face, which will make it all worth it.

2. Volunteer – Do something for the veterans in your community. Seriously, what’s an hour of your time for the sacrifices they’ve made? Check out uso.org for ways that you can help. At the least, drop off an anonymous letter at your local VA thanking a veteran; it will get to the right person.

3. Donate – Make a small donation today to any of the fantastic organizations out there that help veterans each and every day. Some of our favorites here at ITS are Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled American Veterans.

4. Pay for Lunch – One of my fondest memories while serving was actually when a complete stranger came up to a group of three of my buddies and I and paid for our lunch. We were in our Dress Blues eating at a Friday’s in the airport on our way out to San Diego. He simply walked up said “We appreciate what you guys are doing (pointing to the table of three other men appearing to be traveling on business), this one’s on us.” Offer to pay for a veteran’s meal today.

5. Never Forget – One of the biggest things you can do, and I think all my veteran brothers will agree with me here, is to make the most out of the opportunity you’ve been given. Our freedoms have been paved with the sacrifices of our soldiers and they did so for all of us to enjoy this great country; let’s not forget that or take it for granted.

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  • This is such a great post. Hope you don’t mind that I link back to it today.

    And, thank you for your service to our country, Bryan. While you were enlisted, and now that you’re out. I’m proud to know a Patriot like you.

    • Thanks for the kind words “Shorty” 🙂

  • Happy Veterans Day everyone!

  • XBrotherX

    Bryan, thanks for defending our constitution! My family appreciates it!

  • Great and simple to understand post Bryan. I can tell you I have never let a man or woman in uniform pick up their own tab at a coffee shop or restaurant ever, veteran’s day or not.

    Thanks for your service Brother!

    • Couldn’t agree more on picking up a man or woman in uniform’s tab Jack. Thanks for the kind words and your service too, brother!

  • HUghes Boutin

    Thanks for your service, the article is really great and goes to the point. I retwitted it because it was simply the best one.
    Thanks again

  • Thanks for the post Bryan! Some people really don’t know how ‘they’ can do something to show their support and I appreciate this list. And thank you for your service.

    • Appreciate that Mike, wanted to keep it simple. Thanks!

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  • Daniel Garcia

    To all my brothers in arms, here and gone, Happy Veterans Day!

  • Thank you so much for this post. I am never really sure how to thank a veteran and I will definitely put these tips to use.

    And thank you for your service!

  • Thanks Bryan for your service! I send packages overseas to the soldiers in Afghanistan and I have found that the little things really do matter, I once sent a rubber chicken along with everything else just for the heck of it, they loved it!

  • grog

    Thanks, as one vet to another, regardless of branch, Thank you and Well done. Things liked Duty, Honor, Country and Personal Willingness to do the necessary and needful all have worked well for this Great Nation.

    We have our veterans to thank for that.
    As one I thank those who have served, are serving and hopefully will serve into the future.

  • Great post!! Thank you ALL for your service!! Both my wife and I are vets and proud of it. There is a sign at the main gate to our VAMC “The price of freedom is visible here” that is so true.

  • tom

    Excellent post!! And thank you for your service brother…

  • Casae

    Thanks for these great ideas and thank you for your service!!


    just want to thank you for all you have done in the past for us! and all that is being done in the present days!! So here’s a great big THANK YOU!!! FOR YOUR SERVICE!!!! CHARLENE BRAITH

  • John Kruslicky

    I want to thank all the men and women who made this land free for you and me THANK YOU ALL!

  • anonymous

    Today I saw a veterans car and left him a thank you note and some coffee money.

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