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Five Simple Ways to Thank a Veteran Today

By Bryan Black

Veterans Day 2011There 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:

Five 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 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 America’s Mighty Warriors, Wounded Warrior Project and Disabled American Veterans. As a SDVOSB (Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business), ITS Tactical has always been committed to raising money for these and many other organizations.

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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  • Dan Morales

    Thank all of you for your service.

  • Airborne All the Way Bryan!!! Great post.

  • Kenny


  • Richard Proctor

    Well said

    • randypb

      Walked in to Olive Garden today and quietly offered to buy a veteran lunch. But the tables were turned (pun intended) when I found out that on 11.11.11 all vets were eating free on the restaurant. Plus, they gave out “$10 off on your next meal coupons”!

      Just wanted to give credit to all the the institutions who are putting aside their profits (and I’m sure the waiters and waitresses are taking a hit too) to show their support today!

      Support our troops! Our future is in their hands.

  • D. Hide

    Very simple, very effective. I like it. Thanks, guys. For everything you do and then some! Another way can be to stand alongside those that came before us and serve as they, and you, did. Hopefully by Spring of next year 🙂


  • BK

    Thank you all! Thanks for the reminder, just did a quick donation to WWP.

  • Gene

    Your more than welcome…call sign Hawkeye.

  • Jody Reeves

    I just want to thank all of the people who serve our country to keep us a free country. So to all of you Thank You. Jody

  • Charlene

    Thank you to all our service men & women for without them- freedom would not be possible.

    As a Soldier myself- it is very humbling when someone purposely sees you across a store and stops shopping to come over & shake your hand and say “Thank You” – and when you and 15 other service members are at a restaurant and the waitress says- the bill is already taken care of… I have many other instances & each time I have to swallow and reply “Thank YOU- for your support” – for serving those who serve is a tremendously important roll.
    Saying “thank you for your service” is a tremendous gift to our military- you never know what a boost it is to some that are struggling after deployments and other hardships from serving our Military forces. That small gesture is an amazing & healing act. So even when it’s not Veterans’ Day – please continue to say “Thank You” to our service men & women.

  • Brandon Freese

    Something I do every Vet Day to remember fallen brothers is give blood. Something else I do every Vet Day is enjoy an ice cold beer and a hot shower because so many go without.

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