Most Americans will never serve in the military or fight for the country, and that’s because we’re safe enough in the service of those who choose to protect us. Though most of us aren’t going to don the military uniform, there are countless ways we can help veterans, who often return from war to face yet another battle.
Here are three ways to give back to veterans:
.1 Give a veteran a ride
Veterans give their lives for the sake of the country, and some of them return home disabled. Give veterans a free ride whenever the situation arises. Disabled American Veterans provides such transportation; you can volunteer to drive a van.
2. Sponsor a companion dog for veterans with PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder is the number one enemy of veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. And veterans of past wars are still dealing with the ghosts of their previous experience. You can sponsor a companion dog that can help veterans cope with their experiences.
3. Share their stories
These people experience heroic stories every day on the battlefield, but a lot of these experiences have been left untold. The Library of Congress is collecting the tales of veterans of every war. If you are related to a veteran, share their stories to the Library of Congress, they’d want to hear it.