Veterans Day is just around the corner (November 11 to be exact), so now is the perfect time to thank a vet for their service. Did you know there are more than 22 million veterans woven into the fabric of our nation? They’re our moms and dads, our brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and neighbors. But for me, the veteran in my life is my husband and better half.
It’s hard to sometimes thank him for the job he does, day in and day out, because this is our normal. We deal with deployments, extreme “business trips,” and daily schedules that are all over the place. Being part of the military means we are away from home and our families, and we often have to deal with and discuss things that most families never have to think about (friends not coming home, getting wills prepared, etc.) I often look at the negative aspects of this lifestyle, but the fact of the matter remains: my husband sacrifices so much for our family and for this country. He may not be on the front lines, but the job he does is extremely important, and he’s always working to better himself in his field, while at the same time doing what’s best for our family.
I know saying, “Thank you,” can be hard sometimes, but DAV (Disabled American Veterans) is crushing that awkwardness and making it easy. With DAV’s Thank A Vet tool, you can create a personalized video for your loved one. Check out some of the heart-warming, funny, and thoughtful messages people have already created for veterans across the country.
Making a video is simple and only takes a few minutes—they have everything ready for you. Upload pictures of your veteran, let them know what you’re thankful for, pick your music and background, and that’s it!
I created one for my husband, and I’ll most likely share it on his Facebook page on Veterans Day, but here it is for you to see—just a quick example of how nice they are; I’m sure the veteran in your life will appreciate the gesture.
Learn more about DAV: It’s the only non-profit providing a lifetime of support to vets of all generations. Every year the organization helps more than 1 million vets by helping them get the benefits they earned (like healthcare and disability), and helping them find meaningful employment opportunities. These gestures may seem small, but they go a long way with helping the community. Thanks DAV for supporting America’s veterans!
If you make a video, let me know; I’d love to see it. Also, if you post it on social media, consider using the #ThankAVet hashtag so other people can give thanks, too.