Being an Army spouse gives you a completely different outlook on military life. I honestly never had any respect towards service members because I had no idea whatsoever what they go through. Horrible pay, minimum benefits, spending long periods of time away from family, and the list could go on and on. Now that my husband is a Veteran, it is a thousand times worse. When you leave the military, there is no assistance for you. You are thrown out into the world, no house, no job assistance, no nothing. No one wants to hire someone who just spent the last however many years doing a job they most likely can't translate into the civilian world, or give them a house using their VA loan. Seriously you guys, we are living in this transition period right now and it is tough. Because like I used to be, not many people have the respect that they should for active duty military and veterans. So if you can, please take a minute and thank them in any way you can this Veterans Day. The smallest gesture can mean the world to someone.
Here are 5 simple ways you can thank a Veteran this November 11th:
1. Support a Veteran owned business. I had no idea these were even a thing until recently. It is an amazing way to give back and support those who fought for our country. You can find Veteran owned businesses here and here.
2. Own your own business? Hire a vet. Most of them have years of experience, training, education, and the drive needed to excel in any job environment.
3. Buy a meal for a homeless vet. I have seen so many homeless men on the side of the road with signs that tell of their military service, asking for food or money. Whether you believe their claim or not, don't question it. Buy them a meal, a drink, or even a few snacks. There are 50,000 homeless vets and the number is growing. Chances are, the one you buy a meal for is being honest and really needs your help.
4. Visit your local Great Clips and get them a free haircut card. For Veterans Day, Great Clips will give you a free haircut card to give to the active duty or retired military member of your choice. You can learn more about this promotion here.
5. Reach out and talk to them. A simple thank you could mean the world to someone. Listen to their stories on when they served. Ask them questions. Just take the time to hear what they have to say. I guarantee it will change the way you view the military and give you an appreciation for what they have gone through.
What have you guys done in the past for Veterans Day and what do you plan to do this year?
Thank the veterans in your life and visit your local Great Clips on November 11th to redeem a free haircut card to share with a veteran of choice!