With Veterans Day coming up, I am reminded of my friends and associates who have told me that they “support our vets but not ... (fill in the blank)”. Often I wonder, “how do you support our vets?” So for anyone who means this more than as a platitude, here are some suggestions on how you can truly “support our Vets”.
- When a soldier is deployed, check with their family regularly to see if there is something that can be done to help out.
- If you are an employer, look for a qualified vet to fill job vacancies.
- If you are a college student or instructor, go to the school's vet center and volunteer to tutor a vet.
- If you are into scouts, 4-H, athletics, music, art, etc., and you know a soldier deployed in your neighborhood, volunteer to help their kids with their activities or homework.
- When someone is deployed, invite their kids to the movies, sporting events, concerts, plays, etc.
- Donate time or money to a veteran support organization.
- Volunteer to babysit for someone whose family member is deployed or home on R&R.
- When you are buying a hamburger and you see a National Guardsman in line, buy her meal.
- Volunteer to go shopping for a parent when their spouse is deployed.
- Prayers and a phone call of encouragement are always welcomed.
Finally, I would like to thank the following veterans from Myrtle Point High School Class of 2002, with apologies for any that I may have missed; Chancey Cageley, U.S. Marines, Infantry Rifleman, 2002-2006; Jeff Crosiar, US Army Infantry, 2002-present; Gabe Foster, US Air Force, Heavy Equipment Tech. 2002-2011; Kyle Hatch US Marines, Corpsman, 2003-2008; Aaron Kissel, US Air Force, Aircraft Maintenance Crew Chief, 2003-present; Ehren Linderman, US Army, Armor & Medical Services, 2002-present; Krissy Martin, US Air Force, Cardiopulmonary Therapist, 2005-2009; Monte Noriega, US Navy Aviation Structural Mechanic, 2002-present; Stephen Phillips, U.S. Air Force, Vehicle Maintenance Technician, 2003-2007; and Joel Schneider, U.S. Marines, Combat Engineers 2003-2009.