If you know a Veteran reach out and have a conversation. Yes, thank him or her for their service. But more than that, help them reintegrate into civilian society. More than anything listen and pay attention to verbal and nonverbal communications.
If you served in the armed services, I want to thank you with all of my heart for your many, many sacrifices. To the families of all Veterans, thank you so much for your multiple sacrifices. We cannot know what you have been through unless, you choose to share some of your load with us. I know that most of us would carry the load for you if we could. Tell us what we can do if anything.
I am a pastor. I offer free spiritual, and other counseling services to Veterans for free. All you have to do is reach out through Google Plus, Twitter, Facebook, my web site or this Blog. I will answer you to set something up with you whether by phone, email, or if you're in the Greater Northwest of WA state, I can meet with you in person. Please do not suffer alone in silence. Your brothers and sisters in arms are there for you even if you're far away. Your families love you. Maybe, like some of us, they cannot understand what you have been through. But they are right there usually.
Also, reach out to Got your Six, Wounded Warriors, USO and the host of other Veterans organizations out there (I don't mean to leave any out). If you are having trouble doing that reach out to a stranger. WE DO CARE! I know I do. I always have.
I remember each day that there are men and women in harms way right now. I know the few went to fight in place of the many. I know that you saw things, and may have done things, you never thought you'd see or do. I know it is hard to come back home and settle into "normal life".
My Dad was a Vet, so were my Grandfathers as is my brother.
I don't assume to know what you are going through back here at home (if you have a home). But I do think as one human to another, I can reach out and help however I can.
I am a social worker, community health outreach worker, parenting educator, mediator, paralegal, visitation supervisor, court advocate, a child and victims advocate, addiction support and outreach, and more. Please if you need help with anything contact me for fully protected confidential communication.
I can help as an ordained minister, as a social worker, outreach worker, as an advocate, mediator, legal assistance, addiction support, or just as a caring person. I mean this with all my heart. I know all the resources in our community if you need to get hooked up with housing, food or health care etc.
On this Veterans Day American citizens, please give of your money, time, prayers, voices, and actions to honor our beloved Veterans. I am not saying we shouldn't have one day of the year that is devoted to our Veterans. We should. But I believe we need to remember Our Veterans every single day. Just the fact that there are words homeless and Veterans in the same sentence is a national tragedy. This should not stand. Veterans waiting years for benefits is also Our national tragedy. Please give of your time not just today, but each day in a way that is needed.
I have heard from many Veterans that "thank you for your service" is not enough, makes you feel uncomfortable, or that you'd rather not hear it at all. At this point, I do not know if I should say it or not. However, not to say thank you for your service and all that encompasses, would render many of us silent. That will not work either. So until we meet online, on the phone, at the store, or in person, thank you so very much for your service to OUR country. Thank you for doing what I could not do.
God Bless our troops and God Bless all Our Veterans on this and everyday. Godspeed home to the troops in harms way right now.
If you can't think of something to do for Our troops, raise your voices to tell your representatives in Congress to bring OUR troops home now! We do have our voices. This Veterans Day (and each day), at the very least, let's make sure our voices are heard in Washington DC on matters of war and peace in this country of Ours.
God Bless All Veterans and Our Troops. I am praying for the safe return of all Our who are serving around the world.
Kathy Scott, MLSW, Pastor (non-denominational), C.H.O, G.A.L. & etc.