By: Kent Williams
On Veterans Day, we stop and remember our veterans who have given us so much and all those who are presently serving. John F. Kennedy once said that “as we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” We should not only show appreciation for our brave men and women one day a year but each and every opportunity that we get.
For Americans, liberty is our freedom. It is what separates our great nation from the rest of the world. Liberty is the freedom that our men and women in uniform have continuously fought and died for throughout the years. I strongly encourage each of you to honor their sacrifices on a daily basis and show them that you appreciate the freedom that their sacrifices have provided.
Show those who are presently serving our country unequivocally that their service and sacrifices are not going unnoticed. Give them the support that they need in this most difficult time, in any and all ways that you can. There are countless ways you can impact not only the life of a soldier, but also their families.
Take the time to have a conversation with a veteran. Ask about their service. Find out how long they served. What were their favorite moments of service? If others in their family served? What made them chose the branch of military that they served? So many of our veterans have incredible stories to tell. Take the time to truly listen and learn from their experiences.
A great resource whose motto is “May No Solider Go Unloved” is Soldiers’ Angels. Soldiers’ Angels has many wonderful programs that support military families, deployed service members, wounded service members and veterans. Their programs are broken into categories and can be found at http://soldiersangels.org/programs.html.
One of Soldiers’ Angels programs is the Soldiers’ Angels Baby Brigade. The Baby Brigade is a nationwide network of individuals who sew, knit and create gift baskets to support new and expectant mothers whose husbands are deployed. Knowing that his family has a support system especially in the case of new or expectant moms will help to ease a soldiers’ worries about being away during such an important time.
There are many that are presently serving all around the world, away from friends and family. The easiest way to support our military members is sending letters, cards or care packages. Military members that are serving so far from home very much look forward to receiving mail and care packages. Both www.anysolider.com and www.OperationGratitude.com are excellent resources for letters and care packages.
Another easy way to thank a veteran or military member is to donate your frequent flyer miles. The Fisher House Foundations Hero Miles Program helps family members be close to the bedside of loved ones who were injured. This program has provided through frequent flyer miles’ donations more than 70,000 tickets to wounded, injured, and ill service members and their families, worth over $105 million. Information about this program can be found at https://www.fisherhouse.org/programs/hero-miles/.
As always, I also want to supply you with my business phone number so that you will able to reach me easily at any time. My business phone is (843) 423-3904. Please use this information to write, call or email me with your suggestions and concerns regarding issues before the Senate and in our community.