Sunday, November 11, 2012

Veteran's Day 2012: What Can You Do To Help?

Tomorrow is Veteran's Day and, even though I am Mennonite and am nonviolent, I do believe that we need to provide emotional and physical support to the men and women that serve in the military.  We put flags on graves in national cemeteries and attend ceremonies honoring the fallen, all of which are appreciated and give comfort to the families of the fallen, but we can do something now, today to help a member of the military.

Operation Gratitude has a number of volunteer opportunities to help make a service person's life a little more pleasant or easier.  It can be as simple as being a letter writer or putting together boxes containing essentials.  How long does it take to write a letter?  Anyone can give up a 1/2 hour a week to help another person.

Coming from a military family (yes, the irony is not lost on me) I know how important a helping hand can be to our soldiers and their families.  Remember their needs on days not designated for remembrance and honor, but every day of our lives.

God bless,

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