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In Your Family and Community H ow to H onor V eterans This year at Skaug Law, we’ll be closing our office down on Veterans Day. I come from a long line of servicemen, some of whom fought in the War for Independence and the Civil War. My daughter is a full-time combat medic in the Army National Guard. Matt Andrew, one of our attorneys, did two tours in Afghanistan with the Marines. Becky, one of my paralegals, has a son who is a sergeant in the Army National Guard in Caldwell. I have more ties to veterans and current members of the military than I can count, and closing my office on Veterans Day is our way of honoring their courage and sacrifice. If you know a veteran and are wondering how you can show your appreciation for them on Veterans Day, here are a few ideas. WITH SILENCE Many people don’t get Veterans Day off from work, and it can be hard to make time to show their appreciation for the veterans in their lives. However, there is one way even the busiest of individuals can honor those who have served. At 12:11 p.m. MST, there will be two minutes of
WITH QUESTIONS If you have a loved one or friend who served in the military, Veterans Day is a great time to ask them questions about their service. You can ask them why they chose to serve, why they chose their specific branch, or what their favorite moment of their service was, just for a few examples. Be respectful with your questions though. Don’t ask them to share their most difficult moments, and if they aren’t willing to talk about their service, don’t pry. At that point, sometimes just listening to what they do have to say can mean more than any question you ask. WITH A DONATION Most veterans lead happy, successful lives after they finish their service to this country. However, there are also many veterans across the country who are homeless, and thousands more who have disabilities, along with financial needs they cannot meet. Fortunately, a number of reputable organizations help veterans with different financial needs, and donating
to one of them can save a veteran’s life. A few of the most well-known organizations dedicated to helping veterans include the Wounded Warrior Project, Disabled American Veterans, and Homes For Our Troops, to name a few. Check out the websites of a few of these organizations to get a better idea of their missions and how you can donate. To any veterans reading this newsletter, I just want to say thank you for your courage and sacrifice. We know it’s not an easy decision, and we’re incredibly grateful that you stepped forward and defended our country.
silence to reflect on how veterans have affected you personally, or on what veterans have done in general. Any and all Americans are invited to participate, and even though it’s just a little thing, a few minutes of reflective silence and prayer can still show your appreciation. WITH A LETTER If you’re looking for a more tangible way to honor the veterans in your family or community, writing them a simple postcard or e-card can go a long way in showing your appreciation. In your note,
“I have more ties to veterans and current members of the military than I can count, and closing my office on Veterans Day is our way of honoring their courage and sacrifice.”
let them know that you’re thinking about them and that you’re grateful for their service to this country. If you don’t know any veterans personally, write a general letter and send it to the nearest military installation. They’ll know where to send it from there.
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