Memorial Day isn’t the only day in the year to help our veterans and soldiers. In fact, everyone—at any time—can support soldiers and unsung heroes by doing seemingly small but impactful actions. There are numerous organizations and charities whose mission is to provide support and assistance to deployed soldiers as well as veterans who are serving or have served the country by risking their lives and safety out in battle. If you are looking for ways to support heroes in your own capacity, here are five simple yet relevant and rewarding things you can do to show appreciation for their service:
- Extending a friendly hand to military family by inviting them over for meals/bringing them dinner, or including them in your holiday celebrations – This simple act of support can be a huge encouragement not only to servicemen but also to their families, who go through unimaginable emotional extremes as they think about the safety and welfare of their loved one in service. You can also do this for families who have lost a loved one because of war or veterans who’ve been rendered disabled in their service.
- Donating to the USO – The United States’ United Service Organization has been one of the longest-running organizations whose programs aim to uplift service personnel through fun activities. Every now and then, they organize live concerts for soldiers who are deployed halfway across the globe.
- Contributing to or sending care packages – Deployed service men miss the most basic comforts of home. To support soldiers, you can “adopt” one and send them care packages containing toiletries, snacks, and all other basic comforts they tend to miss when they are out in the field. There are numerous programs or charities through which you can send care packages to support heroes.
- Donating to a cellphone charity – One of the most notable cellphone charities today is Cell Phones for Soldiers, which is a unique program that allows you to provide a lifeline between wartime heroes and their families. Through Cell Phones for Soldiers, you can donate discarded phone units. The cellphone charity will then use the proceeds to provide calling cards to soldiers so they can reconnect with their families back at home. Communication is something that is vital to the mental and emotional health of soldiers in the field—and a phone call can mean the world to them.
- Supporting survivors of the fallen – There are also organizations that provide support for loved ones of fallen heroes following their death. Donating to these kinds of charities is a great way to support soldiers’ families in their greatest need.