Veterans need year round support, not just holidays.

As members of the military community, we have a responsibility to support the other veterans around us, and help our civilian neighbors do the same. We can lead by example.

Amy Bushatz, Editor in Chief of SpouseBuzz shares 5 ways to ensure we're supporting the veterans in our lives- not just on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day.

1. Listen- Through the simple act of listening we extended grace and understanding to our veteran neighbors. 2. “Thank a Vet” in a video. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) has an awesome way to create a keepsake to #ThankaVet.

3. Serve all year long.  Identify the veteran neighbors in your community or visit a nearby Veterans Home and volunteer!  Small acts of service, such as shoveling a driveway, driving them to Doctor appointments, etc go a long way.

4. Tell your civilian friends. When helping your community’s veterans, invite your civilian friends to come along. 

5. Join a veteran organization. Your local VFW and American Legion both have auxiliary memberships for non-veterans. Team Red, White & Blue exists purely to connect veterans with their communities, and getting involved is incredibly easy. Team Rubicon is constantly seeking volunteers for the important work they do with disaster relief.

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