Since 1938, Thanksgiving has been celebrated in close distance with Veterans Day. That way, we are reminded to take time to give thanks to our veterans, their families, their fellows, and those who sacrifice to serve our country. It is a great time for us to take the opportunity to pay tribute and show gratitude in serving us and serving our country making our Thanksgiving celebration a lot more memorable one.
Why should we be thankful for our veterans?
There are many things in life that we should be thankful for over this past year. One thing that I am always grateful for is the service and sacrifice of the men and women in our armed forces, many of whom will not be able to spend Thanksgiving with their own families this year.
Here are 10 reasons why we should be thankful for our veterans every day:
They wake up and risk their lives every day. There are threats no matter where they are assigned. They are the ones who start their day even though they know that someone might want to kill them anytime.
Their families also sacrifice for us. With the demands of their job, their family is also affected. If they are relocated, their families also need to relocate.
They help preserve our freedom. Think about all the stresses they and their families need to undergo just to ensure that everyone in the country is safe.
They are good models. We want our children to look up to someone who is rendering service or doing their job not just for themselves and their family but everyone or the country as a whole.
They provide humanitarian aid. Our military servicemen aren’t just about conflicts or war, they also deliver humanitarian aid across the world, especially in areas with conflicts that make it dangerous for civilian aid workers to enter.
A very good example that shows long distance relationship works. Marriage could work despite not having communications or are not seeing each other all the time. They should inspire us to make our marriage life work.
How should we give thanks or show gratitude to our veterans?
Take care of our veteran’s health.
Healthcare is among the expenses that can burden a family, and our veterans are at high risk of encountering debilitating healthcare issues and disabilities. We can help educate veterans about the options available that can help them pay for their health care expenses. There are VA health benefits that they can take advantage if they served in the active military, naval, or air service and separated under conditions other than dishonorable. Also, there are about 9.2 million veterans that are over the age of 65. Many of those veterans are qualified for Medicare, but many may not be optimizing their opportunity to get the most out of their Medicare benefits. We can encourage them to take advantage of Medicare, and optimize it with a Medicare Supplement plan to help the coverage go further. VA benefits might seem enough but having a Medicare and Medicare Supplement can be less of a hassle for our senior veterans. VA, Medicare, and Medicare supplement plan can go hand in hand to provide a maximum health coverage for our veterans.
Taking care of veteran’s family and their caregivers.
Caring for a family member who is a veteran comes with unique challenges. According to David Sandman in one of his post in HuffingtonPost, nearly two-thirds of veterans receiving support from an informal caregiver cope with mental health or substance use disorders, compared with only one-third of civilians who receive this type of care. Nearly one-third of post-9/11 veteran caregivers are uninsured compared with about 20 percent of civilian caregivers. And more than 60 percent of veteran caregivers say they experience financial strain because of this role, while less than 40 percent of civilian caregivers report a financial burden. Because of that, The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has offered what it calls a Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers for veterans of the post-9/11 era which provides support for informal caregivers of veterans which includes spouses or family members.
Visit a VA hospital. There are events dedicated to our veterans to which you can help out with preparing.
Donate. We can also give donations to wonderful organizations who offer a lot of support services and appreciation for our service members.
Join veteran’s event in your area! Show up to show support and offer your best clap to the heroes of our country.
Remembering all the efforts and sacrifices of our veterans, who have served our country, is something that we should be thankful for every day and this November, let’s pour out our great pride and thanks to all of them.
So, on Veteran’s day and all the days of the year, we, from FreeMedSuppQuotes, extend a Huge THANK YOU to all of our veterans and their families!