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How Not to Forget Our Disabled Veterans And Their Families Around the Holidays

Updated on November 3, 2014
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Kris Manley is a blogger, author, and speaker. She's a guest on radio in the U.S., Canada, and overseas, as well as a guest on network TV.


I travel a good bit, and in the many airports in which I fly in and out of I see our Military men and women . I walk up to most and say, thank you for serving and I let them know that they are in my prayers. My Mom will give a hug or two and it's a pleasure to see their smiles. It crossed my mind that how many of us live next door to or down the street from a Military family, especially one that has lost a serviceman or servicewoman, or one that has a disabled veteran. Do most of us remember these families around Christmas, Thanksgiving or any other Holiday? Military families that have lost their Dads who used to shovel snow, rake leaves, or play ball with their sons, or Military Moms who used to take their daughters shopping or have girls night out. Here are some things, small as they may seem, that we can do to show love for Military families.

For that injured serviceman or servicewoman who used to do house work / home repairs, etc., but is limited in their mobility, and especially if he or she lives alone.

  • Offer to shovel snow during the Winter months
  • Offer to cut or bring wood for their fireplace
  • Offer to rake leaves in the Fall
  • Offer to cut the grass in the Summer
  • Offer to put up and take down 4th of July decorations
  • If you are a Handyman or Handy-woman, offer, free of charge, to repair something in their home or to paint
  • Offer to take the injured serviceman or servicewoman to their therapy, if the need arises
  • Call, e-mail and/or spend time with the injured serviceman or servicewoman
  • Cook meals that can be frozen and taken out later for reheating
  • Take the disabled veteran grocery shopping or shopping for other household necessities
  • Offer to help put up and take down their Christmas decorations
  • Offer to cook a portion of their Thanksgiving meal or invite them over for Thanksgiving
  • Offer to cook a portion of their Christmas meal
  • Offer to clean house for them or pay for a cleaning service to come in and do it for them
  • Go with or take the disabled veteran to church if they want to attend
  • If the disabled veteran is a woman, offer to wash and style her hair, if she needs help
  • Offer to take the disabled veteran to the airport if they want to visit their family for the Holidays, or pay for a car service to take them
  • Offer to help hang or display in their home memorable Military items, if the disabled veteran needs assistance doing so
  • If you're a Barber or a Hair Stylist, offer free Holiday haircuts for the entire family

For the Military family that had a fallen loved one.

  • Do some of the things mentioned above
  • If you know that one income has been lost to that family, give gift cards from grocery stores. Don't forget about the children and maybe give fast food gift cards to them
  • If you have been blessed in your finances, offer to pay a utility bill for a month or two
  • If you've won a free Ham or Turkey from your job, give it to a Military family, again thinking about the lose of income from losing a loved one

Always remember that Freedom is not free no matter what time of the year it is. We need to pray for and love our Military all year 'round.


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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Peggy, thank you. I am so reminded that our Freedoms come at a cost, and that cost is paid by our Military men and women.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Such nice suggestions you have given here to help our disabled veterans. My brother (when he was alive) would have loved one or more of these things had they been offered to him. I also like it that you thank all of our soldiers serving our country when you see them in airports, etc. and keep them in your prayers. All the up votes except for funny. Bless you!

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Happyboomernurse, thank you. It's a joy and a pleasure for us to give back to our Servicemen and Servicewomen.

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Wonderful, thoughtful and thought-provoking article about ways to give back to our military veterans and their families. This is a good reminder that in the busy holiday season we take time to honor and/or help someone in our community who has served our country. Voted up, useful, beautiful, awesome and interesting.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Thank you moonlake

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Hi Danette, thank you. I so value what our Military men and women do for us.

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      What a good hub with good ideas. Voted up

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      Danette Watt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Kristine, nicely done and you offer many good tips on how to show appreciation for what our vets - disabled or not, man or woman - have done for us and our country.