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Thank You and More for Our Military

Updated on November 10, 2016
Showing Gratitude to Our Military
Showing Gratitude to Our Military | Source

It's Not Difficult to Say "Thank You" to Our Military!

If you take nothing else away from this hub please take the time to watch the first video below and learn how to say a quiet and respectful "Thank you" when you encounter military personnel in your community or when you are traveling.

It is an amazing thing to see how a simple thank you encourages those who are struggling under the weight of the responsibilities that enlisted men and women carry. Showing our gratitude simply by saying it is something everyone can do.

Gratitude Stands Tall
Gratitude Stands Tall

A Quiet Thank You Speaks Loudly

When I came across that well done movie, I was reminded that our military personnel face war from within and without. Their struggles are manifold, both individually and corporately.

On top of their personal conflicts, our own government’s turmoil has to be very difficult for them. To deal with that in the face of foreign warfare, must be an incredibly heavy load.

They face abusive attacks from some people, they face an uncertain future on more than the average level, and they know that their families carry that burden as well themselves.

They are not perfect people (though some may come close), but they face obstacles others are unwilling to accept on any level. The most heroic do not consider themselves to be a hero or heroine, but we should.

We the people have a responsibility to let them know how much we appreciate what they do for us, not to mention the rest of the world. Caring and generous minds have come up with some great ideas to help us do so and they are easy to access.

Honoring Military Personnel at a Patriotic Concert
Honoring Military Personnel at a Patriotic Concert | Source

"Thank You" is a Sincere Way to Show Our Gratitude, and it can Mean a Great Deal to Someone in Uniform

Naturally, after seeing the above movie, checking out other sites that offer ways to give a much-deserved “Thank you” to our enlisted personnel was my next move. Please take a look at the following site and share it with others:

This is an easy way to send a “Thank You!”

Greeting Our Soldiers

Then, be sure to check out the videos below, as well. While it is important to be respectfully careful of intrusion, to say thank you to men and women in pubic spaces when we have the opportunity is just as important, for it speaks to everyone when we are willing to do so.

Children need to learn it from grown ups, teens need to ponder the why of the importance of it, and people from other countries need to see us honoring our military with heartfelt thanks and support. We also need to do it for our own well being, but they deserve it.

Say thank you to military personnel in more ways than one!

There are Several Ways to Say "Thank You" to Members of Our Military

Not to in any way diminish the huge impact of a simple “Thank you” given from the heart, I checked out ways to do more than say it. That exercise proved to be a very interesting bit of research. I was amazed at the many organizations that give us an opportunity to reach out to enlisted men and women.

In hopes of encouraging volunteerism and giving, I am adding web addresses for several sites just below this paragraph so you can both learn about the organizations and take advantage of the opportunities that they offer.

Even if you cannot volunteer or give in any way, you can pass the information on to other people who are able to help in tangible ways. Help them contact organizations for information on getting involved to partner with those who are reaching out to men and women who either are or have served us.

Please keep the following groups in mind:

Soldiers at Home

Wounded Warriors supports members of the military who have been harmed during their service to the country and offers hope, encouragement, and aid to their families.

Military Warriors Foundation offers mortgage-free homes to heroes wounded in training or combat during any American conflict.

Operation Gratitude works to encourage and meet the changing needs of both members of the military and of first responder communities, giving opportunities for Americans to express their appreciation through opportunities to participate.

Any Soldier grew from one family's desire to reach out to the loneliest soldiers, those that received nothing from home. Supporting them with basic necessities and more, the project's growth has kept up a tremendous pace.

CIAV organizes partnerships with existing organizations to strengthen care and support for Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans and their families.

Yellow Ribbon America's mission is to unify Americans in undergirding the nation's military personnel and their families by providing local community opportunities that allow everyone to participate.

Children's Books for Veteran's Day

Teaching children about Veteran's Day helps them hold on to their heritage. Using books written for their level to help them understand the reason behind the day and the traditions that developed as people embraced it is an excellent way to help young people understand the sacrifices that were made on behalf of their country.

The Poppy Lady explains how a school teacher worked to institute a symbol flower as an emblem of remembrance for veterans. Other books available to parents and teachers include The Veteran's Day Visitor, Tuesday Tucks Me In, and H is for Honor.

I’ll wrap this up with a great site that provides loads of information for anyone wanting to know more about how to help all in one place--quite the coup if you ask me! Everyone can find a way to help by using this article.

Say “Thank you!” to our military in more ways than one. As much as you are able, get involved and support those who protect and support your country and encourage others to also do so! They have earned the right and they need to know that we are grateful.

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    • gracenotes profile image

      gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

      You've given me some ideas! Thanks for taking the time to write this. I'll view the video.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thank you for taking the time to read the hub and also for leaving a comment to help keep the subject highlighted. The video is poignant and inspiring. If you ever get a chance to use that "thank you" please write again, then write you own hub about the experience! nI hope that in our upcoming Thanksgiving season we will all find a way to send a "thank you" to someone in our military.

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      gracenotes 6 years ago from North Texas

      RTalloni, I viewed the video. It was so helpful.

      Sometime in September, I hope to publish a hub that relates to this one very well. When I get ready to publish it, I'll be sure to link to your hub. Thanks.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Bravo! I want to do the same with yours so we can give others a chance to help keep the dialogue going. Will be looking for your hub!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

      Good job on bringing this to our attention - ways that we can say thank you!

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