Honoring Veterans


FlagVeteran’s Day is fast approaching. This November 11th, take some time to thank some of the over 21 million veterans in the US.  Here are a few ways that you and your kids can recognize a few of those service members, whether you have just a few minutes or want to spend a whole day.

Got five minutes? The Wounded Warrior Project, now celebrating 10 years serving injured veterans and service members, makes it easy to send a card to a recovering member of our armed services. Click here, and add your own personalized message of thanks.

Want to spend a little more time? In fifteen minutes, you can gather up your old cell phones and deliver them to Cell Phones for Soldiers, an organization that helps troops and veterans stay in touch with their loved ones.

How about a half hour? Gather together your leftover Halloween candy and send it to the troops through Operation Gratitude.

An hour or two? Make get well cards for veterans being treated at the Veteran’s Affairs hospital in Iowa City.

A full day? You can participate in a day of service by joining a volunteer project. Or, if there aren’t any projects in your community, you can put together your own, such as collecting warm hats for the homeless or cleaning up a local park.


Want more ideas? Here are six suggestions from veterans and their families, from learning the national anthem to supporting loved ones back home.

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