Let’s be honest: none of us have the creativity of Martha Stewart (thus why she has an empire) and while Pinterest is fun to waste hours of your day on, how many of us actually make those crafts/recipes? It’s easy to talk yourself out of doing things by saying you don’t have the time or creativity. We have jobs, marriages, kids and hobbies. Taking the time to do something for the less fortunate (such as our wounded veterans) can seem impossible. Here are a few ideas of how you can help even if you aren’t a doctor/super organized person/politician/celebrity.
- Research charities that help wounded veterans. Organizations like Wounded Warrior Project, Soldiers’ Angels, Homes For Veterans and Gifting Warriors are all designed to help wounded veterans in various ways. Several offer ways to either donate monetarily, donate your time and may already have events set up that benefit veterans that you can participate in.
- Check on your own base. Some bases may already have events/activities planned that assist wounded veterans.
- If no activities exist, plan your own. It doesn’t have to be elaborate- clothing drives, bake sales, garage sales, car washes- these are all simple things that can generate funds and awareness and only require a Saturday out of your life.
- Run for charity. Many half marathons and marathons give you the option to run for charity, some also give you an option to designate your own. Tough Mudder has long been involved with the Wounded Warrior Project, and some wounded vets even run it themselves!
- Volunteer your time. It’s not all about money. Giving your time, talent and compassion is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Local nursing homes and hospitals appreciate volunteers and your local VFW can also advise if they have a veteran in need of help. Sadly, homeless shelters and food banks see a lot of veterans.
- Do something that has meaning for you, don’t just do it for a tax deduction or out of guilt.
All of our veterans have given more than any of us could ever imagine. The long term physical and emotional effects are life-changing. But seeing the community come forward and assist those who have served is an inspiring thing.