- Frequent veteran-run organizations. Locally and nationally, veteran-run organizations come in all forms. Head up north to beautiful Duluth for a romantic weekend at the A G Thomson House Bed and Breakfast. Check out the Wander North Distillery; their new product, Outpost Vodka, can kick off your weekend. Visit Trust Vets to see what services and companies are in your area.
- Donate. Financing an organization that supports veterans is no easy task. The Wounded Warrior Project celebrated a decade of service this year. Treat your family pet and support military working dogs simply by choosing Natural Balance.
- Volunteer. Use your strengths to help veterans in need. Carpenters, put your skills to use at Homes for Our Troops. If you have a driver’s license, you can Drive a Van to bring veterans to their medical appointments. You can also provide assistance to military families by volunteering with Fisher House.
- Provide an understanding ear. Care packages can be as simple as a letter. Operation Gratitude delivers your letters to troops abroad; a small, heartfelt note means the world to deployed soldiers. You can also develop a sense of community by sharing veterans’ stories, either via word-of-mouth or a blog. And remember, if you see soldiers in uniform, thanking them for their service could make their day
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