12 Ways to Say Thank You to Veterans on Veterans Day

After all they've done, a cup of coffee is the least we can do.

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Every gesture pales in comparison compared to what veterans have given us. On Veterans Day — and all other 364 days this year — dedicate your time, money, or skill set to helping a veteran and his or her family. After all, we owe our safety, security, and freedom to their sacrifice.

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Donate to a local veterans organization

Help veterans in your home state by donating to a local organization that supplies veterans with things they and their families might need. Bigger scale charities like and the are also great options to help soldiers, veterans, and their families cope in times of need.

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Volunteer at a VA Hospital

Donating time to a veteran's health and recovery is just as important as donating funds or household items. Show your appreciation by taking time to give veterans the care they deserve at your .

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Visit a war memorial

This might not be something you can do today — depending on where you live — but you should plan to visit a war memorial on your next family road trip. At the , , , and , you can educate your kids about our country's history and give yourself a much-needed reminder about the sacrifices of others.

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Hire a veteran.

but that doesn't mean that it's time to stop prioritizing vets in the workforce. If you're in the position to do so, give a veteran a job. After all, he or she would have given their life for you.

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Fly your flag properly

We should be mindful of the correct way to display the American flag on any day, but on Veterans Day make an extra effort. Follow to ensure that you're respectfully flying the symbol of our country.

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Shop at a veteran's business

Making sure veterans are successful in their jobs is just as important as making sure that they are getting jobs. If a veteran in your area owns a small business, be sure to shop local today (and as much as you can!) to show them how much you appreciate their service — then and now.

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Treat them to a cup of coffee.

Lots of popular spots — Krispy Kreme, Cracker Barrel, and Dunkin Donuts — offer free coffee to those who have served our country on Veterans Day, but picking up a cup of coffee and bringing it to a local vet's house is a wonderful gesture.

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Fix up a veteran's home.

Rake the leaves, clear the gutters, oil the squeaky doors, the list goes on. If you or a family member have any carpentry or general fixer-upper skills, offer your services to a veteran in need, especially if they can't do it themselves.

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Listen to their stories

Veterans have first-person accounts of history. If they feel comfortable talking about their wartime experiences, ask them to share a memory with you — if they don't wish to talk about difficult topics, ask them about a favorite life memory. Listen intently so you can share their words — and celebrate their lives — with your friends and family for years to come.

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Give a veteran a hug

It might seem like the smallest of gestures compared to what they've done for us, but a hug goes a long way. Just be just to ask them if it's okay before you go in for one.

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Write a letter or send a care package

Have your children write notes and slip them into your local veteran's mailbox. You can also sign up for a letter-writing or care package services like and that connect families with men and women currently overseas.

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Say thank you.

Because veterans have stepped away from their families, friends, and lifestyles to make us safe. That kind of sacrifice deserves our deepest respect and most solemn gratitude on Veterans Day and beyond.

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