Veterans Day is more than just a day off from school or work. Whether you are a veteran, a relative of a veteran, or a USA resident, you are aware of this federal holiday.
History of Veterans Day
Historically, this day was called “Armistice Day”. It was a day to remind nations to strive for peaceful relationships. However, over the decades this day has taken on a new significance. On November 11th, we celebrate those that have fought for our country.
It is important to realize that Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day. Veterans Day honors all individuals that served our country, whether during war or peace. It is largely to thank living veterans for their sacrifices. While Memorial Day honors those that have fallen while serving our country.
The Struggles of Veterans
Many veterans suffer from mental issues and physical disabilities due to the hardships brought out by their services for this country. Veterans may suffer from anxiety, depression, and PTSD as a result of the sights they have seen of war and terror. This causes a great detriment to veterans’ lives. Moreover, many veterans fall to suicide due to these mental issues.
Furthermore, numerous veterans are physically disabled. Our warriors often become injured warriors from active duty in the military. The physical and mental consequences are endured long after they have served our country.
These disabilities have shown to greatly affect the lives of our veterans. It is imperative to support and honor those that have sacrificed so much to fight for our country.
Nonprofits and Government Agencies
Thankfully, there are several government agencies and nonprofit organizations that seek to better the lives of our warriors. The wounded warrior project and the VA are only two of the many organizations that operate programs to support veterans enduring mental and physical injuries.
Grants and Fundraising
These nonprofits generate revenue through donations and grants. To support our veterans, we can donate to organizations that benefit their lives.
Fortunately, GrantWatch has many grants specializing in the veterans category. The Operation Rebound Fund is offering grants to USA first responders, military personnel, and veterans with disabilities for sports programs. The Raytheon Technologies Grant is for USA Nonprofits in eligible states for initiatives to benefit active-duty military personnel, veterans, and military families.
Moreover, there is a nonprofit organization looking to hire a grant writer for their veteran suicide prevention program. Grant Writers can be hired at GrantWriterTeam to improve the chances of being awarded the grant.
YouHelp.com has numerous fundraising campaigns for veterans. As an example, The Colerain Veterans Memorial is raising funds to build a memorial to honor all veterans – past, present, and future. The memorial will also be used as an educational tool to teach individuals about the wars that America has been involved in over the years.
Support our Veterans
To show our support to our veterans, be sure to donate to the many organizations that help our veterans. Furthermore, if you are a veteran or know a veteran, reach out to the many nonprofit organizations and government agencies available, to seek the help that is needed.
We must also be aware of and spread awareness of the struggles facing our heroes. For, without awareness, there is no change. So wave your flags and salute our veterans who have worked tirelessly to create a safer America. Acknowledge their sacrifices and help those who have helped our country!