Volunteers helping to serve Veterans in a soup kitchen.

Give Back to Our Nation’s Heroes This Holiday Season

During a season meant to spread joy and give to others, there are countless ways we can give back to those who sacrificed so much for our country.

The holidays are a perfect time for us to show our appreciation and gratitude to our nation’s Veterans. During a season meant to spread joy and give to others, there are countless ways we can give back to those who sacrificed so much for our country.

Show your appreciation this holiday season by volunteering at an event, donating your time, sending a monetary gift – or finding another way to give that works best for you.

How Can I Give Back to Veterans?

Start by thinking about how you want to give back to our nation’s Veterans. Maybe you have some additional time off over the holidays, so you can volunteer at a specific event. Or maybe you’re extra busy during the holidays and would rather donate money to an organization doing good work. Or maybe you and your family have some extra time at home together that you can use to create care packages or write cards. Once you have an idea of what you’d like to do, check out the following suggestions for giving back:

  • Donate money to an organization that works on behalf of Veterans. Many organizations rely on monetary donations to carry out the work they do. You could ask your friends and family to donate on your behalf instead of buying gifts this year.
  • Send holiday cards or care packages. This could become a new family tradition or something you ask others to help with. Many Veterans spend the holidays away from family and friends, either in hospitals, nursing homes or care facilities. Others may just be lonely during the holidays. Spread holiday cheer with handwritten notes or packages full of helpful and heartfelt items.
  • Volunteer to drive Veterans to medical appointments. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has opportunities for you through the Volunteer Transportation Network to help Veterans get to and from important medical appointments.
  • Contact socially isolated Veterans through phone calls. For many people, the holidays can be a lonely time. Give a listening ear and a friendly voice to socially isolated Veterans through weekly phone calls. Check out VA’s Compassionate Contact Corps to get started.
  • Woman helping a Veteran wrap a Christmas gift.Help a Veteran you know personally. Many of us know Veterans within our own communities. Think about a way to show that Veteran your appreciation this holiday season. Ask yourself – What does this Veteran need most? Is it a phone call? Help with weekly errands? A stocked pantry?
  • Find a volunteer opportunity that fits your skill set. Are you good at sewing? Knit a blanket for a care facility. Do you love to cook? Volunteer to make a holiday meal for a Veteran. Use your skills to give back in a unique and personalized way.
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter. According to data from VA in 2020, more than 33,000 Veterans experienced homelessness. By volunteering your time at a homeless shelter, you can help some of our nation’s most vulnerable people.

What Organizations Can I Support?

There are a number of organizations all across the country dedicated to working on behalf of our nation’s Veterans – many more than those listed here. Explore the organizations below to get started, search for volunteer opportunities in your local community and find what works best for you!

The holiday season is a great time to show our appreciation to our nation’s Veterans. Whether it’s your time, a monetary donation or something else that works best for you, commit to give back this holiday season. Our Veterans deserve it!

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