Happy (Early) Veterans Day!
If you weren’t aware, our very own Mr. Kyle is an army veteran. He was enlisted from 2008-2014 and served a tour in Iraq in 2011.
Now Kyle isn’t one to boast about being a vet, or even really like the attention at all, but we also know that honoring our fellow vets is something that deserves our respect. We want to talk about some of the ways you can not only understand why today is important, but also answer some of the common questions that veterans are asked.
So let’s get started…
What is Veterans Day?
Veterans Day is a US federal holiday that occurs November 11th, it honors the people who have served in the US Armed Forces. It was originally called “Armistice Day” in respect for the end of World War 1, but was eventually changed to “Veterans Day” to honor all veterans of all wars.
What makes a veteran, a veteran?
A veteran is any individual that completed a service for any branch of armed forces, as long as they were not dishonorably discharged.
What should NEVER ask a veteran?
Let’s get honest. There are some questions you just DON’T ask a veteran. For example:
“Have you ever shot/killed anyone?” OR “What was the craziest shit you’ve seen?”
These types of questions may be innocent thoughts to you, but they can be an extremely damaging trigger to someone with PTSD.
Don’t be an ignorant dumb-dumb, save us the head shakes, and just keep those thoughts to yourself, ok? Ok.
Why is Veterans Day important?
It’s important to honor, remember, and respect our veterans for their loyalty to our country and the willingness to sacrifice themselves, if need be, for the common good. They are here to protect us, so that you, yes YOU reading this, can call this beautiful place “Home”.
PSA: Veterans Day is NOT Memorial Day. Many people get these holidays confused, don’t feel too bad if you are in that same boat, BUT now you know.
(We will do a blog post explaining the difference them when we get closer to Memorial Day!)
How can I show support to our veterans?
As a friend:
Reach out to your veterans buddies. Many vets have served overseas and/or witnessed things no one should have to. The scars of those wounds can take years to heal and the battle of PTSD can be an extremely lonely and difficult road to navigate. Hearing from a friend just may lighten up the dark places the mind can go. So pick up your phone and give ’em a call.
As a consumer:
Look for products and services offered by veteran owned/operated businesses. Instagram and Etsy are both awesome for finding such companies! OR search for a nonprofit that advocates for veterans and donate to their cause. Put your money where your mouth is!
As a business owner:
Did you know in the year 2019, there were over 280,000 unemployed veterans nationwide? So if you are a business owner needing more help, hire a veteran! OR think of what products or services your business regularly uses… Are there any veteran owned/operated companies that you could incorporate? Get creative!
As a citizen:
Donate, volunteer, and use your voice as often as you can. If we can take anything away from this year, it’s that your voice matters. Advocate for our veterans! Show love, support, and gratitude for those willing to lay their life down to protect you and your family without a second thought. The louder we speak together, the more change we can create.