Do you ever think about how you can help the men and women serving our country? I have to be honest, unfortunately I don’t really think about what I can do to help people who have and still fight for our country. And truthfully, I think we all should. While I get to be home with my family and complain about all the little stuff, there’s hundreds of thousands of men and women who are away from their family and can only wish they could see them everyday. Not to mention the ones who fought for our country and are now living on the streets because they were never able to get the mental and emotional help they needed after going to war and seeing the most gruesome awful things. Or the ones who commit suicide EVERY SINGLE DAY. PTSD is a horrible and REAL thing. My grandfather, uncles and father all served in the military. My uncle did two tours in Vietnam and barely made it out alive. Actually, their base was attacked as he was exiting the mess hall, a mortar round blew up the door just as he left. I can’t imagine the stuff he saw. My grandfather served in World War II and my Grandfather x4 (that’s a lot of greats ) was in the revolutionary war and was in the same militia as Daniel Boone!
As you can see, the military roots in our family run deep, as I’m sure many of you, and I’m thankful for holidays like this to remind me of the real struggle and sacrifice people have made and continue to make for us and our country. I’ve brainstormed and came up with a few ideas of how we can give back to the men and women who sacrifice their lives for us everyday:
- Serve them a meal. Whether it’s local homeless shelter, vet shelter, or even someone on the street, it’s always nice to bring them a good meal. I don’t think you can bring food to the bases but that would be really neat too.
- Have the kids draw thank you cards. I think it’s incredibly special to those men and women to receive thank you cards while they’re over seas serving our country, even the ones stationed here in U.S. deserve a thank you as well. There’s also a big veterans hospital in our town and I think it would be so neat for our kids to bring the sick vets a nice thank you card for serving our country too.
- Send out a card or message to the people you know who have served our country letting them know how much you appreciate them.
- Donate to a local charity. There are several charities that devote their time, money and energy to helping people in our military and their families. It takes so much effort to make this work and I encourage everyone to find one that you feel is great and donate, even if it’s just a little.
It’s not much but these little things can make a HUGE difference in someones life. While we’re here in San Diego, we’re going to visit this really neat naval ship museum. I’m so excited to see the inside of this ship and let it really sink in that we have these incredible people sacrificing their lives, energy and time with their family every single day to protect us. I hope you all have an amazing Memorial Day and please take time to say a prayer for our troops!