Support Our Troops
What’s the story?
Each November we celebrate Veterans Day. And did you know every May is National Military Appreciation Month? Celebrating these occasions is a great reminder we should honor and remember our soldiers and their service to our country each and every day. There are approximately 22 million veterans in the United States and about 1.4 million active service men and women. These are people who have served (or are serving) our country in one of the branches of our military, including the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and their reserves. Some protect us here at home, while others are overseas. Whether at home or abroad, our military, and their families, make many sacrifices to protect and preserve our freedom.
What Can I Do?
Support the Deployed
Being in the military is not an easy job. Men and women who serve are often away from home for months at a time, leaving family and loved ones behind for long stretches of time. Find ways to support deployed military and their families here.
Sometimes it is very hard for veterans to adjust to living as civilians after serving in a war; they might have trouble getting civilian jobs or might not have the support of family members to welcome them home and help them readjust to everyday life. Veterans can also return home injured from their service in the military, which might make it hard for them to do daily activities. Look for ways to support the needs of veterans – whether helping build specials homes for veterans or wounded warriors or advocating for their unique mental and health care needs.
Show Your Appreciation
There are so many ways you can show your appreciation for past and present members of the military. Simply saying “Thank You” or writing a card is a great way to show you appreciate their service to our country. You can do even more by raising awareness, donating goods and time to nonprofits serving soldiers and veterans (like those you found here), and giving back to veterans in need. You can also show appreciation for soldiers that are currently serving in the military by sending care packages or simply wearing red, white, and blue to show your support.
Did you know…
In the U.S., about 10% of homeless people are veterans.
Because of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental and physical issues that can arise from active duty service, some veterans have very special mental and health care needs. (In fact, among homeless veterans, three out of four experience mental and/or substance use disorders.) If not properly treated, these conditions can cause great hardship for those who have already worked hard for our country.
Want to Learn More?
Here are some of good early-reader books about veterans and how lucky we are that they have served our country.
Know of another book or website? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mentioning of books, websites, charities, and/or other entities does not imply explicit endorsement by PGK, nor does PGK have any responsibility for the content provided by other organizations or websites. Content on this site is provided for informational purposes only.
H is for Honor: A Military Family Alphabet and One Nation by David Scillian
Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion by Jane Barclay
Pepper’s Purple Heart: A Veterans Day Story by Heather French Henry
Hero Dad by Melinda Hardin
The Wall by Eve Bunting
The Poppy Lady: Moina Belle Michael and her Tribute to Veterans by Barbara Walsh